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The Interrogator Droid
The Interrogator Droid from Star Wars Episode 4 - A New Hope.
This project starts with a 15” – 20” Acrylic sphere, typically used as a lighting cover for post lights. Drawing a center line around the sphere provides a clear cutting path for the dremel rotary tool. Go slow and stead to reduce rework or sanding later.
Once the sphere is split, other holes may be cut out to allow the other components to be placed. In this case, a 2-liter pop bottle, Sports Drink bottle, and plastic bowl all serve as bumps and indents on the droid. Once holes are cut, simply adhere the plastic components with 5-min epoxy.
The inner rings are fashioned from foamcore board and the light ring is made using a diffuser panels from a fluorescent, over-head light fixture. A strand of 3528 or 5050 LED strip lighting is added to the center around a set of bolts which will later hold the halves together.
A strand of 3528 or 5050 LED strip lighting is added to the center around a set of bolts which will later hold the halves together.
The instruments of torture are derived from a number of accessory components include a shop clamp, a base for a Star Wars Vehicle, and some flexible tubing. The injection needle was quickly assembled from a plastic tube (purchased at Hobby Lobby) with a small aluminum tube and finished with aluminum flashing tape.
LED’s are adhered to the inside of the spheres to allow light to shine through and are masked from the outside. Once the spheres are spray painted gloss black, white pin striping tape is applied for the markings. Avery labels trimmed to various sizes add to the overall design.
A piece of 25 lb. fluorocarbon fishing line was attached to the very top in order to hang this prop from a ceiling.