Bomber Hack Project: DTYD ’11

A large part of Bomber culture is the hacking culture. Whether you are exploring MIT buildings at night or building stuff in your dorm room it is certainly a Bomber tradition to hack on whatever you can in your spare time build something. That being said, for the next few posts I want to discuss a few cool hacks that I have been involved with during my time on the floor.

The first hack that I was a part of was the freshman hack for DTYD ’11. Each year before DTYD the freshman class has to promote the party in a unique way with their own hack. My class decided to build a giant replica bomber shirt for the ‘The Alchemist’ a.k.a. the math man shown below:

David Wise and I decided to take charge and began a search across Cambridge for supplies. This involved buying out a local fabric store from all of the orange fabric that they had and several trips to Home Depot. David and I made some rough measurements (mostly by seeing how much taller or longer than our arms the dimensions had to be) and began the long process of learning how to sew and sewing the shirt together.

Most of the class helped with the building of the shirt — mostly building stencils and spray painting the designs on the shirt. After about a week of preparations we were ready to go and deploy. We had no idea if the shirt would actually fit we only went off our rough estimates.

No deploy is good without some hiccups. While we were deploying the MIT police came by and told us we had to stop. There were about 4 people on the deploy team so I had them keep working and tried to talk to the cops so that they could keep itl going up. Overall the cops were very nice and I showed them an email saying that we were *allowed* to put up the hack. Without further incident this was the final product with David and I:

Here is the back of the shirt from The Tech the next day:

The hack was vandalized a day or two later by unknown persons and the shirt was never recovered. The stencils lived on and helped make a mural of the plane in the 41 suite.