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Rob Meyer built this amazingly small (1/18th scale) R2-D2 with three of Solarbotics GM15 pager gearmotors. It uses two of the motors in the drive train and one to rotate the mech’s dome. It measures 2.36″/6cm tall! [via Solarbotics]

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. Solarbotics says:

    Rob was nice enough to forward me some more comments about how he built his R2-D2. I added them here, with a break-down picture of his parts.

  2. zbelljegger says:

    It moonlights as a salt shaker.

  3. Scott Bennett says:

    Are you pitching this to a toy company? Wish ya would…I would definitely buy one!