Atlantis Crystal Necklace Papercraft

The kids and I were watching the Disney movie, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and they really wanted a crystal necklace like in the movie.  Since the movie was 9 years old, I figured the chance of there being a crystal-necklace toy was slim, so I whipped out Adobe Illustrator and made a quick paper model (papercraft) of the crystal necklace.

Atlantis Crystal Necklace Papaercraft
Atlantis Crystal Necklace Papercraft

I wanted it to have the cartoon look, with solid lines on all the edges, so this model does not follow the dashed-line conventions used by most paper models. Since there are only three parts to the model though, it’s pretty easy to figure out how it works. You can download a PDF of the Atlantis crystal necklace below.

Download the Atlantis Crystal Necklace Papercraft

There are four models on one page: two regular crystals, and two glowing crystals. The paper size used in the PDF is a mutant size that will fit on letter-sized or A4.

Corrostabil Primer: Sexiest Primer Ever

So I decided to pay a couple extra bucks for some good paint, instead of the usual cheap crap at Biltema, and I was not disappointed. Corrostabil makes the best primer I’ve ever seen.  I mean, srsly, after I applied a few coats to my windshield wipers, I wanted to paint my whole truck with it!  It’s so smooth and soft and primer-y. It’s truly a high-quality paint.

Windshield wipers painted with Corrostabil


I also got black with a satin finish, which I used to paint the compartment (cowl) under the windshield wiper grill.

Windshield Gutter
Sanded and treated with rust converter

Here’s the compartment after I painted it with a black satin finish:

Windshield Gutter Painted
Mmmmmmmmmm... saaaaatiiiin

I also painted the grills (cowl ventilator) that cover those holes, and the entire gutter will be covered with a white grill when I’m done.  Having all the semi-visible components under the white grill painted in satin black will be a nice detail.

Note to self: Order windshield wiper arm cover (8308-85192).

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Truck bed removal made easy

Taking the bed off an 89-95 Toyota Pickup (Toyota Hilux/Volkswagen Taro ) couldn’t be easier- no wait, yes it can, and I’ll explain below.


To remove the bed, you simply unbolt the 19 mm fasteners (6 of them) that hold the bed. The bed is light enough that two people can easily lift it off. If you only need to push the bed back about a foot to work on the cab (as I had to do), one person can easily push the bed back by scooting it a little bit on each side.

The problem is the wires to the brake lights. You have to disconnect them or cut them in order to move the bed more than an inch or so.  I figured I would be be taking my bed off again in the future, so to make bed removal even easier next time, I cut the wires one at a time and inserted them into a quick connector. I soldered the metal fittings to the end of the wires because that’s how I roll, and to make sure water doesn’t get trapped in the fittings, I filled them with non-corrosive silicon.

Wire Connector
Wire Connector

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