Possible new source for R2D2 domes

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by andy19422, May 16, 2012.

  1. andy19422

    andy19422 Sr Member

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    I was walking around B&Q today which is a DIY store in England and spotted these. [​IMG]
    By andy19422 at 2012-05-16
    I don't know much about the specs for R2 but they seem about the right size. They are 450mm -17 3/4 x 220mm - 8 5/8. They are steel and are £24.98
     
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  2. lharles

    lharles Well-Known Member

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    Can you provide nomenclature/brand/upc/url/etc...? :)

    (& thanks for the info! :) )
     
  3. andy19422

    andy19422 Sr Member

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  4. dbalschi

    dbalschi Sr Member

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  5. Solochaser

    Solochaser Well-Known Member

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    Diameter looks right but is it tall enough?
     
  6. wannab

    wannab Sr Member

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    R2 dome specs are 18.25'' dia., and approx. 10 1/2'' tall -- with extension ring at the bottom add another inch.

    These would do fine for a scratch build (although a bit squat looking), but you'd have to scratch build all parts. The IKEA one looks even more proportionally short.




    Doug
     
  7. Mpashuk

    Mpashuk Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yeah i think it needs to be taller.
     
  8. andy19422

    andy19422 Sr Member

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    Oh well, close but no cigar :lol
     
  9. Lear60man

    Lear60man Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I like most thought the R2 dome was just a half sphere. But no easy way out for the finicky......it is indeed a quasi Bullet shape. Nice find though.
     
  10. wannab

    wannab Sr Member

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    Never give up, never surrender! :thumbsup




    Doug
     
  11. Solochaser

    Solochaser Well-Known Member

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    If the body was made longer wouldn't that compensate for the length of the dome?
     
  12. wannab

    wannab Sr Member

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    There is a joke here somewhere -- hmmmm.



    Doug
     
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  13. RogueTrooper

    RogueTrooper Well-Known Member

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    To use it for the most widely accepted scale for R2 Builders (IMHO) it's too short and not wide enough.

    It needs to be 46.5cm x 30cm, but it's 45cm x 22cm

    While it does need a straight start before the curve starts (the rings) adding 8cm will be too much to get it to 30cm and it sides would need padding out by at least 10mm.

    Of course the R2 body could be scaled down to compensate, just depends on what level of screen accuracy you're chasing.

    I've bought a completed screen accurate (headless) R2 from a past member, so I find the search for a non manufactured dome interesting.

    Good find though:cool

    Rogue
     
  14. dazziep

    dazziep New Member

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    I've started building my R2 using that dome.. it is a bit of a pain, and I'm a little worried about scaling it down, but so far I'm quite happy with the results..

    20140709_191841.jpg

    there are also a few more pics on my blog - http://dazzieps-r2d2-build.blogspot.co.uk/
     
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  15. mac3kuby

    mac3kuby Active Member

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    I have to say, if you don't care about complete screen accuracy (which I don't) then buy one and go for it. I love Dazziep's link. Great start to the build. I personally think that anything you spend enough time on will look good and you will be proud of it. That being said, it sucks that these are not okay for the "perfect" build.
     
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  16. dazziep

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    Totally agree with you mate :) (plus I can't afford to buy one that would be screen accurate :D )
    I chose this because I'd seen others use it and it always seems to look ok.
    So like mac3kudy says. .. go for it.
     
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  17. andy19422

    andy19422 Sr Member

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    Glad my idea of the lampshade helped you. I was going to make another model of R2 so I could get away from people saying the shape is wrong.
     
  18. SofaKing01

    SofaKing01 Master Member

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    LOL - that's funny
     

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