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Build a Motorized Dinosaur Using Plastic Trash, in 55 Minutes or Less!

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Hello. My name is Mario and I love to build things using trash. One week ago, I was invited to participate in a morning show of the national TV channel of Azerbaijan, to talk about the "Waste to Art" exhibition. The only condition? I had to build one of my creations in 1 hour or less... in live television... broadcasting to all the country!

I created a small rolling dinosaur named "Yoshi", using a discarded charger, the handle of a cat-hair cleaner and dental floss containers. It took me 30 minutes to build it. I couldn't take a lot of photos because of time limitations and besides, I gave away the dinosaur as a present for the show. But if you want to see it, this is my Instagram video of Yoshi exploring the TV studio.

Nevertheless, I loved the design so much that I created Yoshi 2.0, so I can share with you how to build your own up-cycled motorized dinosaur. It took me 55 minutes to make (including time for photos and some setback during the process); but if you have all materials and tools ready for action, you can make this in 1 hour or less.

I'm participating in the "1 Hour Challenge" of Instructables. If you like my project, your vote will be appreciated.

Oh, and I timed the process. You can check for the chronometer in some of the photos.

Ready... set... GO!

Step 1: Let's start with the head...

Picture of Let's start with the head...

Open the power converter using the screwdriver. Remove the transformer and the board. Leave the case and the screws.

Clifflew20022 months ago
Very ingenious, brilliantly executed and very well instructabled!
M.C. Langer (author)  Clifflew20022 months ago
Thanks a lot Clifflew2002! :-)
maxhirez2 months ago
This is absolutely brilliant! Well done-keep creating these awesome things!
M.C. Langer (author)  maxhirez2 months ago
Thanks a lot maxhirez!
nedchurch2 months ago
What a great idea. I might get the kids I teach to go one step further and articulate the lower jaw so it snaps open and shut! Thanks for the inspiration.
M.C. Langer (author)  nedchurch2 months ago
Thanks to you, Nedchurch! Good luck with the jaw articulation. It will look awesome!
andrea biffi2 months ago
Beautiful art, as always! Congrats!
M.C. Langer (author)  andrea biffi2 months ago
Thanks a lot Andrea!
I really love creations and gadgets from scraps as much I hate plastic toys and tools which pollute our planet!
M.C. Langer (author)  andrea biffi2 months ago
Actually, I like plastic toys. Even I collect some of them. They give me ideas to create my trash toys, or even I reuse them to make some new creation. What I don't like is those Chinese cheap plastic toys, that break after a little use, and their plastic is so bad quality that you cannot work with them without breaking them.
Wow what a idea... and What a man you are.........Amazing things from trash. You are a legend....Superb....My Vote for you.....
Thanks a lot for your kind words and your support, Jegatheesan!
randofo2 months ago
I love trashasaurus! It's so fun. :)
M.C. Langer (author)  randofo2 months ago
Thanks a lot Randy! Trashasaurus Rex has been playing with my cat. Maybe he will eat it!
marcospo2 months ago
Very nicely done.
M.C. Langer (author)  marcospo2 months ago
Wonderful, and beautiful photo, very colorful! I love this project. It is charming and clever. kudos to you, plus my vote.
M.C. Langer (author)  thesnowtheriver2 months ago
Thanks a lot for your comment and support, thesnowtheriver!
AnthonyC432 months ago
Nice, Well done on the tv slot! :) ... and Interestingly - does the model contain some real dinosaur?
Plastic DinosaursAs plastic is made from oil and oil is made from dead dinosaurs, how much actual real dinosaur is there in a plastic dinosaur?
Steve Lydford
M.C. Langer (author)  AnthonyC432 months ago
Thanks a lot, AnthonyC43! Well, that's a great question. This reminds me another dino-philosophical thought, from Jurassic Park:

Dr. Ian Malcolm: "God creates dinosaurs, God destroys dinosaurs. God creates Man, man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs"
Dr. Ellie Sattler: "Dinosaurs eat man..... Woman inherits the earth”

JackANDJude2 months ago
It's an awesome build. Very cute & easy to follow. :)
M.C. Langer (author)  JackANDJude2 months ago
Thanks a lot, JackANDJude! :-)