Roy writes: "My son bookmarked your comic for me, and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to try and build your paper Robot. I used screws and nuts for the joints, with pieces of soda straw inside to keep from crushing the joint when I tighten the screw. Epoxy holds the five inside nuts in place, to make assembly and screw tightening easier.
"I'm not as old as Sparky, but I am old enough to relate to him quite well. My college electronics course only involved vacuum tubes, inductors, capacitors, and resistors. There were no computers or calculators available, only slide rules and long-hand arithmetic."
He adds that he plans to display his late wife's Christmas village for the holidays, and add the Robot to the festive scene. "Perhaps he can rob the casino or the cookie shop, or just sit on a house."
That's the sort of evil scheme we here at HQ can fully support and endorse.
Many thanks to Roy and his son, who introduced him to "The Last Mechanical Monster." It was a genuine treat to get your e-mail; thank you for your time and your kind words.
If you'd like to build your own Art Deco Mechanical Monster, all you need are a few sheets of cardstock and a printer. I provide the rest right here.
Thanks again, Roy!