R2D2 Build - 2/3 the size

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Fuzzual, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. Fuzzual

    Fuzzual Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hey guys, its been very slow on my other projects due to work, and Christmas. Apparently both my wife and my boss think there are other priorities than my spaceship basement :confused So at any rate, I thought I would post an older, but continuously on going project.

    My father and I set out a couple years ago to build 3 droids for my poker room. (So far we don't yet have a completed unit, but isn't that how this hobby goes?) They are being built roughly 1/2 scale of the original, so that they would be smaller, but more importantly the correct height for my poker table. The plan is to put trays on them, similar to the ROTJ R2, when he is serving drinks on the sail barge.

    At any rate, the project has taken WAY longer to get done than either of us thought, but with my basement project underway, and the poker table nearly finished, the droids have become a priority once again, and things are getting going.


    *Just as a side note, my father hand carved all the parts for the foot pads, arms, etc out of wood! The man is insane!

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  2. darthwhitey

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    Coolest.

    Project.

    Ever.
     
  3. phez

    phez Sr Member

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    Awesome scratch build!!!
     
  4. Finhead

    Finhead Sr Member

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    I have to agree 100% that is a great build looks so clean and perfect.
     
  5. DarthChrisDK

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    That is some good craftmanship. Looking really good so far!
     
  6. crypto

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    Looking awesome !

    What have you used for the body ? It looks like a big pvc pipe.
     
  7. wannab

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    Fantastic!

    Where did you source the dome?


    Doug
     
  8. Supa troop

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    very very cool indeed, oh and FB'd too
     
  9. Weaselhammer

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    Excellent build so far, very well done !
     
  10. Fuzzual

    Fuzzual Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    WOW guys, thanks so much. It has been one of those up and down projects; it gets worked on hard for two or three weeks, then sits for two months . . . and so on. my poor dad gets requests from me that are a very tall order, and the man is a perfectionist!

    Here is a list of parts so far:

    - The body is a PVC sewer pipe, 12" diameter (The second body will be made out of Styrene instead. You can't imagine how much of a pain the sewer pipe was to route out with the router, and then the clean up . . . ugh, tough stuff.

    - The Dome is a restaurant cake lid, bought from a restaurant supply store for about $12

    - The eye pieces on the dome are composed of Windex bottle caps, and a plumbing fitting.

    - and all the legs, the small bolts, and other odds and ends are carved from wood with a turning lathe and other various tools.

    The dome has been painted, and the electronics installed for it, I don't have photos with me, but I will post some tonight.

    Thanks again for looking, and thanks for the compliments!!!
     
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2012
  11. MooCriket

    MooCriket Master Member

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    Outstanding build!
     
  12. Fuzzual

    Fuzzual Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks brother! I appreciate that!
     
  13. Fyberdyne Labs

    Fyberdyne Labs Well-Known Member

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    Wow.....Wow! There aren't words about how cool that is.

    Mark
     
  14. MattMunson

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    Great looking build, man! really nice work!!!
     
  15. Fuzzual

    Fuzzual Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks brother!
     
  16. Fuzzual

    Fuzzual Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks Matt, I love your builds. Its a great compliment!

     
  17. ave4uevoli

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    Amazing..especially for a scratch build :thumbsup
     
  18. Fuzzual

    Fuzzual Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    So I took some shots of the Dome painted up, and a few other minor parts. I don't see getting a chance to work on this much until probably the first week of February, but I will be sure to update as often as I can. Hope you like!

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    this shot shows a close up of the windex bottle lid, and the plumbing fixture:

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    Internal workings

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    Here is some work done on the front vents

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    These little guys are done on a turning lathe, and sit in the shoulders of the droid

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    These are the small objects on the dome, carved from wood, then cast in resin

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    And thats all for now, be back soon . . . I hope!
     
  19. Fuzzual

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    and this is pretty cool too, just a couple of small parts, this little guy is full of them.

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  20. Finhead

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    Detail pieces and paint look great. :)
     
  21. thire

    thire Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I want one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  22. Leon Kowalski

    Leon Kowalski New Member

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    WONDERFUL!!!!
     
  23. Woodlake

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    Awesome build - great job!. The paintwork on the dome is fantastic, and the attention to detail with all those various parts is wonderful. Love it.
     
  24. Reg B

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    Vary nice build. I am a R2 builder as well. Az you can see I am building a aluminum droid.
     
  25. Fuzzual

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    Thank you guys for the nice compliments!!!
     
  26. Jedifyfe

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    This is a spectacular build! Love the updates. MORE MORE MORE...
     
  27. zanderwitaz

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    awesome detail. excellent work!
     
  28. Fuzzual

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    Hey guys, you all have been so great with your response to the droid build, I thought I would add some of the progress build shots I had saved from last year.

    Thanks again for looking, and I really appreciate the feedback!!!:lol

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  29. Reg B

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    Cool thanks.
     
  30. TK9120

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    Looking good. Nice woodwork. Great pics too.
     
  31. buckettt

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    looks awesome...i wish i had time to do another droid...my r2 needs a friend
     
  32. tonythepony100

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    wow, great job so far! Can't wait to see the finished thing
     
  33. jqjedi

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    WOW!!! that is so amazing. you are very talented. Maybe you should think about casting the parts in resin and selling kits
     
  34. Fuzzual

    Fuzzual Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thank you guys!
     
  35. Fuzzual

    Fuzzual Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I really have thought of that man, not necessarily for selling them, but just so I can make more in a quarter of the time. The truth is, I have never really caster much, and am not sure the best way to get started? I have done some small resin pieces for this, but what I would really like it to be able to cast molds of the footpads?

    If anyone can point me I the direction of figuring this out I would really appreciate it, and I would be happy to make casts of peices if any of you would like some. I just don't want to sell crappy molds, so I would need practice first.


     
  36. Woodlake

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    Casting and selling R2D2 kits is a bit of a touchy subject - not sure if that aplies to non 1:1 versions of the droid though?
    I'm sure some of the more knowledgeable members will chime in.
    Thanks for posting the additional pics - great build.
     
  37. Fuzzual

    Fuzzual Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thank you man, I agree casting might be a problem asa right /wrong thing, really I am more interested just for my own personal use.


     
  38. Solochaser

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    nice build. what size is that dome? is it acrylic? glass? Does the place you bought the dome from have a website?
     
  39. Fuzzual

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    Thank you brother! The dome is 12", and it is acrylic cake topper. The place I got mine was a local mom and pop restaurant supply store. However, I did find several online, I copied some of the sites I found them in: (note: I had to cut the top off my dome, some have them, some dont)

    Acrylic Cake Dome products, buy Acrylic Cake Dome products from alibaba.com

    acrylic display dome products, buy acrylic display dome products from alibaba.com

    DOME COVER CAKE ONLY ACRYLIC 300mm | Hospitality Depot
     
  40. James1969

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    This is inspiring. My daughter wants to build one of these so bad.
     
  41. Solochaser

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    Thank You Fuzzual. Seeing your r2 is really inspiring. need to make one now! haha
     
  42. redfive

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    Impressive stuff!!!
     
  43. Fuzzual

    Fuzzual Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks again guys! I've been really happy with the progress of this, and your comments mean alot. The project is going into high gear after the 1st of the year. I am hoping to have a couple of them made (if I can learn how to cast) in the next few months! And put my dad back to work in his shop, that's where the magic happens!
     
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2012
  44. asemblyrequired

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    i need one to fit a 18" tube to build my lego R2. MASTERPIECE droid you are doing there.

    -james
     
  45. Finhead

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    I can go through the casting process with you if you'd like. :) PM me .

     
  46. Fuzzual

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    you'd have to look around a bit, I have seen the cake domes in all sizes. Thanks for the compliment!

     
  47. Fuzzual

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    PM sent

     
  48. SteveStarkiller

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    Fuzzual, this R2 unit is a beauty.

    Not to mention that your dad's work on the wooden parts is top notch. I almost wish they didn't need to be painted.

    Can I also just assume you're going to build in a computer interface arm? We have to work that in the console I'm working on for you. Let me know what the height of the center line of the arm will be, and I'll draw up plans for the interface to add to the design.
     
  49. Fuzzual

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    Oh man brother you nailed it!!! That is a must have for this:love. I will email you measurements hopefully when I get back home next week. I may have a day before Christmas to get that too you.

    You guys just wait and see what SteveStarkiller and I are working on . . . Coming February, it's going to be epic!

    By the way, my dad says he plans on building one from himself, completely made out of wood, crazy cool idea.


     
  50. Fuzzual

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    hey all, hope everyone had a great Christmas! I spent some time with my father this week, and we took some additional photos of the droid, and the parts we need to cast so that I can begin building three complete units for my basement project.

    A big thanks to Finhead, as he has been a huge help so far in guiding me in starting the mold and casting process (I have never done any casting so I really appreciate the help thus far.)

    At any rate, i thought you might like to see some more detailed shots of the droid. We counted roughly 50 custom parts that were all hand made. (so you can imagine building 3 or 4 of these without casting as a huge pain in the . . .!

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