After getting home from a long day at work, I needed something to decompress. I continued work on R2.
After having sanded some of the parts I applied the first coat of primer.
Since these parts are 3d printed and you can see a lot of the lines from the extruder, I decided to use a filler primer.
After adding the first coat, you can already notice the lines disappearing. I’ll need to sand these down and add at least an other coat.
I’ve also started permanently assembling the battery boxes. I’ll add pics and more details on this later.
After all the fun with the con, and mandos, who could stop there?
Get some work done on R2! Ange wanted to help with building R2 so we started work on the battery boxes.
She started cutting all the pieces out of the CNC’d sheets and trimming the tabs.
Then she dry fitted the pieces together.
And we ended up with this. Still alot of work to do.. sand the 3d printed parts, glaze them, sand them again. Then start gluing pieces together. But it’s looking great and Ange can proudly say she built them.
Once this was done, I assembled the ankle cylinders.
After the cylinders were glued, I started adding glazing putty to help with some of the bigger gaps.
Once I glazed it all and it was dry enough, I started sanding.
Now if the weather could just cooperate, I could start priming these pices.
So after a great day at Fan Expo, we followed it up with a Build Party!!!
Work on Ange’s mando is progressing. Her helmet arrived but was in really rough shape.
Lots of sanding and cutting and glazing was needed. Still more needed.
While I worked on the helmet, the girls were finishing the trimming and sanding of the pieces they had.
After a few hours, I needed a break, so we started forming the armor. I’d heat the Sintra with the heat gun, then they’d be pressed on the body to take it’s shape. We would then dunk it in a bucket of water to shock it.
I continued work on the helmet yesterday and it’s getting there. The widow’s peak is still warped. I’ll probably need to reinforce it from the inside with metal or something.
I know I know… but every year, we tend to go on vacation during that week… be it Vegas or the Mediterranean… we never seem to be around for it. Well Luc and I decided at the last minute to do a day trip.
We left my place at 5:30 in the morning. Reached Toronto by 9:30 or so. We did really good time, mainly because there was almost no traffic.
Met up with Roy to get our passes and walked to the change room. Loved that it was out of the way, and separate from the booth. Once we walked in, there was several droids charging. Jordan had a corner set up for applying his makeup.
After dropping off our stuff, we went to see the booth. It was beautiful. Split into 4 sections, all self sufficient. The first, was the info booth, set up like the surveillance room from Star Wars, with touch terminals that had info on the CRLs and stuff.
Next section, was the hall from the Tantive… BEAUTIFUL and so simply made.
Around the corner from there… Endor! Ken’s speederbike was set up for pay photo ops (this is where Luc and I had our shift)
Continue on and you’re in the throne room of the death star.
After saying hi to everyone, we walked around the con. I have to say… personally I was a bit underwhelmed. Everyone always talks up Fan Expo. But it was just more booths with more junk. Don’t get me wrong. Some booths, like the Lego booth, the WB, Microsoft, Sony, etc were awesome. But sooo many tables with crap I wouldn’t buy…
We then noticed the time and ran to the food court to get a bite before our shift. Once we ate, it was time to change… so we had to go back to the main building and change.
We made it just in time to our shift, but the section of the booth we were working was shutdown because Rick Mercer was there.
Once the shift was done, we got changed and headed to some of the bigger vendor booths. I got Watchdogs for 5$, a few of the new black series figures (Chewie and BB-8). We got our pic taken at the Disney Infinity booth and won T-shirts.
After a bit more shopping, we headed back to O-town. Left Toronto around 7 and made it home by 11:30.
With my love of everything Star Wars, but most specifically, Droids. I was sitting at work the other day, thinking of a time when R2-C2 is done and how he basically looks like R2-D2 and if other R2-D2s are around, it might look odd. So I decided I’d build a secondary dome for him, one that I can swap out. I wanted something simple, where I don’t have to pay several hundred dollars for. Why don’t I do an R4 dome? OooOo What about that frog guy from Clone Wars that sits in an R4 dome… I could make him too!
Well I started working on the incompetent Colonel.
I started with making a wire armature… I took some 14 gauge wire and twisted it together using my drill. This is to give it a bit more strength. Made some loops at the feet and hands. Then wanted to add some bulk to the head (basically to save on clay) So I grabbed one of the dog’s unused tennis balls. Next up, was the eye stalks. I twisted some more wire and drilled it into the head.
After this was done, I needed a way to have him stand up. So I glued on some nuts on the foot loops. This will allow me to screw the armature into a base board that can stand on my desk as I work on him.
Well just having a bit of super glue holding the nut in place isn’t enough. I grabbed some of my JB Weld putty. This stuff essentially turns into steel as it hardens, and coated the nut and the foot loop with it.
I did this to both feet, then added some at some of the other weak joints like the pelvis and clavicle. I also need to add some at the base of the tennis ball and at the base of the eye stalks, but ran out.
Once I pick some more up and finish that, I’ll move on to making the armature for the hands.
Didn’t get as much done this weekend as I would of liked. But had a great weekend none the less. Ended up doing more planning for our Disney Star Wars Cruise in January. Participated in a Golf tournament and just had fun.
Any ways. I did get a few more parts in. The springs needed for the foot drives as well as the delrin rod for the foot drives as well.
I was having a hard time finding these exact parts as most of the sites that carried them only shipped to the US. And the thought of driving across the border to pick up a 4$ order… meh.
Finally found them from a Canadian site. Well funny thing is, the next day, I got an other package from the same company. This one contained 5 laparoscopic surgery tools!
With the bit of time I had to work on R2, I glued on the panels on the skin that are never actually going to open.
I also decided to tape some of the doors there as well as placed the coin slots, just to see how it would look. I also fixed a bit of the alignment issue… think I might still have a bit to do on that.
I noticed, that the slots for the utility arms are off… that or my arms are off. I’ll definitely need to look into that as I do plan on powering them. If you take a close look at the charging bay, I also added the LEDs and the board to it. If you’re REALLY nice, you might get a video tonight with the blinky blinky lights.
So I got alot of time this weekend to work on R2.
Started off by getting some new parts in and picking up some new parts.
Friday I got home to my shiny new Sabertooth speed controller for R2’s feet. I then went out and picked up some steal rods to build the shafts for the feet with, I also picked up more bits here and there.
Cutting steal with a dremmel… not so great. So I had to go back out and bought some jig blades for cutting steal. Remember kids… don’t touch steal you’ve been cutting with your bare hands… it’s hot!
I then continued work on the skins. I glued the inner and outer skins for the front together using e6000 and many clamps. Before gluing though, I sanded the inner skin and made sure no burrs were left.
While this set, I went back out to the garage and sanded the new radar eye. Once nice and smooth (well as smooth as you can get a 3D printed part), I applied a thin coat of glazing putty. The thing with glazing putty is that you don’t want to apply it too thick. So I’d put a thin coat, smooth it out, let it dry, then sand it, then rinse wash and repeat.
Eventually I got to this. You can still see some of the lines from the printing, but that’s why I got myself some filler primer. Once we’re at the painting stage, I’ll prime it and this special primer will fill in the rest of the gaps. Then I get to sand it some more and continue the fun.
Next up! More skins… Now one of the parts I’ve been dreading since I got the skins (probably why they’ve been laying around the living room for a few years now) is cutting the back skins to make an access hatch. Some builders access the inside of their astromechs by just removing the dome. Mine has too much stuff inside it, so I need a removable panel in the back to get in there. Unfortunately, the skins I have don’t have this hatch laser cut. Well not the inside skin at least. I removed the outside one, then attached the inside and outside skins together using tape. Now that everything was at the right places, I placed the outside hatch and placed tape to show where it lined up.
Now carefully using my Dremmel and a metal cutting wheel, I started to cut… Now, safety first, I had a respirator, in order now to breath in any little bits of metal and safety goggles… yet some metal still ended up go under the goggles.
While working on this, my neighbour came by to see what I was working on. He knows I work on Star Wars costuming as he’s come by during my armor building parties. But a fully functional, life size R2? His mind was blown.
After several cutting wheels, I got the hatch out. Sanded it to remove the burrs and any sharp edges. Now I need to take all the panels out.
Now I started gluing the insides and outsides of the panels. More e6000 and more clamps. These will need to be glued onto the hatch as they won’t be opening up.
Now the inside and outside parts of the hatch are being glued.
At this point it was getting late on the last day of my r2 building long weekend. I decided to place the front skins on just to see how it fit. I haven’t attached them yet, as I need to make a trip to Ottawa Fastners to get some screws to attach the mounting blocks and some Set Screws to tap where I’ll need to drill.
I’m still fighting this nasty summer cold and barely have any energy. However, this afternoon I cut out the main pieces for R2’s skirt.
Once I did this though, I was done and ready for a nap :p
I typically don’t get this knocked down by a cold but I swear this one could incapacitate a Rancor.
Later this evening I was feeling a bit better and decided to glue the skirt.
Since clamps wouldn’t reach. I decided to use the good old heavy cookbooks to weigh everything down while it dried.
Like with the legs. I still have to attach the skins, outer ribbing and paint it. But it looks good so far.