I made a decal sheet for Junkbot, as well as the gearbots.
I made it in a papercraft sort of style, because I don't have an orange slanted brick, so I wanted a decal to cover the whole brick. But you can cut it up to get just the parts you want, with scissors or Inkscape.
There are different layers that can be hidden in Inkscape, such as the annotations.
- Do the hardest parts first, in case you mess up
- In particular, do the most intricate cuts first, so that:
- you have paper to hold onto while cutting (it's also good to leave a margin around things you're cutting out for that purpose)
- it's not as brittle yet (every cut reduces structural integrity)
- and in case you mess up
- Use colored markers on white edges
- Be careful to get a mild enough color of marker (test it first)
- Be careful not to blotch (don't hold it in one place too much)
- If you do blotch it like I did, you may be able to save it by markering the whole decal, making it more vibrant in the end
- For the back of Junkbot (after making other folds), form the decal around
Junkbot's body pieces to start a crease, then pull the paper away and pinch it.
- Precurl curved decals by pushing gently into a surface, or curling around a pen, or just using your fingers. The ends are the most important because they're what will stick up if the paper wants to be flat.
- Use a barrel for the recycle bin so it can be actually hollow, then stuff scraps from the decalling process in for the trash :)
- Attach double sided tape to bricks, then press decals to them. But for precision with curved decals, attach the tape to the very end of the decal.
I didn't have enough gears, or a black dome piece, so I made this zany, fearsome bossbot... with a tie or scimitar, your pick: