R2UK 2019

Back home now after R2UK 2019, and it was such an amazing weekend.

Three days of astromech fun, from talks about their use in the films, to weathering techniques. Driving accuracy course, to mini egg droid wacky races.

Was a bit anxious on the build up to the event, as I’d taken on the task of upgrading all the electronics in the driving course to make scoring automatic, along with registration via RFID. Thankfully however, once I’d done a little tweaking it all seemed to work fairly smoothly.

R2 not to scale! 😉 This is the DeAgostini scale model, done out in R2-KT colours by Paul Whitrow of TRamp

Lots of improvements to be made to it, and repairs after some droids didn’t seem to be avoiding the sensors that they *shouldn’t* be hitting! The actual metalwork took quite a bashing too as some droids thought it was more like a pinball machine.

This weekend is the must do event of the year for me. Its such great fun to hang around with a fantastic group of people. Everyone has something to contribute, and everyone will listen. Lots of advice was both given and received over the weekend, and I dare say motivation for building droids is at an all time high in the UK.

If you want to learn more about the driving course and the automated system I’ve done for it, its all in the git hub repository.

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