Those who purchase the news stand version of the March 2018 issue of Digit, will find a little something extra in the back packaging. Instead of the boring old cardboard, there is a diagram that you can cut out and paste together into a little tabletop figure. For regular subscribers as well as the readers of Geek, the template is here, which you can download, paste or print on cardboard, and create your own customisable bobblehead. We encourage you to pose your figure in novel locations, take creative photographs and share your creations with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we even have some secret prizes to give out to the best ones!
What you see above is the basic template. You can open the image in a new tab to get a bigger version. You can print it out at home and stick it on cardboard, or you can print it out directly on card paper. We recommend using card between 70 and 150 GSM. You can also use a plain sheet of A4 paper, it works perfectly well, although you will get a rather flimsy box figure. You can design your bobble head in two ways even before cutting, folding and sticking it together. You can use paint/ crayons/ sketch pens or colour pencils to add in the details, or you can use your favourite photo editing software, even if it is the now surprisingly powerful MS Paint. The face is indicated in the diagram below.
Next, you will have to put it all together. There are some fine details you will have to cut out, for which we recommend using a pen knife. First, cut out the larger sections, so that it is easier to cut the smaller details in. This can be found at a stationery store for anywhere between Rs 30 to Rs 50. Failing that, you can use a regular cutter. Please be careful with the sharp instruments. The whole thing fits together without any glue, but it is recommended to stick it all together, so that it does not fall apart easily.
The limbs can either be stuck on the outside, but a cleaner version is to make slits, push the indicated bits through, and stick them firmly on the inside. The diagram below indicates the areas that need to be stuck, bent and glued. The pink portions can either be bent and glued, or pushed into the corresponding cuts. We encourage you to come up with variations in the basic design, though. Put in a spring and make the head actually bobble? Make the arms and head movable? We want to see what more you can do with this template, so think out of the box.
Cardboard is a ubiquitous material that can be used for so many purposes other than just transporting stuff from point A to B. Here at Digit, the amount of cardboard we had lying around from product deliveries and online purchases was tremendous. Instead of just throwing it all away, we decided to put it to good use. With our cover story in the March 2018 edition of Digit, we hope to encourage your self-expression and creativity, using the humble cardboard (and technology). We have documented how to make an automatic coin sorter, a PC cabinet complete with lighting and fans, as well as a projector for your smartphone. We challenge you to make geekier DIYs, document them with photos and videos, and then share them with us (email@example.com), and the best of the lot will be showcased proudly to over two million of our social media followers, and also win surprise gifts. So what are you waiting for? Get famous!