Welcome to the Central Texas Droid Builders club. We are a local branch of the R2-D2 Builders Club serving Austin, San Antonio, Round Rock, Dripping Springs and other Central Texas towns and cities. The R2-D2 Builders Club is an Internet fan based club with over 5000 members world wide. Using the web as a common means to gather information and share thoughts and ideas with one common goal... to build our very own life sized replica of an Astromech droid from the movie Star Wars.
What is an Astromech droid?
In the movie Star Wars, an Astromech droid, also referred to as an astro droid, was a type of droid that served as an automated mechanic, performing a variety of repair duties and often serving as an adjunct or substitute for a nav computer on smaller starships. Astromech droids could also use the mainframes of larger ships to their advantage. Many starfighters relied on astromech copilots.
So, I want to build one, what do I do first?
The first thing to do is to join the Astromech.net forum and the Yahoo group R2-D2 Builders Club. And read, read, read and then re-read. There is a wealth of information in the Astromech forums and wiki pages. Don't rush into this project thinking you will have it done in a few days, weeks or even months. Most builders don't complete their droids for years.