Hi everyone! I have spent a lot of time researching building my own R2-D2 and have finally decided to take the plunge. I have decided to start with building the dome since during my research that seemed like the easiest part to get started with. I ordered my dome from a member of the R2 builders club and received it a couple of days later.
It is a styrene laser cut dome that came with an inner dome, outer dome and a ring. I first numbered all of the panels and separated them from the outer dome.
I sanded all the edges and put the outer dome onto the floor inner dome and traced out the panel areas so that I can align the domes later.
I then began to cut the holes in the inner dome for the holoprojectors and matrix displays.
I still need to cutout one more hole for a matrix display. I then will need to paint the domes and the panels. Before I paint however, I want to fit in the matrix displays, holoprojectors and and the radar eye. I am thinking about 3D printing these parts, but I haven't decided yet. Check out my quick vlog on my R2-D2 dome build below.