Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Celebration 5 pics

Woo! Celebration 5 is officially over, and I am exausted!
Now that it is finally over, it's time for the pictures of some of the things that went on during the con.

Here is my droid at C5. Some of the info on the stand up thing is wrong: the cost is actually over $500, the age should be 18, and the weight is wrong as well.
But we did turn in the info quite a while ago so, of course the info different now.
Surprisingly enough Goldie did get more attention than I thought an unfinished droid could get. A little girl said, "I don't like that one, he's mean!" because in the show he's evil and tries to get Anakin, Ahsoka, and R2 killed. I loled at that.

I got to meet DroidWelder and his Clone Wars R2 in person for the first time, which was pretty neat since he's been the one who was helping me with my Clone Wars Goldie over the internet. :)

I also got to meet Thomas and his wife in person for the first time as well! (Nice meeting you, Thomas)
Hope my parents didn't talk you to death too much. hehe

Todd and Jessica's droid was looking very nice. Can't wait to see Jessica's R7 finished oneday!
Mom's and Jessica's droid was stealing all the attention from poor R2. :( lol

I also liked Todd's dome he made, it's an R9 I think. First one ever made!

Got to meet Dave Everette for the first time. He loved mom's droid, so she let him take it for a spin for a while.

I met many others in person for the first time, and seen some familiar faces as well. Very fun experience! Nice to meet all of you!

Our group, the Southern R2 Builders group bought one of the Hoth scenes they had at C5 for a little over a thousand dollars from the Atlanta group.
Well made set up and will be a hit a Megacon next year. ;)

My parents met some guys from "The Grand Florida Alliance" at the con on the last day and they donated a Hoth ice set up to us for free! They're website is SWGFA.com
They are a large collective of devotees to the "Galaxy Far, Far, Away". Whether you're a collector, costumer, gamer, or just love the movies, they have something for everyone. They also have local events.
Very generous of them! Thanks again guys! This we be at Megacon next year as well.

The droid race and the extreme droid challenge was fun, even though I lost.
My remote control kept getting interference and cost me the race, I was pissed. But it was fun anyway. I'll have Goldie running for sure this time and will have alot more experience under my belt!

The droid parade was probably one of my favorite events out of the whole con.
It felt like we we're all celebrities going down the red carpet.

I could go on and on and on about C5 all day long so,
For more pics of Celebration 5, goto my facebook page here:http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=12195&id=1765735196
I posted over a hundred photos of the con yesterday and today.
Though I enjoyed C5, I still like Megacon better I hate to say it.
Wasn't as good as I hoped it to be, but it's still pretty good. Glad to be home, I'm way too worn out! And I'm happy I don't have to work this week! :D
Till next time!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Leaving togo to Orlando tomorrow!

Hello everyone! Tomorrow we're heading out to go to Orlando for Celebration 5!
Sure, I didn't get Goldie fully built and standing like I said I would, but I'm still excited to go to C5. :)
This is probably going to be one of the biggest cons I've ever been to. I myself have never been to any of the Celebrations before, so I'm not sure what to expect.
Well, can't wait to meet those of you I've never met in person, god I suck at meeting new people, and will probably seem uptight. I hate being shy. lol

Anyway, enough of this mindless babble!
Here is what we managed to get done before C5:

We got one of the legs completed and primed (you can't see it in this pic), the other leg half built, both shoulders built, body wet sanded and primed and wet sanded again, and the dataport is temporarily glued in, and we have all of the parts for the dome temporarily put in for show.

Well, see you all at the show! ;)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Attaching the legs to the body

Hello again everyone, it's time for another update on my favorite droid!
With Celebration 5 nearly just a round the corner, we're gonna have to crunch big time this week!
Today we we're working on getting the legs attached to the body... well one leg, we're still working on finishing the other one.
We had to make the shoulders abit smaller than the regular droid's shoulder because if you look at a screenshot of Goldie from Clonewars, you'll notice his legs fit alot closer to the body than the legs of a classic droid.
Here's a screenshot of what I'm talking about:

You can see that the legs almost touch the body!

Now onto how we did the shoulder.
Here is what we used to make the shoulder:
We used 1 piece each of 2 different kinds of wood. We used 3/4 pressboard and 1/2 MDF.
And the measurements are 6 7/16 inches in diameter.
We used a router to cut the 2 circles out, used wood glue to attached the 2 pieces together and sanded down the edges to get it nice and smooth.
We will eventually, when we get to it, will skin the shoulder with polystyrene and paint it.

In this picture we have the leg and shoulder temporarily attached to the body.
Not only that, you can see we've been working on getting the dome and body ready for painting. ;)
And also the vent in this pic is screwed up. It turns out that the glue we used on the vents doesn't stick to resin very well. So that will be something else we'll be working on this week.

The parts on the dome are temporarily taped on for show.

That's all for now folks! ;)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Leg is skinned!

Well, here it is! The fully styrene CloneWars leg is now completed.
I here by dub these the Calvin CW Styrene Legs! lol Or maybe we could call them the C&C (Calvin&Crissy) styrene legs.
All it needs now is some putty work here and there, the little details that go on it, and some paint.
If anyone wants to know the measurements or has any question about building the legs, just ask. We need more CloneWars droids!

We're on to building the next one! This time I get to do most of it now that we know how to build the legs. I get to start cutting them out tomorrow. :)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Lots o' leg progress

Goldie's leg that everyone here's been working on for the past few months is finally getting close to being done! (except for all the little details that go on it, and the paint :P)
My dad and me got all of the layers permanently glued on last week with some Weld-on glue for styrene.
It will be much faster to build the next leg now that we figured out how to build the first completely styrene leg, so Goldie should be on legs for Ancient City Con here in Jacksonville, FL. YESSSS!!
I've also ordered the foot motor holders for the feet last week, costed me about $140for a pair but it will be worth it to finally see him standing.
So as soon as that comes in, I will be building the feet.
Gonna spend the last remaining bit of cash I have left to buy the foot motors and the wheels and anything else I can afford this weekend. woo 3 cheers for being poor again!

Right now, we are getting the legs skinned, so if everything goes as planned the leg should be finished today.

Below is the progress pics of the styrene leg:

We went ahead and got the wires for the motors and such in the leg before we closed it up.

Built the little pocket there out of polystyrene and pvc pipe.

Pic of it finished.

Here's the inside of the 3rd and top layer of the leg.

Top layer glued onto the leg.

Part of the ankle we almost forgot to build.

The leg and ankle starting to be skinned.

We used a dremel and a sander to get rid of the excess skin that you see in the above picture.

Still more to come, we're almost finished with the styrene leg! ;)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Paint color choices...

Here are all the different gold spray paints I've tried so far for the dome.

Alot of the colors came out much different than what it showed on the can, which really sucks because that means I'm out $5-7 dollars each time I pick a wrong color.

Some are also 2 different spray paints mixed together to try and come up with a another color.

And here are some of the more yellow-gold colors we got from Sherwin Williams.

This is probably going to be the color I'm going with. The color is called "duckling". The color looks alot better in person.

I'll just need to find out if I can get it in a spray can. And it may not look the same as the sample, so I'm crossing my fingers that it will come out right.

I've noticed that "Goldie" is not really gold, he's more of a yellowish-gold to me. And all the gold spray paints I've sampled came out a little too shiny, and some had a glitterish look to it.

Which is why I'm going with a more yellow color instead of a gold.
The color I've chosen isn't perfect, but it's good enough for me.

I should be painting as soon as I finish up with the ring, fill all the pits in the dome, and when the holos come in.
That's all for now!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Totally un-related to R3 but...

*EDIT* I have my FaceBook account again!
*sniff* And I didn't even piss anyone off this time. :(

So if you we're wondering what happened to my Facebook account, you now know.
I may or may not make a new account, don't know yet. Had a ton of things on that account that I really do not feel like uploading again, not including all the friends I had.
Oh well.

Farewell Facebook!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

EYE see you!

We got the rader eye finished today and went ahead and glued it in with some Goop.
Well, it's not entirely finished, we taped on lense for now. The lense I went with are the bronze see-through kind so I can eventually put a web cam in that area.

And in the picture above is my new $40 "dome bumps".
They're supposed to light up red when I get them hooked up. They're the black and red version of dad's (Calvin) blue and chrome dome bumps. Same price and from the same place he got them too.

And also we've been trying different types of gold spray paint for the dome and STILL haven't found the right color! I've found a color that would probably look good enough, so I might have to just settle with it.
Sooooo, you might just be seeing Goldie painted pretty soon!

That's all for now!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Working on the dome again

I'm working on Goldie's ole noggen again, trying to get him ready for StarWars Celebration 5. Only less than 5 months to go, ick!
Today we got the guide lines drawn out for the radar eye and the stripes. Ignore the dirtyness of the dome. :)

Here is the front piece of the radar eye cut out from the extra outer styrene dome I bought.

And we also got the hole for the PSI cut out, and:

the back PSI and logic cut out too. Still rough looking, so I'll be doing some more cleaning up on that.

That's it for now!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Small update

Just a small update of some of the things we've done in the last few days...
We used a dremel to cut out the holes for the vents, *very nerveracking*, and
I added 2 pieces to the frame for support (the 2 vertical pieces closest to each side of the vent area), and made 2 notches in the vertical pieces for the data port to fit.

We altered the frame again for the vent to fit in as you can see.

And after much sanding we got the vents to fit in!
Picture of vent, still not finished of course, but will be soon!

(close up of vent)

And below is the glue we used to glue the vent inserts to the vent surround. (TesTors cement for plastic models)

More leg progress:

Totally not related, but anyway,
Here is my dad's (Calvin) light up movie poster finally finished and mounted on the wall: