After Lemmy died in 2015, the traditional November Motörhead Concert was obsolete. Luckily there exist a Cover Band (called Motörblast), who play at my Home pub, the Pitcher in Dusseldorf this year, 2017 on the 18th of November. They do it in a very good way so that you can get something like a Motörhead feeling. But one thing was missing all the time (except Lemmy). The Bomber.
So I decided to build it on my own out of PVC pipes.
Step 1: Aircraft Parts + Shell
After a phase of planning an drawing, I bought about 28m of 20mm PVC pipes and began to bend and cut these to the needed shapes. For not damaging the pipes I filled every piece with playsand whilst bending with a heat gun. To get the perfect shape I used metal cans in different sizes for bending the pipes. After finishing all parts I start to assemble them with screws, zip ties and a lot of PVC Glue.
Step 2: 3D Printed Parts
Some parts were not existing, so I designed them in tinkercad and printed them on my 3D Printer. The Lights for example or the holders or rather connectors for the wings. So good so far, but a bomber that does not move and lights up is just a bomber that doesn't move.
Step 3: Electronics
2x 20kg 360-degree Servos connected to a 2,4 GHz remote control is a good ensemble to give some action to the baby. They were screwed to 3D printed mounts and connected to a piece of PVC pipe with a ball bearing (standard 608ZZ) on the other end. These two winches were screwed to a piece of plywood and mounted to the ceiling.
The lights were some RGB Stripes in the PAR36 printed housing. The bigger ones, formally known as the rotors, were also 3D printed and build with a High power LED and a small gear motor.
Step 4: Finish
Painting, mounting, rocking. Needless to say; this evening was superior!!
You can watch the parts of the build here: