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Plastic gargoyles

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Back when guttering for your house had to be carefully carved out of stone, a gargoyle was a significant investment and would take a fair amount of a skilled stoneworker's time.

Now, guttering is pressed out of PVC plastic which makes lightweight, cheap and effective guttering. Given that guttering can now be mass-produced cheaply it seems bizarre that the guttering range available at your local hardware store doesn't include PVC plastic gargoyles which fit easily into your existing guttering.
hippo, Sep 11 2017

http://www.sears.co...ckNo=3&blockType=G3 This is made of resin, and not plastic......hmph....whatever hmph means :-) [xenzag, Sep 11 2017]


       This is awesomely brilliant.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 11 2017

       They could be unflattering caricatures of unpopular people ... [+]
8th of 7, Sep 11 2017

       (...or, for completeness, unflattering caricatures of popular people, flattering caricatures of unpopular people, or flattering caricatures of popular people)
hippo, Sep 11 2017

       I hate doing this, as it's a fine idea, which is why it already exists.... I won't puncture it with links and images, but do a quick image search.
xenzag, Sep 11 2017

       I did a quick search before posting this - the plastic gargoyles I saw were lawn ornaments, not able to be integrated into guttering, and thus not really proper gargoyles at all.
hippo, Sep 11 2017

       //This is awesomely brilliant.//   

       I see the monthly bill for estate-wide gargoyle maintenance remains a sore point. Is moving to PVC not something of a moral issue? Where next? Double glazed tilt and slide Velux windows in the great pyramid?
bs0u0155, Sep 11 2017

       Oh no, I didn't mean for the Buchanan estate. We had all the gargoyles replaced just recently, back in fifteen seventy-something. But I have heard that families with smaller budgets are sometimes having to wait months to find a stonemason with reasonable fees.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 11 2017

       You're lucky to have your own breeding colony in the South-South-West bell tower, then.   

       With a 3-d printer it would be fairly simple to create a hollow shell in sections and glue them together. Then use plaster to make a negative mould, and pour in filled resin. Et viola ! A custom gargoyle.   

       We anticipate that if the desired image is of an evil-looking repulsive little goblin, Jeremy Corbyn will be popular as no "caricature" will be necessary; but for realism, the gargoyle should spout not rainwater, but an endless stream of hot air.
8th of 7, Sep 11 2017

       Few things say "3D printer" more eloquently than this item
beanangel, Sep 11 2017

       A speech synthesizer ?
8th of 7, Sep 11 2017

       A parrot. Mynah birds are simple mimics; parrots* have been shown to be able to coinjoin learned sounds into new formations. This is pretty impressive for a bird with a brain no bigger than a reality TV star's.   


       *Except of course for the Norwegian Blue, which - while noted for its beautiful plumage - is not a great talker.
8th of 7, Sep 11 2017

       Gargoyles 'must' be made of stone, it's a rule. You'll just have to call your Plargoyles or something.   

       Be careful when forming them as you might inadvertently get one elected to public office.
RayfordSteele, Sep 11 2017

       Tshhh boom.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 12 2017

       What [beanangel] said; Rapid Gargoyle prototyping is an application 3D printing is desperately well-placed to perform.
Zeuxis, Sep 12 2017

       It would need a largish printer - your typical gargoyle is a good couple of feet long.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 12 2017

       "What [beanangel] said" -[marked-for-tagline]
RayfordSteele, Sep 12 2017


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