Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wife's Front Logics

I wanted to post this here, Because it's so cheap to build and I really like it.
The lights are battery operated and it will take 3 strands per logic.
For $15.00 per logic it sure beat the price I paid for mine.
The Vid is short and not that great, But you'll get the idea.
Once I get the Logics finished, I'll post another video.

video

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Booster Painting



I painted 1 Booster today, Yeah BIG PROGRESS!!!

Anyway, It's showing some orange peel but I think when it dries it will be better.

I tried to leave the Aluminum showing where it's suppose to show the 1st time,

But it looked terrible, So I clean the booster and painted again. I'll have to hand paint the areas that need to be silver. :(

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Remounting the Legs Update






















These pics show the steps I went through to bolt on my wood legs.
I also changed the A&A leg mounts, You can see the different arrangement in the pics. I did this because, I was getting some slack in the legs and that's a No No.
The A&A leg circles mount inside the large aluminum ring and I also shimmed the circles with some nylon shims.
They're the white parts.
Next I bolted this area down tight, So there would be no slack.
Next I used a large washer between the frame mounts and the legs. This will provide a solid surface for the legs to mount.
Again I added more nylon shims to the leg. This goes through the frame to the inside. This also takes up any slack and allows the legs to position into the right spot.
The last 2 pics show the nylon spacer coming through the frame and again I bolted this with a large washer then a small washer and a lock nut.
I will get the legs into the right position and then I will put 2 screws into each of the large washer on the inside. This will keep the legs from moving, Since I'm not doing the 2-3-2.
P.S.
I did'nt show a pic of the outter A&A frame mount that bolts on top of the A&A circles.
But it must go on or you will have allot of slack in the legs.







Sunday, November 18, 2007

Remounting the Legs





Here's the A&A mount assy.

Now I'm not sure if this is the way Andy has designed the mount to fit, But this is how it works best for me. After you bolt the ring and circle to the frame , You mount the outer blocking to the frame.

I guess you noticed I got the inner circle mounted wrong, So I'll have to pull it apart and turn the inner circle so the slots Aline correctly. This is a must, But I'm not feeling my best today and wanted to show the mount process.

I'll post more pics about this soon.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Allmost a Disaster

Ok, I've posted this before on my blog for people to always check back for changes I've made building R2. And luckily Brian questioned how I was attaching my wood legs to the A&A frame.
(Thanks Brian)
I found a flaw and have corrected it and R2 probably weighs about 20lbs. lighter and much stronger at the shoulders.
The satellite motors I was using in the frame only allows for shallow bolts, Even though I tapped them for larger bolts.
So, I removed the Sats. out of my frame and used the A&A shoulder mounts.
There was still allot of shimming inside this area, But I am confident this will hold.
If R2's shoulder bolts would have backed out, I would be back to square one and a damaged R2.
I'll post pics of the change this Sunday and I recommend everyone to stay away from the Sats.
Not only have they failed doing the 2-3-2, They are just not a strong way to mount the legs.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

OMG!!! He's Standing

















It's been a long 2 years to get to this point and I have allot to do, But he's standing for the


1st time and I'm so HAPPY!!!



Center Ankle Mounts











Here's how I mounted my Center Ankle.
I built it pretty strong for 2 reasons.
I wanted it to handle more than enough weight and It also adds strength to the A&A frame.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Leg Process











I just wanted to show the way I applied the Styrene to the wood legs.
I used Contact Cement and you wipe down both parts and wait 5 minutes then bond the 2 together. I left quite a bit of overlay, But all you have to do is use a Dremel to cut it down to size.
Once you have it cut closer to the leg, I used my sander to get it to the correct size.
The process is very easy and it leaves a nice finished edge around the wood leg.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

A little more info on the Speeder

One more (off topic) thing, about the COKE ONE Landspeeder that has been listed for sale. It was built in Atlanta in about 1982, I was the person who was responsible for driving it for the Coca-Cola Company there, as well as the Cobot Coke Robot.Typically, I trailered it wherever it would go, for parades, store openings, etc. However, it WAS street legal, and had a GA license plate on it, and I personally drove it on a regular basis over a three year period. It was built by Bill Tolar, on a Volkswagon Beetle chassis, and was the scariest F'ing thing I've ever driven on the freeway.....bugs in teeth and all.Bill and his crew also built a second one from the same molds that became a river raft, and it did finish the now defunct "Great Chattahoochie Raft Race". The last time that I spoke to Bill, he still had the raft in storage in his warehouse. The speeder is MUCH larger than the original, and is way out of scale, but was still a real eye catcher in it's day.

Now I can't reveal who this info came from, But it is a member of the R2 Builders Group.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Local Find







Here's something you don't see everyday, It's the old Coke-Cola Land speeder.
I read an article about 1 month ago and it was somewhere down south in Florida.
The article read, The Land speeder was impounded and 1 of the officers decided to auction it off for charity. So I guess it made it here.
Looks to me it was built on top of a VW frame and it was street legal.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Trial Fitting Legs


We Trial fitted the legs today and it's not going bad.
Still got allot of work to do and allot of painting, But it
was nice to see him with legs.
You can see the 1 leg still needs the Styrene and we had a couple of problems with the A&A inner circles that are inside the large spacer that is in between the body and the leg.
But all I need to do is sand it A&A circles for a better fit.