Robot Suits for Animated Youngsters (Feb, 1957)
Robot Suits for Animated Youngsters
ANY costume party, parade or trip in a space ship will be a real pleasure for the young live wire in your family when he is clad in this bizarre suit (Fig. 1). The dimensions in the drawing will make a suit that fits the average seven to ten year old, but vary the size to fit the child who will wear it.
Completed suit has a one-piece head and body, two arms and two legs. Prepare the body box first (Fig. 2), cutting out the bottom completely. ‘ In the top cut a hole slightly smaller than the head box (by about 1/4 in. each way). Cut arm holes in each side.
If you can’t find a properly sized box for the head, make one from flat corrugated cardboard, cutting the openings first, then forming it into a box. Give the facial features the unrealistic touch by cutting one-sided, flexible cardboard strips 1-1/4 in. wide and the circumference of the openings for eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Glue into the openings so they extend 3/4 in. on the outside.
Make arms and legs for the robot suit from sections of flexible cardboard glued together, while still flat, with a joint of cloth or burlap. To allow flexibility, the cloth should be about two inches wider than the cardboard. Run a thread loosely through top and bottom of cloth, then gather fabric on thread to fit cardboard. Leave most of the fullness near the back of the elbow and top of knee. Then tape the cardboard into tubular form and stitch the cloth. Have the arm sections fit snugly enough so they won’t slip down when worn. Place a wire hook at the back top of each leg in such fashion that it will hook into the pockets or belt of the child’s jeans. Then form the units into cylinders and fasten with glue and staples.
Reinforce the box joints with gummed tape, and glue and tape head to body.
Make a cardboard box large enough to take two D-size flashlight batteries side by side and tape to the forward, inside right hand corner of the body box as in Fig. 2A. To hold the flashlight bulbs on top of the head box, take a wire coat hanger apart, straighten the wire and rebend it to the shape shown in Fig. 2B. Fasten two flashlight bulbs to the ends with fine copper wire and solder to the wire frame. Then hook up the batteries to the bulbs as shown in the wiring diagram Fig. 2B. The door-bell switch, bolted to the right hand side of the body box will enable the youngster to flash the lights off and on at will.
To the center of the body box tape a small aluminum foil pie pan into which you have pricked holes to make it look more complicated. To further decorate the suit, give it a coat of aluminum paint, paint rivet heads around the edges of the body-head unit and place a spaceman name in the lower right corner. Glue a small thermometer to the lower left corner and label Weather Checker; just above that tape a small balloon and call it Weather Balloon. To the upper right corner fasten a tapered popsicle stick with a brad. Letter the words Slo and Fast at either side of that and place numbers 1 through 9 around the circle. The letters UHF in the upper left corner add a final fanciful touch.
To don the suit, the youngster first puts on the leg sections, wriggles up into the bodyhead section, pulls on his sleeves, and he is ready to go!— George Laycock.