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Split Personality

Today was an exciting day!

I had a package arriving from the US, and I knew exactly what it was! The alternate persona to my R2!

I still haven’t decided what to name my future golden top robot, but that is a secondary problem!

First off, to the store and pick up the dome!

As I was going to pick up the package, The crinkles and damage on the package made me a bit worried…

Fortunately, Crash had done a smashing (pun not intended) job at packaging the dome, and inside, the lovely golden semi-sphere appeared.

After removing the package from the contents (Many people get this the other way around and remove the contents from the package…)

I like what I see!

This dome is custom made from fiberglass, and will be a lot easier to work with than the aluminum dome that will be his main head!

All in all, a great day! =)

 

By | 2016-12-06T00:01:33+00:00 April 12th, 2012|R2-D2|Comments Off on Split Personality

Domeworks

After my really lovely time in Gothenburg, I realized that next time I had a chance to take my droid out, I had to be there.

This time, without any duct tape on the dome!

No time to waste, got to get to work!

First on the agenda, was to mount the top part of the inner dome properly into the outer dome. The inner dome has been sanded as much as possible, and once it was a proper fit, I just put in place. It is held in place by milliput and superglue, and seems like it is holding up nice. Once the rest of the inner dome is mounted, I will add some extra safekeeping inside, just to be sure. For now, it looks pretty ok, I must say!

I really like how it looks weathered as is…

For the inner dome I fixed the panel I had in place for the “mystery panel”. Essentially, this is a piece of plexiglass that I had cut to size and heated up with my blowtorch, bent slightly around the inner dome to match the curve somewhat, and finally set in place with milliput. The outside of the plexiglass has been sanded, in order to match the surface of the inner dome, and on the inside, I’ve glued 2 layers of a mylar film that I got from Sigge!

(Great guy, that Sigge. I will have to devote an entire post with the items he’s gotten for me so far… and I will!)

In this light, it is easy to see, but with the frame around, and a decent box behind it to close off the light, It will look quite the same as the reset of the dome!

This is the inside, with the mylar film glued to the piece of plexiglass. They grey stuff is the hardened milliput, that should be hard enough to withstand even poking fingers from kids!

The rear PSI and rear Holo Projector also needed cutting out. The rear PSI hole was really making me slightly nervous, as this hole is in a place where it will be exposed!

However, I started with the rear holo projector, which really doesn’t have to look nice at all, since it is all covered by the outer dome anyway.

I drilled out the circumference with increasingly larger drills, to the point where the piece in the middle almost fell out by itself. Looking back, I would have brought out my dremer earlier, as the final hole ended up slightly larger than I had wanted to, but no worries, there are still plenty of aluminum to fasten the holo projector, and I preferred the hole to be slightly larger so I could move the rear holo projector around a bit, to not get into the way of the fit of the outer dome!

Once the center piece was gone, it was time to file down the rough edges… File and dremel were my tools here!

Hole ready and started to drill holes for the mounting of the holo projector.

Then time for the dreaded last hole. Having drilled 4 other holes in the dome, I used what I’ve learned from the previous attempts for this last hole.. the important one, as I want the inner dome to shine through here.

I drilled around the area… took extra precaution to not go over the line…

Dremel time! Like the front holo projector, I cut up slices, bent these away with a pair of pliers, and started sanding.

After filing and main sanding was done, it was time to use the “bottle technique” .. wrapping a bottle in sanding paper, and twist back and forth… round and round .. until you have a perfectly circular hole.

My hole for the rear PSI is slightly smaller than the actual PSI, but when looking at it, it doesn’t show, and I can’t really tell. It’s only a fraction larger anyway, and it’s better than sanding too much!

Final result, with PSI test mounted:

Since then, the PSI has been mounted properly, (for test purposes), and the last part is to sand down the area around the rear PSI to match the surface of the outer dome, and then paint, sand, paint, sand, paint, sand and paint! =)

 

By | 2016-12-06T00:01:33+00:00 April 9th, 2012|R2-D2|Comments Off on Domeworks

R2’s first steps in public…

This weekend was the yearly sci-fi convention in Gothenburg, and since my fiancée and I needed a break from things, we decided to go!

R2 wanted to come as well, so we hooked up with the Nordic Garrison of the 501st and headed the 450 kilometers to Gothenburg. That’ll be 280 miles for you americans!

I was painfully aware that my droid was not complete, and some strategically placed pieces of duct tape literally held him together over the convention. Considering I didn’t start building him until december, I don’t have to be ashamed of his not-really-complete finish!

R2 fit inside my little car with room to spare, and at the convention, we were ready to hit the floor!

Yes, he has no utility arms. The blue parts are only paper. Yes, the pocket vents are only aluminum plates, and he didn’t have any head panels or side vents. I know. That’s only the beginning…

Anyway, R2 was eager to go, and little did he know what was waiting for him…

Kids!
Everywhere!
All sizes!

Poking, probing, fiddling, talking, hugging, chasing…

R2 was in a good mood, and even met some friends. Here’s my fiancée posing for pictures with R2 and his brother.

The completed R2 on the left belongs to Thomas Nixon. His wheels are much larger than mine, and I think my droid is leaning a little more forward than his, but after I extend the center foot a few centimeters, my R2 will look slightly bigger, and match Thomas R2..

My fiancée does not, however, seem to trust anything with a bad motivator:

Anyway, me and R2 found a nice spot to hang…

While hanging around here, a lowly Tusken Raider, who claimed to be Sigge, came by and tried to knick my droid away…

Fortunately, some big, hairy walking carpet came by and scared Sigge the Tusken away before he could spy on my build too much…

This convention did not have so many Star Wars actors from it. We had Michael “Bib Fortuna” Carter and Simon “Max Rebo, Gamorrean Guard, an unnamed Mon Calamari and Nien Nunb’s eyelids (yes, eyelids)” Williamson.

I did however meet this charming man who complemented me on the droid and mentioned that the feat was not bad .. for a human.

All was fine .. until…

All right! .. I’ll show the video.. I promise! …

Boy …. that R2-SweD2 can be very persuasive…

Here’s a quick clip of my R2 in action…

All in all, we had great fun, and even my fiancée who doesn’t like Science Fiction had a great time!

Time to finish that droid! … can’t have him looking like that in the future!

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