Monthly Archives: September 2015

Painting is underway

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.

Primed Cylinder Holders

Primed Cylinder Holders

 

Primed Radar Eye

Primed Radar Eye

I’ve also started permanently assembling the battery boxes. I’ll add pics and more details on this later.

Battery boxes… free of “charge”

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.

Cutting the pieces

Cutting the pieces

She started cutting all the pieces out of the CNC’d sheets and trimming the tabs.

Dry fitting

Dry fitting

Then she dry fitted the pieces together.

Complete Dry Fit

Complete Dry Fit

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.

Cylinders

Cylinders

After the cylinders were glued, I started adding glazing putty to help with some of the bigger gaps.

Glazed

Glazed

Cylinders all glazed

Cylinders all glazed

Once I glazed it all and it was dry enough, I started sanding.

 

Sanded Cylinders

Sanded Cylinders

Now if the weather could just cooperate, I could start priming these pices.

Angie’s Mando

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.

Sanding and cutting the helmet

Sanding and cutting the helmet

Lots of sanding and cutting and glazing was needed. Still more needed.

Trimming and sanding the armor

Trimming and sanding the armor

While I worked on the helmet, the girls were finishing the trimming and sanding of the pieces they had.

Forming the thighs

Forming the thighs

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.

Glazed and confused

Glazed and confused

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.

My First FanExpo!

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.