Paint by Hitpoints
With the main structure of the Dispenser is now complete: the main body of it has been built, but even though I had measured carefully and cut his panels precisely, there are still a few gaps in and around the body that needed to be filled before the decoration can go any further.
To ensure that the gaps are all properly packed and filled, I used a good quality wood plaster. Once the wood plaster was bone dry the entire shell of the Dispenser was moved outside so the room doesn't fill with fumes and so that the sun coucld get to it.
The wood is then primed so that the paint will set well and then the first coats of colour are added.
Personally, we were as surprised as you that TiTON would choose the Blue Team - the Red Team always wins - Ed
Next up comes the fine details - which is unfortunately where the devil also dwells. It's unlikely that you've ever looked really closely at a Dispenser in Team Fortress 2
, but if you have you'll know they have those funky yellow bottles on them. Presumably that's where all the Medic's magic goo is kept.
It was a minor struggle for me to find something that would be the right size and shape for the health dispenser and though there were some obvious options, like a coke bottle, instead I opted to use a more robust item. Namely, an empty fire extinguisher with the top lopped off and the label removed. A quick paint job later and it was good to go!
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Here's where it's time to start getting inventive and, in order to make the health dispenser that little bit more convincing, I made the top of the tank from an ABS compulter and PVC adapter.
After that, it's time to start thinking about how the PC will actually fit inside the Dispenser - this isn't just simply a PC either: there's a monitor to go in there too. Although there was a chance to go for a swanky new LCD screen, instead I chose to use a slightly bulkier and better balanced model.
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The monitor, which you can see above, was then mounted to the back of the inside. This was done by drilling a hole in the base of the Dispenser and clamping down the base of the monitor using some fairly hefty bolts. It's a low-tech solution, sure, but it helps to keep the screen nice and secure. If there's one thing you don't want in a Team Fortress 2
match then it's the dispenser breaking on you thanks to shoddy parts - and the same goes for this mod.
Next, I had to deal with the rest of the fine details including the application of authentic decals and paint work to the exterior of the Dispenser. Flip the page to find out!