Looks like SEMA was a big hit. Everybody kept trying to climb all over C-3PO so much that they had to rope him off to keep people off of him. From the photos it looks likes they didn’t assemble him correctly since his shoulder covers look like they are not on correctly and his arms are too angled but the comments were outstanding. The person standing next to C-3Po is Don who actually plated him. The 3 C-3PO head picture is interesting in that all 3 heads are from the same person. Dishman. The left one is plated from a standard electroplating process. The center one is the Coat of Chrome Process and the right one is how the head normally comes from Dishman. It is a striking difference in quality of finish.
With that said, The first thing I worked on was the eyes. I tried to find some lighted eyes from Moncal but he wasn’t making any when I needed them so I decided to give it a go. I got a piece of round stock acrylic and drilled out a center hole that happened to fit some extra 1/4″ brass tubing I had from my B9 finger light build. The cross cuts to the acrylic stock eye pieces were done with a dremel tool with a cut off wheel. I found some rice lights on eBay and then I hot glued them to the brass outer ring and acrylic tube. I had to superglue them first so they would stay in place. Once that was done I put hot glue over the super glued lights. They should stay secure. The only thing I needed to get is some gold foil from Hobby Lobby to get that yellow gold light look. After I applied the foil the lights looked good. Look at the photo to the right. If you also look at the head closely you could see that I have opened up the mouth. I plan inserting the speaker behind that opening. Others have inserted speakers in the back torso vent area or in the front torso section.