Littlebits - Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit - pt 3

Printing started Tuesday morning on the new R5 dome....

But the PC 'shut down', (over night printing) so it didn't get to finish. Will look at the support structure and possibly re-design it into the build to save time and filament.

8 hours, the time taken is mostly due to the support structure, which we hadn't considered as the program doesn't actually show what the support structure will look like, neither does it give you a print time, which might also indicate it's going to take forever to print! :D

Looks like it maybe next week now, till the printer is 'free' to try again.

Bristol Builder Paul Felski with his R2D2 - Part 2.1

Here's the video & pictures to Paul's appearance on
BBC Points West, (UK views) from last night (18.10.2017).

The link (click below) is to the

Well done mate 😎


98K Blogs hits.....WOW part 2!


.....was only a week ago that I posted up that people viewing this Blog had reached 97,000 hits.

And now, you've hit the 98,000! Big thanks everyone :)

I hope people find this Blog useful and informative or even light entertainment lol. R5's got a few events coming up in the next few months, so keep an eye out for these Blog updates.

Plus he's on Twitter & Instagram (click links to head over to them). Not forgetting R5's Facebook page. Instagram usually goes live first (as it's easy) then this Blog will get full details & more pics at next available time.

Comment below to say which social you follow.


Bristol Builder Paul Felski with his R2D2 - Part 2

After Paul appeared on 'Made in Bristol' TV program a few weeks back.

He was then contacted by our local News channel to appear on our regional show.

Due to appear tomorrow, Wednesday 18th October 2017 on BBC Points West.

I'll post up with how it all went, probably on Thursday. Good luck Paul.

New Dome - 3D printing parts - holo projector eye **Sanding**

To be fare, the printing wasn't that bad. I started off with a small file to take off the tops of the ridges, but soon got on with just using sand paper. Quite a course one, but soon found this did as good a job as the file. Next up I switched over to Silicon Carbide finishing paper 177. This stuff got the surface super smooth in no time. Still a way to go, but with filler/primer spray, this finish state could be good enough. I'll see.
holo projector eye
(Pic shows lower cowl for this picture for support)
The two parts (body & upper cowl) don't 'catch' when you rotate them together. . You can see the sanded (grey) print compared to the 'nozzle' ridged area.


Littlebits - Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit - pt 2

With loads of people & Littlebits on Instagram, posting up pics of creations for their droids, I thought I needed something 'special' to modify the droid for the kids.

The plan was this weekend to get the kids to build it, but as always plans changed so hopefully, this weekend coming......plus I'll have the dome done by then as well.

There can be only one.....as Colin MacLeod once said, lol (Highlander film peeps), modification that this droid needs.......so I drew up an R5-D4 dome.

I did it simple, (tho it now doesn't look simple in this pic), but picked out his main recognisable details lol, three big 'eyes', neck detail and gave him a mini antenna. This is version 4 attempt, couldn't help myself lol.

Will post up pics once printed.....

New Dome - 3D printing parts - holo projector eye

Downloaded the stl files from the Builders section, www.astromech.net, and asked Steve, my co worker (who has the 3D printer program), to start printing off a holo projector eye.

Parts 1 & 2, upper and lower cowl pieces were done in a few hours, but had to wait till the next day for the main piece to be finished printed.

Pics bottom, with support raft in first picture, second shows support raft removed.

Next up was the upper cowl part.
This didn't take long to print at all. So my Steve was able to start printing the main body.
All are in the process of being sanded, filed and generally smoothed as best possible, before I'll start primer/filler spraying them up.

Next up was to source a cabochon for the lens......3D print one perhaps?

But my friend Glynn saw my Instagram post and has offered me some, they're now in the post to me, thanks mate, much appreciated!


Feel The Force Day 5 - Peterborough 2017 **Event Report - Part 2**

There were stage shows on throughout the day, plus radio Peterborough were reporting live from the event.

As with most event's, we don't get time to take many pictures, but I did manage some of our mini area, including members of Joker Squad.
Agent Peggy Carter (Joker Squad) with R5
If I've told him once, I've told him a thousand times not to talk to strange droids.....

members of Joker Squad

R2-PHT & R5-D4
There were lots of people, some even dressing up for the event. The other side rooms had sense areas for touch and smell, as well as craft making area, Jedi training as well as lots more. The weather was great outside for people to look over the cars etc.

Standing up all day tho takes it's toll, and by 5pm myself and Glynn (R2-PHT) called time. Both having extremely long journeys home. Adam with his R2 & Wall-e, stayed till the end.

Another great time had by attending and people displaying/cosplaying alike. Check out their website link, for links to their Facebook page etc.


97K Blogs hits.....WOW!

Hi all, just noticed I've hit the 97,000 blog views.....WOW!

Just to say, thanks to everyone and that I hope this
Blog has been of use & entertainment to everyone.

I've a few more event's coming up this year with R5, including the possibility of another 'film day' with the other builders and costume groups for the new film 'The Last Jedi'. I'll keep you posted on this as and when I hear the plans.

See if I can post more up and get up to the 100,000 hits mark by Christmas lol,
.................no pressure then lol 😆


Feel The Force Day 5 - Peterborough 2017 **Event Report - Part 1**

Another fun packed day for all who attended.

I had loaded R5 up the night before as I wanted to be away early Saturday morning.

Quietly, up at 6am, out the door my 6:30am and on the long journey up to Peterborough.
Arrived around 10am and met up with Glynn & R2-PHT, Adam & his wife arrived not long after with his R2-D2 & Wall-e droid.

We were over in the 'Star Wars' corner along with Joker Squad.

There were crowds of people outside being entertained by costumed attendees & also the array of cars from films. American style police cars, classic & new, 'Bumblebee',
lowrider pickup truck as well as Mark's Podpad studio 95 Spider Batman inspired vehicle.

The doors opened at 11am, and the main area soon filled up.

....been a busy week plus weekend gone I had a special event to attend.

Feel The Force Day 5 - Peterborough 2017
Event Report - Part 2.......coming soon.


Bristol Builder Paul Felski with his R2D2

Local R2D2 Builder and friend Paul Felski,
has been to a few event's over the years with his Lost in Space B9 robot.
He had also started to build R2, which he has only recently finished.

Paul phoned me up last Friday to say that he'd been approached by a local TV program called Made in Bristol, asking if he could be interviewed. He talks about building B9 and then the story behind him building R2D2. Good work mate! 😊👍

click above image to take you to their website and watch the video
He was first on the show, straight after the local news and weather lol.
The date for the show was Wednesday 4th October (2017)

Here are some screen grabs from the show.


Littlebits - Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit

Seems a long time ago now, but when we were at the
Force Friday 2 (link to my Blog post) event at John Lewis,
the Littlebits team were there with their Droid Inventor kit.

The attending club members chatted and were asked if we would like to review the kits.
At the asking price, I personally couldn't justify buying the kit.
These last few weeks, I've seen other's, review the kits and so assumed that a quota had been met and that I wouldn't be needed for testing purposes 😄 lol.

So yesterday, the wife messaged me to say a package had arrived, I hadn't ordered anything??.......oh wait, my new club top perhaps??

Got home to find this.....
WOW! 😲
It was a busy evening last night, and my kids had already gone to bed.
We have a busy next few days and then I've an important event on Saturday.
So I won't be able to let the kids at this till Sunday at the earliest 😄 & I'll be asking them to write me a review (which I'll take full credit for.....spelling mistakes an all ðŸ˜„ lol)

A big thank you to the people at Littlebits for this.
For their main website, click their name at top of page
or search up online for UK shops


New Dome..... &... Feel the Force Day 5

So much for CAD 😄lol, if you don't have the tools to actually carry out the work in the 'real world' 😄 lol. So I used the plans I'd drawn up as a guide.....well, it worked for the last two domes. I have height dimensions etc to work to so it will all fit together 😊
But so far, it's coming together just fine. Just wish I had more spare time at the mo tho.

This pic was posted up on my Instagram feed, which is all Star Wars related stuff as well, no fillers lol.


Feel the Force Day 5

is this coming Saturday 30th September.
So, check my Instagram, for pics on the day.

Full report next week........


Ideas for another dome......?

I need to be making something lol........so I decided that I'll make another dome 😊.

Obviously its gonna be made out of wood, and after searching through the www.astromech.net forum, I came across a very talented individual who's build (tho very 'time' intensive) was a work of craftsmanship, but this gave me some new ideas....

There are two very different designs to R5 that I've not tried, one I wouldn't of considered, before reading the above builders forum posts. The second is half as technical as R5, but with simpler build areas too.

Am using 3D CAD Inventor (in my free time in work) to figure out framework etc.
Here's a teaser pic for now.....
Basic component structure shown, so no real give away lol
Dug around in the garage last night for wood that I have left over. Recently had to move stuff around so the kids could get to their bikes easier, so had to move stuff around again lol.

more to follow..........


Feel The Force Day 5 - Peterborough 2017

Just reminding you all about this event at the end of this month (here in the UK).

Feel the Force Day, is not just Star Wars, but covers film and theater and loads in between.
There will be costume groups from all over the UK, stalls, activities, sensory areas, famous guests as well as 'film' cars etc. Ive been able to attend the last few years and even as someone attending with a prop, I've had a great time, chatting to people, explaining things about R5. People who maybe visually impaired are able to touch items to better get an understanding of the objects being discribed to them etc, without the usually comments associated with some props..... 'sorry, you can't touch'.

Am looking forward to being part of and helping make this event another great day for attending visitors. R5 will be joining a few other UK R2D2 Builders Club members...........

Pictures from past event days.....

Ill also be trying to post pics on James R5D4 Instagram page if free for two minutes lol, but all pics will be posted up later in my event report and on R5's Facebook page.


R0-D4 dome upgrade 2017 - 1.7 - 3D printed Dome Rods **UPGRADE**

Test fitted the first new dome rod the other day. Due to the internal angles of the wood when it was glued together, these are not perpendicular, so I had to file the ends slightly for it to fit. I know I'll have to do the same with the others.

Next was to drill location holes to hold the new rods in place from behind. The previous rods were slotted into a bottom hole and secured with a screw at the top.
Then its sanding etc before spraying up.


R0-D4 dome upgrade 2017 - 1.6 - 3D printed Dome Rods **UPGRADE**

So this was my first attempt (white piece),
alongside my original incorrect silver painted ones.

Needed refining and re-sizing as didn't take depth of my recess panels into account.

These are a work in progress still......

Trading Cards Box - UPDATE - compartment 1.3

After filing, primer spray & then matt black spray, the insert looked like this....

Once it was all dried I then sprayed some red into a cup so I could hand paint the text to finish off.

I hot glued a strip of foam into the bottom of the box, under where the cards will sit. I found this helped to make taking them out as when you push down on them, they tip slightly due to the foam compressing.

And here's the insert fitted (press fit in only) into the box.
I tried the insert with a stack of my cards and it all fits and looks great!

And as someone commented on my Instagram account.....yes, R5 does fit :D

Trading Cards Box - UPDATE - compartment 1.2

So here is the glued together parts.
Test fitted the bottom section inside the box.

Here's the top:

And then glued together, fitted inside the box:

Next up is to paint, filler, sand, more paint......you get the idea lol.


Trading Cards Box - UPDATE - compartment 1.1

In my last post, I said I wanted to look at padding out the box as I didn't want the cards rattling around inside and getting damaged.
The Rogue One Trading Card box
As you can see in the picture above, the cards aren't a tight fit!

I didn't like the idea of padding as it can be untidy once cut. So as we still have the 3D printer in the office, I got to measure up and designed an infill compartment for it.

But before I printed it off in full, I just printed the top section first.

This way I could check the fit. The corner angles weren't bang on, but then I decided that the recessed look was better.
(Originally the top section was going to be flush with the top of the opened box.)

I then had to reduce the inside piece to fit the new height.

Doing this in two sections was also a good idea as it meant I didn't have to dig out the support in the recessed text section. And super gluing the two pieces together was made easy by the fact the pieces were held in place by the insides of the box.