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“This [issue’s] parts are used to extend the framework around the top of R2-D2’s dome and add details to his right ankle joint. You have also received the hinge for the top flap that conceals the lightsaber compartment, plus extra fixing screws and nuts to join the parts you are putting together throughout the next few [issues]. Keep these until they are needed.”
I think we are starting to build quite the stockpile of screws as there are 10 more in this issue. We will use left over screws from previous issues here, so no need to open the screws in this issue yet. Also, the two metal Hinge parts are not needed. A replacement Hinge is supplied with Issue 64 when it is actually installed.
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Extending the Head Chassis
We need the dome assembly from the last issue, the two new Dome Frames, and four (4) 2×6 mm silver screws and nuts.
These are the positions where we will be adding the new Dome Frame parts:
Refer to Issue 5 on how to attach these Dome Frames as the process is exactly the same as before:
R2-D2’s Right Ankle Fitting
The ankle fittings consist of two identical sets of three different Leg Detail parts and require one (1) 2×6 mm silver screw each:
For clarity, this is just one of the two sets of parts. The instructions refer to all of these parts as just ‘Leg Details’ so I will use the part numbers:
Fit one of the plain rings (LPR-13) over the stepped end of LPR-14:
Press one of the LPR-12 parts into the end of the assembly, making sure the lugs (circled in red) fit into the notches (circled in blue):
While holding the parts together, drive one (1) 2×6 mm silver screw into the hole in the base of LPR-14 to connect the parts:
Repeat all of these steps to build the other Leg Detail assembly:
I am pretty happy that there is a good amount of metal in the build so far. The Dome Frames are the only plastic in this issue. While metal adds weight for a moving robot, it is also a lot stronger, durable, and looks better. We will be attaching most of these parts in the next issue.
Issue 8 – Dome Frames, Dome Ring Frames, Right Ankle Fitting