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Professor Ultibot and the Golden Gorilla

It had seemed simple to Professor Ultibot, while sitting in his office at Ultimaker University. The plan snapping into place moments after he had finished decoding the tattered journal from the unfortunate Bauermaker expedition. He would fly into the largest unmapped jungle in the world, find the Lost City, navigate the traps in the labyrinth, unlock the gates to the Great Temple and retrieve the Golden Gorilla. He hadn't counted on how he was going to get the statue out and he hadn't counted on the snakes... He definitely hadn't counted on the snakes.

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This entry into the Community Contest, part 2 starts with a simple print of the LowPolyMonsta in 1.75 mm ColorFabb Leaf Green. The 1.75mm filament is printed on a stock Ultimaker 2 with no modifications. The LowPolyMonsta was then post processed to create the golden statue effect. The statue base is a broken print of the Apollo lunar lander descent module. The snakes are small pieces of 1.75mm filament twisted into shape. Professor Ultibot is reused from last week's entry. The whip is made from a small piece of NinjaFlex that was curled and then placed in boiling hot water & allowed to cool to fix the shape. The end of the whip was cut at an angle at the tip to give the impression of a bullwhip tip. There are a few little extra details in the scene for those that pay careful attention. A miniature silver Lilliputian bot recycled from the part 1 contest is at the base of the altar and might serve as a consolation prize for Professor Ultibot if he can't figure out how to move the Golden Gorilla. Barely glimpsed in the background is a Flexy Rex by designer Zheng3. Whether the dinosaur is a statue or something else remains to be seen.

While planning the entry for this contest, I had originally thought about recreating the Empire State Building from King Kong off the side of the Ultimaker. Studying the static pose of the model I thought it looked more like a primitive statue. I imagined the interior of the Ultimaker 2 as the inside of a temple. The composition of the scene is a mashup of an Indiana Jones movie and a classic Dungeons and Dragons cover.

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