My Lifesize 1:1 Gonk Droid

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by azheat01, Jul 17, 2015.

  1. azheat01

    azheat01 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Since I'm needing a little help with my Ben Kenobi tunic and have some free time, and because I've been inspired by some of the excellent Gonk droid projects out there, I figured "why not?".

    I found these 14 gallon Rugged Tote boxes at Lowe's. I love the fact they're blue so I don't need to paint them. They were also reasonably priced, about $8 each.

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    I also went to the dollar store and bought about $15 in odds and ends.

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    I was originally going to scratch build the feet, but while walking around Lowe's I saw these gutter drop outlets and thought they'd work great. I also picked up some flexible downspouts for the legs. I'm going to remove the little tabs on both ends of the feet and then close both sides with a piece of styrene. I think by the time I paint them black and add greeblies, they'll look the part.

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    I built some internal supports for the legs / feet and added a center support to the body.

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    I started removing the latch handles and cut a few holes. I think it's off to a good start!

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  2. DaveF45122

    DaveF45122 New Member

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    Looks good

    Sent from my Galaxy Note 4
     
  3. usajdm

    usajdm Well-Known Member

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    Great start.
    Diggin' the idea for the legs.
     
  4. SofaKing01

    SofaKing01 Master Member

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    Excellent! Wonderful start!
     
  5. division 6

    division 6 Master Member

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    Nice start.

    I saw Target has some new colored tubs for back to college.

    For those that didn't see it, there are a few new Gonk Droids in the SDCC behinds the scenes video for E7.
    Includes a nice shot of the feet and one with the top off and the actor inside.
     
  6. PHArchivist

    PHArchivist Master Member

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    Looks like a really fun project!
     
  7. Fuzzual

    Fuzzual Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    yeah buddy . . . looks great!
     
  8. azheat01

    azheat01 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks all. Fuzzual, as I mentioned in my Obi-Wan thread, I'm using your Gonk builds as my inspiration. You did an incredible job! Mine won't be nearly as intricate, but I hope it turns out well.
     
  9. Fuzzual

    Fuzzual Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thank you for saying that, very kind. I am sure yours will turn out great!
     
  10. azheat01

    azheat01 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Did a little work today, most of these parts aren't permanent yet as I still need to paint them. Just mocking it up and roughing in pieces.

    Going to add some LEDs and other greeblies to the front.

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    I used the bottom half of a dollar store book light as a side detail piece which will also have LEDs. I also used two furniture caps, drilled holes and added cable outlets, epoxied a small bolt into each one and put those on as well.

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    On the back I used a phone docking station, parts from a calculator, and a cigarette outlet USB port; all from the dollar store.

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    I added an electrical box and a gang box to the other side and added a screw top lid from a themas I got from the dollar store.

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    Gotta say this is a pretty simple and fun build, sorry I waited so long to start one! More to come.................
     
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  11. azheat01

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    Got the LEDs installed and the legs and a few of the other greeblies painted black. Here's a test fit. I still need to paint several pieces, straighten and secure everything, and start assembling.

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  12. _Lee_

    _Lee_ Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow-thats one of the best ive seen. Great work :)
     
  13. azheat01

    azheat01 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks!

    I was able to get most of the assembly completed. I'd say I'm about 95% done with this, just have a few finishing touches.

    I've got less than $85 in this, pretty happy with it.

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  14. azheat01

    azheat01 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Couple quick pictures now that I've moved him to his final spot.....

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