06.22.2008

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Painting the Battle Droid was probably the easiest thing I had ever done. The day I painted him outside it was warm, no wind and no bugs outside. It was excellent. For Texas that was extremely rare! The blaster I got as a toy and then aged it and made it functional. It has sound and light and can be fired remotely.. I used military Tan, Terra Cotta, flat black, silver and a very small amount of pigs blood for realism of battle conditions. I simulated pitted damage by spraying water droplets on the droid and then spraying flat black paint on top of that and letting it dry. The effect was very impressive.

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05.09.2008

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The first thing I had to do was to cut an access plate to the neck bar so I could mount a control rod and motor mount plate so the head and neck could move whenever I wanted him to talk as they did in the movie. So with my trusty Dremel tool I cut out a small rectangular access plate behind the neck brace which is hidden behind the neck yoke (mostly). I then mounted a secondary plate for the motor push plate for the control rod to control the head movement much like the elevator control horn controls the elevator on an airplane control surface. I then installed the clevis head and control rods along the neck brace to hide them from plane site

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02.09.2008

Assembling a Battle Droid

by Jerry Chevalier

dsc00711The battle droid came as a ready made kit from Mardon in the Phillipines. All I had to do was assemble him. He had some minor damage to the neck area from inadequate packing which Mardon fixed immediately. I modified the battle Droid by cutting the backpack off so I could install the sound card, speakers, motors and servos for the head so it could move and tell people they were …uh…under arrest! The first thing I had to do was assess what I had to work with and where I would be placing the hardware for the electronics.

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