Artoo-Deetoo: R2-series astromech droid

A Droid Assembled

I first roughed out the legs of the R2 unit out of two by fours; they stand about 2.5 feet tall.

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Resourceful and spunky, the droid developed an adventurous personality during his over a century of operation. Inside of his cylindrical frame were many arms, sensors, and other tools that could be extended to fulfill various needs, such as slicing computers, extinguishing fires, projecting holograms, and repairing starships. 

I have always wanted to build an R2 unit. As a builder, I took the challenge to create my own droid. This droid will be made out of wood and fiberglass, just like the original. With added electronics, it will be "show" ready. It won't be mobile, but that will be in the next version. I learned alot about the design and detail of the unit, including the functions of the different doors, panels and vents that decorate the droid. The details are not just functional, the designer's has a story behind every section.