Just curious if anyone has them out there...but considering they are obviously far more complex than Tom Servo, I somehow doubt it
The dream prop build would either be a 3P0 or an R2
I saw the R2 builders panel at DragonCon and I can definitely tell you that building an R2 is INFINITELY more difficult than making Tom Servo, hahahaha. A while back, I did some research into building my own R2 and I realized that building one requires lots of passion, hard work and money; the people that complete R2 builds are elite, IMO.
Over time, I'd have the money . I have the passion... The question is, do I have the skill? I assume putting together an R2 requires a bit more than drilling and painting skills
Actually, that is a lot of what is involved depending on what you want to build. So many parts are expertly cast or produced now that its fairly easy to put them together. It all depends on what you want in terms of the little R2 though. I've only been with the group a year but have learned so much. I'm currently building 2 droids, one a styrene static 2 up R2 with lights and sound but no movement and the second, a all metal motorized beast set up for remote control and automated sound with motion detector. My styrene droid is really a mix of styrene, wood, and small metal bits, but so far I'm about 60% complete and only $500 in. My metal droid is just about 20-30% in and I've already spent about $1200.
If the prices shenphong listed scare you, then this might not be the right hobby for you R2 building is NOT a poor man's hobby. Even the most thrifty build will run you many hundreds of dollars. My "budget" droid is already past the 1000 dollar mark, and that's just in parts. My first one probably broke the 10k mark.
Aluminum Dome with lighting?
Alu Dome 475 + shipping
Alu Holoprojectors 350 + shipping
Alu Logic Display surrounds 125 + shipping
Dome Lighting kit (not assembled or soldered) 100 + shipping
PSI Housing 65 shipped
Dome topper 12 shipped
sub total $1127 (without shipping)
Add more for any tools you may need to purchase, any paint or painting services. You need soldering skills (for lighting kit). There is also a ton of time required just to prep the dome (shells) -- deburring and sanding. So don't expect it to be a snap together project, there is a lot of head scratching just with the dome.
Aluminum R2 is not for the faint of heart or lean budget person. That said, it is totally worth the time frustration and money spent! :thumbsup
C3po is the cheaper option for sure (yes even gold vac metalized), but it still isn't cheap. Warning, if you go the 3po route you can easily fall into the brass greeble money pit - similar affliction as the R2 aluminum junkie. lol
But are those Brass/Aluminum greeblies worth it since your getting them plated anyway? I planed to make most of them on my lathe and mill but would it be worth the effort?
Hmm, that's certainly reasonable for a next project. How complicated are the electronics? If they at least come with instructions, and are somewhat easy to follow with no experience, I'm hoping it shouldn't be that tough to figure out .
I think this is the route I'm going to go once I finish Tom Servo. If I can get a working head done this year, we'll see how dedicated I am for a finished body next year to attach it too ;o) About a Month's salary for a finished head and something that cool is worth it