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!!
Wow another year has almost come and gone. R2 has done well this year and I’m ironing out a few bugs with Wall*E. None the less its been a pleasant and charitable year. My droids and I would like to wish you all Seasons Greetings and a safe holiday break.
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
Last week R2 and I were giving the opportunity to do a Grand Opening of a new library section at a local library. The section is call Sci-Fi, fantasy and horror. The turn out was enormous and R2 was a big hit with cutting of the ribbon and everything. Here are some pictures. The looks in those kids eyes say it all
In the earlier part of November I and my R2 participated in film production for a profile reportage about my R2 and the story behind why I built him, the charity work and so forth. It will be aired some time next year but here are a few pictures from the filming, enjoy
Finally, after 2 years of building and tweaking my Wall-E has finally been outside of my house, lol. We attended the Annual Hobby Fair (Mässa) in Stockholm this weekend. It’s a blast and will continue over the weekend. Because of this being our first Wall-E event ever the unavoidable running issues like material wear and signal loss did surface now and again but the most important thing is that it all works. After this weekend is over I plan to finish working on all the control cables, and extra details that I didn’t have time to finish before the event like the front lower bumper and rear door hydraulic cylinders. I will also be looking over every inch for tweaking and adjusting for smoother running. Anyway, here are a few pictures from the event so far:
When I get the chance I will post details and such about how I solved building issues and things to avoid during the building process. One thing I can say for now. Because you can’t “buy” any Wall-E parts to get you started its not a project for anyone that doesn’t have a clue on craftsmanship, how to handle power tools and hasn’t a pretty good knowledge of maths (seriously)