Brooklyn Ironhide
Brooklyn Ironhide:  The construction process

Brooklyn Ironhide was imagined, designed and built in...
you guessed it...Brooklyn NY USA!


Version 2,  December 2013                                                                                                                           - Alan Camuto
                                              
Brooklyn Ironhide was built with parts from local household, hardware,
drug, sporting goods, pet shop and discount stores.
Stuff you'll find in your kitchen, bathroom, closets and junk drawer. 
All readily-available.  Nothing special.  Only two online purchases.
This is my art!


                                                                                                                             - Alan Camuto, for hire @ NegativePop.com

One of my design-guides for his body:



My main reference for his feet and guns:



Because no physical character actually exists, and because his appearance changes with
each film and each artist interprets him a bit differently, I had some real lattitude.
An exact duplication of his body & structure would have been functionally impossible
to move around in, and would have required a totally different construction process.
My original design would have probably weighed 195 lbs. or more, and that's nuts.
I'm all about moving, posing and interacting during a performance.  I don't 'just stand there'.
His weight became a major issue during construction: I had to remove some large panels,
his two tires, and greatly reduce the complexity of his two cannons & minigun. 
Each of his cannons went thru three builds, each time reducing their size and complexity:
they were both originally covered in gizmos, widgets & tubing, and had much longer rears,
and my medial shoulder muscles couldn't handle it, even being a gym rat.
Shortening their tail ends reduced the lever-effect, and improving their arm attachments
reduced their tendency to torque / rotate outward.  I can now fully move and swing 'em around.
Still have to be a gym rat, though, which is fine by me.  Am anyway.


                                                                                                                       - Eileen Zolkos

I tried to keep the 'spirit' of his feet:  proper engineering was essential as they had to
flex fully, be stable, not be a trip-hazard and allow me to be stomp around for long periods.
I wear three pairs of heavy socks, and wraps, to avoid hurting my feet.
Why no stilts or lifts?   I get that question a lot.
I don't use stilts or lifts on any of my exoskeletons.  I am not static.  I move around - fast -
and do lots of fighting poses.  Wearing those things changes one's body structure and balance.
How could I bend far down to talk to a child?  No one wearing them looks good walking.  No one.
So, I get a lot of, "I thought you were taller..."



I used stuff from pet stores with this design, something I hadn't done before.
My shins are large pooper-scoopers, the left cannon's muzzle is a dog bowl, and I
have some bird feeders on my body.

Each cannon has a toilet brush holder on it - yikes - and those cylinders around the
right cannon are 'Muscle Milk' containers...my drink of choice...

As usual, toilet-related stuff is used all over his body.  It all looks very mechanical.

His eyebrows are child-proof latches.  His jaws are pill-splitters.

It took me 13 months to acquire all of his parts.


                                                                                                                         - Alan Camuto

Brooklyn Ironhide version 3
Construction time:   615 hours                   Weight:   168 lbs.

I started with a 'Brooklyn' tourist giftshop license plate,  then...

football chest protector,  2 hockey leg guards,  2 shin guards,  extreme sport body armor,  69 velcro
straps,  2 pooper scoopers (ahem...),  dog bowl,  salad spinner,  2 corn cobbers,  plastic hangers,
6 toilet paper roll holders w/ 2 full assemblies,  2 spatulas,  2 gardening hand tools,  6 sweeper
shroud sleeves,  4 toothbrush holders,  2 toilet brush holders (yikes...),  2 ashtrays,  4 corner putty
knives,  lotsa paper towel holder parts,  lotsa hand towel holder parts,  lotsa toilet tank hardware,
toilet seat mounting hardware,  dish drain basin parts,  heavy weightlifting belt,  athletic laces,
2 bicycle wall-hanger mounts,  lotsa closet pole mounting hardware,  4 toy truck wheels,  2 pill
splitters,  2 paint can crimpers,  4 paintbrush holders,  12 turnbuckles,  contact lense case,  2 tool
hangers,  7 'Muscle Milk' drink bottles,  utility thermos,  camping thermos,  2 shoehorns,  3 hand
juicers,  123 hydrogen peroxide bottlecaps!,  punk gloves,  themed gloves,  2 dust pans,  hairclip,
2 flower pot drain pans,  2 cellphone pouches,  flower planter,  4 bird feeders,  2 hair straps,
protective goggle lenses,  toy helmet (after 40 hours of alterations),  knitted head cap,  soapdish,
Army jungle boots,  electrical switchbox,  sink drain strainer,  2 cased veggie peelers,  2 paint
applicators,  2 child-proof latches,  sewing machine parts,  3 sets of measuring cups,  6 radiator
knobs,  lotsa knobs & pull handles,  4 sponge holders,  2 doorknob wall guards,  4 desktop
storage bins,  lotsa plumbing supplies,  vitamin dose containers,  lotsa bottlecaps,  sunglass
lenses,  a PowerWheels toy car front end,  2 bread graters,  4 paint roller handles,  a whole
bunch more of gizmos & widgets that even I can't figure out...
and...   
lots & lots of plastic from trash cans,  buckets,  food,  vitamin & cleaning product containers
- anything with an interesting shape or curve -
and a whole lot of inspiration!
This is my art!


                                                                                                            - Baldwin A. Saintilus, BAS Photography & Design

Feel free to download - and spread - any images you like.  It's all fine by me!


                                                                                   - Baldwin A. Saintilus


                                                                                                           - Alan Camuto



                                                                                                                                                                                          - Alan Camuto




Version 2,  December 2013                                                                                                                                         - Alan Camuto
    
                                                                        
                                                                              
   
See you again soon! Thanks for your support!
The story of Brooklyn Ironhide and my art are now known
all around the world because of YOU.  THANKS!


Nov. 2011                                                                  - Alan Camuto

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