All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1 90% Oh Yea

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  1. blastmaster

    blastmaster Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I have been working on my All metal/Aluminum R2D1 for a couple of months and he is close to being finished, I'll build and install the drives this week, Motor controls next weekend, a little more weathering, hoses for feet and he'll be there, a couple of weeks and he'll be running around!!!! Here are a few pics.
    My Droid List:
    Remote R2D2
    Two Leg Static R2D2
    Remote R2D1
    All my best,
    AL
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  2. Garthok

    Garthok Sr Member

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    Re: All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1

    Beautiful job!
     
  3. Starsunder

    Starsunder New Member

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    Re: All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1

    Oh wow, that is amazing.

    Do you have any schematics that you follow for it ?

    Very interested in making one of my own.
     
  4. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    Re: All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1

    Nice! How much does he weigh?!
     
  5. KramStaar

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    Re: All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1

    Agreed, a wonderful job..

    Warmest congratulations mate..

    MARK
     
  6. gyoung2993

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    Re: All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1

    Oh ,I love it ,holy crap,thats nice ,I want one !!!!!!
     
  7. whitehawk

    whitehawk New Member

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    Re: All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1

    Very nice work
     
  8. Sundowner

    Sundowner Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1

    That looks great! I wish I had your talents!
     
  9. gyoung2993

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    I wish I just had any talents .....LOL........
     
  10. Hobo Wan Kenobi

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    Re: All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1

    That looks fantastic! Awesome job man :thumbsup
     
  11. Organic Mechanic

    Organic Mechanic Sr Member

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    I normally avoid 'Oooh Wow' posts, but my lord that is a thing of beauty!
     
  12. Lan Jenn

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  13. Canadianghandi

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    Re: All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1

    What processes did you use?

    Did you machine it and do free form sheet metal work? It looks great man, just wondering how much that set you back.
     
  14. blastmaster

    blastmaster Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1

    Like Lan Jenn Said You can join up over at R2Builders group at Yahoo, But I prefer astromech.net, For me i like the way astromech is laid out easier for me to follow, Just go join up and start reading, I got some parts off of the Astromech sight, and some I made and some from a friend in the UK. There is all the reasurch you need at those two builders sights. Happy building!!!
    Here's a shot of my R2D2 with the Static one in the back ground!!!
    Thanks for all the compliments!!
    AL[​IMG]
     
  15. Starsunder

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  16. hankey01

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    Re: All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1

    Great work Blastmaster!

    Mine is all aluminum...weighs a LOT! I'd say almost 100lbs. His feet are all beat up and broken thanks to moving it 2 times up and down stairs (with me and a buddy struggling).
     
  17. darthwhitey

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    Re: All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1

    Some of the nicest R2's I've even seen!

    Thanks for sharing your work!

    brad
     
  18. tk 9464

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    Beautiful R2 units...

    Dominic
     
  19. ave4uevoli

    ave4uevoli Sr Member

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    Re: All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1

    UGH - How have you only been working on this for a few months? I've been collecting pieces for years now.

    Those are really amazing r2's (y)thumbsup

    Please let me know if you have any extra alum. parts laying around or if you have a source other than astromech's junkyard/ run's for parts.
     
  20. Lear60man

    Lear60man Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1

    I hesitated posting this because Im in the same boat......but your legs are reversed.:lol Unless you know something I dont ( and I wouldnt be surprised!), aren't the two little round 'buttons' on the outer shoulders supposed to be in front? Or does the red droid have them in back?

    Anyway gorgeous family! Gives me inspiration to finish mine.
     
  21. hankey01

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    I did a lot of searching about those buttons...found some images from ANH of droids with buttons on front, back, or one leg with each. I took creative license...and now I forget which I ended up with....but I'm sure there is a "builder's standard".
     
  22. Snowmann

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    Great Job, can we see him Live in Orlando at C VI ?
     
  23. blastmaster

    blastmaster Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1

    Yea I know something you don't then, (Kidding) My R2D2s are ANH R2s in a ANH the buttons are in the front of the horse shoes, ESB the shoulder Hydrolic is in the front and the same for the rest of the films, as well as The Red R2D1 from Ep I,
    Here is a Reference Screen grab from each film. But no worries thanks for the concern. And if they where reversed ( which they're not all you would need to do is switch the Horse shoes takes about 5 minutes. here are the pics. ( I live and Breath Star Wars )
    AL
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    EP III R2D1:
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  24. redbouche

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    Re: All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1

    I'm pretty sure you just made every star wars geek in the world jelous. Freaking awesome build.
     
  25. blastmaster

    blastmaster Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: All Metal/Aluminum R2D1 Droid Ep 1

    Well drives are all finished, Casters installed in front foot, motor drive boards and remote next, here he is with his brother, R2D2&R2D1. So fun!!!!!!!
    Oh Yea more weathering to come!!!!!!
    Al
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    Took some shots of my Static R2D2 also here he is!!!
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  26. Lear60man

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    Thanks for the pics Blastmaster. So now I know that the legs get swapped from episode to episode. Now I dont feel so bad for having mine reversed also. But do they get swapped from scene to scene in the same episode????? Im kidding, Im sure they probably have. Its not like there are stormtroopers with wrong armor parts hitting their heads things......:lol
     
  27. sskunky

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    Man....... They are ****ing amazing!

    Do you sleep? How long does it take you to build one of those things? I have always wanted a full working remote R2 unit.... I know I had better get saving......

    I suppose the speed of the build also depends on how deep my pockets are and how quick I can mass the materials?

    I think for the sake of my wife I will put the R2 project on hold until I get a bigger house... Being in a two bed flat just doesn't cut it. As patient as she is putting up with Trooper armour all over the place and Vaders etc..... My marriage is worth more....:)
     
  28. Megamicrofish

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    You have too many droids!
    I'll help you thin your collection down by taking one :love
     
  29. R2Dan

    R2Dan Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    love your droids mate - all the grime and dirt on them just makes them pop, unlike most of the other R2 builders club droids, where most people simply don't have the guts to actually slap some dirt on their beloved astromechs. Makes them look like giant toy robots... come to think of it, even Hasbro have started making their figures dirty... :D

    Again, great job on these!
     
  30. blastmaster

    blastmaster Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I am so with you, They look cheap when they are clean, with some weathering they have depth, Also a lot of the guys paint both layers of skins white I just paint the out side skin so the metal shows through the cuts. I can't wait to get the D1 in the garage so I can finish his dirt!!!!
    Thanks everyone, I love these guys, and My wife and kids do too, Thank goodness. Take care everyone, More pics in a week when he is finished.
    AL
     
  31. R2Dan

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    People (that's other builders) are actually rolling eyes behind my back about my dirty droid. Some say "no that's not for me" openly, but I've also had people go "it may look good on pictures, but it's sooo over the top" when they thought I wasn't listening - and yet compared to most screen used droids, mine isn't even half as dirty :D
     
  32. blastmaster

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    I want to see a picture of your droid, Lets see some Dirt!!!!!!!
    Here is My boy in his Anakin costume and Both of my remote droids, I finished weathering the R2D1 He is a little dirtier than the film but I love it!!!!
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  33. txnhome

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    Hey Blastmaster

    I sent you a PM
     
  34. blastmaster

    blastmaster Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    PM back to you.
    AL
     
  35. abaddon1974

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    I love these droids they look great, I would love to have one, but I think that I would need to machine most of the parts myself to keep the costs down, not sure how possible this is.
    I know that some plans are online, just not sure how comprehensive they are.
    But if I were to make one I would probably make the death star one, is it R2-Q5?

    Craig
     
  36. R2Dan

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  37. Edwardowan

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    I agree... the only good droid is a dirty droid! :lol
    These are mechanics, the swiss army knives of the droid world so they must have dirt and oil and carbon scoring!!! my weathering is a little more subtle but I'm thinking of throwing the bucket on him soon after seeing the above droids!

    mine is 96.3% done :)

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  38. DOGFOX2109

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    You droids look awesome I hope mine turns out half as good and I personally love the weathered look. I plan on weathering my static droid for sure!
     
  39. bigkilo

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    I realize this is a super old thread, but I just havta give you some props on your weathering - very realistic - great color and I like the gradient from bottom to top and the 'less is more' on the scratches/missing paint:)
     

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