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    Default Building an R2

    Our almost 17 year old son came in last night and said he wants parts and supplies to build a custom, full-sized, astromech for his birthday. Based on this Makezine article.

    Looks like we're picking up a new hobby.

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    I wish your pocketbook the best of luck. I hear they're WAY more expensive than lightsabers.
    We all have to start somewhere. The journey is all the more impressive by our humble beginnings. for the lazy man's resistor calculator! for getting resistor values the right way!

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    Good luck

    You should check out the R2 Builder's Club.

    You can download plans, talk to other builders etc. A lot like this site except all about R2 units

    It's a fun but VERY expensive hobby

    Also check out the BB-8 Builder's group.
    Last edited by Zzan; 02-16-2017 at 08:12 AM.

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    My wallet has never been so glad that I live in a small Manhattan apartment.

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    Thanks guys. I created an account on the R2 Builders site. I'm starting to do my homework on the costs, and it looks like I can buy a nice Genesis saber for what a static astromech body.

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    Ahhh yeah...figure on spending around $2000 to $3000 on building a R2 unit that complex an detailed. ....good luck tho

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    Plan on spending at least three grand for a basic styrene R2 with sound and radio control. Some of the more elaborate all aluminum builds cost over $15k and a few over $20k! Way more expensive than saber building. I'm doing my research to build a styrene R2 in the coming year, good luck with yours.

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    I've started adding up the costs. $1200 or so for a styrene body, no electronics, no paint, no frills. Definitely an expensive hobby. Not sure where we will go with this.

    Still cheaper than a Sideshow collectibles life sized figure.

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    $7,500 for something that doesn't even move under its own power, and runs on AA batteries? That's insane.
    Last edited by Quixotic Jedi; 03-02-2017 at 12:29 PM.

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    I just checked it out online. They offer a coupon for$15. Good grief.


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