So you wanna be a rock 'n' roll star?
Well, you've come to the wrong place.
Here we build Christmas Cambot!

The God of 16mm!




Cambot is fairly easy to build, if you know how to build him. Problem is, no one really knows how to build him.
When Pokemon first came out, I noticed a striking resemblance to Pokeballs and the general shape of Cambot. Convinced I could build a scaled down version of Cambot with one of those recalled Burger King toys, I set out to make Cambot.
My Cambot, being significantly smaller than the regular Cambot, makes an excellent Christmas tree ornament.
Parts hoooooo!
Here are, my very simple instructions:
(These are close to the instructions posted to the botbuilders egroups list a while back, except for minor modifications.)
  1. Get a pokeball. (I used one of the large Burger King ones (Y'know, the ones that were recalled.))
  2. Remove the useless toy from inside.
  3. Get a roll of scotch tape.Cutting tape roll
  4. Use it all up.
  5. Cut out most of the inner ring of the scotch tape roll.
  6. Spraypaint the pokeball and scotch tape roll semigloss gray.
  7. Run a length of black electrical tape around the inside lip of the pokeball. (If you wired a light into cambot, you will have to cut holes for the switch and the lightbulb.)
  8. Reattach the 2 pokeball halves. (This will be more difficult because of the electrical tape.)
  9. On (what remains of) the inside lining of the scotch tape roll, stretch a small piece of aluminum foil to cover it. This is Cambot's reflective lens. Glue it into place.
  10. Center the scotch tape roll over the pokeball circle thing, and hotglue it on.

That is all you truly need to do to make your basic Pokeball Cambot. To make him into a Christmas tree ornament, there are 2 additional instructions:
Additional instructions:
  1. To make a christmas tree decoration out of Cambot, drill a tiny hole in the top and put a little tiny screw eye hole in it. (The same thing used for Servo's mouth control line.)
  2. Attach a christmas tree hook to it.

Now, to make Cambot light up, here are the super complex ultra fudgy cool instructions:
More Additional instructions:
  1. Before reattaching the 2 halves, drill a tiny hole into the inner lip of the pokeball half.
  2. Get a string of tiny multicolored christmas lights.
  3. Detach a single red light and some of the surrounding wiring.
  4. Cambot's Insides
  5. Wire the switch, bulb, and battery pack together. (This isn't hard, but brief instructions follow.)
  6. Solder one wire to the battery pack and switch.
  7. Solder another wire from the battery pack to the christmas tree light.
  8. Solder another wire from the other lead on the light back to the other pole on the switch.
  9. Test connections. If the light does not come on, go back and test each connection independently. Make sure the light itself works.
  10. Drill a small hole on the lip of the bottom half. This will house the switch.
  11. Mount the switch inside of the hole. The switches I used came with tiny screws to do this.
  12. Drill another small hole near the front of Cambot, this will house the tiny christmas tree light.
  13. If all is well, go back to the original instructions and pick up at step 8.


Click here to see a completed Christmas Cambot. The picture was taken with my webcam, so it's not crystal clear. The foil lens is not dented, light reflection is merely making it look that way.


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The term "Christmas Cambot", and design of it is 2000 - 2001 Toolmaster Jef Zehnder
In other words, feel free to use the instructions to build your own, but don't claim that it's your own creation.
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