Trooper_trent's R2-D2 build

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  1. Trooper_trent

    Trooper_trent Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I know there has been a few of these popping up lately, but I'm kind of excited to share this. This has always been my holy grail project and I'm finally getting to do it!
    I'm keeping everything organized in my blog here.
    Trent's R2-D2 Build

    And here's where he is today.
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    I'm expecting the dome to be delivered in a couple of hours.
     
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  2. Megamicrofish

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    Re: Trooper_trent's R2 build

    Looking great so far,I look forward to seeing him with his dome on.
    I wish I had the time and money to build an R2 (and an understanding wife)
     
  3. Kevin Gossett

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    Might this make an appearance next year at Philip's? :thumbsup
     
  4. Trooper_trent

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    I hope so. If not done, I bet it'll at least be in a presentable state by that time.
     
  5. Trooper_trent

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    By the way this will be a big father-son project that I'll be working on with my 5 year old. Artoo is his favorite as well and he's just as excited as I am.
    UPS just delivered my 300mm aluminum dome.
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    He's no longer headless!
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  6. Trooper_trent

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    Made a ton of progress today. Got the dome fully deburred and smooth, cut all the holes in the inner dome, tapped the screws to hold the holos and logics, installed the inner ring and angle ring, installed the rockler and got the head on. He's all ready to paint and start adding dome parts.
    See more here.
    Trent's R2-D2 Build

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  7. Trooper_trent

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    I'm on a roll! 2 crazy productive days in a row and my dome is DONE! (well, minus the radar eye, holo lenses, and electronics) :)
    I started replicating the scratches and dings (my favorite part of prop building) by watching ANH on blu ray. :)
    Trent's R2-D2 Build

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    looks like


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  8. Trooper_trent

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    I thought I was done for the night but then I found a cool tutorial to make the radar eye out of a soda bottle. Couldn't resist.

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    and here's the scene I'm using to base mine off of.
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  9. KramStaar

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    Absolutely fantastic!!

    Highest regards
    MARK
     
  10. jcoffman99

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    Love it. Well done sir.
     
  11. GF

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    Great work!

    I have the same exact dome, was it hard to fit the inner dome, I did a fast test fist a while ago and it seems a very very tight fit.

    GFollano
     
  12. Trooper_trent

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    A tight fit is a good thing. Some people have had experiences with getting gaps between the two if they aren't tight enough. If it's too tight. You can chill the Inner dome and warm the outer and they'll go together easier. Then warm the whole thug to get the plastic Inner ring in.
     
  13. streetjudge79

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    Wow, looks spot on so far and the paint job is perfect
     
  14. major payne

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    Lovin it!!!

    I wish my R2 was that far along...
     
  15. Trooper_trent

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    Holy crap! I may have to repaint! Look at this test piece!


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    After (test on a scrap piece)
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    Last edited: Mar 12, 2012
  16. pinder91

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    That is looking awesome, man!!! I can't wait to start one of these. I love the weathering job, and the new blue paint is perfect. What is it?
     
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  17. Kevin Gossett

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    The finish on the new paint looks excellent :thumbsup
     
  18. roblenzz

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    Man, I'm with you on the repaint. I know it will be a pain , but it will always bug you if you don't. The anodized blue look in the second photo is perfect. Nice build and I too love the weathering look. :thumbsup
     
  19. Trooper_trent

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    Alright, I stripped the dome and repainted last night. I can't believe the blue was finally identified after SO MANY years of hunting.
    I'll get some daylight photos once the sun is all the way up.

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  20. roblenzz

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    NICE !!!
     
  21. Trooper_trent

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    Here's a full write-up on repainting him with the layout fluid. He looks SO much better.
    Trent's R2-D2 Build
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  22. streetjudge79

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    Beautiful!
     
  23. pinder91

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    That makes perfect sense that they would use layout fluid, and the color is spot on!
     
  24. Trooper_trent

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    so far the UV protectant is holding up. There was some concern about fading as the test pieces left in the sun turned a bluish black color. I have him sitting next to a window with the sun shining on him mostly all day and don't see any noticeable difference.
     
  25. neon2102

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    Great job. One of these days I'm going to get brave enough and try to build my own.
     
  26. Trooper_trent

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    Finally got around to stripping off the blue paint from the utility arms and the piece around the front vents. The utility arms were permanently attached to the inside of the frame so I thought I'd just mask off the arms, strip them down, then respray with the dykem fluid. However some of the masking tape wasn't tight enough and the dye leaked onto the white body skin in a few places. needless to say I was a tad upset. The skin has an automotive paint job on it so acetone wont rub the paint off, BUT dykem absorbs deep into the paint and can't be removed with acetone. I first tried just covering the spill spots with extra weathering but it looked really bad so I stripped that off and just lightly sanded the messed up areas until it was gone, but not so much that it wore away the paint. The end result is that there are now a couple of spots where the gloss finish is a bit worn off, but with the weathering it's not even noticeable. Whew!

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  27. FudgeMando

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    i want one!
     
  28. Chewcy

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    Absolutely beautiful!
     
  29. Trooper_trent

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    I only have a small update this time as I'm in "waiting for parts" mode.
    I got around to stripping off the remainder of the blue paint and replacing with Dykem. Yes the resin parts don't look the same as aluminum when dyed with layout fluid, but at least now they're the same color and don't stick out like a sore thumb.
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    I also finished making the coin returns out of sheet aluminum. I got to the third one before realizing that instead of carefully scoring it over and over and over with a razor to get a clean cut, that a pair of regular old scissors will cut through that stuff like butter. sheesh.
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  30. jedimarkj

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    I always love seeing R2 builds!
    You're makin really great progress! It looks absolutely fantastic!
     
  31. Trooper_trent

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    Made some progress on one of the feet last night. Still needs lots of cleanup and work but it's coming along.
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  32. giric thren

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    What are your feet made of?

    I love seeing R2's being built.
     
  33. Trooper_trent

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    styrene shells over a thick pvc support. I will bondo and smooth out the feet prior to sending them off for an automotive paint job.
     
  34. Trooper_trent

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    Built the center foot today.
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  35. weno

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    i love seeing the progression on artoos i cant wait till finished you are doing a great job!!
     
  36. Trooper_trent

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    Made some progress the last few nights. I built the center foot and assembled the skirt.
    Blog post here. Trent's R2-D2 Build

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  37. Trooper_trent

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    Got the last foot done tonight. Next is the ever fun process of bondo, sand, repeat.
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  38. Trooper_trent

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    I received all the electronics to build the dome lighting. Looks like i have my work cut out for me this weekend.
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  39. Trooper_trent

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    I was so excited to get my Teeces/JoyMonkey dome lighting kit in the mail yesterday. That thing is so professionally put together I couldn't be happier with it. I have never soldered or done anything electrical in my entire life so I was a bit intimidated by all the parts. I went to radio shack today and got a soldering iron, helping hands, and some tools, and got to work on it right away today after work. After about 6 hours (half of it spent troubleshooting a problem or two) I have the main board done and the two Front Logics Displays! I must have watched Paul's tutorial video 5-6 times before even trying, but once I did my first test solder, I was like "Hey, I can do this."
    I had to email Paul a couple of times to ask questions that ended up being answered by the PDFs (I must have just missed them and been too focused on following the videos) as a few things are different from the video because of the new arduino pro micro.

    Then I had another huge set back after I put in all the LEDs for the second Front Logics Display. Everything had been working fine up until then, but this time I plugged it in and NOTHING HAPPENED!! I immediately got up from my bench for a few minutes and then came back with a cool head. I started troubleshooting different combinations and finally realized it was a weak solder on the screw terminal of the main board. At first I thought I either fried my arduino or my voltage regulator, but finally figured it out.
    I replaced the screw terminal with a two prong pin header and all was right with the world.
    I decided to pull an all nighter and completely finished the Teeces v3 lighting in one night!
    Here it is exactly 12 hours after I started.

    Completed teeces v3 kit - YouTube
     
  40. Alan Castillo

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    He's looking FANTASTIC ! (y)thumbsup:thumbsup

    Love your attention to detail :)

    You should post more pics of each stage, I would love to have seen, for example, exactly how you made the feet :thumbsup

    If you do have more pics, please do post them :)
     
  41. Trooper_trent

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  43. Trooper_trent

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    Re: Trooper_trent's R2 build (Finished Dome video on Page 2)

    Boy, yesterday was one of those days where everything I touched broke, and everything I did was wrong. I had installed an on/off switch and battery compartment behind one of the dome's side panels for easy acces, and was drilling a few holes in the inner dome to accept the magnets I had put on the underside of the panel to hold it in place. My drill bit slipped and went right into the voltage regulator of my lights! Thankfully the arduino has it's own built in voltage regulator so I was able to get it to light up again temporarily until I can get a replacement.
    I also spent three hours at home depot hunting down a mixture of nuts and bolts that i had measured and taken detailed notes on before I left, only to come home and find out that almost nothing I bought will work.

    After a good long break and a calm head, I got the dome panel on and was able to start assembling one of the legs. So it wasn't a total waste of a day.
     
  44. Trooper_trent

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    Last night I glued and screwed the panels of one of my A&A legs together and let it dry overnight. This afternoon, I test fit everything to the motor holderl I am very pleased with it so far.

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  45. pinder91

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    I'm so jealous of this build. Awesome work, buddy!!!
     
  46. Trooper_trent

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    Thanks man, I'm having lots of fun and making a huge mess. :)

    I just spent the last 2 hours putting my center foot holder together with the casters. I decided to do what others have done to keep the casters from coliding. I got a 3" caster and a 2", then raised the 2" up on a 1" mount.
    Here's the fihished A&A holder.
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    I had to do some pretty heavy trimming of the holder to get the foot shell to seat properly all the way around. I then used some small set screws to fix it in place. I know it's not super accurate, but you can hardly see them, especially after I paint everything.
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  47. Trooper_trent

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    I finished putting together the main components of the legs tonight.
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    After that, I just couldn't wait any longer to see him (kind of) put together.
    I did a quick test fit to make sure all my angles were okay.
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  48. Werstrooper

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    so full of awesome

    McDonalds dude! (I'm lovin it)
     
  49. Darth Mawr

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    Looking good there Trent. So I take it that you like the A & A feet? I'm going to have to get some feet in before the year is out and I'm looking for suggestions.
     
  50. James Kenobi 1138

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    Looking really fantastic.
     

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