My First R2
|My first Red R2 Droid|
The first droid turned out quite well - standing up to more abuses and operating more reliably than most others I encountered. Some elements, such as the full-sized Optima Battery and the 80/20 aluminum internal frame that made the droid very rigid. These additions really helped with the reliability, but did cause some issues with my frame (which wasn't really up to the challenge I gave it) or the skins (which never had a back door cut in them). Over time, the rest of the parts were starting to show the abuse I had put them through.
R2.0 - An All New Generation of Builds
|R2.0 Design Rendering|
Chris and Daren got to work redesigning all the parts and we spent the next nine months creating our new droids. Coined R2.0, the project was a complete rebuild for me; only my feet, a few electronics, and battery boxes were reused. The rest of the parts were either be sourced from R2 Builders Club members or custom machined in aluminum by us. Many of our changes meant that we had to create our own parts. For a complete log of the R2.0 builds, visit our progress page on Astromech.net (login required).
In late July 2012, the three R2.0 builds were completed:
I officially renamed my droid to reflect the latest naming used in licensed products, R2-M5. Here is a comparison of my build and the actual prop used in 1999's, Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace.