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The Making of Mishi Monsters

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I tried to capture the “bounty hunter always on guard” stance, starting at the feet and working my way up. Once the basic frame and body language were in place, I focused on tying in my Mitsubishi 4G63 racing roots by using a 4G63 valve cover and Hoonigan oil cap. You see me here laying it out and starting to get the picture in my head to come to life.

 

 

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The final product after fabrication, powder coat, and carbon fiber is what I call “Mishi Fett.” My inspiration came from my favorite bounty hunter; I put our company colors to it while keeping to the theme of automotive racing robot, complete with a blaster made from a driveshaft, a Mustang strut bar, and a broken piece from our Dynojet!

Some notable parts:

– Cadillac CTSV coil springs

– Racing mirror pedal stools for knee protection

– 4G63 valve cover from my personal race car

– Full carbon-fiber welding helmet

 

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The premise behind the metal monster for our Truck and Diesel booth was to make a MASSIVE intimidating structure, using as many BIG TOUGH truck parts as possible. I planned to top off this monster with my Arkane logo-inspired helmet, and I wanted to take his body language and stance from the movie 300. Getting myself into the Spartan fighting stance over the course of the build proved to be an eyesore, so I printed the stance and taped it to my airbrush stand. I wanted this “King Leonidas of Sparta” robot to be holding a shield and a weapon, ready to strike. I figured that the selfies with this guy would be taken in record numbers at the show!

As I started laying him out, I knew I needed a wide stance to support his mass and weight. The feet are constructed from 18-liter Caterpillar diesel pistons welded to Streamline race tubing for wheelie bars, and GT500 shocks for calves connected to rods from that same Caterpillar diesel engine. The hips are structurally sound with some square tubing from our Mustang strut bars, leaf springs from a Nissan pickup, and my own three-holed military H1 Hummer crash plate. The backbone is made from a black iron tube with more truck leaf springs for lumbar support and his wide shoulders.

 

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The final structure turned out better than I had dreamed. The fighting stance is glorified by his massive presence. I used a diesel intercooler for his shield, and in keeping with the turbo diesel theme, I used two huge Garrett turbochargers for his chest muscles. I also used many heavy-duty features, like the chainmail lifting straps and oversized bridge bolts. And of course, the tree topper is the MASSIVE Arkane logo-inspired helmet!

When its crunch time and I’m in my creative zone, trying to get the picture in my head created in the real world.  It’s a whirlwind of metal, sparks, fire, coffee, and cursing.  But eventually the dust settles, after 20 days straight of SEMA thrashing, you have what started out as raw metal and old hardware transformed into two metal art objects that have a soul… I present the Metal Mishi Monsters.