Mad Max: Fury Road - Nux Bird Bobblehead

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  1. TerminalSaint

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    I think this little guy from Fury Road would be a great addition to my dashboard:
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    The skull looks like maybe a Raven to me, but I'm not an ornithologist. It is, of course, illegal to own any part of a raven under the Migratory Birds Treaty Act, but high quality castings of bird skulls are pretty easily available online.

    My biggest problem at the moment is trying to identify the lower jaw.
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    Driving home today I noticed the base of a windshield wiper arm has a similar shape. It would also make sense in the context of the film. I'm just not sure if I've ever seen one that's so short. Maybe a rear window wiper?

    If anyone has any thoughts I'd love to hear them.
     
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  2. Jediknightandy

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    Neat little prop! might make one myself for my own Dashboard. The lower jaw looks tricky, resembles a window wiper for sure, wonder if the venting at the mouth opening point to something else, they look like cooling plates off something small. I have ordered the Art book, should be arriving this week, if there are any photos of this i will post them up here for you.
     
  3. Abelugo

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    Guys I was thing about this one also. I do agree with the bottom being a wiper, you have to spot them area where the wiper housing crimps onto the arm.
    Here are some more caps I got, The base may be like an industrial pipe base or something.
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  4. PoopaPapaPalps

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    I'm looking into making one of these, myself, but from what I'm seeing, but $50-$120 for a replica skull of a bird? I think I may be better off trying to sculpt the thing by hand.:lol
     
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  5. Abelugo

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    Did you try etsy? I see one for 9.50. But what is the estimate on the skull length? Its hard to tell the scale
     
  6. nux

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  8. Loco Max

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    The eyes are iron nuts.

    Hex Nylon Lock Nut


    The lower jaw perhaps a part of a gun. Shotgun parts?.

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  9. LTsmash1200

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    Could be a headlight wiper arm? I know some Volvos and Mercedes have them.
     
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  10. TerminalSaint

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    Good thinking, I hadn't considered that. It also may be a cut down longer one with that slotted part added in.
     
  11. fancybone

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    My manager said that the jaw might be part of a jumper cable, a clamp, but that it's hard to tell :/
     
  12. Abelugo

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    someone figured they are wiper arms, i would guess it is a shorter one though, you just have to look at them upside down.
    annco has the most vintage ones
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  13. Loco Max

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    Brainstorming: clamps, headlight wiper arm, steel nuts and a little of epoxy putty.

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  14. PoopaPapaPalps

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    Yeah, none of them really show/list size unless they're next to something smaller, but again, no real reference.

    I just went to the hardware store and bought some materials. I'm gonna see if I can't build one myself from scratch. I'll put updates here, as I go.
     
  15. TerminalSaint

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    Here's a shot with a Nux for scale.
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  16. CessnaDriver

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    Is it in the foreground though making it look larger than it is?
     
  17. TerminalSaint

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    Foreshortening does have to be taken into account, but it gives a better idea of size than the shots of it alone.
     
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  19. PoopaPapaPalps

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    I was meaning to put this up yesterday but I made some alterations to the skull further after I took these photos that I felt it didn't warrant me putting up "old" photos of it. Either way, I'm going to put this up.

    I've been working on this for the past few days. Sculpted it out of Super Sculpey (I really hate this stuff, I finally remembered) and then extensively modified with Apoxie Sculpt. The basic shape, I think, is done for the most part; just some further refining to go. The jaw is made out of weld plate that I cut from a pattern I designed, again, it still needs some work. The mouth greebs and then some distressing is in my immediate future. Figuring out how to weld the spring to the jaw is something I've got to figure out, as well.

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    Things I've done so far since these photos: cut more out the back of the skull so the jaw sits farther in and further back, trimmed down some of the jaw sidewalls, and then added some more definition to the skull shape.

    Things I've got to do next: sand and refine the skull some more and then work on the mouth greebs.

    Any and all thoughts are welcome!
     
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  20. Abelugo

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    Wow, it certainly captures the look of the bobblebird great. The bends on the very bottom tip crimp the tongue shape into place.
    FOr the base, try the local hardware store old style pipe fitting section.

    great job!
     
  21. PoopaPapaPalps

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    Thanks for that! I didn't even notice it was crimped, I'll adjust my designs accordingly. Got the base and spring already, everything is in order; they just need to be pieced together.:wacko
     
  22. Dracosfire83

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    The more I look at the lower jaw it reminds me of a pair of vice grips with the screw removed.
     
  23. TerminalSaint

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    That's great work! The only thing I'd mention is the crimping that Abelugo covered. Can't wait to see it finished.
     
  24. CessnaDriver

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    Bird skull search engine. Internets is amazing.
    http://www.skullsite.com/determination/

    Looking at real skulls, I think they either made one or filled in some areas since there are more holes and delicate details visable than on the bobble version.
    Does seem Raven or Crow. There were birds in the film crow or raven, so maybe they stuck with that.
     
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  25. PoopaPapaPalps

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    My thinking, as well. Working on mine and basing it off of these photos, and comparing it to real raven/crow skulls, the one used on Nux's is drastically different from the real thing. I'm thinking this skull was sculpted or some copy based on a real thing. It's way too solid for it to be a real thing. I've already had to fix my skull twice now, it having snapped from my attempts to make is as thin as the real thing looks.

    EDIT: Updates on the skull.

    Gonna call it "done" for now before I mess it up beyond repair. Here it is with some more refining and further modified with the proto-jaw (working on new patterns for the jaw, now).

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  26. Loco Max

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    MEDIOCRE! (fantastic!!!).:eek
     
  27. PoopaPapaPalps

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    Here's proto-jaw v3; fresh from the grinder. Now with crimp and lip. This is as pretty as I think I'm gonna get it with only basic hand tools.

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  28. cameronseren

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    Found your spring its a lifter spring off the head of a V8 engine of some sort id guess probably a ford as alot of the cars in the movie are made by the Australian version of Ford. Check online or just pop by a automotive shop they should have some old ones lying around.

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  29. joker1231

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    the lower jaw could be a headlight wiper? They used a mercedes w116 for one of the vehicles which is the only vehicle as far as I can tell that would have had headlight wipers stock. maybe they salvaged some parts from that rig to make other props?
     
  30. CessnaDriver

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    I was thinking that too at first, but
    is it too stiff to bobble properly though?
     
  31. Abelugo

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    Thats a valve spring, the outer is very stiff, the inner may be useable for that pupose. But once again if you hit up a hardware store they usually have a spring selection.
     
  32. cameronseren

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    That's a grey area it definitely holds the same shape but i have no idea if one would bobble like that all the ones ive taken off of cars have been performance parts so they usually hold their stiffness pretty well.
     
  33. CessnaDriver

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    That's why I thought maybe a hood pop up spring.. But it might not even be off a car for all we know.
    He was bobblying pretty good. I love how he's just "saying" YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH in agreement to Nux's what lovely day line.
    There is a performance there by this little bird. LOL
     
  34. goinovr

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    The lower jaw looks like the read arm from a hard drive combined with the wiper idea. There are a ton of different styles of arms.

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    For the spring I would take the completed head and go to the hardware store and test out various spring weights. Valve springs will not move unless under some serious load.
     
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  35. PoopaPapaPalps

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    Funny you mentioned that just now, I just spent most of the day trying to make that grill in the jaw: failed miserably at it.

    I'm working with copper to do it and I'm intent on doing it with copper (I have a good bit of it to get through:lol). Gotta get back to the drawing board.
     
  36. Nopal

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    Just got in my copy of The Art of Mad Max and it had a picture of the bobblehead from a slightly different angle. Thought it might help.

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  37. PoopaPapaPalps

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    Thanks for the pic! Looks like my work still isn't finished!:wacko
     
  38. clarence

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    Hi! about the spring the valve springs wouldn't bobble if they went over a cliff it has to look substantial and bobble Well all You 3d printer folks with 3mm PLA or ABS try this get yourself a piece of wood metal approx 25mm. round cut a piece of filament about 30cm 45ncm long take out the trusty heat gun . Tape one end of filament securely to the armature gentkly heat around 150mm @ a time and wind. round the armature. You will end up with this DSC00439.JPG only You will take more time an do it exactly.There is all the Bobble You need right there Please have a go it works. I used PLA I haven't tried ABS. Further if You are making this nux bobblehead the spring is not man enough still it may come in usefull if yor ever stuck for a spring,
     
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  39. CessnaDriver

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    There is also that guide rod in the center of the spring, pretty sure that keeps him bobbling "yes" with authority.
     
  40. clarence

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    I think the rod certainly plays a part in the bobbling action (is there such a word?) As I see it. The rod prevents the spring from going too far and doubling over the poor crows skull wouldn't last long without it being there.
     
  41. PoopaPapaPalps

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    Gettin' there: skull got reworked but there's some more sanding to do, proto-jaw with the greebs. Hopefully, when I do this proper, I can do this a little bit cleaner.

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  42. nick daring

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    That is coming out awesome!
     
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  43. Interceptor6

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    Anyone notice the word "UP" on the base?
    Also, I was able to find decent replica crow skulls on eBay for $!4 , search for: Large Raven Skull Bird Skull Crow Gothic Taxidermy Corvid White W/ Black Beak! They're full size solid resin, and for the price, I'll do a little grinding.
     
  44. Abelugo

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    another shot nux-2-620x465.jpg
     
  45. Grendel Blitz

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    BUMP!!!
    How is the progress on this prop? I would love one if they become available.

    :)
     
  46. clarence

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    DSC00440.JPG This is the one I made it bobbles but could do with a lighter spring DSC00444.JPG DSC00442.JPG DSC00444.JPG Still its another piece to my collection
     
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  47. Abelugo

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    Dude!!!- Clarence, that is great! did you sculpt the base also? It looks very good!
     
  48. PoopaPapaPalps

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    I'm currently working on just mine at the the moment; dunno about offering others quite yet. Maybe if there's a big enough interest, but, who knows?;)
     
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  49. Grendel Blitz

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    Understood PPP. Great work on the project either way! \m/
     
  50. clarence

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    Thanks .Yes I sculpted thebase bottom jaw etc. apart from the spring which I wound today to finish off
     
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