Chimera machine Picture

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Here's my entry, and what's eaten my life for the last three weeks. His name is Chimera, for the three-headed beast from Greek mythology, but he was almost Dunks, for dunkleosteus, the prehistoric fish that his middle head was modeled after.

I learned a lot making him, and wanted to smash him with a hammer at several points, but I'm glad I finished, barely under the wire or no. The biggest flaw in his construction is that his body is too heavy for his joints to stay locked, so for the photos, he's propped up on a jar of ink. I'm not sure how to increase the friction in the leg joints, though I tried silicone sealant with not enough effect.

Anyway, the photos are numbered, so here goes the one-by-one.

1-3: Wide shots showing the articulation in the necks, legs, and tail. I'm pleased with the mantis-like details on the front pair of legs.

4: The middle dunkleosteus head, showing the articulation in the jaw that allows it to close.

5: More posing.

6-8: Family portraits. Awww.

9: Right head: the spider. Probably where most of the brains are kept. Lots of eyes, too. This head and the left one are mostly for sensory collection, whereas the middle head is for biting things.

10: Left head: no basis in nature. This head is mostly for seeing, and grabbing and manipulating things with its bird feet.

11: Dunkleosteus again, mouth open, showing secondary set of jaws. These are also articulated.

12: Top view of back in open position. This is so I can access the flux capacitor to noodle with the battery, or, to continue with the narrative, to make maintanance easier. The "ribs" are empty bullet casings.

13-15: The flux capacitor! This is Chimera's power source, and was both the most fun and the most frustrating part of his construction. Chimera's "butt" and "belly" are armored against attack with spiny plates.

16-23: Glowy! Chimera in various lighting setups. The fact that the middle head's secondary mandibles show up bright and red like that was a happy accident. Left head has no LEDs, but that's okay--it just means that it's stealthier at night and can grab stuff while its prey is distracted by the more visible heads.
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