Done! Scratch Build 85%-Scale R2-D2 from Sheet Insulation and Foamcore

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Snow Builder

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Looks great! Keep up the good work!
Wow, this is incredible work!! I'd never guess it's foam and cardboard. It really looks great!

Thamks
Busy weekend so far. Got the front skin mounted on the body. Built the insets for the back skin and got them attached, and built R2’s bottom.

We’re getting dangerously close to assembly....

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Snow Builder

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Very productive weekend!

Shoulders and bottom built and attached.

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Weathered the back skin and got it attached
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Got the legs permanently attached
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Have to admit, he looks a little weird without a head -I hope to get that started on over the next couple of days.

I think I may have made a mistake on measurements for the body height -he looks a little stumpy to me; we'll see if that impression stays once he has a dome.

At the moment, the entire piece weights about 8 lbs -the trashcan he's built around weighs about 2 lbs. So far he can easily be picked up with one hand.
 

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Put together costs for this little project. I think the $$ are a little overstated because a good number of the supplies (adhesive, paint, blades) I already owned -but I wanted to give an accurate estimate for anyone else that is thinking they'd like to try this.

R2D2 Price Sheet
ItemQuantityPriceTotal
Craft supplies$ 17.00
Mod Podge1$ 6.00$ 6.00
Exacto blades (set of 15)1$ 7.00$ 7.00
Box cutter1$ 3.00$ 3.00
Foam Paint brush1$ 1.00$ 1.00
Adhesives supplies$ 25.00
Wood glue1$ 6.00$ 6.00
Tacky glue1$ 3.00$ 3.00
Spray adhesive1$ 10.00$ 10.00
Hotglue1$ 6.00$ 6.00
Materials$ 88.00
19" Black Trashcan1$ 18.00$ 18.00
1" Sheet insultation1$ 20.00$ 20.00
1/2" Sheet Foamcore2$ 7.00$ 14.00
1/4" Sheet Foamcore1$ 3.00$ 3.00
Extra thick white posterboard7$ 3.00$ 21.00
1" foam dowel1$ 4.00$ 4.00
1/4" foam dowel1$ 4.00$ 4.00
1/4 foam square dowel1$ 4.00$ 4.00
Paint$ 19.00
Purple acrylic paint1$ 3.00$ 3.00
Blue acrylic paint1$ 3.00$ 3.00
White latex paint1$ 10.00$ 10.00
Black Acrylic paint1$ 3.00$ 3.00
Total$ 149.00
 

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mrwax

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I'm seriously impressed, especially for the change. I expect him to look just about right with the dome!
 

Snow Builder

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Filled in the rest of the dome. This was a fairly serious pain in the rump. Once the glue dries I’ll shape and sanding the surface smooth.
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Snow Builder

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Spent the weekend working on the dome. It’s been a challenge....

Added several more layers of paper mache, used body filler to round out flat areas and deformities, laid out panel templates, added panels and finally got it primed for final paint.

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Final dome paint done! Laid down the blue, then masked, couple of light layers of chrome paint, then an unmask.

Need to do the eye, lights and readouts (plus lots of weathering) but it's definitely starting to look like R2.

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Now we’re talking. Made the radar eye out of EVA and a plastic tree ornament.

Holoemitters made from Ornaments, craft
foam, and a foam dowel.

Hit the dome with a few washes to bring down the shine and add the grime.

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Snow Builder

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Got the hoses attached to the feet. Thought it would be as easy as a couple of minutes to hot glue. Nope.

Neither hot glue nor rubber cement would adhere. Had to cut out insertion holes then glued in place with a combination of wood and super glue.
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