Hans Dendauw

Hans Dendauw

Posted on 06/11/2013

Photo taken on June 10, 2013

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2 R2-A3 front

2 R2-A3 front
After building R2-D5, I wanted to embark on a second astromech, this time with more modifications. When I attended BBTB 2012, they had an unveiling of the UCS R2-D2 and I had a chance to chat with Kevin Hinkle, the LEGO Community Relations representative, and we talked about adding Power Functions to one and making it radio controlled. Fast forward a little over a year and here it is.
I really wanted to accomplish it without sacrificing any of the original design's playability or overall look. This required hours of trial and error, but the end result is something I'm quite proud of (not to pat myself on the back...). Eventually I would like to get a second sensor so as to operate the head and possibly the tools.
In all, it is a full brick taller (plus a couple mm of wheel) than the original and probably twice as heavy!
If you haven't seen them yet, check out Matt Armstrong's Pi series, 7 different astromechs he built for Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND, CA.~H