*** Chippenham Sci-Fi 2014 - TODAY ***

....First Transport, is away!

Well.......almost lol. Loaded R5 into transport (car's boot) last night along with everything I hopefully need!
Setting off with my Son, and picking up a friend who is helping out at the event today, on the way.

More details about the event later.

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Prep work for R5-D4's next event @ Chippenham 25.10.14

These last few day's I've been checking and re-checking, last minute fixing, charging batteries etc ready for Saturdays event in Chippenham.

Finaly got round to fitting this last strap bracket to fully hold R5 down.
Astromech transport platformAstromech transport platform

I don't know about R5, but this is his first event that he'll be rolling around at and so am a little apprehensive about him behaving himself lol.


R5-D4 - Bad Motivator Smoke system 1.0

Not long back I posted up about a mist venting system for R5 from his dome and other parts of his body that I had ideas for:

Fire Extinguisher 1.3 - 'Bad Motivator'

Since then I got to working on the lift system for the 'blown' Motivator. This is now complete, but not powered up or fully tested yet.

Next though was something that I always really wanted to sort for R5.......smoke!

This I've seen on a few R5's and it does look a great visual effect. But most system's that can produce 'smoke', come at a great cost....

But after much internet searching I found something that I'm hopeing will be just what R5 needs, more to come.....


** UK R2 Builders Club - Event's attending this weekend - Feel the Force - Peterborough 2014 **

Fellow members of the UK R2 Builders Club,
will be attending Feel the Force in Peterborough this weekend!

picture links to the Feel the Force Day page.

This is a great event especially designed for disabled people.
Visitor's are able to get 'hands-on' with costumes and props alike.

There will be four Club members attending this event.
(subject to availability of course)

This event is a little closer than FACTS, so why not visit and enjoy!

** UK R2 Builders Club - Event's attending this weekend - FACTS 2014 **

Fellow members of the UK R2 Builders Club,
will be attending not one but two events this weekend!

The first event is FACT2014, over in Ghent.
This runs from 18th & 19th October 2014, so don't miss the opertunity to visit the Astromech area and say 'Hi' to some of the UK's finest droids!
There are 9 members attending this event representing the Club.


Motivator Pie Hole - wood filler time again

Small update:
The weekened I bought some more 'multipurpose filler'. This stuff is great and have used it on different parts of R5's build, body, legs, foot shells etc and it does the job well.

Removed the Motivator from the Dome and got to work filling in the sides that were left after removing the original wood side's.

Just need to sand smooth.


Second Side Vent installed......at last

I've been meaning to sort this out since I eventually finished slotting and painting this side of R5.....erm, last year! I knew it was going to be a pain and I was right!
R5-D4 side vent
Almost an hour, cutting, trimming, test fitting of the two MDF wedges (top & bottom locations) I had cut to fit between the inside vertical panel and the grill/body skin. As with the other side, I cut two curved pieces and then just wedged them in to hold the grill tight against the inside of R5's body. Nothing technical or fancy :)

Utility Arm locks

After R5's first outing a few years back, I soon realised that he would need to have some way of locking his Utility arm's in a closed position. I had already fitted push stops to prevent them from being pushed inwards and getting stuck, but with them not being the most securist of items, I needed something to stop them from being pulled open to far.

I wanted something quick to fit, not be to damaging and infringe on the overall look. So after a few ideas I came up with this simple idea.

The stiff wire, hocks into the arms.
R5D4 utility arm

Feeds through the rear mesh.
R5D4 utility arm

And is then bent to lock all in place.
R5D4 utility arm
Yes, I'm not really happy about the holes, but they are not that bad and can be easily filled and painted. I had to drill the holes in the top as you try drilling a hole upwards :D lol.