Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pumpkin Carving

We decided to take a break this week from R2 Building and do a little pumpkin carving and watch some Halloween movies. I carved a Darth Vader in a real pumpkin and started carving an R2-D2 in an artificial pumpkin.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cutting Dome Panels

After my leg work was done, I did a little dome work. I number all the panels and started cutting them out. The smallest arc on the dome panels where too small to use a Dremel so I left the bottom corners of each of the panels uncut with the intention of cutting them after I cut the top arcs. I used a carpet knife (I left my exacto knife at home) to make a deep score in the top arc, finished cutting the bottom panel corners, and then slowing bent the panels inward causing them to snap/break on the score lines.

Sanding/Chisel Work On Outer Legs

I borrowed a large sander from my father and the group sanded their outer legs. Thanks Pop, the group really appreciated it! I got a little aggressive in some areas, so I will have to use bondo here and there. The legs turned out great.

Steve and Jeff worked on assembling Steve's outer legs with all the new hardware he picked up.

Moose, Brad, Syrena, and Steve cut some pipe and angle iron for their 3-legged R2s. And Brad even did a little welding for Syrena.

Moose, Brad, and Syrena worked on cutting the pipe holes for Syrena's droid.

I used a chisel and file to cut out under R2s shoulders and square off his ankles.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

More Dome Cutting Before My Hands Froze

Before it got so cold in the barn that I couldn't hold the Dremel, I managed to cut three of the four sides of all my dome panels.

First Really Cold Build Night Of The Fall

I didn't get much work done on my own R2, but it was nice to hang out help out others a little, and joke around. One of Syrena's side frame supports popped out when it was drying; so Brad and I used a chisel, screw driver and a clamp to free it from it's wrong position and then re-glued it. Moose needed some extra light while he was trying to replace the belt on the sander, so I helped out. I either tried to blind him by shining the light in his eyes or burn his neck by holding the light too close.