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pwhitrow
#1 Posted : 19 March 2019 11:25:19

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Having seen so many builders go through so many issues with this build, and experiencing several myself, I decided to literally gut my R2 and build a whole new internal system to make him work the way he should have from the start. The only original components are the dome lights (although now custom driven), the motors (again custom driven) and the battery box/charger.

So here's my fully working radio control version, with working tools.

There were a few challenges along the way but I'm happy with the result.


Features:
1. Full range of movement (F/B/L/R) with fine control
2. Working front tools (arms / extinguisher (smoke) / taser / saw) with servo operated doors
3. Sound with mute and volume control
4. Working head torch
5. Working hologram (Leia / 10 second warm up)
6. Proximity sensor with alarm warning
7. Full radio control (multi channels) including isolation of motors
8. Sentry mode (whan idle for 1 minute) head movement
9. Motor shut down if remote off or out of range

Body Buttons:
1. Single Click : Arms in/out, Long Press : Sentry Mode enable / disable
2. Single Click : Smoke open / close
3. Single Click : Taser open / close
4. Single Click : Saw open / close
5. Single Click : Sounds on/off, Long Press : Adjust Volume up / down
6. Single Click : Proximity on / off

Remote Functions:
1. Driving (F/B/L/R) on left stick
2. Head (L/R) on right stick
4. Activate Hologram / Torch
3. Disable Hologram / Torch
5. Disable Motors
6. Disable Sounds
7. Open / Close Arms
8. Open / Close Extinguisher / Activate Smoke
9. Open / Close Taser / Activate Spark
10. Open / Close Saw

I plan to do more with him, specifically in the dome with working sections, and I may hook him up to be controlled via my Alexa devices.

R2 Working demo

I couldn't make R2 without doing his other half of course, so here he is with a large scale modified C3PO (from Amazon).

R2 / C3PO demo

It's such a shame that DeAgostini couldn't make a better product given the possibilities in a model of this size, and especially for the money that it cost. So if you're fed up with your £900 paperweight, why not do the same?

Some further info on him is available from my page facebook.com/trooperamp



























Sean7r
#2 Posted : 19 March 2019 19:08:49

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Well done, what control system did you use? I could be interested in this conversion.
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roymattblack
#3 Posted : 19 March 2019 19:23:04

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An amazing piece of work, by any standards.
Very well done.
Love C3P0 although in the vid, he sounds 'tinny'.

I appreciate you used a recording of his voice, but there's a freebie program called Audacity that would give his voice bass and middle and more 'realism'.

Only a suggestion - NOT a criticism.

Roy.
pwhitrow
#4 Posted : 20 March 2019 11:58:03

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Sean7r wrote:
Well done, what control system did you use? I could be interested in this conversion.
Sean7r


Hi, this is the control system that I used:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/i...ucks-Tanks/182156634284

and then mapped everything I needed through a Teensy 3.5
pwhitrow
#5 Posted : 20 March 2019 11:59:51

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roymattblack wrote:
An amazing piece of work, by any standards.
Very well done.
Love C3P0 although in the vid, he sounds 'tinny'.

I appreciate you used a recording of his voice, but there's a freebie program called Audacity that would give his voice bass and middle and more 'realism'.

Only a suggestion - NOT a criticism.

Roy.


HI Roy, it actually sounds a lot better in "real life" so most of the tinny issues is down to the phone mic picking up the acoustic echo of the room.
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#6 Posted : 20 March 2019 12:43:07

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Drool Impressive! Some hard work and thought has gone into that but great end result
pwhitrow
#7 Posted : 20 March 2019 16:32:03

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CaptnBirdseye wrote:
Drool Impressive! Some hard wort and thought has gone into that but great end result


Oh yes, and thanks :)
Markwarren
#8 Posted : 20 March 2019 20:00:02

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Very impressive work you’ve done there, credit to you.

Mark
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#9 Posted : 21 March 2019 09:40:23

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Markwarren wrote:
Very impressive work you’ve done there, credit to you.

Mark



Thank you
taitoo
#10 Posted : 19 July 2019 23:35:21

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So perfect! :)

I bought my r2 unit with the intention of replacing the brains and fiddling around with some stuff, glad to see someone else had similar thoughts.

Really cool work, thanks for showing it. Love
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#11 Posted : 20 July 2019 03:07:39
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I’ve been following your build on FB. It’s amazing! I wish I had the electronics knowledge to pull it off. Good job!!!
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