Hi everyone, its been a very long time since I’ve written in my blog. Last year I had a sad change of events in my life that needed me to take a few steps away from any hobby work and somewhat restart key parts in my life. Now however I’m back doing what I so love building and being creative.
The first major news is that I’m taking the challenge of working/refurbishing my R2’s and Wall-e with the help of a 3D printer. I’ll be building a MendelMax 2 from scratch and the parts are already on order. With this I plan to create my own designs for these robots I already have and for more advanced robot builds that I have already started designing for future builds. So all I can say is “watch this space” in the coming weeks ;-)
Earlier this week I was give the opportunity to revisit the Segeltorp Library. If you recall R2 and i visited them late last winter. This time I was invited to attend with Wall*E for the specially scheduled “Robot Week”. It wasn’t a “ginormous” turn out but it was still a success. Wall*E was given a very very heart-warming greeting from kids and adults alike. Elinor, the head-librarian was the perfect host and I want to extend a very humbling thank you to her and the Segeltorp Library for arranging this :
Its been a full year in so many ways. My Wall*E has finally made his première showing. My R2 has done quite a few events this year. We have been on TV programs, film premières, opening ceremonies, magazines, birthday parties, national and local newspapers and the list goes on and on.
The final event for this year was without my R2 but with my 501st Biker Scout armour on Christmas Eve. A few of us spent a few hours to meet and greet lesser privileged families and children. A local church in Stockholm had inquired and of course we jumped at the opportunity. Lets just say there wasn’t a dry eye under our masks. The love and affection those kids gave us was priceless and it gave purpose and reason as to why we do what we do. There’s no telling what 2013 will bring but it will be magical whatever happens!!
Every year around this time of the year is usually the annual “Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game & Film Convention”. This year was no exception. Once again I made new friends and fellow enthusiasts as well as bond older friendships. The weekends tally on the charity funds raised was 2600 us dollars together with the 501st Nordic Garrison. Not bad for just 2 days of hard work and the charity fund of choice this year was the Children’s Cancer Fund. I even had the opportunity to show off my R2 and Wall*E. The newest thing besides bringing Wall*E this year was the start of our R2 Builders – Sweden organization. Because we now have 4 working R2 in Sweden with 2 or 3 more coming next year it was time to get organized and go official, creating the club and all. Another new thing this year was to have an open presentation / talk about my hobby and why we do what we do. Micke and I did a light-hearted presentation with a nice response and pretty good turnout. It was fun in other words. And for those that are wondering Wall*E did okay. I still have a bunch of tweaking to do with the gears. Because of Wall*E’s sheer size its impossible to tweak and test drive at home and because its like -18 degrees outside convention events are the only time I can do any testing and tweaking. None the less Wall*E was extremely popular this weekend. Here are a few picture I managed to take over the weekend, enjoy ;-)