Went to Ottawa Fasteners this weekend to pick up some screws for R2 and some nuts.
The screws I got are for attaching the center Ankle to the frame’s ankle plate and for attaching the skin blocks to the frame.
The skin blocks are little pieces of machined metal that screw into the frame using 10-24 screws and then there’s tiny little screws in them that the skins attach to.
Well with the skins here, I’m kinda looking forward to working on them so I decided to start work on the coin slots. Since I seem to always miss the aluminum run of these, I had bought the resin one a while back. It’s not great but it’ll do for now. My main problem with it, was that the slots for solid. Completely full… So I took the drill to it and started making some holes in them in order to dremmel them clean.
Oh boy! If you’ve ever worked with resin pieces before… you know the mess it can make.
When I worked on the radar eye, I was smart enough to have the vacuum next to me as I worked so that it would suck up the dust as I went. This time… Ange had the vacuum downstairs as she was gearing up for her Girls’ Night… Need to clean this up when I get a chance. I also need to finish what I started here… the drill ran out of juice, so I’m charging it right now. I’ll post more pics to this post when done.
During my lunch hour I decided to go make sure the deck guys were actually here and working and while dropping by, I had noticed that the ankle arrived.
Yup, that’s an ankle! It looks alot like the other side ankles… but centered.
I love JAG parts. The metal is textured so the primer will stay on it. The welding joints are nice, the different pieces of metal and grinded so that you can’t tell at all that they are separate.
The only thing is that the ankle doesn’t come with the hardware. I need to get some screws to attach it to the plate in the frame. I need a round spacer to fit in, where it attaches to the currently non-existant foot shell.
The actual list of hardware is as follows (so I don’t forget):
- Quantity 2, Hex Socket Head Shoulder Screws, 1/4-20 Thread, 5/16″ diameter shoulder x 1/4″ long. McMaster Carr P/N 90298A574.
- Quantity 2, Flat Washers, 5/8″ Outside Diamate, 11/32″ Inside Diameter, 3/32″ thick. McMaster Carr P/N 98370A015.
- Quantity 1, Bronze Bushing, 3/4″ Outside Diameter, 1/2″ Inside Diameter, 1″ Long. McMaster Carr P/N 6391K225.
- Quantity 1, Aluminum Round Spacer, Female Thread 1/4″-20, 1/2″ Outside Diameter, 1″ Long. Grainger P/N 5GHT5.
And I have no time to admire them, thanks to the *$^#($ deck.
Anyway. I picked them up at the postoffice after work. They’re way lighter than I imagined. But SOOO nice.
I am worried about starting anything but the panels on them till I get the missing parts for it like the Ports, Power Couplers and various vents. I’ll probably order the resin versions for now.
Also, mental note (guess not so mental if I write it down). Go to Ottawa Fasteners and get the hinges needed for the panels.
Yay the center ankle was just shipped! Next on the list? Foot drives with motors! R2 will be moving around by the end of September!
And I think I found some… that are affordable.
These units are custom built using heavy 12g steel welded at 12 points.
They’re low profile so it won’t look like R2 is floating.
Nice thick rubber wheel.
Motor mounts are 12″L x 3″W x 4 1/4″H Weight 8Lbs each. And motors come with it!
The last set I was looking at, cost more, and I had to get everything from the wheels, chain to the motors separately.
And here’s what they look like.
R2′s center ankle is ordered and on it’s way! This was thanks to my mom… she kinda lit the fire under my ass about this, considering how infrequently runs for centre ankles occur.
So for those who remember my post about the regular ankles. This is what the centre ankle looks like. It’s pretty much like the others, but centred and there’s just one.
Now, the only big pieces that are left (that aren’t store bought) are the skirt and the foot drives… all the rest is either small detail work, or electronics. Pretty cool. Need to thank my mom for helping make sure I don’t miss this part run.
Dave has FINALLY started work on the legs. So these are made from multiple layers of plywood to add strength and the center channel where the cables going from the foot drives to the body are hidden.
You can see in the pic, he’s laid down the shoulder shim, and ankle shims next to them… Looking good! Now I just need a center ankle and foot shells… and foot drives… and…
I don’t know how I missed it, but JAG had a run of Centre Ankles… Well he’s just said that he’ll do an other small run, if he can get 28 orders.
Well I put my name down.
- Guy makes part.
- Guy makes sure part fits with club specs
- Guy shows part to council
- Council approves run
- Guy posts run
- Guy takes payments
- Guy tells buyer part is shipped
- Buyer gets part
Talk about a month full of new toys, first the shims, now this.
These are ankle details. They fit on the front and backs of the ankles and the stubby part at the bottom is painted blue. I’m quite impresses with this run. Typically they were solid one piece parts. This new run are lighter, since they’re hollow. The bottom part, the one that I paint blue, is also removable to make the painting easier. No masking!