Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Center Leg Update/Coin slot repaint

I noticed a while back that my coin slot piece was colored wrong.  I had painted it aluminum and painted the front face of the slots blue.  So, this past weekend while the weather was unusually nice (85 degrees in April.  usually it's 50's...), I decided to repaint the piece blue and paint the front face of the slots aluminum.  The piece is now done and is the correct coloring.

I also finished the construction on the center leg.  I laminated the parts together with glue and then drilled 8 screws into it to hold it tighter.  I skinned it using styrene to keep the feel consistant with the rest of the droid.  I have to sand the glazing putty to smooth out the edges and then on to some detail pieces to complete it.  Before I get to the details though, I'll need to drill the bolt hole and test fit the leg to the foot bracket.

Just one step closer to getting the droid on his feet!!


BASSplayerACE said...

oh, i didn't realize that the center leg was wood! (it is wood right?) How come it isn't made out of the same material as everything else? Is it because of the shape?
in any case, it's looking good!

jduffphoto said...

Hi Ace!!

I debated for a while over what materials to use for the center leg. I didn't think the plans that I had for the leg were strong enough, considering the amount of stress that will be put on this part. I also had the wood on hand, but not enough styrene to make the leg as solid as I had wanted. I did use both wood and styrene in the structure of the leg and then skinned in styrene for aesthetics.

On a side note, I'm toying with the idea of starting droid number two. I've been looking at materials and as much as I would love an aluminum droid, budget is again the key word here. I have seen some really cool looking styrene builds and since I've gotten used to the material, number two may be a complete scratch built styrene droid. I'm having way too much fun with this project to leave it with just one droid.

Just don't tell my wife. (he he...)


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