Monday, September 23, 2013


I actually had a droid to bring to the 10th R2LA. This is my second R2LA and met even more cool builders. I arrived at 10am to help set up and also put on the badge Damien makes for R2 Builders at the pre-R2LA10 dinner at Lamppost Pizza.

When I arrived, a morning chat was going on. McMaster was advertising a Kohls sale

The early bird droids

More people came and more droids. I hot glued my Radar Eye on the night before (so Will would stop the blind jokes :P) and it's holding so far.

Ed Perello's droid was as awesome as ever.

Nikki Miyamoto's Million Dollar Dome looks awesome

Mike and Amy Senna were gifted with a award from Damien for putting up with us crazies for years.

Group photo

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Upgrade Begins: New Frame!!!

I was lucky enough to get a new frame from Thomas Clark and it arrived today! I knew I wouldn't have the new frame installed for R2LA 10 (YAY! IT'S FINALLY HERE!) this weekend due to college taking most of my time but I still did mark ups. I marked up the places to be cut on the "H" pieces and on the bottom ring where I would install the center ankle (see pics below text).
I'm not sure when I'll have time to pull out the jig saw and drill and go but it will be slower than last time.
I may or may not keep the "H" pieces I already have since they are strong and have things attached to them pretty good. I may just keep the new ones in case R2 takes another body slam.
I'm saving my energy for R2LA10 this Friday and Saturday and don't want R2 to be in around 3 pieces with less than a day to go. I may start cutting the new frame and gluing it but won't do any major surgery yet. R2's full system transplant will come soon enough...

The new frame still in the box

The pieces I have marked up, waiting to be cut.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

OC Public Library: Star Wars Day

Yesterday, I joined Victor Franco at the OC Public Library for their SW day.
I would call this R2's second outing but due to car troubles, only the dome and a few resin parts could make it. I also brought along my lush Vader and Yoda figures for decoration.

Victors R2 stood by
The event started off with Obi Shawn reading "Green Eggs and Ham" to the kids and their families.

Victor gave a small talk about The R2 Builders

Next, we had some Jedi knights visit and Vader (and some friends) crash the party.

Fortunately, the kids used The Force to help the Jedi fight off Vader. 
 Han Solo also made an appearance.

After this Victor had R2 pose for pictures and let some of the kids play with R2's sound.
 R2, Victor, and I made our way over to another part of the library to take picures with more people in SW costumes.