The mysterious Captain Zybot has
been known to turn up at Black Mast
shows. No one knows from where he
comes or where he goes … just
another robot pirate looking for gold!
A Stamp Board of Education is used to make the skeleton
dance. Basically, it is turned on and off with an R/C relay, and
the program just has the skeleton lift one arm and leg and
then the other … you know, "dancing." The loose joints at the
elbow and knees flop up and down, and create a nice flowing
mechanical effect. There are some videos on my Youtube
channel (Camp Peavy). If you look closely, you can see a
bicycle taillight in the upper-left side of his chest cavity. This
flashes on and off — so it makes the robot’s "heart" beat.
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Basically, wrap SHAPELOCK around the servo horn
but be careful not to cover the screw hole or hit
the servo as the horn actuates. From here, you
can glue it to another part or build the whole
robot out of SHAPELOCK. Again, I recommend
using E6000 for the adhesive as it is shock
absorbent. In a pinch, however, five minute
epoxy might be necessary.
"Howling" Howard Fergerson, the Captain of Black Mast, with Clint Berg on
bass, Scott Trembley on drums, and Johnny “Guitar” Bayless. You can hear
Black Mast at www.reverbnation.com/blackmast.