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HPA-M2R BASIC Threaded Balls Wire Hands Step-by-Step Instructions

Links to purchase:
M01110 MOREZMORE HPA-M2R BASIC Humanly Posable Armature STARTER Kit Stop Motion Puppet – includes hardware, enough for ONE puppet and all the necessary tools.
M01141 MOREZMORE HPA-M2R BASIC Humanly Posable Armature HARDWARE Kit Stop Motion – includes hardware, enough for ONE puppet, no tools are included.

Additional Parts Catalog

The difference between HPA-2R and HPA-M2R is that instead of ball screws threaded balls and threaded rods are used.
Pros: the threaded balls have a precision polished surface – for smooth joint operation.
Cons: the threaded balls need to be epoxied to the threaded balls – therefore more parts and more work, also more expensive.
As in HPA-2R there is no cutting, all parts are ready for assembly, also it has aluminum wire for fingers (instead of wrist magnets) – for future silicone or latex hands.

This post contains step-by-step instructions for the HPA-M2R Kits which can be used to make ball and socket armatures, such as these:

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which can be used to make articulated puppets and dolls, such as these:

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M01110 MOREZMORE HPA-M2R Humanly Posable Armature STARTER Kit Stop Motion Puppet – includes hardware, enough for ONE puppet and all the necessary tools.
M01141 MOREZMORE HPA-M2R Humanly Posable Armature HARDWARE Kit Stop Motion – includes hardware, enough for ONE puppet, no tools are included.

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M01110 MOREZMORE HPA-2R Humanly Posable Armature STARTER Kit Stop Motion Puppet

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Click on the photo to zoom,
click again for extra zoom

Includes Hardware: (enough for 1 puppet)

26 pieces joint compression plates
2 pieces chest/hip connectors
24 pieces M2 threaded 6 mm steel balls (full thread)
12 pieces M2x16mm threaded rods
4 pieces M2x30mm threaded rods
2 pieces M2x50mm threaded rods
2 pieces ball screws
14 pieces M2x10mm button hex screws
11 pieces of M2x10mm brass connectors
2 piece of M2x20mm brass connector
23 pieces M2x5mm brass connectors
3 pieces of 30 mm cut tubes 5/32″
2 pieces of 40 mm cut tubes 5/32″
3 pieces M2 hex nuts
24″ piece of 1mm annealed aluminum wire
1 piece of allen hex key (for assembly)
1 piece of perforated steel slice (for sitting bone)
2 pieces of clear plastic 10-compartment boxes to hold the small parts

Includes Must Have Tools: (things you buy once).
2 pieces long nose pliers (to tighten screws)
1 pack of JB Cold Weld Steel Reinforced Epoxy (thread lock)

Additional Parts Catalog

M01141 MOREZMORE HPA-M2R Humanly Posable Armature HARDWARE Kit Stop Motion

2015-06-29 09.27.27.

Click on the photo to zoom,
click again for extra zoom

Includes Hardware: (enough for 1 puppet)

26 pieces joint compression plates
2 pieces chest/hip connectors
24 pieces M2 threaded 6 mm steel balls (full thread)
12 pieces M2x16mm threaded rods
4 pieces M2x30mm threaded rods
2 pieces M2x50mm threaded rods
2 pieces ball screws
14 pieces M2x10mm button hex screws
11 pieces of M2x10mm brass connectors
2 piece of M2x20mm brass connector
23 pieces M2x5mm brass connectors
3 pieces of 30 mm cut tubes 5/32″
2 pieces of 40 mm cut tubes 5/32″
3 pieces M2 hex nuts
24″ piece of 1mm annealed aluminum wire
1 piece of allen hex key (for assembly)
1 piece of perforated steel slice (for sitting bone)
2 pieces of clear plastic 10-compartment boxes to hold the small parts

Additional Parts Catalog

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Step by step instructions (Also see HPA-M2 Instructions, especially if changing proportions).

Part 1 – PUTTING TOGETHER AND MAKING HARDWARE PARTS

Spread a towel on your table. A towel will prevent the parts from rolling off the desk and getting lost.
Open the kit boxes and carefully arrange all parts like on the photo below (click to zoom, double-click for extra zoom).

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JB Cold Weld Steel Reinforced Epoxy.
Squeeze out equal amounts of both ingredients (about pea size each). The epoxy hardens within about 40 minutes and completely cures overnight. Mix well (very well).

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Starting from the head (or feet), put some epoxy on the first threaded rod.
Screw the appropriate ball and connector in place as tight as you can without breaking.
Working with 2 sets of long nose pliers is helpful, your hands are not strong enough.
Work with one part at a time, so that you do not get lost which part you are working with.
In other words, do NOT put epoxy on all parts and then start assembling.
Things can get confusing, so work methodically.
Here is a chart of where epoxy goes, marked in red (click to zoom, double-click for extra zoom):

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The perforated plate on the photos above makes the “siting bone”.
My first puppets kept toppling and tumbling when seated, so I added parts to make this optional “sitting bone”.
This construction will provide a sturdy bottom for the puppet/doll so that he/she could sit without toppling.
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Set each thread-locked part on the towel to cure. Keep the general armature outline, so that you don’t get lost.
Spine barbell

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Upper arms and upper legs barbells

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Lower arms and lower legs and head drumsticks:

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After everything is thread-locked, you should get this:

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Next – the head, arm and leg modules
The purpose of making removable head, leg and arm modules is to help you to build your puppet.
You will be able remove the modules from the armature and make the head, hair, hands, feet and shoes in peace, without dragging the whole puppet around while you are working on the particular part.

To add the modules:

Find the 30 mm cut tubes 5/32″ (removable head and arm modules).
Slightly pinch the brass tubes (to make it stay on the connector better).
The fit should be somewhat tight, but not too tight, so you can remove it when you need it.
Put the tubes (arm modules) on both arms.

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Hand armature, brass tubes 30mm and 1mm annealed aluminum wire.
Cut 5 fingers, tie together with cotton thread to prevent the wires from being pulled out from the tube.

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Press flat with pliers, pinch lightly with wire cutters for extra measure.

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Please see my step-by-step description on how to make silicone hands.

At this point, you will get this. Bring in the head and leg modules and set them in their places.

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Leg modules can be made removable either from the knee down or from the ankle down.
I prefer from the knee down, so I usually epoxy the ankle side of the module.
Decide on the point where the leg modules will be removable – at the knee or at the ankle.
Put epoxy on the ankle connector, slide the tube, pinch a few times with wire cutters so it will get stuck there forever. The leg modules will be removable from the knee in this case.

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WAIT UNTIL NEXT DAY TO ASSEMBLE. Seriously, walk away and do not touch for at least 12 hours, better 24 hours.

NOTE: While assembling, go easy with tightening the joints. Different joints need different degrees of tension. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN. The limbs work as levers and generate a surprisingly strong torque in the joint – enough to break the metal.

This is how a joint is put together – 2 plates, connected by the M2x10mm joint screw and secured by a brass connector or a hex nut.
M2x20mm brass connectors – for spine, M2x10mm – for shoulders and hips, M2x5mm – for elbows and knees, hex nuts – for feet and and neck. Brass connectors
are helpful for instant tightening of the joint and will be mostly hidden by the “flesh” on the puppet.
You can use other sizes of brass connectors in all these places – depending on how “fat” your puppet is. Or you can use hex nuts.
Assemble.

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One more step – to “freeze” the unneeded ends of the joints (marked green on the photo below).
Mix J-B Weld epoxy, tighten the joints and paint the ends of the joints you don’t need with epoxy.
After the epoxy is cured, don’t forget to loosen up the joint slightly before moving the joint.

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All done:

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The armature is ready. You can now pose the armature and check the functionality of each joint.

As you can see, without extensions the armature is short and stocky.
It will work for funny cartoon-like puppets, but if you want a beautiful puppet in realistic human proportions,
please read how to change the proportions on HPA-M2 Instructions
It will describe how to cut threaded rods to make extensions, but now we also offer pre-cut threaded rods in different sizes.

Additional Parts Catalog

If you have questions, write to me or come to Humanly Posable Armature Sandbox group on Facebook.
I will be very interested to see your puppets – both work in progress photos and glamour shots.

Thank you!

One comment on “HPA-M2R BASIC Threaded Balls Wire Hands Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. way cool great job

    Liked by 1 person

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