Boston Pizza Fundraiser with Tysen

Boston Pizza Fundraiser with Tysen

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Quebec City ComicCon 2014

Quebec City ComicCon 2014

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Montreal ComicCon 2014

Montreal ComicCon 2014

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Ottawa Mini Maker Fair 2014

Ottawa Mini Maker Fair 2014

R2-C2 at his first Maker Fair More »

 

Lots more work over the weekend. Before continuing this entry I just have to re-iterate how lucky I am to have @talzalina as my wife. This past weekend was our wedding anniversary and what did she want to do? She wanted to continue the work on the wookiees :)

All right

So doing some work on the pants at Luc’s this past weekend. I had to put the pants on to see where the grey would go… no, no one cut my legs :).

 

Shot Wookiee

Here’s with the shirt on… you can see the blending works.

Testing the blending of the shirt and pants

Then on Sunday, Ange gave up on the sleeves and went back to working on the back

Ange latching on our Anniversary

During this time I was working on the grey on the legs.

Adding grey

After an evening of more bad TV I finished the pants

Front of Pants

Back of Pants

Ange being silly

 

I’ve also picked up a skateboarding helmet that we’ll cut in half and attach to the skull. This will prevent the face from sliding like Luc experienced in his first Wookiee build. I also bought some hockey pants to fill in the legs a bit more.

Now excuse me while I go back to latching!

 

So much hair!

Well this weekend we started latching the hair. I remember when Luc had his first wookiee suit, each time we’d go over to his place I’d always come back with wookiee hair… well making a wookiee… now there’s hair EVERYWHERE!

To work with the hair, we’d first had to stretch it. We take it out of the pack, step on one side and then pull on it really hard as we use a hair dryer on hot over the hair.

Once that’s done, we’d cut it in 3. Then you rake it. We built these rake stations in order to get any knots out. The dogs found this part kinda funny.

The Rake

The Rake

Once ready, it’s latching time… of course, this was a group effort :)

Latching

Latching Party

Luc teaching Ange

Luc teaching Ange

With the first day coming in close to 11 hours of latching. This is how far I got…

Chris' Day 1 progress

Chris’ Day 1 progress

And this was Ange’s progress

Ange's day 1 progress

Ange’s day 1 progress

Can’t say that’s too bad at all :) especially for first timers :)

With an other few hours of latching on Sunday, I managed to do the full front side of on leg and half of the other side.

Weekend Progress

Weekend Progress

Now, by the end of the weekend, my arm was killing me. It’s surprises me every time how repetitive motions that you’re not used to can hurt so much after a while.

Now I’ll be continuing this every day until we’re done :)

Wookiee Building is a Go

This has been something of a work in progress… we had started getting materials and working on the stilts slowly while waiting for our hair to arrive.

Now that we’ve officially started and the clock is on… here’s where we are.

 

Once we got home with the mesh, we got the girls cutting it to make the mesh shirts.

Girls working on the mesh

Girls working on the mesh

Luc then tried to get his head through the shirt as we were making it.

Luc trying on the shirt

Luc trying on the shirt

Sewing mesh is interesting. I managed to actually break a few needles… on mesh?!? Well the thread we were using was made for upholstery… it’s thicker and would snag and break.

Sewing

Sewing

In order to make the toes match up better and to give us more stability while walking on the stilts, we built some plywood bases.

You’ll also notice the aluminum L braces at the front of the stilts. These are part of a bigger system in order to prevent the legs from caving in.

Feet Work

Feet Work

Speaking of padding, we then added upholstery foam around the base of the stilts to fill them out. These will eventually be completely taped up and covered with a wookiee leg warmer :)

Foot Padding

Foot Padding

Now that we knew the width of the foot, I got working on the mesh pants.

Are these pants to big?

Are these pants to big?

Test driving my new legs. I find it surprising how comfortable I actually am on the stilts. I would go running in them (yet) but walking around, standing still and even hunching down is pretty easy. Right now I need to practice turning as that’s the one area I’m having a bit of difficulty judging how wide the foot base is.

Testing out my new legs

Testing out my new legs

Watch out for that tree

Well I bit the bullet. I ended up getting a nice bonus at work and decided to start a biker scout costume.

 

After a lot of research, I decided to go with a one make and was able to get the Helmet, Armor, Blaster and the cumberun.

I then found someone else who makes the gloves.

Now I need to make a vest, and get a flightsuit for it.

 

The gloves arrived.

 

TBGloves

Biker Gloves

 

New parts arrived and on their way

 

ISo with all the issues I’ve had getting some of the main components for R2 and well.. just wanting him up and running. I had ordered plastic parts.

They arrived in early November (as seen on my R2 facebook page)

Plastic and 3d printed parts

Plastic and 3d printed parts

This includes the following:

  • Legs
  • Skirt
  • Battery Boxes
  • Center Foot
  • Outer Feet
  • Foot Drives

I need to remove them from the sheets, and glue them with an Acrylic Solvent… this is going to be like assembling a giant 3d puzzle!

I’ve also been working on the MarcDuino boards and failing miserably… I can’t seem to reach the ATMega chip when trying to program it. After trying everything I could… I finally gave up and jumped on a run of the version 2 of these boards. They’re pre-soldered and will have room for future improvements. They also can have the Wifly and power boards clip right into them.

Next, I saw that there was some of the Magic Panels available, so I jumped on that.

I also got motors for the feet, chains, cogs, an amp for the sound and finally found the LEDs I’ve been missing for the Data Port.

 

Skinning R2

The legs, skirt, foot shells, foot drives and battery boxes are ready and about to be shipped!

So I got working on the skins.

At lunch today, I started cutting out some of the skin panels and getting rid of the burrs using a chisel. You basically just rub the flat side of the chisel on the edge and it smooths it out. (will be showing this in the next vlog entry)

Skins1

Skins with panels removed

Skins 2

Panels being sorted out

Skins 3

Dry fit of the utility arms skin panel

Ottawa Mini Maker Faire 2014

Well R2-C2 and I were at the Ottawa Mini Maker Faire this past weekend with some friends and their droids. When one of the builders told me that I had been neglecting this blog.

Well to start off, we had a BLAST!

Fred, a fellow builder from Montreal and good friend had been invited to the faire and asked me if I wanted to help. Of course I jumped on the opportunity.

As the faire was approching, we got invited to be on the news.

First was CTV Morning Live.

You can see the clip here CTV Morning Live

This would mark R2-C2‘s first time on TV. Since Fred was still in Montreal, Jason and I got up way early to make it to the studio. We had a blast, his R2 is complete, so we had him driving around during different segments.

Unfortunately I had to head back to work, but Jason went to the Museum of Science and Technology, where the faire was to take place and did an interview with CBC. On their segment, they mentioned how R2 would sure be the star of the Faire. They certainly weren’t kidding.

The next morning I got up early again, and headed to the museum. I met up with Jason and we started to set up our area.

Our Table

Our Table

After a few, Fred arrived with R2-T54 from Montreal. At this point even some of the other Makers were gathering around us.

The day progressed with hundreds if not actually thousands of people stopping by (they did get over 3000 guests go through). At first it was someone intimidating… you had these people WAY smarter than me, who knows way more about electronics and programming, including some NRC engineers stop by and ask questions. After a while it started to go back to the same questions over and over. Which wasn’t so bad.

The Crowds

The Crowds

 

This is pretty much what our table looked like all day.

One cool thing, was that our friends at The League of Super Heroes were at the museum for a photo shoot, so they stopped by which caused more traffic.

The League of Super Heroes drops by

The League of Super Heroes drops by

 

Then the CTV crew came by and wanted to shoot part of the news there.

CTV News at 6

CTV News at 6

They ended up doing several takes… cause R2-T54 was being a bit of a pain :)

But we looked pretty good on the news!

You can see the clip here CTV News at 6

After all the fun, we plugged the droids in and headed to the after party.

I must say they went all out… open bar, lots of food, it was pretty cool.

After Party

After Party

We were in between the old locomotives, with a DJ playing. We had to cut the festivities short as some of our friends wanted a chance to hang out with Fred as well, so we headed to a restaurant down in the market and partied the rest of the evening away.

 

Day 2

Fred and I left my place and headed back to the museum. Unfortunately, Jason and R2-D2 weren’t joining us today. But Rob was still with us and man was he a god send.

We get to our table and R2-T54 has barely no charge! It seems that they neglected to tell us that the power in that room is cut over night. So Fred frantically tried to charge him.

The day progressed and it seemed a bit more quiet. Possibly because we didn’t have 2 droids running around. After noon, Derek, a fellow 501st member showed up as Vader and hung out with us. We wandered around the museum taking photos. It was a fun day.

R2-T54 and Lord Vader

R2-T54 and Lord Vader

Finally the day ended and Fred and R2-T54 had to leave :(

 

The Gang

The Gang

Looking forward to the next time we all get together… thanks for all the fun!

ComicCon is over :(

All this work and the con went by in the blink of an eye.

We had a team show up on Thursday afternoon, and as expected it took little to no time to assemble.

Set up

Set up

Jail

Jail

jail

Dirty Scum

I wanted to have Dianoga, or as he’s been affectionately named Blinky in a toilet… the toilet build failed, so we decided to turn him into a piss pot monster :)

dianoga

Dianoga

Here is a view of the Tatooine set. I have to say it came out way nicer than I expected and people loved it. As big as it was, it felt smaller on the con floor. Rob M brought a menagerie of aliens to help decorate, as well as several R2 builders brought their droids. People seemed to love the more practical set over the backdrops we used in the past.

tatooine

Tatooine

And here’s a view of the whole set area.

set

The Legion Experience

 

It was A LOT of work, it was stressful, I got tired and frustrated, but over all it was fun. I can’t wait for next year. Hopefully I’ll be able to take things in and enjoy more of what the con has to offer.

Pretty much done

Wow haven’t had a chance to post cause of all the work I put into Comic Con lately.

But I pretty much finished my Sandtrooper build. Yes, I know, I’ll never be DONE, but it was close enough to be able to suit up for the con.

As I was completing the bucket, I brought it to work. Actually ended up wearing it to a meeting.

Bucket at work

Bucket at work

I’m actually quite proud of how it turned out. I still need to add the fans, but damn that’s one sexy dude!

That night, I got home and tried to put on the armour… WOW that’s hard to do on your own.

I started with the garter and thighs, then realized I could put the boots on, so I unsnapped them and lowered the thighs, only to topple over. I then put on the ab plate and the back parts. Once these were on, I could bend to put the shins on. Then the fight with the shoulders started. Finally once everything was done, the chest popped off and well… I got frustrated. But it was good to give me an idea.

Test Run

Test Run

But I ended up looking ok for the con.

Sexy trooper

Sexy trooper

All in all it was fun. I still have some work to do on the thighs, fix the shins that I ended up breaking. Getting better pouches and then the work on the gun and backpack.

Getting Dirty

Awww yeah… getting dirty!

Needed a break from cutting and sanding and snapping so I started weathering the armor.

I’m using a technique described by PandaTrooper. I basically start by sponging on a Burnt Umber all over the piece and let it dry a bit.

Mud Trooper?

Mud Trooper?

Once it’s dry, I take a face cloth and soak it, then wring it out and start wiping off most of the paint.

Wiped off

Wiped off

More dirty armor

More dirty armor

So last night I got most of this first coat on the upper armor. I still have to sand the ABS sludge I put on the kidney plate, before starting it.

Upper Armor

Upper Armor

Once this is done, and I glue the thighs, I can start on the next stage.

The next step, is to mix 1/3 Burnt Umber, 1/3 Black and 1/3 Warm Grey and start sponging that on. This will give the desert oil look. Again, I’ll be wiping most of it off.

But as I said, I still have to glue the back of the thighs, sand the kidney plate, add the snaps on the kidneys and glue the hand guards to the gloves.
Then I can start painting the helmet, and add the lens and screen.

It’s going to be close, but I just might finish everything for Saturday’s troop.