I normally don’t lift up companies on my blog but this has to be the exception to my own rule. Building all of my robot projects is a world of fun on many different levels but equally expensive beyond belief. However, on occasion one gets introduced to new acquaintances and on occasion from these acquaintances you get introduced to the right people and companies. Vink Plastics in Stockholm has just volunteered to sponsor my plastic needs for my past, present and future robot projects making it possible for me to stay creative and carry on with my charitable and creative hobby. Vink doesn’t usually have contact with private people as their focus is towards major companies and corporations. Vink Plastic has different locations around the world and I can’t speak how they are locally in other countries however the Stockholm branch has really offered me a wonderful thing and I’m totally humbled.
Its not really been a secret but as my Wall-E build is slowly coming to completion I’ve been pondering the next build. Many have questioned why I’ve built the first 4 droids/bots (wow that many?) and well I love challenges and love stepping out of my comfort box. Also, I love to learn about robotics as it is our future in some shape or form. Speaking of which, form yes, I’m going to try and tackle building BB-8 from SW episode 7. Because this is totally out of my depth its that much more exciting. I’ll be collecting the main parts before summer and start then. I have the internal design already worked out so we shall see. Wish me luck ;-)
I didn’t know I was being recorded by a fan so the quality isn’t the best but fun none the less. This event gave me a chance to try out some of the tweaking I’ve done on the treads and frame, as well as activating the head and arms. I’m almost there. Then I can add the finishing touches like the proper hubcaps, more head and arm movement as well as the front compartment opening and closing. I’ll also hook up the “Wall-E Cam” in the eyes. Once Wall-E is finally done (sometime this summer) I’ll then start my secret project ;-)
This weekend was the annual Scifi Con in Stockholm. Usually we only have one even a year in Stockholm now its looks like we will have 4, yikes. Anyway, I wanted to give my WallE a good run at an official con to tweak things where necessary. WallE did pretty well. I’ll have to adjust the thickness in his tread sprockets but that’s doable. Then some frame reinforcement, also doable. In all its minor tweaks and adjustments. In all I’m very proud of his success and am looking forward to adding more functionality in the coming months :-). At this event we got the chance to hang with Princess Leia aka Arty Anna and Alien aka Henrik Pilerud. We also met a lot of other WallE fans including Samantha Fox and Ray Parks. Which was an added bonus :-). This weekend only Micke A, Sigge and myself could attend from R2 builders Sweden. We had the chance to setup our brand new GIGANTIC sand-crawler backdrop which was awesomeness on a grand scale 😊
It feels like I’ve been building my Wall-E for a long time but finally he’s rolling about. All that’s left is the detail work that I’ve put on hold until I got him up and rolling. This is truly a milestone for me personally on so many levels, both design, construction and learning new skills. Here a short video I made to commemorate the occasion ;-)
This past weekend marks the first ever R2 Builders Club Sweden build-a-thon. We gathered at my place, worked on our artoos together and it was a blast. We exchanged experiences, tips, a lot of laughs and so forth for the entire weekend. This was also the first time I’ve ever opened up my new home for build gatherings which was extra special for me. One of the best experiences of this weekend was to share and inspire one another. I feel more focused than ever before. As an extra bonus we even had time in the evening to retire to the home cinema to watch “weathering tips” by Adam Savage from Tested/Mythbusters. It was inspirational to say the least. We are definitely planning to have more of these gatherings in the future!