Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Leg and Ankle update

This month marks my second year as a member of the R2 Builders Club. Two years into this project and I've come this far. Can't wait to see what next year brings!!

Not too much of an update as I have been busy with family and work, but a little work here and there over the last few weeks gave me enough to add to the blog.

I finally got around to finishing off the construction of the first of two outer ankles. I've had this part sitting about 2/3's complete since August. This like the legs are based on Dave's styrene plans, with a very slight modification to add more bracing.

I ran into a small issue with the booster and ankles. I created the curved section for the ankle and didn't take into consideration that I needed to recess the booster into this part, as I had cut the ankle to allow for the booster to fit properly. You can see that the cut notch on the legs and the booster did not match up in the first two pictures unless the curved part was slid down the ankle by 1/4". After a little thinking, I recreated that curved section and pre-cut an access into the top face and the center brace (not shown). After letting it sit and dry, the booster fits perfectly, and the notches line up on the leg and booster parts. I'm still cutting the ankle bracelet piece and will pre-paint that part aluminum. I will have to smooth out the edges of the ankle and then skin them with a layer of .040 styrene to give them the same finished appearance as the legs.


Calvin Thomas said...

It really looks GREAT!!!!!
It has the ANH legs now and they are very popular.
There was a part run at one time and the boosters where being extended just to get that look.

jduffphoto said...

Hey thanks Calvin!! I'm pretty happy with the first ankle. I just passed a certification for work that I've been preparing for it since June. I have been putting alot of time towards it, which has postponed my build. With that out of the way, I hope to finish off skinning this ankle, as well as the other outer leg. Might even get a start on the second ankle in the next week or two.

I'm watching your R5 blog and I'm already getting the bug to scratch build a second droid, but my wife won't have it. Are you trying for a 2-3-2 on that build??? Can't wait to see that!!!

Thanks again for the comment. I'm sending you an email with questions on power distribution.