UK R2 Buidlers Club - New Logo for 2017

The UK R2 Builders Club has been running for 6 years now
and it was time to upgrade the logo.

So I've now added and updated my Blog picture to include it.

New Club logo, added top right
If your interested in building your own R2 or any of the other Astromech's, have a flick back over my R5 build history,
see the column on the right (if viewing via a PC),
for short cuts to specific parts of my R5 build.
Or you can click on the links below to take you
to the world wide club forum & the UK R2 Builders page,
where you can join up and follow thousands of other builders
in re-creating their own Astromech Droid.

R2 Builders Club @ www.astromech.net

UK R2 Builders Club @ www.astromech.info

Both groups also have FaceBook public & builder pages.


Star Wars 'T-Shirt' Holiday Special (2017)


Well, with only a week left before the family holiday to Mickey Land, Florida.
I thought I'd post up a quick update.
I've ironed my mini collection of Star Wars T-shirts to wear once out there lol.

I'm also planning on taking some of my trading cards with me

(with plastic sleeves).
So find me on Instagram and if your in the parks same time as me, look out for the T-shirt of the Day post. And grab a card & a selfie lol.

Looking forward to wearing my Bristol/Star Wars top from uchiclothing

You-Tube link to their two, Star Wars inspired, T-shirt's. 
This one is my No1 top, out of all the t-shirts I'll be taking, lol,
tho I do have a VERY special 'green' one too ;)


Disney D23 Expo 2017 - R5D4 pin badge!!

Whilst searching up on eBay,
I found that these's!

A droid set of pin badges!

These pics are gleaned from internet searching...
(credit where possible has been given)

This group pic, posted by Jeremy Konrad.

These others are off eBay, no links, just search them up.

My fist thoughts were....fantastic!!
And then sadness at probably not being able to own one, well, not anytime soon lol

Then I noticed that this R5 has the 'round skirt' design, nothing new as this style of image appears on most of the trading cards, as I've mentioned in previous posts.

Then I noticed that this one tho had been given the 'film version', centre leg!
He has an 'outer leg' as his centre leg, therefore only having the ONE ankle cylinder!!
Check the first group pic to compare with R2.

Top marks to the person who didn't just copy an R2D2 body
and change his body panels to red lol

Well, I'm off to watch eBay for more Droids lol.


Throw back Thursday - 1

Just posted this up on Instagram, so thought I'd share.

Throw back to my first event attended with R5's.
He was still a work in progress and didn't even have a dome lol.

Dome was brought along and borrowed for R5 by my new fried Ian,
with his R4-1J droid.
The end R6 droid was Mark's from PodPadStudios.

Above grab from 'james_r5d4' account

Shout out to Jedi News!


R0-D4 dome upgrade 2017 - 1.4 - LED panel

I installed a second diffuser panel (plastic cut out of a large Milk bottle) to help reduce the LED's hot-spots. After testing the LED's in the last post R0-D4 dome upgrade 2017 - 1.3, I still wasn't sure if I liked the amount of flashing. It looked a bit too much.

So I removed all the 3mm ones and wired up just the five tri-colour LED's. I then hot glued them around the outside of the screen to help distribute their light. Having them face on was no good as these are clear type ones.

This seams to give a more subtle, subdued light display.

And here they are viewed from the inside.

click pic link below to a short You Tube clip showing them flashing.


Smugglers Bounty......R5-D4!!!

Being an R5 fan.....obviously, lol, it always bug's me that the little guy
get's over looked by toy people, clothing etc.
And one (and only one I'll be buying) that I wanted
was an R5-D4 Funko Pop figure.

Then a few weeks ago I saw on twitter a feed about Episode 1 C3-P0..... but that wasn't important to be lol, the back of the box was what people had spied.....could it be????

YES it was.....R5-D4.

Well here's the link to the Smugglers Bounty You Tube video
click pic to You Tube link

I don't subscribe to these sort's of things, my lose I guess,
but at least I now know that R5-D4 is out there....somewhere lol.

R5's transport sledge 'upgrade work' pt 7

Had time at the weekend to finish off cutting out more wood from the sledge.

Time and thought has to go into where to and where not to cut!
As you need to think about any potential weak points. Hence the rounded hole edges etc.

Once all were cut out and edges taken off with a file and then sanding.
The frame top section was re-attached.

The frame is now no effort to lift, I don't have to tense up my body/arm to lift it by itself.

Next was to apply the first touch-up coat of paint to the cut areas & to give the whole frame a fresh coat.

R0-D4 dome upgrade 2017 - 1.3

After working on the sledge, I needed to give my bench a tidy up. I was going to re-install R5's smoke system, more on that in the other post. The other box of bits was the new set of flashing LED's I had planned on using for R0's dome light PSi style panel.
Two types of LED's, blinking ones & tri-coloured LED's (x4 off)
This piece of cardboard was a test card to display the LED's to get an idea of the random layout required. And to see how they looked through the frosted piece of plastic, that can be seen at the bottom of the picture. There is already a frosted piece fitted in the dome, but this second piece helps to diffuse the light more.

Link to last attempts at dome lights.

Version 1

Version 2

I took some short videos, so will post this up once I've edited it together.