Sunday, May 19, 2019

Minor Repair for Top Utility Arm Backstop

Back at Wondercon at the end of March, I noticed that R2's top blue utility arm struggled to open under remote control sometimes. I finally got around to investigating the problem today, and it was pretty clear what was wrong.

The MDF that keeps the arm from swinging back into the body had sheared off. I searched the bottom of the inside of the droid, and very luckily I found the piece that had broken off.

I applied some wood glue and put the piece back in place. Should be good as new.

As repairs go, it doesn't get much simpler than this, just the piece back on. But from a builder and property-ownership standpoint, this is highly frustrating. I am certain either or kid (or possibly adult) kept pushing R2's top blue arm into the body until the MDF finally snapped off. It's borderline vandalism, and it's the kind of thing that makes me want to not take my droid out in public as much. But I still do anyway.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

CHOC Fundraiser at Costco - 2019

Today R2 joined Mark Chu Lin as Captain America, and other characters from the Marvel universe, as we helped raise donations benefitting Childrens Hospital Orange County (CHOC). The event ran from around 12:00pm-3:15pm.

Employees grabbed pictures before we visited with the customers.

People made a donation of their choosing for a picture with the characters, and Costco matches the donations, dollar for dollar. Costco raises millions of dollars for CHOC annually.

We ended up raising several hundred dollars for the hospital, so it was time well spent, and the folks at Costco treated us quite well.

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Opportunity Matters to Everyone May the 4th be with You Dance

Tonight R2 and several members of the Southern California 501st Garrison helped greet attendees at the Opportunity Matters to Everyone May the 4th be with You Spring dance. This dance catered to those with special needs and various disabilities.

I arrived at 5:30pm, and they told me that R2 and the troopers would be greeting guests on the red carpet.

I didn't take pictures with the guests (although I don't think they were restricting that), but we did get one with the staff.

Everyone was delighted and surprised to visit with the characters, and we enjoyed the event as well.

Recut Left Foot Ankle Lock

Some minimal building activity today, I recut the ankle lock used to keep R2's left foot from flopping around when he pivots.

The ankle locks are made from a cutting board. I traced the old ankle lock, only I added a little bit of height for the new one. The old one had a tendency to spin in place, so I wanted to make the new one slightly taller, to not allow it room to spin on the screw that secures it to the leg.

I used a hacksaw to cut the piece out. That took all of about 8 seconds.

And finally, I drilled the hole for the screw that will secure it to the leg.

And then... I forgot to take a picture of it installed on the leg. Well, you can get a good idea of all this from the original blog posting back in 2007.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

CHOC Día de los Niños - 2019

Today R2 joined Mark Chu Lin as Captain America, on a visit to CHOC for this year's Día de los Niños event.

The characters were introduced to those in attendance, and Mark said a few words.

We can't get pictures with the kids, but the staff enjoyed getting pictures with the characters.

R2 had that hallucination again, but it's getting better.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

UCI Medical Center Visit

Today R2 visited his progenitor at UCI Medical Center, as he met up with Mike Senna's R2, for Mike's relatively short stay there.

As usual, the staff got pictures as well.

I'm glad I was able to get away from work for a few hours to visit.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Wondercon 2019 - Day 3

Today was the third and final day of WonderCon, at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, CA. R2 and I were joined by several of our droid building friends, and their droids to wrap things up.

It didn't take long for people to find us way in the back of the convention hall.

This is the best WALL•E costume I've ever seen.

We did a little Mouse Droid parade, and stopped off at the 501st booth for a moment.

Our booth drew a good crowd until the end.

And speaking of the end, that's a wrap on WonderCon 2019! I'm sure we'll be back again next year. And in greater numbers.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Wondercon 2019 - Day 2

Today was day #2 of WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, CA. I rejoined all my droid building buddies and their droids for the busiest day of the convention.

It was my turn to bring the donuts, and I performed admirably, if I may say so.

We kicked off the morning with a Mouse Droid parade.

And I was able to get a picture of Kevin Fox as Bossk on the way back. Always a good day when you encounter Bossk and he doesn't capture you.

We had a good mix of droids running around, entertaining the folks.

We followed up our Mouse Droid parade with a regular droid parade, and stopped midway through for people to get photos.

Back at the booth, there's no party like a Jawa party.


I didn't recall there being Tusken Raiders on Endor.

A few of us ventured outdoors to join costumed characters for the big Star Wars group photo.

Once back inside, it was time to get ready for our 5:00pm droid building panel, it was well-attended. (A couple of these pictures were swiped from Tina Bosse and Kyle McMaster.)

And, of course, our post-panel selfie.

We survived another fun day, one more to go.