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BillyBob

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Re: R2 Server
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2005, 11:29:45 AM »

I got cracking Sunday on Drilling all 340 holes out of the PCB...Wasn't to bad just turned on the drill press and got in the "ZONE". an Hour or so later it was done.



I also finished the Utility Arm Carrier (the utility arms are the 2 Blue arms on the Front of R2 just below the dome). This carrier is important because it gives me somewhere to mount the Util. Arms that I'm making (really thinking about making them servo controlled so they can move in and out), and It pushes the front skin out in the correct shape. Right now with out the carrier the front of R2 has a big dent (flat spot) in it when I pull the front skins tight.




I draw out the shapes that I need on a large sheet of 1/4 PVC plastic.



Next I cut out each shape with a band saw.


Then we move over to the Vise for some clean up with the dremal, a File and the power sander.



I'm gluing the pieces together with Gorilla Glue and some small metal pins (aka Brads, with the hole they go into oversized). It's an odd shape (curved) so I'm just using masking tape to hold it in place till the glue dries.


Once the Glue dries I pull the tape off and it's perfect!




With the carrier glued up and Dry, I just had to sit my Prototype Utility arm in place (and the cutout from the skins so you can see what it's going to look like).



Now I just have to mount this to the frame, and get my front skins glued on.

I know it doesn't look like much but It's the lynch pin I haven't had time to make for the last 3 months....Now that I've got it made the main body is almost ready for paint. The next hurdle is the rear Access panel...So I can get to the Batteries and the PC Parts.

That's all for now!
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Re: R2 Server
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2005, 11:31:16 AM »

I've been thinking allot about the Mother board that I'm going to put into this mod. I've been planning that the server side of it would only work when R2 is plugged to a umbilical cord (which would have a 1Gb Net connection and 120VAC to power the PC). Then the Other day a friend of mine sent me an e-mail the this Review of the Voom PC I found more info on the VOOM PC and a Price at Mini-Box



With it I could run the game server while R2 is running around the room, Powering the PC on a 12V Battery. I've always planed on having a high-speed Wireless connection to Him, So the umbilical cord would not be needed. :D   What do you think? The specs on it show that I should run fine as a BF2 Server (as far as I know that is the game with the highest req's for the Server platform!)

Does anyone know someone that wants to sponsor a Mod? I'd be happy to put the Company's logo and/name on a plaque to be mounted on the inside of the Access panel for R2-SRV... Drop me a E-Mail if interested.


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Re: R2 Server
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2005, 11:31:56 AM »

I've been working late every night this week (and not on this mod :mad: ) So Today (Sunday) I took some time to start the Access door On the Back of R2. This is only way that I'll be able to get in to the body of R2. The Access door is large about 3/4 of the back. The Styrene that R2 is skinned with is very Flexible, which is great to make curves (like the body of R2) but it also means that with out a frame to hold it into shape it will distort.
With that in mind making a door in the back of R2 means I need some kind of frame to keep everything in shape. The answer Fiberglass...My first attempt at laying down glass.

The first thing is to make a form for the door. Lucky I already had a Body mockup that I had made for gluing up the skins (I never used but still had it laying around). I skinned a section with some 1/4 plywood (I made it more flexible by cutting slits 1/2 the way through the plywood the length of the plywood. The Slits were about 1" apart...I forgot to take a picture before I taped it up).
Then the frame is covered with duct tape (you can also use clear packing tape) this keeps the Resin from sticking to the frame. Here's the Frame cover in the tape.


Next I mixed up the Resin & hardener per the directions and painted a coat stright onto the tape. Then the first layer of fiberglass cloth down, using the paint brush to smooth out the cloth and make sure it's good and covered. The 2nd and final layer of fiberglass cloth goes on. On this layer I use a squeegee to smooth the glass and make sure the excess resin is removed (ends up on the floor), Don't add resin on this layer.
Here's a picture after It's all laid up.


Now We wait for 24Hrs to see how it turns out...Hey I'm waiting on this on too!

Well, Just to help the wait and to prove that Everyone loves R2....Here's Peanut (one of our cats) enjoying some quite time with R2.


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Re: R2 Server
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2005, 11:46:04 AM »

Hi ALL,
As you can tell from the Date stamp, I posted all these replies today. I've been running a work log for a bit. I've been coming here for along time So I felt the need to give back! Please Let me know what you think, and if you have any thoughts on how to do something easier by all means let me know..I'm learning alot from this project (even though I've been modding for 4 years now). IT's Totally different than The PC's and ATM machine that I moded before.

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« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2005, 12:40:29 PM »

Hell of a way to kick off your forum membership! (since you only had 1 post prior to this log)
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Re: R2 Server
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2005, 01:19:45 PM »

Good stuff!
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Re: R2 Server
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2005, 01:27:54 PM »

 :D Thanks, But it's not done yet!


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Re: R2 Server
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2005, 01:29:52 PM »

I have see the mini-itx case and computer over a logicsupply just before you added it to your post a few days ago on one of the other forums. Looks nice and it also looks like it can handle just about everthing.

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Re: R2 Server
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2005, 06:44:25 PM »

Wow, that is so awesome. Keep it up!
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Re: R2 Server
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2005, 07:45:08 PM »

Looks great.  I'm green with envy. :roll:
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