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Building an Art Car’s Serpent Tail for Burning Man

MAKE contributor Jeffrey McGrew, of the brilliant design duo (w/ Jillian Northrup) Because We Can, was involved in building part of Jon Sarriugarte/Kyrsten Mate’s serpent art cars for this year’s Burning Man. Jeffrey and Jillian built the amazing Viking ship-inspired tails. Jeffrey has written a great Instructable detailing how they (and a robot) built them.

Tails for the Serpent Twins

 


DON’T MISS IT! Make: Live Halloween Party


We’re broadcasting shortly! Tonight’s Make: Live, our streaming show and tell, is a Halloween party! Are you still undecided what you’ll be for Halloween? Tune in tonight at 9pm ET / 6pm PT for a little inspiration. This show is PACKED with fun stuff! Designer, craftsperson, and Emmy award-winning puppeteer Anney Fresh will join us at the party to show and tell with her fantastic costumes and characters. We’ll also have members of local hackerspace NYC Resistor showing off their electrified, motorized, LED-adorned and otherwise hacked pumpkins. We will share our “Tricks for Halloween Treats” and we’ll also have a costume parade. If that’s not enough, Becky and Matt will be opening the show by revealing their Halloween costumes with a tip of the hat to one of our favorite TV shows. We’ll have all that, a giveaway from Digi-Key, and much more tonight on the show.

Make: Live 19 – Halloween Party
Wednesday October 26th, 9pm ET/6pm PT
Watch at makezine.com/live or on UStream
Please join us in the UStream chat or mark tweets with #makelive to interact live with the show.

We also give away a fabulous prize from Digi-Key to one chat member who can solve our photo challenge (suggest a prize!). This episode:

Want to show us your project? Upload a video or photos and send a link to live@makezine.com.

 

AT-AT Dog Is Awesome

AT-AT Dog Costume

Katie Mello, a professional stop-motion character fabricator at LAIKA/house, made this awesome AT-AT costume for her pup, Bones Mello. You can check out her process shot on Bones’ Facebook page. Katie writes, “From the first time we saw Bones, an Italian Greyhound, my husband and I thought he looked like an AT-AT. He has such an unusual shape. Three years later, I finally made him this costume.” Bones has a little hand-sewn and painted “speed suit” topped with body pieces made out of 1/4″-thick foam sheets. Katie ensured that the costume would be cozy for Bones by sewing a soft fake fur lining into the light body piece. The little canons on the sides of his head are too cool, and he’s clearly ready for action!

AT-AT Dog

Our friend Bonnie Burton interviewed Katie on the Star Wars blog to get the inside scoop on how the costume was made, how Bones likes wearing it, and what other costumes he has. What a lucky dog!


MAKE Halloween Contest

Inspired to make something for Halloween? Be sure to enter it in our MAKE Halloween contest to win cool prizes. Costumes, decor, food, whatever you create for Halloween, is welcome in the contest.

Read our full contest page for all the details.

 


ComBots Cup, This Weekend! (Tickets Discount)

Our pals over at RoboGames are…um… gearing up for another great robot bash-up this weekend and they want you to be there when the bolts burst and the wheels come flying off (’cause isn’t that what it’s really all about?). They write:

Do you miss seeing fighting robots on TV or at Maker Faire? Wait no more! This year’s ComBots Cup takes place 2-7pm, October 29-30th, 2011 at the San Mateo County Event Center (same place as Maker Faire and RoboGames)

Teams from all over the US, Canada, and Brazil will be coming to California to fight for The ComBots Cup, the annual international robot combat championship now in its sixth year. The ComBots Cup event is to fighting robots what the World Series is to baseball. The two-day event features robots weighing up to 220 pounds fighting to be crowned world heavyweight champion. While the recent movie Real Steel thrills audiences with CGI robots, ComBots Cup delivers the real deal. A preview of all the contestants here.

At stake for the competitors is not just honor and glory, but the ComBots Cup itself, a 100lb, three-foot-high trophy that comes with the biggest cash prize purse in the sport. As seen on Discovery Science Channel’s Killer Robots: RoboGames 2011, hosted by MythBuster’s Grant Imahara, robot combat is enjoying a renaissance thanks to the burgeoning DIY culture in the US and beyond. Watch the video from this spring’s Discovery special.

Special Offer to MAKE Readers: Use coupon code “Maker” on checkout and save an extra $5 on your ticket purchase. Tickets here.

Full event details at the RoboGames site

 

News From The Future – Androids Kill Wi-Fi…

Promo

WifiKill – disable the internet

with this app you can disable internet connection for a device on the same network. So if someone (anyone) is abusing the internet wasting precious bandwidth for a Justin Bieber videoclips you could just kill their connection and stay happy with a full bandwidth just for yourself. “allows you to scan your wifi network for devices, see their vendor and cut network connection for specified devices.”

Underground app markets and rooted phones will make it possible for anyone to disrupt internet connections. Begun, the Android war has. Couldn’t the Cylons knock out electronics too?

 


Jeri Reverse Engineers an HC55564 Chip from an Old Pinball Machine

In her latest Intersil “Academy of Analog Pinball Wizardry” video, Jeri Ellsworth replaces an HC55564 Continuous Variable Slope Delta (CVSD) codec chip with one she reversed engineered into an FPGA. What in blue-blazes is a CVSD modulator? Watch the vid and find out — as usual, Jeri does a great job of showing how it works, how she reversed engineered it, and what the result are. As some have pointed out, you can still scare these chips up online, but this was more about proving and showing than just about fixing.

Continuous Variable Slope Delta Modulator – HC55564

 

Make: Projects – Costume Minigun

From user Douglas Desrochers. The barrels appear to be PVC. They rotate around a piece of 1/2″ copper pipe, and a high-intensity LED is positioned to shine down the top one, strobing as the barrels spin. The whole thing is driven by the motor and battery pack from a cheap cordless drill. Let the Predator jokes commence.

More:

 

Make: Live is Tonight – Halloween Party!

Tonight is Make: Live‘s Halloween party! Are you still undecided what you’ll be for Halloween? Tune in tonight at 9pm ET / 6pm PT for a little inspiration. This show is PACKED with fun stuff! Designer, craftsperson, and Emmy award-winning puppeteer Anney Fresh will join us at the party to show and tell with her fantastic costumes and characters. We’ll also have members of local hackerspace NYC Resistor showing off their electrified, motorized, LED-adorned and otherwise hacked pumpkins. We will share our “Tricks for Halloween Treats” and we’ll also have a costume parade. If that’s not enough, Becky and Matt will be opening the show by revealing their Halloween costumes with a tip of the hat to one of our favorite TV shows. We’ll have all that, a giveaway from Digi-Key, and much more tonight on the show.

Make: Live 19 – Halloween Party
Wednesday October 26th, 9pm ET/6pm PT
Watch at makezine.com/live or on UStream
Please join us in the UStream chat or mark tweets with #makelive to interact live with the show.

Want to show us your project? Upload a video or photos and send a link to live@makezine.com.

On this episode:


Anney Fresh – costume characters

Designer craftsperson and Emmy award-winning puppeteer Anney Fresh will join us at the party to show and tell with her fantastic costumes and characters.

Pumpkin Hacks

Members of local hackerspace NYC Resistor show off their electrified, motorized, LED-adorned and otherwise hacked pumpkins.


Tricks for Halloween Treats

Becky will share ideas for Halloween party food and other creepy sweet treats for your favorite ghouls and goblins.

CRAFT Halloween Contest

 

Hackerspace Happenings: Wednesday Edition


Are you a hackerspace member with an event you’d like to publicize? Send it to johnb@makezine.com or tweet me at @johnbaichtal and I’ll post it. Also feel free to subscribe to my hackerspaces Twitter list. Hackerspace Happenings runs weekly(ish) Tuesday(i)s(h).



i3 Detroit Halloween Party

We’ll have some phat beats dropping and mad costumes. We’ll also entertain serious discussions about how awesome Jurassic Park was, your favorite molecule, and hopefully… HOPEFULLY someone does the ninja rap, Go ninja go ninja GO!

The thing that makes this event extra exciting is it coincides with Ted’s 40th birthday. This means two things for you: free booze (thanks Ted!), and an excuse to heckle an old man about his age, you ungrateful people!

To cap it all off, we’ll be making ice cream with liquid nitrogen. Yeah, you read that right. LIQUID.NITROGEN. Insanely fast, insanely cold. What more do you need to know? Go get your calendar right now and put a bit ol’ circle in the shape of a pumpkin around the 29th!

RSVP at the Facebook event page.



Hacky Halloween in Kitchener-Waterloo, ON’s Kwartzlab

See the post on kwartzlab.ca for more information.



Hackerspace Starting in Pensacola, Florida

We are trying to get the word out about our makerspace/hackerspace that is starting up in Pensacola, FL. We have had a few meetings now. The next one is Sat. the 29th at 6:00 as Ozones Pizza Pub in Pensacola. We will be meeting every two weeks for a while. Our tentative website is makerspacepensacola.com.



New Co-Working Space in Brooklyn

3rd Ward’s Co-Working space has opened, and will be having a open house on Thursday, November 10th.

Our 30,000 sq ft space is where ideas happen. The 3rd Ward membership base consists of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and wide-eyed newbies who cover nearly every creative field, including: photography, advertising, furniture design, graphic design, literary writing, computer programming, filmmaking, industrial design, fashion design, architecture, and more.

The brand-new coworking space is centrally located and optimized for the cross-pollination of diverse ideas. Sit at a quiet dedicated desk with ample storage and natural light. Meet with clients and investors in the beautiful and comfortable conference room. Take advantage of the superfast wi-fi, printer, scanner, and mail and reception services. Meet other Members at one of our networking events, gallery shows, or lectures.

This is coworking for a new economy that values not the widgets you make, but the ideas you generate. At 3rd Ward, a social entrepreneur can partner with a circuitry genius. A 3D motion graphics artist can collaborate with an innovative jeweler. A web developer can discover an unexpected solution by experimenting in a welding class. We’re open 16 hours a day, seven days a week and are always a hive of activity.



Dallas Makerspace Open House

Remember, remember the 5th of November. No, we’re not plotting regicide, it’s the Dallas Makerspace 2nd Annual Open House! This is our first open house at our new location, and we want to show off all four thousand square feet off it. We have a lot of projects to show off, activities to partake in, classes to learn from, and food to eat; so come on out, bring your friends and family.

The doors open at 1pm Saturday, November 5th and will stay open until we’re too tired to talk (probably around midnight). As we confirm projects, activities and classes we will be updating the 2011 Open House page on our wiki, so keep checking back.

 

Scratchbuilt: Radio-Controlled Jagdpanzer 38(t)

This detailed post from modeling forum member Panzerpaul nicely shows off the skill and hard work that went into creating his radio-controlled replica of a WWII-era German tank destroyer commonly called a Hetzer. To house the R/C electronics and other guts, the hull has to be hollow:

This model is essentially a resin top hull, metal lower hull, reinforced running gear and lots of brass PE. Rather than make a master hull from scratch, I took one from a static resin kit and cut off the side, rear and front walls, and then hollowed out the underside of the remaining upper hull. This took a lot of time with a Dremel cutting tool and created a tremendous amount of resin dust, which means you wear a protective mask.

The real thing is almost 21′ long; at 1/16 scale, Paul’s model comes in at just under 16″.

To the resin upper hull, Paul added details too thin for resin in soldered brass:

The completed model has been detailed, finished, and weathered to an extent that’s not usually seen in R/C models, in my experience:

In short, as Gar put it, with characteristic pith: “Daaaammmn.” Be sure to check out all the build photos over at Small Scale Military Headquarters. [Thanks, Gareth!]

 


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