Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Glued Domes Together

The moment we've all been waiting for... gluing the inner and outer domes together with GE Silicone II clear silicone. I was finally able to get this started before going to work this morning.

I pretty much copied the method with droid #1, and zig-zagged silicone in the area between the pie panels on the top, and the side panels on the bottom.

I took some creative liberties in the process.

Where I could squeeze it in, I applied silicone between some of the side panels.

Next, I smeared the silicone around to get good coverage.

As with the dome on droid #1, I used my vacuum cleaner as a pike for R2's head, as a warning to droid #1 to not misbehave.

When I got home in the evening, I worked on gluing together the bottom edges of the domes. First, I applied masking tape to avoid scratching the surface of the outer dome with the clips I'm using.

Then, I slowly made my way around the dome, applying silicone between the edges of the inner and outer dome, and using my little binder clips to pinch the domes together while the silicone dries.

For droid #1, I used 51 clips. This time I used 56.


Paul said...

Another R&J dome?
I have just resumed work on mine, now that I have replaced the Dremel. The new cutting blades should make it a lot easier than before.

I am looking forward to seeing how you mount the dome to the ring.


Victor Franco said...

> I am looking forward to seeing how you
> mount the dome to the ring.

I plan to whale on it until it fits. :-)

If that doesn't work, I might cut slots on the upper lip of the dome ring and bend them like others have done, but hopefully it won't come to that.