Friday, December 16, 2022

KABC-TV Spark of Love Toy Drive - 2022

Tonight R2 participated in the annual KABC-TV Spark of Love Toy Drive.

R2 was joined by members of the 501st and Rebel Legions. I brought R2 out for the 3rd shift, which ran from 3:00pm-6:30pm, but some folks had been there since before the first shift, which had a call time of 4:00am(!).

This year's event in Orange County, CA was held in the Red Robin parking lot in Santa Ana, just north of South Coast Plaza. If I'm not mistaken, Covid put this event on hiatus for a couple of years, so it was good to be back.

Our cameraman Edgar is also a member of the 501st. In fact, our appearances at these events inspired him to join. Jessica De Nova reported/hosted the shift.

I tried to stay off camera as best I could, but every once in a while I ended up in the shot, in my tell-tale blue sweater.

In all, over 10 busses were filled with toys. They ran out of busses, and had to use other vehicles.

I'm always happy to do this event, and I hope to be back next year.

Friday, November 18, 2022

CHOC Visit - November 2022

Today R2 and I were joined by Mike and Amy Senna, along with Mike's WALL•E, as we visited patients at Childrens Hospital Orange County.

We checked in at 1pm and headed for the elevators to begin our room-to-room visits.

As usual, we didn't get pictures with the patients, but plenty of staff came out to get pictures with the droids, as we made our rounds.

Once we were done visiting the patients, we went to the on-site Ryan Seacrest Studios, where they taped a holiday message from R2 and WALL•E, and did a short, live interview with them, which was available to view in the patients' rooms.

It's always a good visit at CHOC, and hopefully we'll be back sooner than later.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

New Actuator for Mist Can

After over 9 years of service, the door lock actuator that I use for triggering the mist can started to fail. I opened it up to see if I could fix it, but I ended up making things worse. They are not expensive, so I ordered another. I figured I'd stick with the same mechanism, since it worked well for so long.

I desoldered the connection for the old actuator.

And I soldered the connection for the new actuator.

I tested it in the droid, and it works. It's a little tricky to take a picture of it in action (juggling the transmitter and phone camera), but I'm happy with the results.

Saturday, November 05, 2022

Replaced Dome Speed Controller on Droid #1

Recently the dome motor on droid #1 has been sluggish or unable to turn. I saw that the Error LED usually flickers. According to Dimension Engineering's documentation, this is indicative of "overheating or current limit." I may contact Dimension Engineering about this, but in the meantime, I ordered a replacement Sabertooth 2x12RC, and installed it.

So far so good. Hopefully this will last a good long while.

Monday, October 31, 2022

Halloween 2022

Tonight R2 returned to the garage to greet trick-or-treaters for Halloween.

Lots of surprised visitors snapped pics and got their candy. I was busy operating R2 and handing out candy, so I only took the two pictures.

I'd say about 30 kids showed up in all, which is a so-so turnout. I'm sure I'll find a good home for any leftover candy.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

CHOC Visit - September 2022

Today R2 and I returned to Childrens Hospital Orange County to bring some happiness to oncology and infusion patients.

Today's mission was to visit patients in the oncology ward, along with those in the Outpatient Infusion Center. While we couldn't get pictures with the patients, we were able to get one with this doggie and his stylish leash, and another blue denizen.

At the infusion center, R2 came across this portrait, painted by Disneyland painters.

It was another good visit, and hopefully we'll be back sooner than later.

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

Finished Rear PSI Rework on Droid #1

Today I was able to finish updating the rear PSI on droid #1 to match that of droid #2.

I needed to sand the layers of plastic to add diffusion.

Then, I reattached the rear PSI and gave it a test.

Photos always show hot spots more than they show to the eye, but I did do some minor adjustments after this picture was taken to the diffusion and PSI alignment with the hole in the dome, and I was satisfied with the results. For now.