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Mar 18, 2017, 12:12 AM
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Nessie "Loch Ness Monster" (Huge R/C Model Build)


Hello all,
Thank you for viewing my build log!

I will be building a "life sized" radio controlled animatronic model of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, from scratch!

Model Dimensions:(Exact dimensions have yet to be determined)
Neck Height = Between 6 and 8 feet above water line.
Body Length= 6 feet.

The model will have 3 animatronic movements, listed below:
1- Jaw will open and close (accompanied by an optional "Roar" sound).
2- Head will turn right and left.
3- Head will look up and down.

Maneuvering the body will be done with an azipod motor able to rotate 180 degrees, allowing full control.

In total, the model will operate on 6 channels (3 for animatronic movements, 2 for maneuvering, and 1 for sound).

The creature will be crafted from insulation foam to keep it as light and stable as possible, and will balance on the water with a heavy keel made of round exercise weights suspended from an aluminium tube. Two vertical keel fins will also be positioned under the body to keep it from being pushed sideways by wind.

Unlike my 10ft Titanic model, Nessie will be a fast and easy build. I expect she'll be done and swimming this summer!

Below is an early conceptual sketch I drew showing how the model will look when finished.
For a quick visual summary of this build log, check out the 'Thread Gallery'.
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Mar 18, 2017, 06:45 AM
can you land on that ?
Nessie is usually depicted with a couple of "humps" behind the head and neck. Easy to trail a couple of suitable shapes in Styrofoam to match the main parts and will give an impression of greater length. Are you planning a trip to Inverness-shire soon ? The weights might be better placed vertically and in-line to reduce drag.
Mar 18, 2017, 08:14 AM
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Nessie is usually depicted with a couple of "humps" behind the head and neck. Easy to trail a couple of suitable shapes in Styrofoam to match the main parts and will give an impression of greater length.
I prefer the plesiosaur/brachiosaurus type depiction more than the long snake body depiction, it looks more realistic in my opinion.
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Mar 18, 2017, 10:02 AM
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I prefer the plesiosaur/brachiosaurus type depiction more than the long snake body depiction, it looks more realistic in my opinion.
LOL, a "realistic" depiction of a non-exist cryptoid. More "witnesses" have seen the "snake body" than the "physician's photo" body type.

But frankly, I like the Mesozoic marine reptile body form best too. . Good luck with the build, it will be fun to watch.



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Mar 18, 2017, 08:48 PM
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First Build Update: Crafting the Head (March 18, 2017)


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More "witnesses" have seen the "snake body" than the "physician's photo" body type.
Well, that's going to change once my Nessie is done!

I've started on Nessie's head! It is made from a built up insulation foam blank that I glued together in order to keep it hollow inside.

The head is rough carved at the moment, I'll make a finer pass later to perfect its geometry. The jaw joint will also be covered with fabric that will blend in once painted and give a seamless appearance, yet still allowing movement.
I've also been experimenting with texturing scrap foam and painting it to look like dinosaur skin, the results have been pleasing.

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Mar 18, 2017, 09:49 PM
Taking care of the pond.
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I'm watching.
Mar 18, 2017, 10:28 PM
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Mar 20, 2017, 07:38 AM
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Looks like fun. I like it.
Mar 20, 2017, 11:59 AM
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Lookin good so far,! Don't forget a speaker in its mouth to project the sound bite ROAR,! And let's hope your town doesn't have a Deputy Barney Fife to round up a posse to take shots at it,!!! Tim aka Cap'n Hax
Mar 20, 2017, 07:22 PM
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I wonder if a waterproof battery box with a heavy car battery suspended underneath can serve as ballast instead of freeweights?
Mar 20, 2017, 08:17 PM
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Thank you everyone for checking out this build!
Unfortunately there won't be any new build updates this coming week until Saturday.
I have a very busy work schedule this week with little time for personal projects.

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Don't forget a speaker in its mouth to project the sound bite ROAR,!
The speaker will actually be positioned in the base of the neck to keep weight reduced up top. The sound will then funnel up the neck and out the mouth like a giant gramophone horn.


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I wonder if a waterproof battery box with a heavy car battery suspended underneath can serve as ballast instead of freeweights?
That's possible, but it would start to overcomplicate things. The keel needs to be very heavy, and easily removable for when the monster is sitting on land.

A car battery likely won't be heavy enough, and the weight it does have is dispersed over the full block shape rather than at the lowest position possible. Solid flat disc metal weights are best for getting the most weight as low as possible. Also there would be no electrical plugs to worry about, and the suspending tube doesn't need to be waterproof.
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Mar 20, 2017, 10:36 PM
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Hope you at least got a laugh out of my post,! Glad for the reply ,!! See your update next week then,!! Have a good week Tim aka Cap'n Hax
Mar 20, 2017, 11:00 PM
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Hope you at least got a laugh out of my post,!
Sure did!
Thanks!
Mar 21, 2017, 10:54 AM
can you land on that ?
Love this idea, I live about an hour`s drive from Loch Ness. I`m surprised that you used thin foam for and "bread and butter" layers to build the body, would solid 3" insulation sheets of foam not have been better ? What about a flexible neck from plastic or rubber heating ducting ? Slip a tubular " sock" over that to make "skin". A bit luck might find a way of making the flex tube wobble or sway ? I had fun with an "Andre the seal" trying to scare Eider Ducks from oyster beds ( failed but somebody was paying) Had many happy hours watching and talking to the real Andre in Rockport, Maine many years ago.
Mar 21, 2017, 11:47 AM
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That is a great carving of the head.



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