Work began in April of this year on five new droids. Two were for myself, two are being built by Michael Johnson, another longtime droid builder and friend, and the fifth droid goes to another builder who has donated a few droid parts to a local charity that we support in Los Angeles.
Paint samples of the new R2 Blue. The process uses an automotive candy paint, that was discovered by a pair of R2 builders in the Midwest.
Completed frame rings made from Birch plywood. Lightweight but very strong.
Using a leg router template to finish a section of the leg.
First complete frame.
Routed legs awaiting assembly.
This was the robot that started the whole thing. I was looking for information online to build my own R2 unit, and discovered the R2 Builders Club on Yahoo in 2002. I completed this droid in 2004, and my next project after WALL-E will be a second R2-D2, with many more features and an R4-P17.