Things will be publish a bit more often the coming weeks as I’m nearing the end (hopefully) of this build. Today’s video just shows the now almost completely painted vacuum formed dome with lights installed. I’ll be weathering a little later to bring out the details even more but I’m happy with my results so far.
Sorry, no pictures this time. However, I did a test of all the BB-8 rolling and head movement systems and it worked better than I could have imagined. It was one of those milestone moments when you realize that its going to work. I have a new main motor on order because I want a certain speed and that should arrive any day now. Once I got that installed I can finish the body painting and coverings. So I’m guessing you’ll be seeing a video of my BB-8 a week or 2 after that. An AWESOME feeling
I’ve been working a my 3d printed dome for BB8 for a while and I’ve been trying to find way to make it lighter. A few weekends ago I decided to try vacuum forming my printed dome and to my surprise it actually worked. I then tweaked my settings a few times to get the optimal look. The pictures below are versions 1.0 and 2.0 next to the original 3d version. I’m impressed not only that it worked but also by the amount of weight I’ve saved. It now only weighs about a 3rd of the original 3d version. At present I’m painting and installing the lights so I’m saving the final picture of the completed dome for a few more days. I’ve also stumbled over a way to save on lighting weight as well which I’ll show at a later date. My present dome I’m working on will do full revolutions meaning the entire dome and skirt will spin together. I’m also working on a 3rd dome version where the “skirt” doesn’t turn at all, just the dome itself will turn. This is the way the original BB-8 in the movie works. I should also note that the internal mechanisms are already installed and setup to work that way.
This past weekend was the yearly Star Wars themed Legoland weekend in Denmark. It was too far to travel with R2 as he has already been shipped off for another event later this week in the northern part of Sweden. Anyway, I was invited to attend the Logoland event with over 100 members of the 501st and Rebel legions. I attended as Finn from the Force Awakens. It was a very busy schedule over the 3 day weekend but so much fun and well worth it. Here’s a few pics from the weekend. My next posts will be back on target😉
Because I do a lot of traveling with my R2 I decided to build a newer (better) transport box. I’ve called it box 2.0 😏. I’ll be building a similar one for BB-8 as well. Also when the box isn’t in use I just unscrew the 20 screws and it’s instantly a flat pack for easy storage.
Now that I’ve come pretty far with the body work I’ve started to go back into the internal workings. The pictures below shows pretty much about how I’ve figured out the body spinning and rotation. The orange bin I added to give a little extra weight so that original 6kg weight in the bottom is now 8kg. The extra weight made a world of a difference. I left extra space in those bins in case I wish to bump it up to 10kg-12kg for even more stability. Once I’ve attached the head and such I’ll see the handling. In the pictures below I’ve not included the head movement mechanisms even though its ready to install. I want to get the main rolling and spinning dialed (lined-up) first. I’ll probably do a video of the moment in a week or so. Anyway, here are the latest pictures:
Well I’ve finally got some noticeable work done on BB-8. Its been a process of sanding, filling and priming. It was tedious but fulfilling and I’m very satisfied with the results😉