Tuesday, April 9, 2013

What's next?!

Currently, I still have a few parts on order that I am hoping will arrive soon and am patiently waiting for some aluminum legs to become available. Once that happens, R2 will be standing on his own two feet....while awaiting the 3rd. At this point, I am starting to get a sense of "getting there" and it's been a long way coming! R2, with some luck, will be done this fall/winter and then we can focus on getting Kristen's droid done! Her droid will not take nearly as long as she is not doing full aluminum. As soon as some more parts arrive, i'll get a new update going. Oh, and as a side note....paint has been purchased for 'weathering'!

Ray Park!

Ray Park, otherwise known as Darth Maul, was a guest at Planet Comicon. He is without a doubt, one of the nicest individuals you'll ever meet. In fact, he talked to me for a good 15 minutes about my droid, and the best part of all.........he offered to sign it for no cost! He even let me take photos with him. I am truly grateful that he became the first (and only so far!) person to sign my droid!! Here is a photo!!

Planet Comicon - Kansas City.

If you want to deal with a headache, come to Planet Comicon. It won't matter if you're dealing with the promotors or the crowds, you'll get a headache. First of all, I have never seen a promoter so disorganized that he doesn't get back to you UNTIL the week of. I have also never met someone who really only cared about the dollar signs, but this promoter fits the bill perfectly. Lets cram as many people into as small of a space as we can was the motto for the weekend. Nonetheless, it was still a good time and a large number of people got to see the droids. Here's a few snapshots from it. I did meet a new builder, so that was exciting!

New Parts!

Of course I have acquired some new parts as well! New to me include... -aluminum ankles -aluminum horseshoes and shims -aluminum ankle locks!

Wizard World - St. Louis.

Wizard World - St. Louis happened on the weekend of March 22-24. St. Louis is about a 4 hour drive from my house to there, so we said "LET'S BRING THE DROIDS!". Myself, and several members of the Kansas City R2 Builders (www.kcr2.com) make the trek to St. Louis to be in the con and it was well worth it. Not only did we have a great time, we also met many members of the St. Louis R2 builders group. Here are some photos from St. Louis.

So. It's been awhile.

Well, it has been quite a long time since I have updated anything here.....but that's not to say the building hasn't been continuing. A lot of times it's very time consuming to juggle building and updating a blog. So, I have a LOT of new photos to share with you all, and rather than create one big post, I am going to break it down into a bunch of smaller posts that describe each set of photos! First of all, let's start with my girlfriend, Kristen. After enduring my build for a long time, the fateful moment finally came.....she decided to build a droid herself. At the moment, her plan is an all black imperial droid with hot pink panels. She's getting started the right way though, she ordered a crash fiberglass dome and the NEW Com8 A-1 aluminum frame. She's extremely excited to get to build and is still waiting on her first few parts to arrive, even though she's already acquired a few aluminum parts thanks to Engima516 (George W.) and myself! So please, if you're subscribing to my blog, or just passing by, please check out her build as well at..... http://kristenstrand.blogspot.com/