So the bug thing has provoked a rather crazy idea in me. Remembering upon the tv show ‘the tick,’ I want to make animatronic antennae for my bug mask.
Utilizing a construction design similar to this thing I can make antennae that move just like the tick’s did. This got me further thinking:
How to move them? Full four way motion? Single dimension? What if they could each move in full four directions independently?
Would I want to be able to send semaphore signal code with my bug antennae?
Could I grab things like amps with my antennae?
Then I thought about bug mandibles. I could build those too and make them move on their own.
Here are some simple concept sketches I made while I was supposed to be working.
I traced my motorcycle helmet from an image on the Internet to get its outline right.
Here is a sketch showing the compound eyes both where I would look through them and also up on the top of the head where they look mo bug-like. I ordered a lense in the color which I’m going to paint the helmet so it should blend nicely and hide my real face.
If it doesn’t I can cut the shield and insert the compound eye lenses into the normal shield and distract the aesthetic view from my face behind the mask. this looks more anthropomorphized than I really prefer.
This last one is largely irrelevant as it shows the lenses inset in the helmet without a shield. I’d cut the chin bar most of the way off and mount the mandibles where it was. But using a shield I can make a smoother insectoid head. I’ll probably not go this way.