I decided to enhance my current LARP character i would create a little friend to carry round.... with having very little electronics knowledge i decided to MODIFY and excising robotic friend... I found him in the form of Dave the Funky Shoulder Monkey 2010 Toy of the year in the UK
I do not have step by step pictures, but via the use of videos and such im sure you will get how i transformed Monkey to Man
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Belt buckle: 75p
Thermoplastic: (MOSTLY) FREE (Yay thanks Allen Stroud!) 100g Cost me £3 ish
Paint: £1 (i only needed to buy one pot of humbrol as i had the rest to hand)
Total build cost: £11.25
Step 1: A Bit About Dave
Dave is a wonderful little remote controlled animatronic spider monkey produced by WOW toys... he sits on a little harness you wear on your shoulder.. he is controlled by a little remote with 5 buttons, pressing different button combinations in different ways will produce various different emotions and actions... have a look at the little chart you get with him in my pics...
I bought two on ebay for around £5-£10 each... their RRP is £25
Step 2: Time to Skin the Monkey!
Step 3: Make a New Body
Once Dave is skinned you are left with a sealed unit with two arms and a head/neck...
In order to not inhibit movment you are best taking Daves body apart and backwards engineering new clothes... That's what i did... I undid the original seams, placed them on the material i wanted to used... cut and sewed them to how the originals were and bish bash bosh a body came into form
Step 4: Apendeges First...
With not having alot of pictures, i have a breif video of Dave dressed, with me carrying out a movment test
Step 5: Its All Down to the Details
Okay to make him a little more interesting, I made Dave a little satchel, a belt and i bought him a pair of ceramic dolls boots off ebay
Step 6: Head and Hands
I had asked a very good friend of mine to make me a set of hands and a head for Dave, but i mustn't have given the right measurements, because despite them arriving and looking fantastic they were just too big and heavy to be used.
So To get me through Daves first event, Allen made me a head out of poly morph/ thermoplastic... that stuff is brilliant, to those who have never used it thermoplastic is an incredible plastic with a very low melting point... it can be molded into any shape and then put in a bit of hot water and re-molded... The first pic is head and hands mark 1, in the following pics you can see how it evolved once i got home and bout some thermoplastic to play round with for myself
Step 7: Hair
Despite Dave looking REALLY awesome once painted... i decided to make him look less like Sloth from the Goonies, and more like a grotesque but refined 17th century little man, furthermore to be referred to as Mr Bimble
I unfortunately have no pics of this step, so you will have to do with my feeble description
I got some natural string, and unraveled the cord to get the long straight fibers, and then started the arduous process of gluing layer upon layer of hair one on top of another to form his barnet. once he had enough hair i gave him a trim and a little plait and let the glue dry