It was an intensive weekend but so exciting! First the trip to get there took 18 hour on a ferry (Viking Line) which was fine. Then directly to the event. It never ceases to amaze me the affect R2 has on so many people. I was “just” the driver but they treated R2 like royalty. I should also add that my R2 is the first and only R2 to ever visit Finland as well as the first and only one to sail the Baltic Sea. The Museum curators are already in talks about my next visit.
My R2 has been thru a lot of events over the years. And as with anything over time it gets damaged in all kinds of ways. Parts break off, cracked, dented and so forth. So earlier this month I gave him a complete new paint job. R2 and I were invited to attend a Toy and art Museum weekend in Finland and as they went thru the effort of arranging all the logistics I felt a slight facelift was in order. I even printed out some newer details for R2 that are lighter and better detailed. The average person won’t see a difference but at a closer look it’s perfect.
Last weekend was ComicCon in stockholm where for the firsttime all 3 of my droids attended. R2, the oldest preformed as well as always. Wall*E, with all the upgrades was a champ. He was very popular. Bt more than BB-8 even. With all the latest upgrades it ready made a difference. He appeared very life like. I only wish I could have recorded a video but can’t drive and film at the same time. More upgrades are coming. BB-8, well performed OK but he’ll require a lot of tweaking before all the bugs are ironed out. I guess that’s why its called a hobby, lol. Ive be asked what will I do next and I actually have a project in mind but that I’ll save for a later post. In the mean time enjoy the snapshots for the weekend. As an added bonus I R2 Builders arranged to have Oliver Steeples ( R2 builder from the force awakens) and Matt Denton (BB-8 builder from the force awakens) there for the entire weekend as our guests, participate in panels and so forth. It was a real treat and got all the insider info about TFA and episode VIII 😉
This past weekend I was invited to attend the Sweden Games Conference and festival in Skövde, Sweden. I was very reluctant but when they offered to donate a large sum of money to my favorite charity I couldn’t resist. They also offered to transport all my droids to the event as well. So R2, Wall-e and BB-8 were shipped off early last week. IT WAS A BLAST! I’ve never felt so welcomed to any event as I was for this event. I’ll have to iron out a few glitches with BB-8 but will love to do this again next year 😊
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.
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.