Step 1: A lot of useful and important blablabla before starting...
If you want to make a desk toy for your mom, your old computer is OK. But, if you want to build a big bad bionic armor, you will need all the computer pieces you can get. And you can find the good stuff and these places:
2. Computers technical service sites
3. Trash cans, specially when they are located in front of computers technical service sites and computers stores.
Exactly, what are we looking for? Everything computer related: printers, keyboards, CPUs, screens (and, specially, screens bases), joysticks, speakers, scanners... everything!!
Try to always have an important amount of raw material (plastic junk, computer pieces, damaged toys) in your workshop. It will save you of travel for all de city looking for materials.
Starting every step, I will tell you what materials are equired for the prop. But remember: loose engineering. It's improbable you can make an identical prop, because you'll find different pieces than mine. For the same reason, I can't tell you exactly where to drill and put screws and nuts (and you will have to put a lot). So, use your creativity!
For the moment, you will need this:
- A lot of computer pieces
- A lot of screws, nuts and metallic rings
- iron angles
- Instant glue
- tin soldering
- electric screwdiver
- rotary tool (VERY IMPORTANT!!)
- soldering iron
- screwdivers (if they are electric, better!)
- heat gun
Along this project, you will need to do these actions:
- Disassemble printers, speakers, scanners and everything assembled.
- Drill and join plastic pieces using screws, nuts, metallic rings and angles.
- Cut, drill, burnish and work the plastic pieces using the rotary tool.
- Cut the spare parts of screws.
- Mold, bend and melt the plastic using the heat gun.
- Tear down plastic pieces using the pliers.
- Stick foamy or another padded material at those prop sites in contact with your body.
- Solder wires.
- Use the instant glue to fix the nuts on the screws, specially in the screws than acts as axis.
1. Always use personal protective equipment (goggles, dust mask, gloves and others), specially when you use rotary tools.
2. Work in an area with good ventilation
3. The things warmed by a heat gun or worked with a rotary tool could be very hot. Be careful when manipulate!
4. Getting computer pieces, don't dig deeply in public trash cans (only use the shallow pieces), and be careful when you dig in a junkyard. Use protective gloves. Don't use pieces found with hospitalary waste or in contact with another biological or chemical source of risk.
Well, as the great Tallahassee says, TIME TO NUT UP, OR SHUT UP!