R2-D2 bin build

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Mole, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. Mole

    Mole Well-Known Member

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    I've been inspired by all the R2 builds I'm seeing recently. Knowing I'll never be able to afford one (nor have the skill to build one) I've decided to make a little version as a gift for my daughter's 5th birthday in a couple of weeks. She's never actually sat all the way through the Star Wars films but she does love our favourite little blue astromech. ;)

    I was lucky enough to find a nice little pedal bin that already had a white body and chrome dome. It's a little over a foot high.

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    So far I've only masked off the dome and drawn on the panels. Next job is to cut them out and spray paint.

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    I'm planning on painting the bottom of the white section black and making some legs to stick on the side to give the impression that he's actually standing off the floor.

    My husband wants me to add lights and sounds but I'd like to keep this one as a usable waste paper bin. They're cheap enough that if I really felt the urge I could buy another one to really pimp out. Maybe even fit it with a motor and make it remote control.... ;)
     
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2012
  2. gunnerk19

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    Fit it so when you step on the foot pedal it launches a lightsaber out of the dome...

    Provided you have high ceilings... :lol
     
  3. Knightjar

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    Looks like a great project. I'll watch with interest!
     
  4. Darth Mawr

    Darth Mawr Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great project Mole! I'm in the middle of building a 1:1 R2 but I love projects like this. It's what inspired me to start mine. I look forward to your updates to this.
     
  5. familyman

    familyman Sr Member

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    Great start, I am building a life size one out of foam at the moment. I can not wait to see how your R2 turns out.
     
  6. Mole

    Mole Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys! Loving the idea of it being a lightsaber launcher. ;)

    Got a little bit more done this evening. I picked up some blue metallic paint. I wasn't worried about screen accurate colours so I just picked something that I liked the look of. It's Peugeot Miami Blue. This is just the first coat, sorry about the flash.

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    I realised as I was cutting out the panels on the top that they aren't actually centred on the mid point, they're a bit too far towards the front. I've also only done five sections rather than the correct six but it's too late to do anything about that now.

    I think a couple more coats of paint and then I'll leave it a while to harden before I'm brave enough to peel off the masking tape. Gives me time to start thinking about how I'm going to do the legs.
     
  7. Mole

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    Got a little more done. Cutting it a bit fine as need it finished by Tuesday. It's mainly just marking up the body and drawing the details on now.

    Always thought R2 had a cute little face.
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    Wasn't until I'd sprayed the legs that I realised I'd made the blue section too wide but it'll do. Some details to draw on and these are done!
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    Can't wait to see my little girl's face when she comes down to this on her birthday! :)
     
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  8. B-Movie Zombie

    B-Movie Zombie Sr Member

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    That's Great.
     
  9. Dirty

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    I have been wanting to do one of these for awhile now you have me wanting to again..... Can't wait to see finish mini astromech
     
  10. Dave316

    Dave316 New Member

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    Excellent, I've wanted an R2 unit for AGES. This is a cool idea and it's looking really good!
     
  11. battman2036

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    Looking awesome so far. Would you mind sharing where you got the bin? Also, did you have to sand the chrome first or did it take the paint without?
     
  12. Gumbyack454

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    Wow Looks Awesome!
     
  13. Mole

    Mole Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the kind words.

    I got the bin from Asda for £6.99. Homebase also do them but they're £9.99 there.

    I sanded the chrome a little bit. Could have done a better job of it as when I took the masking tape off some of the paint lifted and I ended up having to touch it up with a brush.
     
  14. steveo3002

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    anyone trying this...use a mist of etch primer on the metal before the blue , makes it stick
     
  15. Mole

    Mole Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, primer would definitely help. I was being lazy by not using it. ;)
     
  16. Mole

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    I cut it pretty fine with my deadline with only half an hour before it's my little girl's 5th birthday. Just waiting for some paint to dry before I can finish off the last little bits of detailing but this little blue Astromech is DONE!!!

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    I'll take some better pictures tomorrow when I've got my proper camera handy. Hope my daughter likes him. :)
     
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  17. raiders

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    Impressive build. Your daughter will love it.
     
  18. cjvince

    cjvince Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Very cool!

    Chuck
     
  19. Rassilon

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    That is just an excellent build, you have made an R2D2 out of a dust bin, what an excellent use of every day item used in the house :thumbsup
     
  20. Phantom22

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    That is pretty cool. Sending you a PM.
     
  21. Nexus6

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    Brilliant! Coolest trash can ever. :thumbsup :thumbsup
     
  22. Dart

    Dart Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Very nice! Looks great too!
     
  23. GoGators

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    Wishing your daughter all the best on her special day! Great can BTW!!! :p
     
  24. Ourphil

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    I think that you did a great job there.
     
  25. keysersoze30

    keysersoze30 Well-Known Member

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    Looks really great, awesome job :cool
     
  26. mattkelly

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    I am very impressed with this! This is a project I've been wanting to do for ages. You have shown us that it can be easily accomplished. Thanks for your hard work!
     
  27. Mole

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    Well, my daughter adored R2 and everyone who's seen him has been really impressed. :)

    I've had a few PM's asking exactly what materials I used and how I went about making it.

    Firstly, I used a small bullet pedal bin - Bullet Bin - White - 3L from Homebase.co.uk For those in the UK, Asda sell them at £6.99 so don't waste your money getting them from Homebase.

    I started off by masking the dome with tape and then drawing on the panels. I cut them out and then sprayed it with automotive spray paint. Some of the paint lifted when I removed the masking tape but that could probably be dealt with by sanding the dome better and using a primer to give a better key for the paint. I just sprayed some of the paint into a pot and then used a brush to touch up the mistakes. I painted the details like the eye and the sensors with Citadel paints. I can't remember the exact colours as they were just old pots I had hanging around. Finally I drew on the lines at the back with a blue Sharpie. The little silver sensor is just the lid from a bottle of Coke Zero painted silver and stuck on with double-sided tape.

    The legs were made from 4mm ply. I drew out the basic shape on paper and used it as a template to cut out eight copies of the legs. I then stuck them all together (four for each leg) using wood glue and once that was dry, sanded the whole thing to the final shape. I sealed the wood with white emulsion paint and then sprayed them white. The blue section was masked off and sprayed and the details painted on with Citadel paints. Final details were drawn on with Sharpie.

    I masked off the front of the body, cut out the large blue sections and sprayed them. The smaller blue and silver sections were painted again with Citadel paints. The panels were drawn on with pencil to get the positions and sizes right and then traced over with Sharpie.

    Finally the legs were stuck on with heavy duty double sided tape. They should be fine as the bin won't be moved around much but if they do fall off it won't be too much hassle to put a screw or two in to hold them in place.

    I think that about covers it all. If I've missed anything or you need something explaining further, feel free to ask.
     
  28. Knightjar

    Knightjar Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Really great job! Next logical step is a full-size one.
     
  29. Ford W Maverick

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  30. Mole

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    LOL! Complete with remote control.

    Or better yet, make it hollow so my little girl can get in and drive him around! ;)
     
  31. Canobi

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    That, is fantastic! I love it.

    I've just gotta have a go at making one for my kids bedroom. It'll go perfectly with the boy's Cody and Rex costumes, and our not quite two year old Leia.
     
  32. Mole

    Mole Well-Known Member

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    It's a great little project and doesn't take too much effort to get a good result.
     
  33. mattkelly

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    If anyone here in the States decides to tackle this, definitely post the brand of waste bin you'll be using. I will be sure to do the same!
     
  34. Mole

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    Try looking in Walmart. Asda are owned by them.
     
  35. battman2036

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    If anyone finds this bind, or something similar state side, please post. ASDA will not ship overseas. :facepalm I thought maybe doing the same design only using cut vinyl instead of paint.

    For the legs, did you use wood or a pvc type material?
     
  36. bweapon

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    Amazing build, Ive always thought about doing an R2-D2 and fitting a mini fridge inside him, but a bin is a much better idea! Good stuff.
     
  37. aaronViolator

    aaronViolator New Member

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    that is fantastic...haha I want one
     
  38. Mole

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    I used wood (4mm ply) for my legs because it's what I had spare. Plasticard or even thick cardboard could work just as well since they don't need to bear any weight.
     
  39. Prosta

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    Hi Mole

    I just finished an R2 bin (pics on Firefek's SW files thread)
    Would love to see yours but your pics are missing.
    Can you repost?
     
  40. Mole

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    Ah, the downside of hotlinking from Facebook. ;)

    I've only got a couple of the finished project to hand. If you need the build pics let me know and I'll dig them out.
     
  41. Prosta

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    Nice. I got some nice comments when I posted mine on FB - so much so I'm doing 1 more to flog.
     

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