Vanilla Ice

radmeck

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Updated on 10/6/2013 - Go to end of thread for more...
For pics and progress on Vanilla's Nixie Tube Eyes, Click Here One Time!
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Take heed, some day he'll be a lyrical poet... for now let's focus on scrubbing the 27 years of lead battery acid and insect detritus from his yellowing shell - with a little help from Jacques the crab and, ever the looky-loo, Mr. Bubble!

I wanted to called this guy Mr. White Christmas but my son Z was set on Vanilla Ice. He's in the early planning stages and remains as yet unmodified. And here he is all uncovered and bare, getting his clean on before his eventual transmogrification...

Let's kick it!

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Wait, am I in a Bathtub?

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I Clean You Now!

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Club Shower:

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Missed a Spot:

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The Full Monty:

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#46  
VERY COOL WORK!!!
Have you thought of creative placement to add a model railroad smoke generator to go with the colored rods?
I can imagine a "robot gone mad" script. :D
#47  
Great idea! I have one or two of those lying around somewhere. Could be a good rainy project once I get the eyes finished...
#49  
For pics and progress on Vanilla's Nixie Tube Eyes, Click Here One Time!
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#50  
I love the wifi lights! the nixie tubes are a amazing idea too.
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#51  
I would just like to mention that this thread has more posts than any other thread on the forums! A total of 52 very well deserved posts
#52  
I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy....Seriously awsome build. And inspiring to noobs like me. I only hope that BOB will be half the robot of Vanilla Ice. Have you thought of micro servos (9g types) to rotate the eyes? Mounting them right onto the servo horns? Just a thought. Any suggestions you may have for BOB would be greatly appreciated as well. Thank you.
#53  
wow these robot pics are getting kinda kinky.....
#54  
I'm bleaching my omnibot 2000 in the dishwasher , my yellowing was much worse than yours. He must have had a pack a day habit! Lol if strait bleach doesn't do the trick ill do this for the two robots um doing now. Thanks
#55  
@radmeck, I miss your creepy vid clips.:D

Idk why but they are neat and at the same time.....creepy!
#56  
Yea more vids , I wanna see him running about the house lol. I love the tube eyes its soooo crazy.
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#57  
Talk about a blast from the past!!! Good to see he's still rocking:)
#58  
Greetings Earthlings... *eek*

Vanilla Ice is slowly being revived and just recently mastered the challenge of turning his noggin. His Nixie eyes remain functional but have been temporarily gouged out due to an impending rearrangement of internals. His sporty Speaker/LED backpack, however, was in the way and had to be sacrificed for the cause. We'll most likely relocate and reattach it at some point in the future...



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#59  
Welcome back! We've all been a fan of your work on Vanilla.
#61  
The head rotation mechanism and linkage are now complete! :D

The final version utilizes a pillow bearing "backbone" mounted on metal plate because, well... over-kill! Teflon washers were inserted in the linkage at key locations to reduce play and friction. We also added a nifty little in-line clutch to protect the servo from any jarring, gear-stripping forces (children and drunkards). And the head rotation is now precise and balanced thanks to the final addition of two LEGO mini racing slicks mounted on the neck as rolling guides!

Finally, the EZ-B has been successfully relocated to the head where the brains really should be, right!?



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Note: Pillow bearings, metal plate, Teflon washers and clutch from VEX Robotics.
#62  
Wow dude that's some serious mechanics to turn your head. I havent watched your latest vids yet but I will:) good work.
#64  
Nice workmanship and craftsmanship. Very well thought out and built. Looks like everyone is having fun watching and enjoying the ride!

Just keep the ladies, girls and hippies away from the exposed gears. You don't want to get their lond hair tangled up in the teeth. *eek*
#65  
This has to be one of the coolest Omni's! Great work!