OpenR2: Interview with Dr. David Watling who created the orginal aluminum R2-D2s

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Often, Tony Dyson of the White Horse Toy company is credited with the construction of R2-D2 in the Star Wars Original Trilogy films. While Tony did work on the second iteration of R2 made out of fiberglass, it’s not well known that it was actually Dr. David Watling, while working a Peteric Engineering, who was responsible for the construction of the aluminum R2 for the first Star Wars film.

Brandon Aligner has interviewed Dr. Watling in his book Star Wars Costumes and has shared an extended interview as well as interview notes. We have posted commentary on some of the information in the interview and interview notes that backup some of the key decisions in our Open Source Specification for a screen accurate 1976 aluminum R2-D2 at the following link...

New History! David Watling interviewed by Brandon Alinger in Star Wars Costumes
 

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Often, Tony Dyson of the White Horse Toy company is credited with the construction of R2-D2 in the Star Wars Original Trilogy films. While Tony did work on the second iteration of R2 made out of fiberglass, it’s not well known that it was actually Dr. David Watling, while working a Peteric Engineering, who was responsible for the construction of the aluminum R2 for the first Star Wars film.

Brandon Aligner has interviewed Dr. Watling in his book Star Wars Costumes and has shared an extended interview as well as interview notes. We have posted commentary on some of the information in the interview and interview notes that backup some of the key decisions in our Open Source Specification for a screen accurate 1976 aluminum R2-D2 at the following link...

New History! David Watling interviewed by Brandon Alinger in Star Wars Costumes

This is great stuff! Did you share this on astromech.net?
 

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