Getting ready for the R2LA building event

DSC03748For those that didnt know it; I moved from Texas to California for a job in the Burbank area. I was able to bring 1 droid with me so I decided to bring my R5 since he needed the most work. So I packed him up in the UHaul and off I we went. Once I was settled in the R2LA build day came up so it gave me a reason to put him back together pretty fast. I had to reassemble my R5 pretty quick since I had dissassembled him to upgrade him and change a great many things. I got the skins TIG welded and started to apply the other accessories that I had packed away (like the front, center and side vents, coin slots, front and rear power couplers, etc etc. Then I installed the internal lighting and cleaned up all of the loose wiring inside of ‘ol Red. Made sure he could move around and also installed the Banebot motor for the dome drive. Got the basics working so he could get out of my apartment from the 3rd floor to get to the car….Now to see if I can get him IN to my car……Did I forget to mention that I have never assessed whether my R5 would even fit in my car?? I sure was lucky to find out that it fit!! It was a tight fit with the center foot barely clearing the ceiling but once that was done (with the help of Guy Vardaman) I was able to not only get that in but the R5 dome with antenna as well as Guy’s R2 dome, a couples boxes of various supplies, tools and bunch of other stuff. Plenty of room!!!!! I thought I was facing leg removal each time I needed to transport him. I am glad I dont have to deal with that hassel. Its amazing what you can pack in a tiny little car!! Anyway, once I got to Senna’ house I thought I would play with the Tiny Fogger F07 by Look Solutions. This is the same type fogger that Jim Shima and JAG used at C4. This baby really puts out a lot of smoke fast!!!. With a 250hr Lithium battery stand by and a less than 1 sec prep to smoke release time it really is a crowd pleaser. Very easy to setup and deploy. The only thing is it is expensive. This was the first time I had set it up in my R5 and I was trying to figure out how to activate it remotely using  a 4 ch RF remote instead of their super expensive remotes.  If you want their remote….forget it. Its almost as much as the fogger. The solution was an easy fix with a jumper wire and a stereo jack that can be wired to a simple 12 or 4 channel RF remote to an intermittant or latched button (your choice) and you can command all the smoke you want.


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