Intro: Speaker Robot (Mech Warrior)
I wanted to do a unique art installation in my garage. I spend a lot of time working on projects and listening to music in my garage. I came across this idea after remembering Mech Warriors a PC game that came out in the 90's. It was the coolest thing ever when I was in middle school. I had an old self powered sub and an amp unit I got from a friend. After a little creativity and some craft paint made something I am proud of.
Not a hard project by any means. I am helping a friend create one in his game room.
Hope you enjoy.
Step 1: Supplies and Wall Prep
1. white wall paint (not flat)
2. Large Sharpie or permanent marker
3. Strait Edge
4. Projector of some sort ( I borrowed the one from work for a weekend)
5. Stereo Amp ( I had an old one)
6. Speakers ( I got mine from a local thrift store for $20)
7. Craft paint black and silver (Purchased from Wally World 99 cent each)
The wall was a little dirty so I white washed it with a fresh coat of paint. I used a flat white that was laying around in my garage.
(I don't recommend a flat paint. Dries out the tip of the sharpie used to draw outline and absorbs paint for detail work uses twice the paint. Recommend a egg shell or satin paint. )
Step 2: Design
I pulled up some Mech Warior picture off the Internet and used them as reference.
I threw around a few ideas for what i wanted.
Step 3: Support Box
I used some scrap wood to build a box to hold sub and Stereo unit. Nothing to fancy its only a glorified shelf. Used an L bracket from a screen room I had to support the bottom. Made sure to attache it to a stud. Box will also help hold speakers.
Step 4: Projecting
Next is to use the projector and computer to project image onto the wall. I used an strait edge and sharpie to transfer the image.
Step 5: Install Speakers
Attach speakers to wall and insert sub and amp unit. Be sure when screwing speakers to wall to hit the stud each speaker weighs about 10 lbs.
Step 6: Paint It!
I am only an okay painter so stuck with a basic black and silver scheme. Went back and added detail with large sharpie.
Now plug it in and enjoy!
Neighbor kids love it. They say I have a transformer in my garage.