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Making a Gonk Droid
IN A DAY
I began by making two supply run trips to get the parts - Home Depot and the Goodwill! At HD - I picked up 2 storage tubs & dryer hose. At the Goodwill, I picked up an aluminum serving tray approximately 10" wide. I already had some plumbing pieces, PVC, screws, paint tray, and paint, but you could pick these up at HD if necessary. Total cost: $16.50 - 2 Tubs and the tray
The aluminum serving tray acts as the "face" of the Gonk - a number of little greeblie items are collected to see what we have... Washers, plumbing parts, yogurt cups, etc all have interesting possibilities.
Starting from the bottom - up. Using lengths of PVC pipe with small T-joints get screwed into the bottom of a wooden base that provides a solid foundation for this little guy.
Drop the dryer vent duct "legs" over the top.
Drill some holes through the tub for the legs to protrude through and then cap it off with another piece of PVC. I secured this piece of PVC from the bottom with 3, 3" wood screws so the body doesn't slide down to the feet.
The feet were made from a plastic paint tray that was sawed in half. A large circle was cut out for the dry vents and the insides gaps were eventually hot-glued with a piece of stiff foam core.
Feet were painted with various colors of spray paint...
A large hole was cut into the top tub so the aluminum tray could sit recessed. A number of plumbing greeblies were glued on and other items screwed in place on the front and sides.
A small antenna and the yogurt cups were installed with some left over hosing. After some streaks of spray paint, he's mostly ready to start charging off. Some minor brush painting helps to bring out some details. Then, it's ready for Halloween!
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