Last night Charlie G. and Greg from the B9 club stopped by after flying into Orlando from out west. They certainly picked the worst time of the year, the worst time of the day and the worst weather we've had in a long time to make their way from Orlando. Despite hours of driving in torrential rain and wind with traffic accidents everywhere they finally made it safe and sound.
It's nice talking with other insane people who have the same crazy ideas and have patient wives who put up with it all. We were talking about it a little yesterday and the word is passionate. People who are passionate about what they do ... also translated means FUN. There's a lot of people who start robot projects but their reasons and motivation get in the way of the build and after a period of time they abandon their projects. Of course certain things tend do get in the way (finances, relationships, jobs etc.) of the robot projects. But it was nice to discuss build techniques and robots in general. And I'm sure there's a few people out there in blogland that are shaking their heads right about now but that's what makes the world go round.
Before they came over, I opened a bunch of boxes I've had for months with R2 parts I had ordered. So it kind of kicked off the R2 build I guess. Charlie is also ready to start his R2 when he also gets his aluminum frame and Greg is just starting to get interested in an R2 project.
In Bus Stop robot news .... Today I covered the sides of the heads with styrene. The faces came out good. Charlie gave me a tip how to anchor the bracket on a little better with special wide drywall anchors which work with styrafoam. Notice the picture below of the hands. I used hot glue and after it dries, a dremmel with round stone attachment. It somewhat simulates welds on the hands and it's very easy to use.
Below - Greg, Charlie and myself