This is the droid you’re looking for: Wellard family creates full-sized R2-D2 replica


James, Grant and Matthew Thomson with their R2D2 at Peter Carnley Anglican Community School last week.
James, Grant and Matthew Thomson with their R2D2 at Peter Carnley Anglican Community School last week.

A FASCINATION with all things Star Wars has led to a Wellard family building their very own, full-size, R2D2 droid.

The cute machine, and one of the favourite characters of the long-running movie series, was built by Grant Thomson with help from his sons Matthew and James.

Mr Thomson said it took about six months to build after he received the kit, including flat plastic panels that had to be bent into shape.

He also had to acquire electronic components, micro-controllers and parts and used a 3D printer at the Armadale library to help build some of the external pieces.

“I enjoyed working on this project with boys who learnt the value of patience and persistence,” he said. “They liked watching the project slowly come together.”

It has been a hit with students from the Peter Carnley Anglican School after it has visited the school twice, thrilling the children and staff members as it beeped and rolled its way around the school.

The droid has also been a popular attraction at community events in the southern suburbs in recent weeks.

Mr Thomson is a member of the 501st Legion, WA Desert Scorpions chapter which has about 50 members and holds Star Wars events in the metropolitan region to raise funds for a variety of causes.

He is thinking about making the K9 dog from Dr Who as his next project.