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“The parts provided this time include three identical panels for R2-D2’s dome, which are stuck in place in the same way as before. You also have a metal mounting plate and bearing, which are fitted to his left foot to support the side of the drive wheel.”




Materials: Everything in this issue is metal.


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Fitting the Dome Panels

Steps 1-4

Peel the white backing from two of the Double-Sided Tape strips and apply them to the inside of the dome just above and below these three openings:

Steps 5-7

Remove the brown backing from both tape strips and carefully fit all three Dome Panels into these openings with the part numbers at the top, as shown:

Step 8

The panels should be straight and fit flush:

Fitting the Left Wheel

Step 1

We are going to need a lot of different parts here: the left leg assembly, Axle, and Bearing from Issue 49, the wheel assembly from Issue 50, and the Outer Wheel Mounting Plate and Bearing from this issue:

Step 2

Drop the smaller Bearing into the recess in the support plate:

Step 3

Fit the square part of the Axle through the wheel assembly from the side without screw holes:

Step 4

Fit the small-diameter pin on the Axle into the center of the Bearing we just installed:

Step 5

Fit the larger Bearing (from this issue) over the Axle:

Step 6

Align the Outer Wheel Support Plate (with the smooth side facing the wheel) over the Bearing while matching the two alignment pins into the matching holes of the mounting plate:

Step 7

Secure the plate into place with four (4) 2×4 mm silver screws:


These wheels really spin nice with the bearings installed!

Next Up

 Issue 55 – Left Wheel Motor/Gearbox

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