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!
I’ve been doing a lot of reworking Wall-e because of poorly designed or rushed parts fixes. My original hand designs for Wall-e was build entirely of polystyrene and looked “okay”. The only issues was that they were very fragile. I’ve now rebuilt them from scratch using solid MDF boards and gave them a more believable weathered paint job. Here are the results….
It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog but I’ve still been doing a lot of hobbying and developing on Wall-e. First I’ve built a new control box for Wall-e. This wonderbox have a Sabertooth 2×60, which is almost 3 times stronger than my first version. The motors and gears on Wall-e demand much more power so this 2.0 should do the job with ease. Here are pics of the newer version. Its also designed to fit into R2 as well ;-)
Because I’ve been getting questions about how I control my R2 and Wall-E I decided to repost this post
Originally posted on R2-D2 / R2-Q5 and Wall*E:
This is the “wonder-box” I was referring to in the earlier post. Its nothing that technically advanced but I made this because I wanted to have a certain amount of main components that I could easily pop out in less than a minute and equally quick pop into my other R2, future Walle and whichever other droid/robot I create in the future. It’s what I would call the “brain’s” of almost any RC robot ie. the dc motor controller, RC receiver and all the cables attached to the appropriate out-ports. Its not genius just cleans up and simplifies “on-the-fly” quick fixes/changes at events. I should note that this I made after my most resent event and it’s not as advanced as many other very expensive atroo’s out there but its perfect for my needs.