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But finally, this project is over! Dutch Props on Instagram: dutchprops. I also got the collectible art book. I love Fallout 4. The Vault suit is a beginning. I might do more cosplays from Fallout 4 eventually. Check out my Twitter mcbourbonnais1 and Instagram marieclaudebourbonnais for regular updates about this costume.
I had not really promoted the making of that project, I had just been focusing on staying calm, not panicking and trying to make it happen. Nobody really knew that I had spent the past months working on such a monster. I was finally revealing to the world a project at a very advanced step in the building process, without any preview or warning, asking at the last minute for volunteers to help us finish the robot on time for Gen Con.
I know many radio hosts in Quebec City and it was easy for me to talk about the robot and ask for help on the radio. Some friends came to do some sanding for a few hours a day or 2… but it was obviously not enough to truly help.
The deadline was close. And we had to deliver Lug for Gen Con, no matter what. Out of nowhere came an from a gentleman called Carol. He worked during 16 years in a shop where they were making fiberglass kayaks.
He knew how to do finishing sanding. He was already working full time, building his new house all by himself on the side AND he offered his help for the robot. He came to the workshop many times to help us as much as he could. Carol was our savior! Each time he would come to the workshop, my friend and I would feel less alone. We still had so much work to do, but at least, we had some help. Ninja Division really needed to have Lug for Gen Con, even if it would have to be partially completed or not as beautiful as we would have liked it to be.
They wanted to unveil Lug at Gen Con so much that they were willing to pay. The first thing we had to abandon in order to finish Lug on time was the base. We had never painted such a big object before. I had used automotive paint for my fiberglass Candy costume, also for Ninja Division, many years ago. Having a professional doing the paint for us was a release. But we had no other choice now. We were sanding and sanding, day and night, but we knew that at some point we would have to stop sanding and just start painting. But Gen Con was the following weekend and we had to drive down the robot to Indianapolis.
We had to stop. And paint. I was exhausted and disapointed. I was happy to see though that automotive high coverage primer would fill up some of the latest little holes, hiding some little flaws. Notice the paint fumes everywhere in my poor little workshop that was never meant to become a paint room… At least, it was summer time, so we could work with the garage door open, taking the chance, however, that there might be some dust in the paint.
We should have waited a little longer before applying the coat of yellow paint. But we had no time. I was way too tired. I just went to the papers. I remember falling asleep in the car while we would bring back the pick up and trailer… and I finally went to bed.
This paint is already very shinny and it dries pretty fast. I was happy that a professional would be doing the paint step for me… while I would be sleeping. Painting the robot was like a huge event. Our friends and family were there.
Everybody wanted to see the robot leave the workshop for its trip to the USA! When I came back to the workshop after a few hours of sleep, they had already started the masking process to hide the parts of the robot that we would leave yellow and prepare the parts that would be painted in dark gray. Again, it would have been better to wait a little longer before applying the coat of gray paint.
The yellow and gray were there, but the head had no eyes and no teeth. But it was time to go… As soon as we could, we removed all the masking tape and plastic sheets and I called my neighboor. That next step was actually the only simple part of the whole project. My neighboor at the workshop is a garage specialized in forklifts. So I had a forklift next door. So the pick up and trailer were waiting in front of the workshop.
Over the trailer was a big box built by my father to protect the robot during transportation. I called my neighboor, he came with his forklift and we installed Lug on the trailer, in its transportation box.
The paint on the robot was made in about one day. That night, my friend and I left the workshop with our robot, heading to Indianapolis. Notice how simply the robot could be moved with a forklift. We arrived at the border and I had huge doubts. I was surprised when I saw what Ninja Division provided me. It was basically a printed mail saying that I was attending a convention in the USA. So here we are, at the American border. We drove through a big scanner.
But we were lucky. He explained us that if it would have been a sale, if we had planned to leave the robot in the USA, someone would have needed to pay duty taxes on it. But we were actually bringning it to an event with the intention to bring it back to Canada. We were not allowed to enter the USA. It was Tuesday morning, maybe between 5am and 6am. He sent us back to the Canadian border with our letter… and we were back to Canada.
Gen Con was next Thursday. In Canada, we were told that we needed a broker to export something to the USA. We contacted the people from Ninja Division to inform them that we got stuck at the border because the papers they had provided us were not what was required. They really looked surprised. I realized at that moment that our friends at Ninja Division, and with all due respect, American Citizens in general, have no idea of how complicated it is for non US Citizens to cross the US border, with or without a cargo, even as a simple tourist.
My friend and I were told that there were brokers offices at the border. They would open at 8am or 9am, in a few hours. We would wait, go see one of these brokers, put them in contact with Ninja Division and see what would happen. We waited there for a few hours and we had to fill up many papers to list and describe everything we were transporting with us to the USA that we would bring back to Canada at our return.
We had to prove that these objects were purchased or built, in the case of our robot in Canada, that we had these things with us when we left Canada and that we would bring them back with us to Canada. So we left with a letter stating that we were brigning our cargo from Canada to the USA and that we would bring it back to Canada. We would have to show that letter at the Canadian border at our return. We finally crossed the US border. Welcome to USA, robot. It was an extremely hot summer and it would become warmer and warmer as we would go South.
My friend and I drove while the other was sleeping and we had to stop regulary because soon enough, none of us would be able to drive anymore. It took us 36 hours to do a 16 hours drive because we had to stop to sleep so often.
With our pick up and huge trailer, the vehicle was too long to use regular parkings, so we would park between the big trucks in truck stops. We finally arrived in Indianapolis on Wednesday early in the morning. I remember we waited until 6am or 7am before calling someone at Ninja Division to inform them that we had made it. Now, what should we do? I used to attend convention as a guest or simple attendee. My luggages, my banner and my little person. Easy to handle. But as an exhibitor with a huge display piece to deliver, what should I do?
Where should I go? How does it work? May I remember that my friend and I had been on the road for 36 hours, after some very intense days of physical work and very little sleep? We were happy to finally be in Indianapolis, but it was the beginning of another challenge. We asked questions to the little people we met around the convention center so early in the morning. We were told to go to a certain place where all the exhibitors could park their trucks. Once there, we could ask to other exhibitors what to do. I mentioned I was with Ninja Division, they gave me the booth and which loading dock was the closest to our booth.
This is where we would have to go when it would be our turn and they would send over a forklift. We would have 30 minutes to unload the robot and bring it to our booth in the convention center. I gave my cellphone and we went back to the pick up, waiting to be called. We unloaded the robot and brought all the tools and our luggages with us.
It was so warm outside, the sun was so strong, I felt like sun had never been that strong in Quebec even during summer time. The head was still unfinished, though.
I had never been so happy to take a shower. It was Wednesday afternoon. We had stolen a cardboard box in the convention center to use it as a paint booth in the hotel room. I had masking tape the real fancy one for automotive paint spray paint, a small silicone mold that my friend had made before leaving to cast small eyes for the robot, body filler… I really felt like if I had brought all my workshop with me.
I catalysed a small quantity of bodyfiller that I put in the silicone mold, casting 2 small button shaped eyes for the robot, that I painted in black and put on the head using simple double sided tape. I was too tired. I just went to bed. It was Wednesday night. Thursday morning. The top of the neck would actually hold on top of the 2X4. It should be strong enough. But I was still very proud. My friend went back to sleep.A Bourbonnais chat possibly a new friend
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