It has been awhile since we’ve talked about the works of Renegadecow. To refresh your memory he is a wood worker within the fandom who has created several automatons of various characters from the show. At the bottom of the article there are links back to our Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash posts. The RD post includes an interview with Renegadecow via DHN Reporter Fadsy. This time around we are given the pleasure of showcasing the Derpy Hooves / Ditsy Doo / Grey Pegasus #42 Automaton. It still amazes me the time and effort that goes into such a simple toy.
Derpy, or Ditsy Doo as she may alternately be called, might have a relatively drab coat of gray compared to other more vividly colored ponies, but it is the sparkle in her eyes, the warmth of her smile and her carefree gait that makes her irresistibly adorable. The fact that her eyes might not necessarily focus well all the time is merely icing on a cake, or in her case, fresh blueberries on top of a muffin. In my case it’s a relief not to go through the painstaking task of perfectly synchronizing their movement.
The stand and figure are carved out of Philippine mahogany while the gears and crank are made from Narra hardwood. The figure is hand painted with enamel and protected with clear flat lacquer. Derpy stands at 5 3/8″ to the tip of her wings and the whole piece measures at 7″ long, 4 3/4″ wide (wingspan) and 9 3/8″ high at her highest point. She took 100 1/2 hours to complete.
- [DHN] Rainbow Dash Automa: A Masterpiece of Wood and Engineering (Interview with Renegadecow)
- [DHN] The Twilight Sparkle Automaton
Video after the page break.