Never roam alone!

When you think of travel, what comes to mind is how to do it cheap and how to do it without the problems associated with lost luggage, airport security check-in, big-guy-in-front-reclining-his-seat, etc. So, why not have an adventure in travel from the comfort of your own home.

There seems to be a wordwide fad of kidnapping garden gnomes, more accurately, liberating gnomes from their proper place in the garden and taking them to far-away and exotic places. The gnomes would then send back pictures of their exploits and travels back to their owner. Apparently there is a movement that you can join(search the web for details) which seems to encourage such activities. It is such a phenomenon that one travel service uses the roaming gnome as its advertising mascot.

Discussion of the traveling Instructables Robot or reasonable facsimile is here.

So, let's create our own Instructables Robot roaming gnome, henceforth the Roaming RoboGnome.

Yes, this may look like a traveling companion as part of The Amazing Robot Race or the immunity idol from Instructables Survivor-San Francisco (Outtwit, Outpun, Outcomment, who would you cast and vote off?) but you try to buy a replica gnome from TV fame and realize they are way overpriced and not as cool. I don't think you can find this on Eb@y.

Pictures below are from a remote control model airplane jet meet. People do spend thousands USD for that tiny turbine engine and we have seen some crash and burn...cool. Real men do cry. The real Supersonic Transport SST (Concorde for the Air France version) in "landdock" while its home, the Intrepid aircraft carrier museum is in drydock for renovation. Fuhgeddaboudit, this is Brooklyn, New York.
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gnomedriver6 years ago
Nice gnome!
caitlinsdad (author)  gnomedriver6 years ago
You too. Where can I get a cool car like that?
Gjdj37 years ago
You always have the best Instructables Robot instructables. That's really cool! 5 stars and I'm definetly making this!
caitlinsdad (author)  Gjdj37 years ago
It should look like this. Haha.
Hmm, looks like it needs no shirt. a white mask, and a KFC bucket... Maybe even a Buckethead Custom Les Paul... :O
caitlinsdad (author)  GorillazMiko7 years ago
Robot went to Instructables Headquarters and all it brought back was this l0u53y shirt! :P
How did you make that? Printed or drawn? Nicely done, but I prefer KFC buckets, white masks, and guitars. Hahaha, I ate KFC today. :P
caitlinsdad (author)  GorillazMiko7 years ago
I took the Joe Rules pic and overlaid the text with copied sections of the T-shirt to erase the text. I then used Photoshop to smudge or blend in the rough edges and then replace the text and shape it so it looks 3-D and added the pointing finger graphic. The original was a piece of paper that I wrote the words in marker and taped to a baby-sized T-shirt that the Robot is wearing.
Ah, nicely done. Looks like it was printed on the shirt.
caitlinsdad (author)  GorillazMiko7 years ago
Maybe you can get them to add it to the Instructables Shirt Store or else the "I waited in line 3 days for the new Instructables Book and I didn't get one!" shirt for you...haha...
Oh hardy har har!!!!!!!!! I'll get one. Oh yeah, here's something for you.
caitlinsdad (author)  GorillazMiko7 years ago
Here is my bucket, short and stout, Here is my drumstick, watch me pout... Haha!
Haha. I beg to differ. I'd say that the shirt is an important part. Lol.
Now that's just too cool! I'm heading out to the recycling bin now!
caitlinsdad (author)  Gjdj37 years ago
Yay! Robot is being cloned... (Go ahead, it OK to grab the pic if you want it for your avatar or something)
Haha, sweet. Thanks!
Gjdj37 years ago
I'm working on mine right now, and I'd just like to add one thing. If you don't have enough cardboard at your house you can go down to the local hardware store and ask them if you can have some of the extra stuff they have. They normally have a lot extra from shipments (at least they do where I live).
Dang, I thought you wouldn't make fun of me, until I saw the last image and the GorillazMiko glue part. Still, nice Instructable, but I'm too lazy to do this now that school's out. Skating is much funner. :P +5/5 stars. (added to favorites)
caitlinsdad (author)  GorillazMiko7 years ago
Dude, make sure you wear a helmet...a real one. Have a fun and safe summer.
I was skating yesterday and I fell badly. Scraped up my knee badly, lots of blood, my jeans got all ripped, my wrist got messed up & stuff...

And I was wearing my Robot shirt.

I landed on my hands, stomach, and knees..

This is what happened:

I was skating. The floor was lopsided like this ---------. See the middle breaking point? I didn't see that, so my trucks went right there, and I was going fast. The board STOPPED and I flew forward right away, and when I was in the air, I said the F word REALLY LOUDLY... I landed on my stomach, knees, and hands (and my wrist, unfortunately, which kind of fractured it). The first thing I thought was: oh man the robot is probably all scratched and stuff now!! But then I looked and it was still good. Then I realized how much pain I was in and stuff and just started cussing a lot. Then I had to limp back to my dads work (just around the corner). I looked just like House. Dr. Gregory House. Yeah...

Well, that's the 411 of my life... (just kidding).

Ahhhh, summer is fun. I might go skating again today, but I probably won't do too much to die. If I die, who would you make fun of?
caitlinsdad (author)  GorillazMiko7 years ago
As long as the Robot was okay. Dude, try a safer sport.....like skydiving or something.
Hmm, no thanks. Skateboarding is life.
+1 vote.
Ok, this is adorable. Really. It hurts. Too cute.
Hahahahahahahahaha at caitlinsdad's comment to your comment that I'm replying to.

It looks like everybody wants the


caitlinsdad (author)  jessyratfink7 years ago
Thanks, I am honored by your fanciful comment.

Is where I have to say:


martymunch7 years ago
Ha ha ha, this is awesome! I might make one of these. 5/5 stars and fav'd How long have you been working with paper and cardboard construction? the detail you went into with the cardboard was nice. After you applied the paper it really looks good. Nice Job!
caitlinsdad (author)  martymunch7 years ago
Here we put paper/paper products out for recycling only once a week. Since I am constantly working on the house, empty boxes build up so I might as well make something with them. White glue is cheap but I prefer my woodworking glues for the better tackiness and quicker drying. Gorillazmiko glue is fun to work with also. I've seen other stuff on laminated cardboard so I tried it out and it really works. There is less mess involved except for that paper lint and no need to make noise with power tools. Definitely kid-friendly except for an occasional paper cut.
I saw Gorilla Glue at The Home Depot yesterday..
LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
That's great! Job well done! Hahahahaha!
caitlinsdad (author)  T3h_Muffinator7 years ago
Thanks, it looks like it just got featured by The Man. Note to self: Self, make more fun of his Ericness.
Lftndbt7 years ago
Nice, very nice.. That's terrific detail you have gone into. Those buttons and robots right hand in the picture look very 2d/3d. My brain is having issues deciding if it is a picture or and object. Interesting.
caitlinsdad (author)  Lftndbt7 years ago
And the eyes seem to follow you as you move about the room.... Thanks. The outlines on the buttons and hands done with a black marker make it pop out even more. It is afterall a poseable 3-D action figure with moveable arms.
caitlinsdad (author)  caitlinsdad7 years ago
You might need these for the 3-D effect...
Those really are great, do they really work.
caitlinsdad (author)  Thornburg7 years ago
These really work. We haven't perfected our giant X-ray specs though. This was her latest science fair project. You can get colored acetate at art supply stores. The frame is made from laminated corrugated cardboard cut from boxes. Just draw a big eyeglass shape and overlap the small pieces to fit. Cover everything and the raw edges with paper scraps peeled from the cardboard. It gets real strong and doesn't flex after about 3 or 4 layers. You can view any anaglyph 3-d red/blue image. These are huge and if you put your face up to the middle, it is just enough to see without obstruction. By the way, there is nose hair in the nostrils made with black yarn that hangs like a mop inside for those who need to touch the paper mache nose.
Those really are pretty sweet, but can you make this? Love how you have the nose hair by the way.
caitlinsdad (author)  Thornburg7 years ago
Haha, we though about that but we had a real serious science fair project to do. The nose hair was probably on the edge.
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