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Bakelite Robot by MikeDoscher Bakelite Robot by MikeDoscher
This is another Rocketship Empires: 1936 illustration. A toned sketch of Radiobot, a commercially produced robot. Lies squarely between C-3PO and Helperbot in terms of metrosexuality versus incompetence.
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goobeetsa Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beauty.
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Laharl234 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Dieselpunk! Sweet.
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:iconjoeharlow:
joeharlow Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love it!
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:iconjarm13:
JARM13 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice look and styling .
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool design!! And I'm laughing over the description!!
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:iconwells45:
Wells45 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
Great retro-future robot. Excellent!
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:iconbarbieq25:
barbieq25 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Like it a lot. Great concept.
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MBDavenport Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol "Lies squarely between C-3PO and Helperbot in terms of metrosexuality versus incompetence."

Great design on this guy!
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Razorwind666 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
I also have just noticed the RUR. nice.
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:iconsquirepuck:
SquirePuck Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
:horns: For the name alone!
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SquirePuck Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
I think a :horns: is in order just for the name!
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:iconstrength:
Strength Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
I very much enjoyed the format/design of this model! ^^
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:icono0tron0o:
o0Tron0o Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
awesome work
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:icon2rado:
2rado Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
Great sketch, I love alternative futures and the "art deco" used in this robot
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BazookoidBen Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic, the art deco style works realy realy well. The arms are somewhat remanisant of Bender from Futurama.
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danomano65 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Filmographer
wonderful.
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008
Helperbot rules:headbang:

I like the design. Reminds me of the Metropolis stuff.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Bakelite, while aesthetically beautiful, would make a problematic shell for something like a robot (even non-combat domestic) because the material was so brittle. I would imagine your bot fellow would likely have to have some kind of special treatment to the Bakelite itself to strengthen it from cracking, chipping, sunlight fading, etc. Most Bakelite has the Phenol shell with a wood pulp filling, hard but very prone to cracking with stress. I know the properties of Bakelite all too well from restoring classic 40s Bakelite tube radios and it's a material you have to baby the hell out of to ensure it remains scratch free. Not an indictment of the design at all though, I certainly dig what you have going on here.

Very cool to see someone else refer to Bakelite in their concepts. I dig your overall leanings to classic deco styling in much of your work. I have some Bakelite inspired designs in a project I'm working on as well, some simulated material and some the same basic thing as the original. Love Bakelite, it's too bad we don't see it as much in modern products.

Cheers!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional General Artist
That's very interesting. The game I did this for presupposes the availability of alien technology that includes processes for making mundane materials super-strong. Classic 'tooth fairy' plot device. XD

The wearing properties of the Phenol shell you describe explain some of the odd variances I've seen with it's use on gun stocks and grips from WWII, as well the difficulty of finding such parts unbroken. One rare variant of the Bakelite buttstock for the MG-42 has formed steel caps on top and bottom rear corners of the stock to make it harder wearing, but actually made them more likely to crack at the attachment point...
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Aye, I had a feeling there might be something that could cover any loopholes like that. 'Tooth fairy" plot device indeed, always good to have those on hand XD

Yeah Bakelite is pretty interesting stuff and you're right it was used in weapon designs of the time period as well (Weapon grips is def one area I have used the idea of a material like this in designs). I wasn't aware of the specifics of the MG-42 stocks but what you describe there makes sense as to the stress cracking at the attachment point. I don't know if you have even had a chance to handle or see anything Bakelite up close the material, depending on color and the type of turtle swirling, is just gorgeous stuff. I have a bunch of the small Deco Bakelite tabletop radios and they're all attention grabbers, especially when I turn one on :) So I really love that you're exploring the classic streamline aesthetic as well and I rather love that you also seem to have a singularly original approach to it all your own. Though I enjoy stuff like Steampunk and such I also don't find it interesting to just emulate what everyone else is doing and I also find myself bored with a lot of the repetitive visual troupes we see over and over again.

I also commented on your Deco journal post because I'm quite taken by Art Deco as well obviously. Although our styles are different you might dig some of the stuff my small studio has been doing. In fact i just posted a Deco car design yesterday morning ;) Take care and best man! Love what you've been doing.
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rocksicle Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008
Nice design, but doesn't look like bakelite to me.
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:iconmikedoscher:
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
The shell is bakelite, but the trim is chromed brass and the structural elements are steel. The faceplate is celluloid. It should be more obvious in the painting this was a study for.
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LockeLockeRevolution Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008
Awesome! I like how the highlights stick out but aren't overdone. Good work~
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Spex84 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008
Kick. Ass.
I love the fact that you researched and paid considerable attention to the materials, rather than just doing "generic steampunk deco".
Plus, bakelite is just awesome.
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BanguBangMania Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008
Nice, very 1930's
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DRS2406 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
Nice droid man
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:iconmalcadon:
Malcadon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it, its like something from SkyCaptain. Nice touch with the RUR!
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:iconvousielle:
Vousielle Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Art Deco fills it with win.
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:iconwade7:
Wade7 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
WOW...the design is really awesome!...one of the best humanoid robot´s i have seen in a time...the lines are really great and unique, all with that retro-futurist style...you are still one of my fav concept designer keep up the good work
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fabianfucci Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Interesting and clean concept. I would buy one of those!
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NeptunesQueenBee Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats so funky. I love the arms, those make it so sci fi circa early 1900's for sure.
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Possy73 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
RUR :P

Nice :)
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d3cap Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
nice man!
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Mesciurius Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
i like it very much !
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obookman Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool !
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cwalton73 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
"Lies squarely between C-3PO and Helperbot in terms of metrosexuality versus incompetence."

...is just about the funniest thing I've heard this week. Awesome.
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Forecaster71 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
nice ^^
is it for combat? or what is it's functions?
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:iconmikedoscher:
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
More of a sidekick/flunky than something designed for heavy action. I didn't get much background on him from the game designer, but I would assume from the context and materials that he's a sort of semi-sentient mechanical servant that you would use for general labor and domestic duties.
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Forecaster71 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
aha
well huray for that :D
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AllStarZ Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
Nice touch with the RUR.
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