ISSUE 18

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“This stage includes the microphone that R2-D2 uses to pick up voice commands. It is concealed inside the secondary holographic projector, which is mounted on top of his dome. In addition to assembling these parts, you have also received two more sections to extend the bottom row of dome frames.”

OK, now we have an issue with more than one part and a few steps!

Contents


Parts

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Build


Extending the Head Frame

Steps 1-2

Fit the Dome Frame DF-24 in this issue with the dome chassis assembly from the previous issue aligning the mounting bracket holes:

Steps 3-5

While holding the Dome Frame in place, fit a nut into each hexagonal recess and secure with two (2) 2×6 mm silver screws:

This is what it should look like installed:

Steps 6-8

Fit the Dome Frame DF-23 in this issue and attach into place by repeating steps 3-5:

This is how these newly added Dome Panels should look at this point:

Mounting the Microphone

Steps 1-3

Untwist the Microphone wire and insert the plug through the tube extending from the Microphone Mounting Plate:

Steps 4-5

Feed the wire all the way through the plate until the body of the Microphone is flush with the mounting tube.

I chose to use a little super glue here to hold this in place. I don’t want loose parts rattling around when R2-D2 is on the move:

Step 6

Fit the Projector Lens over the Microphone and push it all the way down onto the Microphone Mounting Plate:

Step 7

Fit the Projector Housing over the Projector Lens:

Step 8

Align the two screw holes in the housing and plate, then secure the assembly together with two (2) 2.3×3 mm black countersunk screws that were supplied with the previous issue:

Thoughts


For a change, we had much more to assemble in this issue. We will not work on the dome chassis again until Issue 20, and the Microphone not until Issue 64, so put them safely aside for now. Everything in this issue is plastic except for the actual Microphone components.

Running Total of screws used so far: 105

Next Up


 Issue 19 – Right Leg Frame, Right Leg Details

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