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 ;-)
Finally, after a very busy and fun event season I get time to finally start my new project besides the R2-A1. Yes I’m finally starting Wall-e!!!! I just got my reference picture back from the local printers in Stockholm. And as with all projects it starts from drawings and diagrams. This printed picture is the “actual” size of how the parts will be. I say “actual” because the original wall-e in the movies was a computer generated character. Anyway, the major challenge (and the only real challenge) will be the the tread-wheel. Making them look like wall-e’s is easy but making them work is a totally different challenge, lol. So it will be a fine line between being exact and being functional. This will be a fully functional 1:1 scaled replica. I will be trying to keep the body weight down by using thin wood around a wooden frame. In a way similar to the way I have built artoo. The plan with this build is to have wall-e done by the November-December 2010 for next years big Sci fi event. Wish me luck ;)
Well, I guess I’m on a roll. I’m now going to make an “electro magnetic power charge arm”. Wow, that was a mouth full, lool. I’ve seen this in episode 6 Return of the Jedi where artoo zapps a few ewoks and free’s Leia. A few other builders have made a charger connetion behind that panel, which actually artoo has. So I’m planning to make both charger connection and a charger arm. The arm will extend out when the panel opens (including the appropriate bells and whistles). The hardest part is to see what the arm actually looks like. I bought the latest SW blueprint booklet, which has a great diagram of artoo and viewed EP 6 over and over. I will have to do an approximate version (about 90% accurate). Becasue I’m doing another SciFi Con the first weekend in March in Gotherburg, I thought I would add this second addition and do some general tweaking. After that I have been invited to attend a Model Expo in Helsinki, Finland the first weekend in April. Anyway, here are the design and installation pics, enjoy…
Wow….I havent added a post in about a month, sorry guys. However, I’ve been busy building. This past month I’ve be working on those (damn) legs. Yes, I used the 4 letter word. After trying a few paper ideas to get a feel for which way to go I desided to do the solid wooden version. The reason being is becasue its easiest to work with and i get to try out those tools I bought, way back when. They’re almost done but I thought I’m add some progress pictures. Enjoy ;)