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Experimentacle - Dingbat
February 9th, 2012
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Experimentacle
Experimental tentacle on its side
Experimental upright tentacle

Experimental Tentacle making for Waltz on the Wye.

It's hard to know where to start with Tentacles. So I hacked up a quick one, then made a fairly neat fan box to inflate it. Now I can try making better shaped tentacles, and I just have to clip them to the box for testing.

Spare gas boiler fans welcomed!

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From:jarkman
Date:February 9th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Wiggly!
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From:sarah_mum
Date:February 9th, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
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Looks good.
Presumably there's some magic level of inflate vs leakage which makes it waggle about in a tentalising fashion?
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From:quercus
Date:February 9th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
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The main trick seems to be to not over-inflate the tentacle, then to let passing breezes drive the wiggling. This might involve (assuming the usual scrap-bin fans) putting an excess air vent in at the root end, possibly velcro-adjustable.

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From:quercus
Date:February 9th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
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This tentacle is barely shaped. It started off as a shallow cone (which is bad, they need to be more cylindrical, then only tapered at the tip). The only real shape to it is a bunch of darts sewn in the sides afterwards.

A tentacle with either twist (a slipped seam) or some tailored shape would be worth trying next.
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From:girfan
Date:February 9th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Very cool!
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From:liz_lowlife
Date:February 10th, 2012 07:15 am (UTC)
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I love having friends like you.
"Experimental tentacle making"
Ace! :)
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