Level 3-4: Stabilize Weapon

7 Jan

Subject Delta Drill Reference

Greetings Co-Op Campaign fans! Hasn’t this been a crazy busy holiday season? I know we’ve felt more than a little hectic over at the Crazy Gilbert abode but we have an update to share with you and three months to go until C2E2! When you last checked in, we’d made some pretty amazing headway on Subject Delta’s drill and now we’re going to finish that up. Let’s check our work against our reference photo.

Subject Delta's Drill Reference  Subject Delta Drill with Base

We’ve got the blades on the cone of the drill and we’ve recreated that metallic, fan-like section around the wrist and now we need to create some cuffs, bars and hydraulics. So we gathered our materials from our local Home Depot and started an evening of work.

For our version of Subject Delta’s drill, we imagined that the entire silver fan section would rotate when the drill was activated so this drill would need something to connect to the arm that would help keep the weapon stable. (For the record, our drill will not be functional but it’s going to look really darn cool!) For these cuffs we purchased a thin plastic coupler and hub-fit adapter from Home Depot’s plumbing department. These were thin enough to cut through and flexible enough to allow Daniel to slide his arm through it when wearing his bulky jumpsuit. For the first cuff, we wanted to attach it with some constructed hydraulics.

On the reference photo, you can see the hydraulics along the top of the drill; a set of two tubes starting from the metal fan and extending to the first cuff.

Constructed Hydraulic for Drill We cut the lengths of the hydraulics from a dowel rod and then used some of the 2 mm craft foam to case the ends. I cut a single strip of foam, set the dowel rods in place and then hot glued the foam into a ring. We then used screws and cap nuts to attach the hydraulics to the cuff. We used some of the flex tubing left over from Eleanor Lamb’s helmet to cover the dowel rod. You can see it put together here. Next came the tricky step; attaching the hydraulics to the metal section on the drill. Using Daniel’s actual, functioning drill, we ran some holes through the metal and plastic running along the inside and then, with some more screws and cap nuts we attached the dowels to the metal. Because we were drilling through metal, we wore eye protection and took special care to collect any shredded metal shards from our drilling since we’re doing all of our work in our living space. Repeat on the other side and we’ve got one good-looking little number!

Subject Delta's Drill with HydraulicsNext, we needed to make some bars that would link the first cuff to the elbow and then to the upper arm cuff.

Subject Delta Drill ReferenceHere you can see the full length of the drill and bars going up to Subject Delta’s shoulder. For our purposes, we have the bars stopping at a cuff at Daniel’s upper arm. We started with another plastic coupler, then we measured the distance from the coupler to Daniel’s elbow and then from the elbow to the first coupler that was already attached to the drill. This gave us the measurements for the metal bars.

To make the metal bars we decided to use plastic hanger strap. We sandwiched some cardboard between two layers of strap to give it some rigidity and then we drilled through the preexisting holes to mask the cardboard.

Metals Bars for Drill

With a few washers and a screw and cap nut, we attached our first bar to the upper arm coupler. We chose to use a larger washer for the bottom and then a smaller for the top, it’s a little bit more interesting to look at that way, don’t you think?

Top Hinge Subject Delta DrillNext, we created a hinge at the elbow, connecting two bars with washers, a screw and a cap nut. Again, we used a large washer beneath a small washer, this time for consistency.

Drill Elbow Joint

Because of the size of the cuff around the forearm, we had to do the small washer only, but we have a sneaking suspicion that the whole mama-jama is going to distract from this minor inconsistency. What do you think?

Subject Delta's Drill Side View

And here’s the action shot with helmet lights and suit!

Subject Delta Cosplay Pre-PaintI’d say that it’s coming together nicely! Since we aren’t able to make a function drill, and by functioning I mean spinning, we definitely want Daniel to have freedom in his motion. As of now, there’s a small hitch in this. The screws we used to connect the elbow joints are a touch too small. And, because they are too small, the bars won’t straighten out after they’ve been bent.

Drill Wacky Elbow Joint Drill Wacky Joint Result

A quick trip to the hardware store will remedy this problem. Now Subject Delta’s drill joins the ranks of Subject Delta’s helmet and Eleanor Lamb’s helmet as it waits for painting. As for the weather, well there’s about 2 feet of snow outside so we won’t be Shellacking or spray painting any time soon. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a short winter this year! — TCG

2 Responses to “Level 3-4: Stabilize Weapon”


  1. Level 4-1: Craft New Tools | Co-Op Campaign - January 23, 2014

    […] finishing Subject Delta’s drill, we decided to move our focus over to Eleanor Lamb and her arm toting weaponry. Our first focus: […]

  2. Level 7:1 – Construct Leg Support | Co-Op Campaign - May 6, 2014

    […] I needed to see how the bars would lay. Just as we did with Subject Delta’s drill, we used plastic hangar strip to craft the bars and then we used a set of washers, one large and one small, to highlight the […]

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