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To pose our Bucky skeletons we used the following materials:

½” electrical metallic tube EMT conduit
½” compression connectors
½” tee compression fitting
45 - 90 degrees elbows
½” galvanize floor flanges
3/16” metal rods
pulley & cable
Zip-ties

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EMT Conduit Bender

To help support the Bucky skeleton while deciding on our poses, we first created a stand out of electrical conduit with a pulley & cable assembly to raise & lower the skeleton into position to give support while standing. This helped free up our hands to be able to create the support structure needed to make the skeleton stand freely.

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We started by determining the location for floor flanges and began supporting the lower legs by using conduit to mimic the pose, attaching it to the back of bones with zip-ties. (Keeping mind to hide as much to the conduit as possible). Some blending of the conduit was needed with the use of a conduit bender to fit the pose. Once the legs where stable, we worked our way up the skeleton following the same procedures. As we reached the tail bone, a tee compression fitting was used to join the lower leg structure with the spine. To support the arms, metal rods where used in the same matter as the conduit process attaching with zip-ties. Once the support structure was completed, the skeleton was removed from the stand to test for stability. If any joints where unstable, additional brackets made out of metal stripes to strengthen that joint. To create a knee joint, one end of the upper & lower adjoining conduits where flatten with a hole drilled through both flat surfaces, joining them with a nut & bolt. We found this step helps give the structure a little bit of play when creating the joint. Hope this answers any questions.

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The pulley and cable assembly is a great idea....our 'helmsman' from 2012 was attached to the deck via flange and EMT, but I never considered a pulley mechanism during posing and assembly.

My wife got serve in that noble function, and was not the least bit happy about....turns out the Bucky can be be fairly heavy while someone is bending EMT to just the right contour. :cool:

Thanks for sharing the tips!
 
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