DeAgostini supplies most everything needed to build the model (except super glue), but I have put together a list of additional items that I found improve the experience. These are just suggestions, there is no need to do it exactly this way.
This model is going to take a long time to build, so having a good work space to assemble it is important. I created a dedicated location with a small table and laid down a self-healing 24×36″ craft mat by Dahle:
This has a light blue blue background with a 1/2″ grid, imperial and metric rulers, and is big enough to cover my workspace.
DeAgostini provides a basic screwdriver along with the first issue. However, I found that these tools are not that great, so instead I used this precision screwdriver/tool set by ORIA:
This set has many other useful tools such as different sharp-point tweezers, razor knife, magnetizing block, pry tools, etc.
Another screwdriver set I recently picked up is fantastic, but it does not contain any of the other tools. This is the iFixIt Manta set:
This model is assembled using dozens of tiny screws. The screws bags are not marked by DeAgostini, but are referred to in the instructions by size. As there will be many different types of screws used keeping them organized is extremely helpful. And, since DeAgostini includes extra screws in every issue, you will need someplace to store them all.
NOTE: While I normally recommend pre-threading all metal holes with the correct screw before attaching things into place, DeAgostini did a wonderful job of selecting the right size and screw materials. All of the screws go in nicely on their own.
I bought a cheap 36-slot organizer from Amazon but any similar product would work fine. I added small designation labels to each compartment to keep everything tidy.
I have put together pages to help explain some of the build’s more complex pieces:
- The Hardware – Details on all of the screws and nuts
Custom Modifications (Mods)
If you plan on modifying your model, you may want to look into some of the many mods available to us before you start building.
See my MODS page for details.
Finally, there are a lot of other DeAgostini R2-D2 model builders online where you can learn more about the kit, build tips and tricks, videos, ask questions, and join discussions. Don’t be a stranger, we are friendly!
Official DeAgostini Forums
Before I bought my full kit, I found a few channels that are a great presentation of the build and may help provide insight into what it takes to build this model:
World of Wayne
This set of videos from Wayne documents his build of the DeAgostini R2-D2 in the UK. His videos are fantastic and provide a lot of detail and camera angles for each issue.
The life of Brien
This set of videos features follows Dave as he builds the DeAgostini R2-D2, also in the UK. This is a great series for the first-time builder.
There are also Facebook groups dedicated to the build. There is a ton of information and help to be found. The best one I have found is:
Issue 1 – Processor State Indicator, Right Shoulder Plate, Primary Photoreceptor Housing