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“The part provided this time are engineered from metal, and are designed to carry R2-D2’s right wheel and support a considerable weight. You can test-fit the wheel now, and will attach it permanently in [Issue] 28, when you receive the outer support plate and another bearing.”
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- Build R2-D2: Model Instructions
Right Wheel Assembly
Retrieve the leg assembly from Issue 21. The smooth side of the Inner Wheel Support Plate has two pins that will align with these matching holes in the Right Wheel Mounting Plate (circled below):
Fit the pins into the holes of the Right Wheel Mounting Plate and secure with four (4) 2×6 silver screws:
Turn the entire assembly over and fit the Bearing into the circular recess of the Inner Wheel Support Plate:
Fit the square end of the Axle through the Wheel we built back in Issue 24 (from the side with the square recess around the hole).
This takes some effort to push all the way in, but make sure it is sitting flush:
Fit the smaller round end of the Axle into the Bearing we installed in the earlier steps.
This is a temporary fit to see how the wheel fits into the leg and how it spins. It will be loose until secured in place with Issue 28:
We are another step closer to completing the right leg. This was a fun issue as I like when random components start coming together. And, everything in this issue is metal, which is adding weight and strength to the build.
Running Total of screws used so far: 133
Issue 27 – Projector Display Screen/Circuit Board, Lens Holder