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John Adams at Savage Kicks is generally credited with inventing the original Bucky Spider. John called his brilliant creation Spiderman. Rus Hardy sells John's Spiderman as a kit under the name SpiderBucky.

Erica McElfresh at Goblin Hollow Productions is generally credited with inventing the original BuckyBug.

Of course, all of the Bucky Bugs and Spiders are created using human bones from Boneyard Bargains. Spiderman and SpiderBucky are constructed using,

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Description

Part Number

Unit Price

Total Price

1

Bucky Skull

CS-20/4

$5.50

$5.50

1

Bucky Ribcage

CH-10R4

$27.00

$27.00

4

Bucky Left Arm

CH-46L/D

$9.50

$38.00

4

Bucky Right Arm

CH-46R/D

$9.50

$38.00

 

Total

$108.50

 

As brilliant as John Adam's creation was, I felt that Spiderman was a little squatty. I searched the Internet for spiders, in particular tarantulas, and found a number of images including,

 

I came to realize that what made Spiderman appear squatty was that its body only had one part. The body of a spider consists of two parts: a prosoma or cephalothorax (composed of the fused head and thorax); and the abdomen (the rear body).

I built TaratulaBucky based on John's design, only I added a second ribcage to form the abdomen. Here is a pattern of plywood plate on which I mounted TarantulaBucky,

Note that the overall dimensions of the plywood plate should be 10 1/4" x 17 3/8". The pattern should be scaled accordingly.

I reused the metal brackets that were originally used to attach Bucky's humerus to his scapula. I re-drilled the hole in the end of the humerus such that the leg (really an arm) rotated perpendicular to the plane created by the curve of the metal bracked. I attached each metal bracket to an angle bracket using a bolt, lock-washer and nut. I attached each angle bracket to the plywood plate using a pair of bolts, lock-washers and nuts.

I positioned the second (abdomen) ribcage along the spinal column against the first (cephalothorax) ribcage. I secured the second ribcage to the spinal column with screws. I used a Dremel tool with a flexible shaft and a drill bit to drill holes through the ribs of both ribcages and through the plywood plate. I secured TarantulaBucky's body to the plywood plate using nuts and bolts of varying lengths.

I attached the skull to the plywood plate as indicated in John's instructions only I slid the tailbone and a spare vertebrae over the bolt to form TarantulaBucky's neck.

At this stage, TarantulaBucky is not complete. I plan to apply a skin to TarantulaBucky using mask latex and rolled cotton and/or fiberglass sheets. I plan to apply hair to TarantulaBucky. I will airbrush TarantulaBucky using latex mask paint. I am also planning to animate TarantulaBucky using a spider motor platform similar to the one offered by The Iron Kingdom.

 

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