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“R2-D2 is nearing completion. The parts you have received are used to support the motor that turns the dome, and transfer its drive smoothly via a shaft running in two ball bearings. You will receive the dome drive motor itself in [Issue] 96.“
Materials: Everything in this issue is metal, except for the Cable Retainer which is plastic.
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Assembling the Drive Shaft
Press the Small Bearing down into this recess of the Dome Drive Shaft until it is flush:
Fit the Bearing Retainer over the Small Bearing as shown, and secure it into place with two (2) 2×4 mm silver screws:
Fit the Large Bearing into one of the Bearing Housing Half parts, as shown:
Fit the other Bearing Housing Half over the Large Bearing, aligning both halves together so the bearing is enclosed inside:
While holding this assembly together, align the Cable Retainer over these two holes (NOT on the hexagonal recess side):
Fit a nut into each of the two hexagonal openings, as shown.
I am doing these next few steps out of order as it seemed easier this way:
Fit a small Spring Washer over the ends of two (2) 2.5×19 mm flanged silver screws, as shown:
The Spring Washer should be on the side with screw, not the nut:
While holding the nuts in place, drive these screws through the assembly from the other side and into the nuts, as shown.
Make sure the nuts remain flush in their hexagonal recesses after these screws are tightened:
These are some sturdy little parts, but they have to be to support the heavy rotating dome. Keep the Dome Spindle and Dome Motor Support Plate nearby – they will be installed in the upcoming issues.
Issue 96 – Dome Drive Motor/Cover, Motor Cable