|Star Wars R2-D2 droid
For Christmas 2015, my eldest son wanted to do a joint Star Wars build. He took the BB-8 and I took the R2-D2 that came in the
double kit from Bandai.
This is and extremely well-engineered and molded little kit and a quick build. The only design drawback in the kit is that you are
supposed to push through the various blue panels in the upper dome pieces and then glue the halves together. This would leave
an unsightly seam and the dome really needs painting to get rid of the swirls that always occur with silver gray injection molding.
To fix this, you need to assemble the halves first, fill the seam, paint and then assemble the panels from the backside. It means
that the dome areas and panels will needs to be cut down and cut away so they can be pushed through the openings afterwards.
Provided a lot of test fitting is done, it can be managed. The model comes with all the accessories and they can be easily removed
after the model is finished. The dome rotates and the model can be posed with the third 'leg' down or retracted.
Some builders have painted all the parts, added washes and weathering. The moldings are so crisp and smooth that it makes a
very good model without applying any paint.
Base Kit(s): 1/12 scale Bandai BB-8 and R2-D3(kit number 203220)
Finished: September 2016
- Alclad aluminum, steel and gold titanium on silver molded partsf light blue decal paper
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