Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Two steps back

T3's neck works ok for a while but ends up coming loose or binding after a while every time I use him. The same thing happens for his rear legs. I am going back to redesign them both for more long term, heavy duty use. Got to love prototyping :P Everything should be working 100% for CV.

Doing the final painting on R2-CM is at a stand still till the weather warms up.
His periscope works fine now but is still way to heavy. So now I am going to make a new one out of lighter materials. I will retrofit the old one for some lower body gadget maybe.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Having fun

I always wanted to do this but it was way to cold to bring everything out.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Feet warmers

Got a little more done on the foot shell, now to make the back side.


Got my two 12 button remotes in so I put T3's sound system together. Instead of an exspensive CF3 system I went with a cheap Think Geek player because in the game T3 does not make that many random sounds anyway. A few hours and a lot of phone wire later....
...here it is. Not the prettiest looking thing but it works perfectly.

Monday, December 21, 2009

This and that

I got all the batteries for my robots together and charged. After realizing how many different types I have for just regular use, I have came to the conclusion that I need to upgrade my portable GONK power station to accommodate them all and make the GONK easier to transport with how heavy it is getting.
I also started to make some temporary foot shells for Patches. I am going to try a few ideas out with them then make a master pair later.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Taking a break

I am sure a few of you are wondering "Why did Moose stop posting?"
I have been taking a break from Droid building and Star Wars in general as much as I can for the past 7 days so I catch up on lifes other important things and spend more of the holiday season with family and friends.
I did not think you could have withdraws from Star Wars stuff but I guess you can LOL. (Shakes are gone now)
Starting tomorrow I will start doing some Star Wars stuff but not to much until after the holiday.
Needless to say Jen enjoys the break and extra snuggle time :)

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Santa SAC and Troopers

Vader reaming Leia
Jawas running on a rampage.
Patches stopping for pictures.
Hundreds of people wanted pictures.
R2-Central members with their droids.
Group shot
The 501st
Vader! That is not your X-1.
A festive Dooku?
Sybrina driving Patches.
Thanks to Denny Freeman for taking these photos :)

Star Wars in Concert

What a busy night even with a bad snow storm coming through. We did not have a lot of time for personal pictures but here are a few that Denny took.
Jen, me, Teresa, and Patches.

Behind the scenes was fun to see.

No that is not your master R2.

C-3PO! it is you! It is you!

Jedi and troopers alike hold back the crowds :)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Tons of events this week!

Three events this week! The Star Wars Concert! SAC! Big Brother today!
Have not had time to put up pictures.
Here are 3 from SAC yesterday that my friend Dawmer took.

4 droids all in a row. This is Steve's green ones debut as well as my T3.

Even with all the snow people came to see Santa, the 501st, and R2-Central.

Group photo of some of the 501st, Rebel Legion, and R2-central members.

More to come :)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Time crunch

I got most of the neck done but not all. Here is yet another video of my work.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Neck Cramp

Started on T3's neck articulation. Most of the hardware is in place. Now I just have to hook up all the electronics.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Oh No! Here we go again!

Naturally now that everything on T3 is running together nicely I needed to tear him apart for the next addition.
Time to articulate his neck! I am going to make all the hardware for this from scratch as there is nothing close to what in need on the web. I am also going to start on his welding arm :) I probably will not have it done for event time but I will try.


Jen was watching T3 while i drove him around yesterday and noticed a small sag in his rear legs. Today I took a look and seen it myself. I flipped T3 over and noticed that I never finished putting in all the structural hardware from when I mocked everything up. I went to the store and got everything I needed to finish putting it together the right way. A lot of work to do that you wont see but now T3 is moving even better. Thanks hon for spotting the sag.
I also took the time to finish welding his innards that were only tack welded.

So after a day of work he is back to what you last seen him look like. LOL

Friday, December 4, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

This will be a day long remembered

For the first time ever, a T3-M4 with leg movement up and down :)
Here is the video...

Please do not copy.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Gears of war

Got some VEX gears to test out for some of my R2 gadgets that come out of the panels. Time to zap the bad kids LOL. J/K

Getting ahead

With a little help from my friends I got the last bit glued on to T3's head. Got one small stress crack but it should be ok once bondo is applied. Hopefully my piston will be here soon so he can move again without his legs flopping all over now that his old leg positioning rod is taken out LOL..
I also got his sounds temporarily working on his system that came on a shirt. I still need to make it wireless with a 12 button remote system. It is getting close to just being detail and finishing work.