We’ve been having a mini heat wave the last few days, but I was still able to get out this weekend with Artoo.
Late on Friday I found out that “Master Model Builder” Stephen Gerling from Lego would be in town building a giant eight foot R2 at Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo. So I just had to take Artoo along to check it out.
With temperatures up in the mid 90′s by lunchtime on Saturday and no AC in my droid mobile we headed out. It felt like everyone was trying to go where we wanted to go, and we sat in traffic for almost an hour while trying to leave the coast side. Usually the mall is only 20 minutes way, but everyone wanted to escape the heat and hit the beaches – so traffic just limped along.
We quickly unloaded and headed into the mall – breezing by security, who must have though we were part of the attraction!
The building had already started on Friday night and it looked like they were about a quarter of the way done by the time we arrived.
There was an army of kids making small section of the Artoo, while Master Builder Stephen orchestrated the placment of pieces.
We were totally mobbed the entire time we were there
This has got to be one of the cutest shots of the day
Thanks to Stephen for being a good sport and allowing us to crash the party
I’d really like to go back on Sunday to see it done, but I’ve got a previous engagement.
I’ve had a crazy couple of days at Maker Faire, and we still have one more day to go. I’ll be posting a full update and photos tomorrow, but just had to post this tonight.
We won a Maker Faire Editor’s Choice award for our creations and participation. This is a great honor and surprised considering the 100′s of cool Makers and their creations at the event.
Make Faire is a production of Make: Magazine, which the R2 Builders Club was featured in a few years ago, and is held every year in San Mateo, California, with in excess of 45,000 people in attendance.
and my friend Richard Jacobsen, prop maker extraordinaire, will be showing you how to Build Your Own Vacuum Forming Machine. So if you’ve wondered how those cool Stormtrooper costumers are made – this is the thing to see.