Sonic screwdrivers @ Chicago Tardis 2012

Dalek with girl and sonic screwdriiver
Stay where you are, this sonic screwdriver is set to Dalek

Got back from Chicago Tardis a couple of days ago. I had a great time. I took Mini-Me and he trundled up and down the hallway again like last year.

man Dalek and sonic screwdriver
Want to buy a sonic screwdriver?
girl and Dalek
Please do not touch. I exterminate people who touch

Most people were happy to see him and took the opportunity to get their sonic screwdrivers out. (Ha like that really has an effect on Daleks).

 

Mutant operator resting
Wow I am bushed, time to take a rest
Dalek and boy Doctor
Give me your lunch money and next time I want you to do my home work

Last year it was obvious that he moved rather slowly and while he was cute and everything, he was also very s-l-o-w.
This year I chose to “update” his motor control by changing the gear ratio on the VEX chassis that I made for last year. I changed it from being high torque to more speed. I learned an important lesson. High torque works better on carpet especially when you want to turn.
If I were to make an upgrade to the VEX chassis for next year, I would add floating wheels for the front. I did not realize that having four fixed wheels does not mix well with low torque. I did not realize that it was more of a fluke that he could turn on a dime last year and due to the higher torque.

There were many amazing costumes and though I did not have a camera with me at all times, I managed to get a few pictures.

clockwork monster costume
Just like clockwork
alien costume from Doctor Who
Madame vastra
Special Dalek
Special Dalek
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