Hook those controls to the internet, add a camera and then you can outsource a heavy equipment operator job to China.
Honestly… as Mickey Mouse as a lot of the stuff I do is, I’m more proud to work in one of America’s last export industries. The Chinese can pirate all the dvds of the movies I make, but they’re still ultimately buying my work.
The three fast and furious franchise films I’ve worked on have all grossed over a billion dollars, in global box office. Those producers MAY have spent $4-500 million making each of those films…
Motion Pictures, Coke and McDonald’s are the one thing America has that the rest of the world still really wants.
Equally honestly… I’m a hack. I do not have the skills required to actually automate ANYTHING.
I make future trash for the most part.
I’ll get a couple of days to restore the backhoe to how it was before I started monkeying on it.
It’s a coin flip as to whether or not the studio will ask for some or all of the stuff they paid for back. They may very well expect to get every fitting, hose and valve they bought back.
Even if they don’t want the parts back I’m faced with cataloguing and storing the stuff until…
The next time I need to do this specific gag again?!?!?
Even the hoses really aren’t good to me as they stand. Almost everything hydraulic I do is SAE/JIC and these hoses are o-ring face.