Pittsburgh Regatta

Discussion in 'Pittsburgh, PA' started by TRADMIC, Jul 2, 2006.

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  1. TRADMIC FanForce CR and President S.W.A.P FF

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    Thinking about the "Anything That Floats" contest...

    maybe we could make something for next year and have SWAP be represented in this??

    The basics: team needs to be 10 people (regardless of level of each person's participation; sponsorship is optional but helpful as far as cost of supplies. I know a couple places that would be sponsors (*Burger King, of course ;) )

    What do you think?

    Could we build a floating Falcon? A starship with a R2 unit? An x-wing??

    :D
  2. Fluke_Groundrunner Force Ghost

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    Don't people actually have to get into the boats? What would be good for building something that we could fit into?
  3. killdeer19 Jedi Knight

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  4. TRADMIC FanForce CR and President S.W.A.P FF

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    It would be a big project, but I think alot of fun and worthwhile. Costuming is encouraged...that's an are WE would already have covered!

    http://www.threeriversregatta.com/CMSADMIN/document/files/Anything%20That%20Floats%20Application.2006.pdf

  5. Fluke_Groundrunner Force Ghost

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    I like this idea... perhaps we can win the the "first vessel to sink" category ;)

    There is also a category for Best Costumes as well as others.

    It looks like you must construct a boat from scratch, will is the challenging part... or maybe not. What could we make for a reasonable cost and feasible design?
  6. Rox Administrator Emeritus

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    We could alsways buy a ton of foam like the lightsaber noodles are made of then carve and work them to our means.
  7. SnakeWesker Force Ghost

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    I'm thinking that one of the barges used in the Jabba scene in Ep6 would be cool, since they are ships made to carry a lot of people and/or things.
  8. TRADMIC FanForce CR and President S.W.A.P FF

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    [image=http://www.theforce.net/virtualedition/episode-i/pics/otohgunga/ve_quigon_obiwan.jpg]
    "Master, whats a Bongo?"
    [image=http://starwars.wikia.com/images/thumb/d/d8/Bongo.jpg/300px-Bongo.jpg]
    "A ship I hope. One that will carry us to victory on the Three Rivers..."

  9. Stina-Cri Jedi Master

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    we can only make a bongo if we can have an obi-wan (who will undoubtedly end up wet!) I'm all for the idea if i end up being around when we get around to it.
  10. MomMaster Jedi Knight

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    I nominate Killdeer to design it since he is an engineer!
  11. greencat336 Jedi Grand Master

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    If someone else designs it (and it looks like Killdeer has just been volunteered for that job) I'll help build it (I have my own power tools and a very nice hammer) and I'll be willing to help crew it.

    Although I think bongo and barge might not be recognizable by most non-SW folks. Falcon or x-wing or tie-fighter would work, I think. Or maybe a Vader or Yoda shaped boat?

    And yes, getting a Fauxbi-Wan wet would be an excellent thing. Perhaps we could find a Qui-Gone also. ;)

  12. TRADMIC FanForce CR and President S.W.A.P FF

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    Perhaps we could find a Qui-Gone also.

    Well, wouldn't that be nice for you... :p


    Perhaps we could win the "first to sink" category

    I find Fluke's lack of faith disturbing...

    I'm confident we could win this with our crew. Those with girly arms are getting cut first.

    I think we would definitely take it for costumes. It would be hilarious to see Jedi and such with life vests on...

    We would need something to haul the boat, a hitch (we have), some place to work on such a big project, tools, and volunteered skills and labor.

    What about a death star or tie with an x-wing in tow? All on the same platform? Start sketching!

    If it survives, we could get some good wheels and be in parades too.

    :D
  13. Fluke_Groundrunner Force Ghost

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    An X-Wing might be amoung the simpler designs to create. Take a look at this one here: Life Size X-Wing We must also consider that 10 people can fit on the boat and an X-Wing's middle column would work for that.

    Less obvious to non Star Wars fans but also probably simple would be an Ewok Village. A flat floating surface with a bunch of tree like pieces protruding.
  14. killdeer19 Jedi Knight

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    I'm thinking that since this is a race, we'd want something with the least amount of drag possible... something along the lines of an A wing? but, since we need recognizability, maybe the falcon?
  15. SuperChill Jedi Grand Master

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    I will do some organizing on this and hope not to step on anyones toes.
  16. greencat336 Jedi Grand Master

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    *grin* okay, it sounds like we are really doing this.

    So we will need:
    A person to be in charge of designing the thing that floats (Killdeer, are you willing to do this? If so, could you do some rough sketches of possibilities and bring them to the August picnic for folks to look over and discuss)

    A person to figure out costs and possible sponsor ships. This person would obviously need to work with the designer, to figure out what would be needed to build the floatie thing. (Superchill are you willing to do this? And no, volunteering to organzie stuff is not stepping on anyone's toes. We are a laid back group, whoever wants to work on something can work on it. Also, your earlier idea of Burger King is a good one. They seem a natural fit since they do national SW promo items.)

    People to assist in the physical labor to build the floatie thing (I'm willing to help with this. Have tools, will travel.)

    Minimum 10 people to dress up and sit on the floatie thing. (Again, I'm willing to be one of those ten)



    How does that sound?
  17. Fluke_Groundrunner Force Ghost

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    What greencat suggests sounds good to me. I can help with the building.
  18. BonMothma Jedi Master

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    I might be able to help with the decorating part - painting, etc. It will be difficult for me to spend lots of time because of the distance.

    And of course, Luminara could show up. :)
  19. Rox Administrator Emeritus

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    I can help with the building/decorating. Plus I have a costume.
  20. TRADMIC FanForce CR and President S.W.A.P FF

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    Please keep in mind we need rowers.
    Costumes may get wet.

    What costumes does everyone have?
  21. Rox Administrator Emeritus

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    I have a Snow Trooper costume. But if need be I think I can convince the wife into making a Jedi costume. She's always looking for excuses to use her new sewing machine.
  22. SuperChill Jedi Grand Master

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    I can do costs and I'm 99% sure Burger King would be one of our sponcers. I would love to help on the construction as well.
    Obi-Wan is on board.:)
  23. MomMaster Jedi Knight

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    I am a costume seamstress/designer. I would suggest not wearing your best costume but a good replica of it. For instance, our Jedi robes are made of real wool and can't get wet! I'm thinking there may be a possablility of falling off the float or at least expecting to get wet? It's not a parade where you just sit on the float and look nice. You may not want glued or painted costume parts! I'm going to look into this more! about what happens to those on the boat. I could be wrong.
  24. Rox Administrator Emeritus

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    That's a good point MomMaster. Perhaps if I end up doing a Jedi I can just have her use cheap material so it looks good but I won't be upset if it get's ruined.
  25. TRADMIC FanForce CR and President S.W.A.P FF

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    lol @ quoting myself. One of the rules is that participants must wear life vests at all times. If you don't wear one and are dressed in REAL stormtrooper gear, you'll sink to the bottom like a brick.

    I would advise cheaper versions of costumes unless you will be part of the onshore cheering squad for us.

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