–What do you mean “my parts are showing”?

In addition to making the odd compad and some special request, I am also doing some parts for friends.

I am not doing any “runs” of anything, so please don’t ask me. I only have one small printer and I make good use of it for my own projects and do the odd part for friends in need when time allows.

Parts that I’ve done recently: (click for better view)

By | 2016-12-06T00:00:12+00:00 August 26th, 2015|BB-8, Building, Mini-R2, R2-D2|Comments Off on Parts!

More Data Panel..

Will this never end?

MORE on this data panel nonsense?
Yes! Indeed!

First the easy bit: I removed the 3d printed coupling once again, and superglued it in place, instead of the hot glue that was not doing its job.. but that was not the big thing!

Basically, I had done the bulk of the panel, but lacked the surrounds for it. I started by looking at the surrounds I already had on the A&A Kit I purchased some years ago and realized that’s not going to work.

So, using that as a template, I started cutting and filing and doing my thing in some 1mm styrene to come up with something like … this:


I painted that with Satin White, and drybrushed it with some old, trusty “Mithril Silver” and glued it in place..


filthied it down, just like I did the original panel.. (Using “Chaos Black” and “Flesh Wash”. Really putting these two old Citadel colours to work here)


.. before I went over it with cotton pads and a solvent to clean it up and also burn the weathering into the lacquer paint.


It really looks the part (pun intended) now, and it feels more solid.

I tested it in place, and it is ready to be fitted in place, but before I go down that route, there were a couple of other things needs to be done first.

First off, since I want this hatch to be openable, and I didn’t prepare anything for it, I realized I needed to route a hole in my top ring around the utility arm area:


I fastened an M4 screw in place and it sticks up just enough in my routered path that it works!


While doing this, I also removed the old magnet holding the door shut… and shimmied off some material that was catching when the door was closing… and this is when R2 realized that “hey, it’s been too long since a blood sacrifice was made”..


Once the bloodlust of R2 (Bet you didn’t know he had one. All builders can agree with me that he has one) was settled, I could finish off the short time of work for the evening, which was to switch two cables on the dome motor, to make R2 turn his head in the direction I want him to!

Next up is attaching a servo to the frame, and start working on getting this hatch to close… not sure how that’s going to go, to be honest….

When working in cramped areas like this I really wish I had a set of old dentist tools and drills.. it could make live SO much easier 😉

By | 2016-12-06T00:00:21+00:00 April 12th, 2015|R2-D2|Comments Off on More Data Panel..

The final stretch..

So, even though the build is done, I will complete this build blog! I will honor my commitment!

Last things to do, consisted of making end caps for my PVC/Styrene ankle cylinders.

I glued 3 1cm strips of styrene together, started filing, added a bit of bondo, sanded some more, and it started looking pretty good

Once this was dome, time to glue it on to the circular bit of 1mm styrene I had already cut out.

Last step was to wrap it in aluminium tape, and then done! Two of them were made!

Also, last step was filing the aluminium foot strips. They needed to be chamfered in both ends. This was a tedious job, not very fun, but something that had to be done. It also rendered a lot of aluminium fillings…

Once this was done, time to file off the edges of the battery harnesses and then attach them to the battery boxes.

If you wonder, these have been sanded down to look nice and smooth.

Then time for weathering! I had to weather the skirt of my R2 and both legs.. Check it out when it was still in pristine condition.

About 45 minutes later, it did not look as nice and white anymore…

Since I posted the pics of the finished parts earlier, let me tell you about today:

I was going to a friends place, since his kid loves Star Wars and it was his birthday. I figured it would be a great place to break in my droid!

First problem was that when I started it up, nothing happened. The dome powered on and worked and I could rotate it, but it would simply not drive! Something was wrong!

The good thing about building this myself, is that I know everything about my droid, and I was forced to go debugging.

A couple of cables needed to switch place, and I changed a few things in how things were connected together, and it finally worked!

My droid is complete! Woohoo!

Nice machine! Nice looking! It even looks good from the behind!

And a little detail picture of some of the subtle weathering put in..

So: a proud owner with his droid. After over one year of building!

My estimation is that I’ve probably put in somewhere between 1500-2000 hours into this little machine.

Anyway, the kids party was a blast, but chaotic. Really chaotic, but R2 was the star, naturally, and he even made a couple of new friends!

So, I now have a droid. There are a few minor things that I may need to look in to. Might need to do something about one of the feet, as I am guessing the belt is chewing in to areas that doesn’t have any cogs, and that is effecting the performance of the wheel!

I also need to get get a better battery. I am using a 20Ah battery at the moment, and I need to do some measuring on power consumption, and possibly get a different one. I would love to get a LiPo battery. Found a good one in the UK, that weighs less than half of my current battery (it’s a good thing) and has more power.

The drawback? it is silly expensive!

I should start selling ad space on the droid to pay for things like that! (not really)

Anyway, at the moment the fully assembled droid is sitting in our living room and just been charged. I’m going to have so much fun with him at the upcoming sic-fi fair in 3 weeks!

That’s it for now!

Oh, and this build blog will not just stop. I have upgrades, updates and other things planned, including appearances, and a whole new dome that needs fixing up!

Stay tuned and thanks for following!

//Micke and R2.

By | 2016-12-06T00:00:45+00:00 November 10th, 2012|R2-D2|2 Comments

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