Monthly Archives: December 2013


IMG_2987Are they really ever done?  My R2 is officially complete and ready for action.  I finished painting the rocket booster covers this past weekend thanks to unseasonably warm weather (70 degrees in late December!).  I purchased a set of resin booster covers as the styrene ones were a lot of pieces/parts and I just wanted to get him done.

Of course I already have a list of upgrades that I want to do, some were planned from the beginning others have come out through the build process.

Future Upgrades:

  1. Lightsaber popup – this includes the dome panel retracting (I’m a Luke Jedi collector so this is a necessity of course!)
  2. Charging port – I’m tired of having to pull out the battery to charge R2.  I’ve installed a dpdt switch that allows me to both turn him on, but also connect a charger.  Just need to work on the parts of the charging port.
  3. Weathering – as a good friend says, he’s showroom new, but eventually all R2s will become weathered.  I have a few dings on my otherwise perfectly clean R2
  4. R5 or R6 dome – want to be able to quickly switch between astromechs.  I’ve seen a few events were there are plenty of R2s and not many of the others.


I can’t hear you

Decided to upgrade the sound system in R2.  Instead of using the Bluetooth speaker I originally purchased when I was just using an iPod for the sounds, I went with regular speakers and an amp.  Definitely a lot louder than the other speaker.  Since the Padawan system has volume control, might as well have some range on the volume!

My plan is to mount the speakers directly behind each of the center vents.  I glued two vertical pieces of styrene on either side of the uprights for the center vents.  Tapped two screw holes on either side of the top and bottom vents to mount the speakers.  I bought 3-1/2″ 100W Pyramid 312SX speakers for $15 on eBay.

Speaker SupportSpeakrs mounted inside viewSpeakers mounted outside viewIMG_0141IMG_0142

To power the speakers I bought a Lepai 12V 2-chanel amp and a 3.5mm ground loop isolator noise filter on eBay for $22.  I glued in two horizontal support pieces to hold the amp as shown in the picture.

IMG_0149Amp mounted

Speakers: $15
Amp/Isolator: $22