Dewey - Silent Running drone model by uhu

Chuffy70

Active Member
Jun 5, 2022
97
188
40
Norwich UK
Hello and welcome to my first build upon this humble organ.

Please join me in a journey of cutting, folding and the odd swear word as aim to construct Dewey from the 1972 movie Silent Running directed by Doug Trumball.

Viewed with the eyes of a child at around the age of 8 years old, my eyes were transfixed to the three drones which helped Freeman Lowell, played by actor Bruce Dern to maintenance abord the spaceship Valley Forge.

These drones, named Huey, Dewey and Louie were in my mind fantastical, loveable and to latter eyes wonderful sci-fi designs.

From a production view the drones were played by actors/ex veterans from the UCLA Medical Center and Rancho Los Amigos hospital - I have the upmost praise for those actors who had to be cooped up within those abs shells! - Steven Brown, Mike Persons, Cheryl Sparks and Larry Whissenhunt... I salute you.

If you have not seen the film, I would urge you to give it a watch and let me know what you think...

Well on to the build, the parts from uhu, that's all I know from whomever made this model - comes in the form of 4 sheets of parts

resized1.JPG

resized2.JPG
resized3.JPG
resized4.JPG

Instructions found online were only in Japanese, so bing translate did its best to do just that, unfortunately the translation is at best a rough guide, so hopefully construction will have to follow the pictures which are not that much better at clarifying what to do.

My brother has a wealth of reference material, which he will be offering me in a few days time.

resized6.JPG


My tools, as laid out are many and varied, but usually I work with just two scalpels from renowned British manufacturer Swann-Morton with a 10a blade (fresh blade with the start of every new build) a variety of other scalpels, knives, scissors, metal rulers and to make my creases, an old darning needle.

Glues used are a fast acting card glue from Deluxe materials called Roket Card Glue and coincidental as per the name of the kit designer - UHU All purpose Gel.

The card glue is very fast acting which I tend to use most of the time on all parts, but larger surface areas are covered by the UHU, not as fast acting, so a pair of self-close tweezers are used or held by the Mk1 fingers with a youtube video ready to watch, whilst the gel takes hold.

resized7.JPG

Part one of the build consists of parts 1 to 9 - of which these were sourced and duly cut out... a crowd of onlookers gathered too, so I had to watch what I was doing...

resized5.JPG
resized8.JPG

Cutting and creasing began - toing & froing from the pictures to see what was what. Determining the blocks and circled yellow section were for removal, and a odd Asian character I determined was 'crease here'

Part one was first creased in the areas required and then formed using a steel ruler clamped to the part and the fold formed using an old 3m tool a friend gave me, good for large areas saving my fingernails grief.

Certain areas on part 1 required a curved edge, so I used a wooden kitchen skewer to help the initial curve, then cutting two pieces the correct width, glued these in place to help the curve stay - curved.

resized10.JPG
resized11.JPG
resized9.JPG
resized13.JPG

The rest of the following parts were formed and creased as instructed.
Part 8 was needed to be bent and creased in multiple ways with a small curve to two areas.

A look through all my bits which my long suffering partner shoves in her hand bag after meals, because I usually say "keep this, it will be handy for my modelling" came up with a lolly (popsicle I believe to some) stick with just the right curve to tackle the job.

Ably assisted by my helping-hands clamp the crease was made with no trouble at all.

resized12.JPG
resized14.JPG

Well we have come to the end of todays work - Next time around, I shall tackle gluing the first 9.


 

Revell-Fan

Co-Administrator
Staff member
Administrator
Moderator
Aug 1, 2009
10,236
9,946
228
Vreden
Fantastic start! Those "lurkers" are adorable. I'm looking forward to seeing more! :)
 
  • Like
Reactions: Chuffy70

Chuffy70

Active Member
Jun 5, 2022
97
188
40
Norwich UK
Well back again, armed this time reference material from my brother Dale. Lots of cuttings he's acquired over the years snipping out of Sci-fi mags past & present, the little booklet is from the bluray release.

resized15.JPG

Right, with my parts formed from the first cutouts work progressed to gluing up - nothing too drastic to report at this stage

resized17.JPG
resized18.JPG
resized19.JPG
resized20.JPG
resized21.JPG

With three little boxes completed and added to the main body, the drone is coming alive!

It's at this point I have found the paper card I'm using is too thick. From what I recall this print up was on a cardstock for testing, not really for building up complete and showing to fellow builders...

So rather than end it here and bin it, I thought no, lets carry on and if there's any problems then I'll show it warts and all!

Upon hearing there could be difficulties ahead, another 'viewer' joined the ranks...

resized16.JPG


The insert for what I'm calling the faceplate was next - the engineering of this card model is outstanding and the part nearly fell into place.

Partly I think, due to the card, there were a few gaps, but they are hardly noticeable.

That done the drone has a face, features to come later...

resized22.JPG
resized29.JPG

Time for the top part of the Dewey's nugget and numbers 10 to 23 were duly selected, cut and creased and a few swear words shouted at the tiny pieces 20,21,22 & 23 as they required being rolled into tiny tubes...MY OBSOLUTE HATE of paper modeling, tubes and rounded things..."I HATE 'EM!"

resized23.JPGresized24.JPG
resized25.JPG

A flat panel sits on top with a small step, unfortunately the tiny step with the thick card was proving hard to keep upright - the red line sowing the step and the yellow circle with arrows showing the two areas which wanted to stay flat.

My solution (hopefully) was adding two strips, one part at the bottom of the arrow was attached first and allowed to dry, then pulling in the direction of the arrow and reforming the tiny step I glued the other end down.

We shall see if this hold out...

resized31.JPG
resized32.JPG

That's all for this update, hope you enjoyed viewing and as always comments, jokes, pokes and criticism are all welcome...





 

Attachments

  • resized25.JPG
    resized25.JPG
    230.4 KB · Views: 0

zathros

*****SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR*****
Staff member
Administrator
Moderator
Apr 6, 2013
12,615
8,120
228
I loaded up to the forum a YouTube video of the amputees inside the actual costumes that where the robots, which is why they seemed so sentient. I can't find the video anywhere. I think YouTube took it down. It was a fascinating video. I searched YouTube for an hour but could not find it. :)
 
  • Like
Reactions: micahrogers

Chuffy70

Active Member
Jun 5, 2022
97
188
40
Norwich UK
I loaded up to the forum a YouTube video of the amputees inside the actual costumes that where the robots, which is why they seemed so sentient. I can't find the video anywhere. I think YouTube took it down. It was a fascinating video. I searched YouTube for an hour but could not find it. :)
could be one of the videos on the bluray, will be watching that later tonight :)
 
  • Like
Reactions: zathros

Revell-Fan

Co-Administrator
Staff member
Administrator
Moderator
Aug 1, 2009
10,236
9,946
228
Vreden
I just want the V.I.N.Cent , I loved that bot.
My V.I.N.Cent. is bigger than his. Just sayin'. :cool:
:biggrin:

I still have an even bigger one in development:

v1-jpg.203546


Just need the time to finish it... ;)
 

Revell-Fan

Co-Administrator
Staff member
Administrator
Moderator
Aug 1, 2009
10,236
9,946
228
Vreden
Yeah, he was a great character from such and underrated movie - Diamond select toys recently brought out a twin pack of our loveable friends, there was a Maximillian too - roughly the the size of 6" figures for about £40 - unfortunately my one is looking more like Bob now

View attachment 203568
That's the one I have, together with that awesome Maximilian. ;) :D