Back when we first dreamed up JANUS, I was thinking it could be a pipe-steel skeleton with some sort of canvas draping.
But David’s design turned out to be a lot lighter and tighter – and it required a different approach to the skin.
To keep the surface close to the original curves in the design, I started draping the material – 8-ounce coarse-weave canvas dropcloths from Home Depot – over the profiles that make up the pianos’ “shoulders.” I clamped them in place at the top …
… and then pinned the fabric taut over the edges of the shapes.
Then I took them home and shoved them through the sewing machine.
This turned *quite* ugly on several occasions. Thick Chinese canvas – quadruple-layered at a few key junctions – is a bit too thick even for denim needles and the best of sewing machines.
Oh, that and the fact that some sections of fabric require you to put a swath of fabric four feet wide through the machine’s tight jaw.
Since the Department of Mutant Vehicles insists that mutant vehicles can look nothing like street vehicles, I was advised to install a scrim that hides the line of the vehicle while still letting you see through.