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Corporal, Colonel, Captain, Colonel Gascon!

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.

Wire armature

Wire armature

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.

Support nuts

Support nuts

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.

Covered foot

Covered foot

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.

More JB Weld

More JB Weld

Once I pick some more up and finish that, I’ll move on to making the armature for the hands.