Here are Misery and Manic sitting in the brain cavity cockpit. There has been some colour added to the interior but more will be added in the coming days. You can also see the LCD panels they use to survey the world along with a couple of cup holders. (Who's brain doesn't have room for cup holders!) All the active link connections for the hands. feet, head, eyelids and eyes have been installed. Most remain hidden in this photograph. More bits need to be added yet. Keep following!
In order to make the joysticks work I need to shorten the actuator movement down into the mechanism. If I extended the lever arm straight down into the mechanism the movement length would be too long. So I fabricated a lever arm to change the direction into a vertical movement which would be easier to configure. To do this I built the lever into the arm of the chair to hide it. Because of the tight space it was necessary to hollow out space for the linkages.
The link to the polar bear's hands also had to be installed during assembly. The following photos show the assembly process.
I think I have mentioned a couple of times that when you build eyes into a head it often becomes a necessary step to install them part way through the assembly. In this case the eyelids have to be installed from the back of the eye block which interferes with the construction of the control console inside the brain. So here is our head with eyes installed. Some finishing needed where the upper and lower block join yet to come though. When I thinking about eye colour Frank Sinatra came on the radio so he became "Old Blue Eyes.
Had a few distractions keeping me from the shop the past little while. Some reno work, family Thanksgiving and a cold, to relate a few. However there been a few escapes to the workshop to work on the bipolar brain. I've been working on the basswood head consisting of the ring attached to the eyeblack and the two top lobes of the brain that open. There will be more finishing yet but here is what is done so far.
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