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I'm currently having a go at making the Cybermat that is supposed to be making its appearance in the second half of the new season. I am basing it on the one picture that seems to be everywhere on the internet, (a frame grab from a videoclip). Does anybody have any other images of this prop?
I'm a big fan of your work, so I hope this helps you out.
It's rather unfortunate that in all of the available images/footage the Cybermat is being pointed away from the camera, and it's impossible to see any detail of the front ... however, I managed to find a frame or two that shows the front of the head - note that the front end of the head is not just a bullet shape, there is a sort of "step" up to where the eyes are!
I look forward to seeing the completed beastie!! :thumbup:
Now the tricky part. The head has a R/C toy car in it and now I'm trying to get the 'face' on it by blocking it out in balsa. Perhaps not too surprisingly, it looks like the faceplate of the new Cybermen heads.
Now that the episode has aired, there is a lot more detail available about the Cybermat so I have decided to totally rebuild mine. I have taken it to bits and started with the tail. It is not circular in cross section as I'd first thought, so I have cut each segment down the middle lengthways and added a plasticard strip. I have put each section back together but only bolted them underneath (they are bolted to keep the tail flexible), as there are no bolts visible on top I now know.
Thanks Andy The Cybermat was a bit of a surprise for the public because the episode hadn't aired at the time.
He is very zippy but you only get 7 minutes of drive out of one charged battery
The problem was there was almost no reference material available at the time. Now I know that the head is much shorter than I made it on mine. I am trying to squeeze the guts of a toy car into it and they don't want to fit!
Have covered the drive mechanism in a mixture of plasticard and milliput. I have also cobbled together his impressive dentition. This thing is too small to get a full r/c mechanism in it, consequently, he will do forward and reverse but any other steering is out, he's going where he wants and quite quickly too :O