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Re: R2D2

Alun » Nov 2 '15
Onto the companion to C3P0 and the R2D2 kit.  You get 2 droids in the box for this one, R2 himself and an R5 droid as well.  Started on R2 and must say I`m not as impressed with this one as the others so far.  


Began with the dome as I wanted to see how the lighting is going to fit in.  The dome is in 2 parts and there is seam line clearly visible between the two.  No matter how much I tweaked it I couldn`t get it close up entirely.  So this may require filling and that would mean a repaint which would be royal PITA with all the blue inserts.  And unfortunately that isn`t feasible as it`s not possible to insert or remove the inserts once the two halves of the dome are glued up.  So looks like a lot of masking!!!


Second thing is that the light on the dome hasn`t been proved as a clear piece, but is solid with a sticker or transfer.  So that will need drilling out and a clear piece sourcing to go on the front.






One of the small pieces at the back (same as the tube piece on top) was missing from the sprue.  So going to have to try and make a new one of these. Also (unless I missed it) there doesn`t seem to be an option for a restraining bolt.  As I`m going for C3P0 with one then I need one for R2D2 as well.  So another piece that might need to clone.


So slightly vexed by it and not quite as happy as have been with the other Bandai kits so far.

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Re: R2D2

Alun » Dec 7 '15

Little update on this build.  Still not 100% happy with the fit on this compared to the other Bandai kits, which have been much better.

 

Anyway, drill out the sensor to be lit and the two little rectangular holes which are also going to be lit.  I got a colour changing LED to go in the main sensor but it's currently too big to fit and needs reducing in size a bit, so hoping I can grind it down a little at the end to tuck it in.  Have some Wave lens which I hope will fit into the space that's been left.  The rectangular ones should be possible to fill with PVA.

 

 

 

I've ended up with some glue marks which I hope I can polish out.


Alun

 

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Re: R2D2

Gareth James » Dec 7 '15

Looking good Alun- looks like that Groot is photo bombing again!!!

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