Since then, the R2 Builders have been busy adding more scene-accurate details to our droids. Among the many things has been the panel on the front of R2, where in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, Luke plugged him in to a power charger.
|From ESB, not long after Luke's X-WING fighter crash lands on Dagobah.|
The builders came up with a way to replicate not only the look and pattern of the blinking lights, but to a degree, function!
The problem I ran into was the LEDs were a tad too big to fit into the plastic template cover made for it. Plus, being made of plastic, I had some concerns over how strong it would be to handle the plugging/unplugging functions.
Thankfully I had purchased extra PCBs and it takes about 30 minutes to piece these together. I had a 1/8th inch thick aluminum version of the template made up and painted it flat black earlier in the day.
|Not very visible but I have a clear piece of acrylic under the charging plate so the LEDs will be flush when I solder them in place.|
Now the existing ON OF ON switches are pretty big. I told think they can fit on this charging template.
The PCB stays in place quite well but to be sure, I'm added some double-sided Servo Tape...
|Another challenge, finding a safe spot to mount the Arduino Pro Micro!|
I need to make a new structure for the switches to mount to, then securely attach to the frame.