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Building a (Terminator) T-1000 Endoskeleton arm. Help? Answered

I want to make a (terminator) T-1000 endoskeleton arm. I'd like it to be as realistic as possible, and I also want to articulate it using either servos or hydraulics. What would be the best way of going about this? I have a passion for animatronics and I'm desperate to do this, but information on the net seems very thin!

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Davii (author)2009-06-02

Sorry, I mean't T-800 xD
A while ago I saw some electronic pneumatic arm looking things... Could anybody point me in the right direction as to where to find them? They would be perfect for this project.

I have worked with various metals in the past, and thought about getting hold of a metal lathe for the final piece of this project.

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NikonDork (author)2009-05-03

Get your movie facts straight buster! The T-1000 was the newer, liquid metal series that was sent to kill John Conner. You want a T-800 arm.

For the most realistic look, I'd definitely go with pneumatics. hydraulics would be better, but small scale pneumatics are less expensive.

A reference book that came out shortly after the film, that has sketches and concept art from ILM and Stan Winston can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Terminator-Judgment-Book-Applause-Screenplay/dp/1557830975/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241339613&sr=1-1

I would start there if you cant find any decent images on the internet. Draw up some plans based on the concepts and get some raw materials in the metal of your choice. Hope you have the ability to machine metal or make some castings if you feel like forging it up. You could construct this out of a durable medium to hard plastic and plastic would be easier to machine.

Usually what they would do to control such a thing would be to run all the pneumatic lines to a bank of air valves or use a RC transmitter and output the receivers servo channels to relays that would control the pneumatics via solenoids.

Be prepaired to empty your wallet - as all these materials are pricey. Before I did anything out of expensive metals, I would fabricate a cheap prototype out of heavy card stock and wooden dowels.

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Bert99 (author)2009-05-02