ISSUE 24

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“R2-D2 travels around on two drive wheels that project below his left and right feet, and steers by powering the two wheels separately. This issue’s parts are used to assemble the first wheel, which will be installed in his right foot. You have also received a selection of screws for use in the next few stages.”

Contents


Parts

Hardware

TypeQuantitySizeColorHeadFor
Nut22x4 mmSilver
Screw42x4 mmBlackPanPlastic
Screw92x4 mmSilverPanMetal
Screw42.3x6 mmBlackPanPlastic
Screw22x6 mmSilverPanMetal

Magazine

  • Building The Galaxy – The Star Wars Stage
  • Droid Directory – C1-10P Astromech Droid
  • Understanding Robotics – The Invention of Punched Cards
  • Build R2-D2: Model Instructions

Build


Right Wheel Assembly

Steps 1-2

Align the four fixing lugs of the Wheel Cover LFR-06 with the holes of the Wheel.

Make sure you use the Wheel Cover with the raised posts here:

Step 3

Press the two parts firmly together.

I think my wheel was not perfectly round so this was tricky, but it eventually lined up correctly. The cover makes it round again:

Steps 4-5

Press the Wheel Cover LFR-08 onto the projecting lugs of the wheel assembly:

Step 6

Fasten the assembly together with four (4) 2.3×6 mm black screws:

Thoughts


I was hoping the wheels would have some kind of rubber tread for traction, but all of the parts in this issue are plastic. I hope the weight of the entire model will be enough to give it the ability to move OK on smooth, hard floors. We will install this wheel later so keep it safe for now.

Running Total of screws used so far: 127

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 Issue 25 – Dome Frame, Bottom Ring Frame

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