gave me a wonderful full-scale ( 5’ tall) remote control robot
made with PVC pipes. The robot had a utilitarian head
(“T” shaped) with a claw for gripping and lifting. I
eventually removed the gripper, and added two arms and a
mannequin head. At this point, he made the transformation
from a “lifting” robot to a creepy performance robot. He
became Rocky the Robot Pirate! Terror of the Dance Floor!
Now, the trio was complete: the Crow, the Skeleton,
and the Pirate. We’ve played at skate parks, robot events,
and bars, bars, and more bars — some bigger than others,
but wherever we go no one has ever seen a show quite
Yes, there have been problems. We’ve been hit (the
robot, that is), fallen down, kissed, hugged, and bumped.
You can’t fathom the “fun” running full-scale robots (argh!
— albeit remote control) who are moving and grooving to
the music. For the most part, it’s street theater and as long
as no one gets hurt, it’s all good.
Other performers who have
come and gone include the
mysterious Captain Zybot and
Homer, but the core of the group
is Caw, Skully, and Rocky. It’s a
really cool show when the robots
are in sync with the music with
their lights and motion.
Of course, we’ve had plenty
of “oops” moments happen ...
losing an arm or leg, or falling
over, for example, but it’s all
part of the show.
Caw, Skully, and Rocky make
great props for Halloween too.
Invest some time, energy, and
money in a nice robot-based
Halloween character. Year after
year, they give treasure troves of
fun ... and who knows, you
might even join a pirate band.
Yo, ho, ho! NV
SERVO 09.2014 75
Standard Futaba S3003 servos are used in the hips. Again, a Dremel
tool is used to shape the socket into which the servo is glued
light gives the robot's body an eerie red glow.
Here, you see the standard Futaba S3003 servo glued
(E6000) into the skeleton's shoulder socket. A Dremel tool
was used to shape the area so the servo fit. Note the long
SHAPELOCK servo arm, onto which the skeleton's plastic arm
is glued with E6000.