The R2D2 Build Cont'd.

     Assembly of this droid takes place over 18-24 months whereby the dome, legs and main body are always in various stages of completion.  This page will focus on the construction of R2's legs which consist of the white metal chassis, exterior details, the motors, sensors and wiring.  Assembly of the right leg is almost identical to the left so we did not duplicate each step for both legs on this page.  Here goes...

  Assembly of R2 ​'s Legs
        We begin with the assembly of the right shoulder as well as the white metal fittings that are snapped/glued into place.  The exterior shell for the leg consists of several plastic pieces that are eventually bolted to a three piece white metal frame (see below right).  The foot, drive wheel and motor are secured to this framework in upcoming issues.  Pretty straightforward.


  Assembly of R2 ​'s Motors
        Securing the motor for the right leg to the white metal frame is relatively easy although you must measure carefully the wire loom prior to installation.  Failure to do so can cause a real headache when the exterior cover is bolted over the wiring loom making any adjustments to the wiring almost impossible.  Next we added R2's "foot" and then the power cables.


  The Left Leg...
        We basically continued this process for the assembly of the left leg.  There are several proximity sensors that are pressed into place on the leg which will be wired to R's control board later on in the build.  
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