BUILD

The 1:2 scale Star Wars R2-D2 model by DeAgostini can be purchased in two ways: a monthly subscription service or as a full kit. Both can be found at www.model-space.com. This is my second DeAgostini build (to my X-Wing Build), so I opted to just get the full kit all at once. It is also quicker and cheaper than paying every month considering the associated shipping and handling costs.

Since I ordered the full kit, DeAgostini delivered 100 ‘issues’ that each contain a few parts of the model along with a magazine explaining the build instructions, images, and information about the Star Wars franchise. These arrived in 25 ‘Month Pack’ boxes of 4 issues each.

If you choose the subscription version, it is perpetual and automatically charges your credit card every month when the issues ship.  If necessary, however, the subscription can be suspended or cancelled at any time. In both versions, DeAgostini also includes some FREE gifts, which I will include below.

I created this site to share my own build progress and hopefully offer hints and tips I discovered along the way. It is not intended to be a step-by-step replacement for the instructions, so please read the magazines carefully! Lastly, I decided a while ago that I will be building this model to appear with only minimal weathering, so I may only be painting a few things to be more accurate.

Below are links to the articles for my build:


  • Issue 1 – Processor State Indicator, Right Shoulder Plate, Primary Photoreceptor Housing
  • Issue 2 – Right Leg Outer Plate/Details
  • Free Gift #1 – USB Memory Stick (on back order)
  • Issue 3 – Right Leg Outer Casing, Primary Photoreceptor Lens/Extension, Test Circuit
  • Issue 4 – Leg Pivot Cover, Right Ankle Plate, Battery Box
  • Issue 5 – Dome Top Plate/Bearing, Dome Frame
  • Issue 6 – LCD Screen/Housing/Frame/Bracket/Wires
  • Free Gift #2 – Collectors’s Binder
  • Issue 7 – Dome Frames, Right Ankle Details
  • Issue 8 – Dome Frames, Ring Frames, Right Ankle Fitting
  • Issue 9 – Dome Frame, Ring Frame, Projector Shell/Lens/Pivot/Mount
  • Issue 10 – Camera Lens Mount, Dome Frame, Front/Rear Right Leg Frames

  • Issue 11 – Dome Frame, Dome Support Rod
  • Issue 12 – Dome Frames, Front/Rear Right Leg Frames, Dome Support Base Centre
  • Issue 13 – Dome Frames, Ring Frames, Dome Support Legs
  • Issue 14 – Ring Frame, Right Lower Leg Details
  • Issue 15 – Ring Frames
  • Issue 16 – Dome Frame
  • Issue 17 – Dome Frame, Infrared/Motor Cables
  • Issue 18 – Dome Frames, Microphone and Mounting Plate, Projector Housing/Lens
  • Issue 19 – Right Leg Frame, Right Leg Details
  • Issue 20 – Dome Frame, Right Ankle Mounting Plate, Right Sensor

  • Issue 21 – Right Wheel Mounting Plate, Right Leg Bottom Rear Cover
  • Issue 22 – Logic Function Displays LCD/Outer Shell/Mounting Plate
  • Issue 23 – Dome Frame, Bottom Ring Frame
  • Issue 24 – Right Wheel
  • Issue 25 – Dome Frame, Bottom Ring Frame
  • Issue 26 – Inner Wheel Support Plate, Axle, Bearing
  • Issue 27 – Projector Display Screen/Circuit Board, Lens Holder
  • Issue 28 – Outer Wheel Mounting Plate, Bearing
  • Issue 29 – Projector LED, Lenses, Lens Tube, Lens Holder Cover
  • Issue 30 – Right Wheel Motor/Gearbox

  • Issue 31 – Outer/Inner Foot Casings
  • Issue 32 – Infrared Sensor
  • Issue 33 – Foot Base, Powerbus Cables, Bottom Ring Frame
  • Issue 34 – Fuel Cell Outer Covers, Quick-Release Fuel System Latches, Motor Test Cable, Plugs
  • Issue 35 – Lightsaber Tube/Catches/Springs/Cap
  • Issue 36 – Left Shoulder Plate, Stabiliser, Lubrication Fittings
  • Issue 37 – Lightsaber Motor Housing/Motor/Rack/Drive Gear/Limit Switches/Base Plate
  • Issue 38 – Left Leg Outer Plate, Right Leg Plugs
  • Issue 39 – Left Leg Details
  • Issue 40 – Left Leg Outer Casing, Lightsaber Hilt/Power Cell Housing

  • Issue 41 – Lightsaber Crystal Housing/Grip Ridges/Stabilising Ring/Blade Emitter/Activator
  • Issue 42 – Front/Rear Left Leg Frames, Left Ankle Plate
  • Issue 43 – Left Ankle/Leg Details
  • Issue 44 – Front/Rear Left Leg Lower Frames, Leg Frame Connector
  • Issue 45 – Processor State Indicator/Mounting Plate, Left Ankle Details, Cables
  • Issue 46 – Left Leg Frame, Left Details, Motor Cable, Plugs
  • Issue 47 – Left Ankle Mounting Plate, Left Leg Bottom Rear Cover, Left Wheel Mounting Plate, Plugs
  • Issue 48 – Left Leg Shoulder Sensor
  • Issue 49 – Left Leg Inner Wheel Support Plate, Axle, Bearing
  • Issue 50 – Left Wheel, Dome Panel

  • Issue 51 – Dome Casing
  • Issue 52 – Sensor Calibration Panel, Sensor Control Board
  • Issue 53 – Test Board/Cables
  • Issue 54 – Dome Panels, Outer Wheel Mounting Plate, Bearing
  • Issue 55 – Left Wheel Motor/Gearbox
  • Issue 56 – Dome Panels, Powerbus Cable Mounting Plate, Outer/Inner Foot Casings
  • Issue 57 – Dome Panel, Inner Foot Casing, Infrared Sensor
  • Issue 58 – Dome Panel, Powerbus Cables, Foot Base
  • Issue 59 – Dome Panel, Left Fuel Cell Inner/Outer Covers, Quick-Release Fuel System Latches, Plugs
  • Issue 60 – Dome Top Panel, Logic Function Display Cable, Shoulder Fitting, Plugs

  • Issue 61 – Dome Panels, Shoulder Fitting, Plugs
  • Issue 62 – Dome Panels, Projector Mount, Camera Mount
  • Issue 63 – Dome Panels, Dome Top Disc/Ring, Dome Spacers
  • Issue 64 – Hinged Dome Panel, Hinge, Allen Screws
  • Issue 65 – Projector Shell/Pivot/Mount, Lens, Dome Details, Cable Clips, Allen Screws
  • Issue 66 – Distribution Board, Mounting Plate, Allen Screws
  • Issue 67 – Bottom Supports, Bottom Plates
  • Issue 68 – Right Rear Body Panel, Shoulder Seal, Rear Internal Plate/Grille, Heat Exhaust Shell/Grille
  • Issue 69 – Bottom Ring Sections, Internal Support, Ring Connector
  • Issue 70 – Centre Rear Body Panel/Cover Plates, Panel Connectors

  • Issue 71 – Bottom Ring Sections, Internal Support, Ring Connectors
  • Issue 72 – External Vent, Speaker, Speaker Grille, Speaker Rear Cover
  • Issue 73 – Internal Supports, Spacer Rods
  • Issue 74 – Left Side Body Panel, Shoulder Seal, Side Plate/Grille, Rear Plate/Grille, Panel Connectors
  • Issue 75 – Middle Ring Sections, Ring Connectors
  • Issue 76 – Left Front Body Panel, Shoulder Seal, Heat Exhaust Shell/Grille, Front Plate/Grille, Allen Screws
  • Issue 77 – Left Leg Support, Leg Support Bracket, Cable Ties/Tube, Allen Screws
  • Issue 78 – Left Tool Compartment/Door, Gripper Components, Tool Arm Components, Cover Connectors, Hinges
  • Issue 79 – Right Leg Support, Leg Support Bracket, Spacer Rod
  • Issue 80 – Front Panel, Data Slot, Switch Board/Buttons/Cable/Back Plate/Support, Panel Detail, Recharge Coupling

  • Issue 81 – Top Ring Sections, Ring Connectors
  • Issue 82 – Right Tool Compartment/Door, Centre Tool Compartment/Door, Front Housing/Grilles, Ultrasonic Sensors/Housing, Hinges
  • Issue 83 – Top Ring Section, Ring Connectors, Centre Stop, Rotary Sensors/Mounts, Sensor Cables
  • Issue 84 – Upper/Lower Arms, Arm Motor/Cover/Cranks/Rods/Clutch/Pivot Mounts/Pivot Pins
  • Issue 85 – Right Front Body Panel, Shoulder Seal, Side Plate/Grille, Front Plate/Grille
  • Issue 86 – Right Tool Compartment/Door, Interface Tool Components, Cover Connectors
  • Issue 87 – Dome Support Arms, Dome Support Centre, Retaining Cap, Bearing
  • Issue 88 – Bottom Panel, Access Panel, Flexible Plate, Top Hat Washer, Charging Socket, Main Switch
  • Issue 89 – Centre Foot Left Side, Centre Foot Mounting Plate, Leg Details, Foot Details
  • Issue 90 – Centre Foot Right Side, Bumper Bar, Pivot Rod, Leg Details

  • Issue 91 – Centre Foot Base, Leg Key, Leg Pivot Cover, Infrared Sensor/Cable, Switches/Retainers, Castor Wheel, Plastic Plugs
  • Issue 92 – Battery Box/Cover, Battery Tester/Charger, USB Charging Lead
  • Issue 93 – Circuit Board Base/Cover/Bracket, Battery Box Bracket
  • Issue 94 – MCU (MicroController Unit), Cable Clips
  • Issue 95 – Dome Spindle, Dome Motor Support Plate, Bearing Housing Halves, Dome Drive Shaft, Cable Retainer, Bearings/Retainer
  • Issue 96 – Dome Drive Motor/Cover, Motor Cable
  • Issue 97 – Camera, Lens Cover, Cable Labels/Ties
  • Issue 98 – Head Sensor Housing, Ultrasound Sensor Cover, Circuit Board Supports, Lens Cover Seals, Mounting Washers
  • Issue 99 – Dome Circuit Board
  • Issue 100 – Mains Adaptor, Distribution Board Cable, PCB Cable, Extension Speaker Cable, Plastic Studs, Sticker, Cable Tidy

Building the 1:2 scale Star Wars R2-D2 from DeAgostini