Sunday, May 5, 2013

Rolling! Rolling, rolling, rolling!

Yesterday, on May the Fourth 2013, my droid rolled under its own power for the first time without coming apart. It's been a comical number of years in the making: I'm on my second frame and second wiring scheme, and I've put in plenty of weekends in my dad's workshop an hour away in Cross Plains. But it rolls!

And it happened on May the Fourth!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

CVI photos

Me with my droid during Wednesday setup

More droids

Packed Sunday evening, Aug. 19, 2012

View of loading docks on setup day after unloading my own car, parking it and walking back into the convention center. Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Clay Cardwell's set piece of Jabba's Palace Door, made of blue industrial insulation styrofoam. Midwest Robots. I'm a member of the group but couldn't help with the build many hours away in Omaha. I helped during setup by checking for areas that needed touchup and by placing sand on and around the door.

Clay touching up the door:

R5 head

Vader's droid

The stand is an original floor grate from the Millennium Falcon, purchased by a collector:

Wednesday setup:

Todd Bixby's DVD case:

Blake Mann sits and talks about his droid:

501st's room:

R2 Express on main exhibit floor:

Bob Ross conducts a session about one of his droids:

Yearbook signed for Kenny Baker's birthday on Friday:

Muppet Troopers

In the convention hall:

Millennium Falcon set piece by Belgian prop making group:

Exhibit hall:

Ewok-on-a-stick. From the Wisconsin State Fair?

Droid race setup:

Michael Erwin prepares to race:

Surprise for Kenny Baker's birthday:

R2 Builders room:

Wolfpack, R2 and my R2

Standing behind George Lucas for group photo in R2 Builders room

I spent most of my volunteer hours helping visitors take photos in our photo opp areas or talking droids with them. During a lull, I step into a photo area:

Chris Reiff and a Jawa from Mexico.

Alec, a visitor to the room, demonstrates his work on a scratch-built lightsaber that uses an original Graflex 3-flash as a base. He told me he plans to move from lightsaber prop-making to droid building. He's going to college soon and will major in mechanical engineering.

John Flack, left, looks over the bucket of resin parts he won in the group raffle after tear-down Sunday, Aug. 26

Max Cervantes' droid for the Jabba's Palace Door set, taken Sunday after tear-down. Max is a professional prop builder and a member of the R2 group: