Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Mission Hospital Staff Appreciation Visit

Holy moly, R2 had his first in-person event in 14 months! This evening, he joined members of the 501st Legion for a staff appreciation visit at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, CA.



The characters assembed for their 9pm-11pm appearance.



The staff was invited to come by the cafeteria to get some grab-n-go meals from Corner Bakery. As they grabbed and went, they were also invited to take pictures with the characters.



There were some small photo op areas, and some Star Wars cardboard standees.



For two hours, it was a steady stream of staff getting their photos taken.



Everyone appreciated the characters being there, and of course we appreciate all the staff does.

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Strain Relief for Power Wires for Dome Speed Controller on Droid #2

The wires that power the Sabertooth 2x12RC dome speed controller on the electronics panel on droid #2 have a tendency to come loose when I install and remove the panel from the droid body. Today I worked on providing some strain relief to those wires.

I pulled out some scrap aluminum to see what piece might work best. The one on the upper left will do.



I drilled it for #4x1/4" screws



Then I used this piece as a template for drilling the electronics panel.



Then I tightened the bar down, sandwiching the power wires between the board and the bar.



Now they aren't going to move anywhere under normal use.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Relocated Dome Speed Controller on Electronics Board for Droid #2

Today I (barely) relocated where the Sabertooth 2x12RC dome speed controller resides on the electronics board for droid #2. I'm doing this to locate it further from other electronics, to avoid potential electrical noise.

There isn't much room available on the board, but the empty holes show where the board used to be, and I've positioned it to it's new location.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Applied Tape to Mounting Dowels for Horseshoes on Droid #2

Today I took care of an annoyance on droid #2. The layered shoulders (also known as "horseshoes") had a tendency to wiggle loose a little. I decided to address that by wrapping a little bit of tape around the wooden dowels that are used to mount the horseshoes onto the legs.



In they go, nice and snug.



In fact so snug that once I pressed them in all the way, I think it will be a struggle to get them off the legs if I ever need to remove them again.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Lightly Sanded and Repainted R5-D4 Utility Arm for Droid #2

I noticed some dust or other crud in the paint job at the tip of one of the R5-D4 utility arms for droid #2.



I lightly sanded that out with 600 grit sandpaper.



After cleaning, I applied another coat of Rustoleum Sunrise Red to the tip of the arm.



That looks better. I think the utility arms are done!

Friday, April 16, 2021

Second Coat of Red Paint for R5-D4 Utility Arms for Droid #2

Today I applied a second coat of Rustoleum Sunrise Red to the R5-D4 utility arms for droid #2.

Looking good (enough).

Sunday, April 11, 2021

First Coat of Red Paint for R5-D4 Utility Arms for Droid #2

Finally, it was time to paint the utility arms with Rustoleum Sunrise Red, to match the panels I recently painted for when droid #2 is in R5-D4 mode.



So far, so good, but I'll let these dry a bit and probably apply a second coat later.