Getting R2 Ready for Celebration 5 – Drink Tray

Well, it looks like R2 is finally getting to that stage where he is looking like that familiar “overweight glob of grease” that C-3PO likes to call him from time to time (oh dear oh dear)….Pretty soon I will have to weather him up a bit like R5 since he looks off the rack “new”. I have added the JR12x receiver and positioned the additional receiver antennas near the vents and near the rear door to aid in radio reception. It will be interesting to see if any jamming occurs with over 60 droids expected to show at C5 and a majority of them expected to be using Spectrum or JR radios. I am also adding other accessories like the drink tray with a different paint scheme. I still need to add the black accent and then distress it some but it is looking pretty good. One of the bad things about expanded PVC is the cut edges from the laser must be sealed or they will just continually soak up primer and paint and not give a good finish like the facings do. I use EverCoat for the body filler. I tried Bondo from Home Depot and it shrinks and cracks over time. EverCoat is outstanding. It doesn’t clog sandpaper, doesn’t shrink or crack (especially if you use heat to cure your painting) and is nicer to use overall. Bytheway, while I was out and around looking at other robots I found this little guy hanging around. The young man did an excellent paint job!

Celebration 5 Location Announced

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Well, it has been finally announced! Celebration 5 will be in Orlando, Florida August 12-15 2010. I will be bringing R4/R5 and Possibly R2. It gives me just enough time to get my crate made and my droid completely finished with all of my special features ready for deployment. Hotel, Airplane and work schedule are already booked/cleared and ready to go. This should be an interesting trip as this celebration actually steps so close to other major conventions that other droid builders like to participate in. It will be interesting to see who actually shows up and how many droids arrive.  My R4/R5 will have the torch/Arc welder arm active and will have the blowing motivator /fogger active as well as running silent and a few other surprises!!!!