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)
This includes the following:
- 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.
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)
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.
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.
This is pretty much what our table looked like all day.
Then the CTV crew came by and wanted to shoot part of the news there.
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.
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.
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.
Finally the day ended and Fred and R2-T54 had to leave
Looking forward to the next time we all get together… thanks for all the fun!
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.
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
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.
And here’s a view of the whole set area.
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.
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.
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.
But I ended up looking ok for the con.
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.
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.
Once it’s dry, I take a face cloth and soak it, then wring it out and start wiping off most of the paint.
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.
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.
So we spent the weekend working on the booth and it is now complete. But damn am I ever sore today.
Only thing left is painting.
Friday night, Luc and I went to get the wood needed for building the Tatooine wall.
We then spent all of Saturday working on the walls and got them completed. We also started the door. However, we noticed that we were missing some of the brackets we believed we had built for the jail. So he had to go back and get more wood.
While I cut the 2X4s, I had Chris L working on the crates that will be used for set decorations. They look awesome. Hank will be making stencils to spray on labels on them.
So that’s what it looks like inside Mod Eisley? No, this is just the back of the wall panels. They’re built so solid!
Richard is admiring the construction. Once everything was built, he, luc, RobP and myself assembled the wall with the tarps underneath so we could start painting
Here we have the door being made. This is to represent the door that R2 and 3P0 hid in, while the Sandtroopers are looking for them. We re-used the frame of the door from last year, and I cut up a layer of MDF, that is laied on top of an other to add the depth of the texture.
Since these need to be stored flat, we couldn’t go with the texture I originally wanted, as it would just flake off. So Corey went and got several earth tones. Here we’re painting the base, which is a cork like color. Once this is dry, we’re going to sponge on darker and lighter tones on it. The braces at the top and bottom will be painted brown, to simulate wooden beams. And the door will be a nice orange color.
John painted an other stand up for us, this time of Darth Maul, considering Ray Park will be in attendance. Also ironic, since John is our local Darth Maul too
Matt started painting an other mural, this one of Hoth.
And Hank started Coruscant. These are in the back of the lockers and will accompany Bespin and Tatooine.
Now that this is all done, I need to finish my costume. Most of it is done now, and I have shims installed on the sides to cover my big ass gut… But I still need to finish the thighs and weather everything… And of course… this weekend is full so I have to get it done by Friday if I want to use it on Saturday at Four Wishes
Well, got more done and pieces are starting to get attached.
I finished sewing the sew on snaps onto the straps and attached them to the shoulder bells. I also attached the back plate to the kidney plate.
So at this point, I figured I’d try it on.
Fits pretty well if you ask me I then went and attached the other shoulder bell and the bicep on one side. At this point, I figured I’d see what it was like to have this on and the neck seal and pauldron.
Funny enough, the only hard part to put on was the pauldron.
I then continued gluing on some of the last bits. Next step is to add the straps to the ab plate. I also got in to work this morning and found a nice 2’X2′ piece of ABS and a heat gun on my desk. I’ll be able to make the shims this weekend.
Then all I have left other than painting and weathering is the garter for the legs.
Can’t wait to have this done.
Alright, done as much as I can tonight.
- Thigh front cover strips glued (going to have to put big strips in the back, my thighs are a bit big it seems)
- Belt is done – Snaps in place in shoulder bells – Snaps added to chest and ab – Snaps added to kidney plate to attach to back
- Snaps added to Back to attach to the kidney plate
- Add snaps to the elastic strips
- Do back of thighs
- Do back of shins – Attach hand plates to gloves
- Make straps for arms
- Make straps for upper body
- Make belt system for thighs
- Weather everything
- Finish painting helmet
Not so bad actually… Just need to figure out the back of the leg pieces
So after a horrible day at work and the migraine continuing I wasn’t really in the mood to work on my armor. However, with the deadline looming I had to get a bit of stuff done at least.
I started work on the belt. Basically, having to drill 3 holes in the plastic utility belt, adding snaps and then puncturing 3 holes in the canvas belt and adding the other part of the snap. Once this is done, I had to glue the covers on the snaps (also affectionately known as TK Condoms by my friend Kim).
Also, before heading to bed, I’m working on the paint on the helmet. When I made my big order from Trooperbay, I got the Humbrol paints. Since for the hire certifications of the Sandtrooper, everything has to be painted, and not decals, I started. All the grey trapezoids have a black outline, so here you’ll see painting the outline before filling it with grey. I also painted the mouth piece.
Unfortunately, after starting, I realized the paint is enamel and not acrylic… and ruined one of my last good miniature paintbrushes.