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Wizard of Oz, The - So What Were You Really Doing, Rusty Boy?
When Dorothy first finds the Tinman, he's standing straight up with his axe held out in front of himself in one hand. Yet after she and the Scarecrow oil his mouth, he explains that he rusted solid "right in the middle of a chop." Real weird swinging stance he has there. Not only that, but none of the trees around him have any axe damage, except the stump his oil can is sitting on.
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Evilmeteors on 11-12-2000
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RonJLow writes:
Tin is applied as a protective coating to steel, to prevent rust. Virtually nothing is fabricated from solid tin. The tin man could have been fashioned from tin plated sheet metal, which would have had rust problems at the cut edges of all the pieces and at any holes. Sharp creases would also be spots for rust to start.
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Luna writes:
Well if he has been standing there long enough the tree may have healed.
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DanaMac writes:
Jack Haley had been filming his first scene as the Tin Man for three days before anyone realized he had no "rust" on his costume. Once they noticed it, it was immediately added. If you look closely (actually, if you just look at all!), you will notice the rust stains around his elbows, knees, hips, and all the other joints. So, the Tin Man was most likely made from tin plated sheet metal, as RonJLow said.
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Chloe writes:
Hello, it is just a movie. When Frank L Baum wrote the Wizard of Oz, I don't think that he was worried about whether he was correct about tin or steel or whatever. It is a story. Fiction
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jaeffe writes:
Yeah, no kidding! And since when does tin rust immediately after it gets wet?
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egg_dude writes:
Maybe he was trying to chop his oil can and commit suicide. (Just sayin')
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jkat666 writes:
What color is rust again? Because all I saw on the Tin man was silver. No rust whatsoever.
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