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.  This whole process is repeated for R2's left leg whereby the assembly is pretty much identical to the right leg.  Next, we focus on the main body...

  The Frame
        The base and mid section of the frame consists of a number of stamped metal pieces that are screwed together using 6mm machine screws.  Spacers are add in the Issue 73 followed by the mid section of the frame in Issue 75.  R2's torso or main body is really starting to come together.

  The Main Body
        Once we have finished with the left leg and the R2's dome, the next four installments begin with the assembly of the main body and  installation of some of the electrical components.  The first side panel and mounting brackets are highlighted below.  The rear panel is finished in Issue 74.  Assembly of R2's tool compartment is completed during Issue 79
and features two tool arms that swing out from the tool compartment.
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