Its been a long time coming but here’s the only video I’ve managed to make of my BB-8 before I had him and all my other droids shipped off for an event later this week. Its a video of him while sitting in his charging stand. I’m glad with the results so far. I will adjust the controls slightly and will do a proper video of him rolling around when I return from that event. I’m sure I’ll find thousands of bugs to fix but that’s why its called a hobby.
Now that my BB-8 is as good as done (99.9%) I’ve discovered that it will need something that it sits on during events and at home when not out and about rolling around. Also its a good spot to have while its charging. So if you’ve seen the deluxe version of the BB-8 sphero charging station I wanted to do a similar look. I’ll probably do an instructional video or documentation about how to build your own. Thats for those building there own BB-8. The pictures are straight forward giving you an idea how I did it but I’ve been asked to show step by step how I did it.I used a thin ridged MDF board for the basic frame and supports. Then a thin but flexible MDF board that wraps around the base walls as well as for the centre ring wall. Lastly, covered everything with 1mm thick polystyrene plastic.
After all of that I then used a chemical plastic filler, plastic primer, filler primer, and then the paint.
Anyway, here are the pics.
I was asked to do a special visit to a 5 year old Star Wars fan on his birthday. It was a blast for them. I never take payment for kiddie parties but the contributions from this family will be going to The Emma Cancer fund #goemma #fuckcancer.
While waiting for some extra wiring on order for the RC electronics I decided to work on the body lighting. Its not as straight forward as a thought but coming along nicely. 2 down and four panels to go. I’m using 3mm LEDs that are just small enough to squeeze between the very thin shell and at the same time not get in the way of the rotating wheels, spinning weights and gyro.
I’m just going to put up a few before and after pictures so you can get an idea of the process. Its not a “just” to do process. Its equally important to all the preparation work to make it look as perfect as possible before even attempting the weathered look. I took me 2 days full days to weather the dome and about the same to do the body. It as all a building up process. I just acrylic paints as it takes a few passes to make it look naturally weathered than just painting it on in just one go. I have to admit I’m finally relieved seeing the results that I’m been working towards after almost a year of figuring it all out. Anyway, here are the results. The weathering is about 90% done but I will go back and touch up a few minor areas before I cover it in layers upon layers of 2K clear flat paint:
Once the covering is all done. I can put back the internal workings and do some test driving and tweaking. I’ll also do a short video to show that it actually does work…stay tuned😉
I’ve finally committed to covering my BB-8. He has six circular panels however I will just have 2 functional ones. You can probably guess why😉 . Anyway, this is the progress so far. I’m going to weather the body and dome a lot more but its all progressing well so far.