Friday, August 30, 2013

Naked No More

 Got in R2's skin today, It is milled syrine and man does it look nice, Big thanks to Joymonkey from the R2 Builders forums for providing it!

 Between the legs and the skin I have my work cut out for me this weekend!

(Sorry for the fuzzy photo, my phone camera isnt that good and I am too lazy to take another pic)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

She's got Legs!

 So the legs for R2 arrived today! thanks again to Steele with Atlanta R2 builders for making that happen. They very well made and the wood is extremely high quality. Now all I have to do is get these things put together, luckily the weekend will be coming up soon!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

 Just put in and order for several resin body parts via Wayne at My original intention was to build as much as I could but after weighing the cost of materials and time I decided to go ahead and order the legs for my R2 unit. The legs are made of baltic birch and includes the two outer legs and the center leg and can be purchased from the Atlanta Area R2 builders via and as always can also be obtained from the R2 Builders site at during parts runs.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Frame Done!

  So I spent the day "and most of the night" doing final assembly on the framework. Epoxied the joints, putty in the gaps, sanded and such.

 I took a level to the frame and made sure that the frame was level, especially the side braces where R2's legs attach. After I was done with that I threw a coat of Rustolium outdoor wood paint "Blue" on the entire thing. Next up is going to be the legs, which luckly are a significantly less stressful build.

Friday, August 16, 2013


   So after speaking with my son one night about the lack of robots in our lives, we decided to build an R2 unit. A quick google search led me to a entire community of builders that specializes in this particular aspect of Star Wars prop creation. is the location.

 Using some plans that I was able to obtain from the R2 builders group on yahoo and my shop I was able to begin fabrication on our own Astromech droid.

 This is the framework so far, I went and filled in some of the joint gaps with putty and am currently working on sanding them down, once that is done I will be painting the entire frame blue in prep for the styrene skin that I was able to purchase through the R2 builders site from user Joymonkey.