Building R2-D2 in LEGO

This is a record of my effort building R2-D2 in lego. It has a total 2314 pieces. Finished it is over 31cm (13”) high, 19cm (8”) wide and 15cm (6”) deep.

Day 1, 29 March 2022

The first day of a new LEGO build is always exciting. Full of wonder and anticipation. As normal with these type of builds, the first few are internal structures. This was the first time I’ve ever used rubber-bands in a build. I have the internal assembly for the middle leg.

Day 2, 30 March 2022

I forgot to take a photo. Pretty easy build adding the middle foot (wheels?).

Day 3, 31 March 2022

Things are starting to get complex. I have the internal frame for R2’s body now. Quite a few trick instructions to get it placed correctly and make sure it was all in position.

Day 4, 1 April 2022

A double build today. Got to the end of the instructions for Bag 4 and thought, "Wow, there are lot of pieces left." I had to do it all again.

Starting to get a feel for the model’s overall size now.

Day 5, 2 April 2022

A reasonably easy build today with the outer legs being framed up.

> WARNING > Before pinning the legs in instructions 170 and 208, make sure that you refer to the alignment of levers in instructions 96-97 and 104-105. The pin will lock the levers in place and it’s easy to lock either in the wrong position (even independently). That will impact the way the middle leg drops down. I’m still not sure I have right! > > Thanfully it is easy to take off the side panels if you can’t work it out. Do one leg at a time and refer to the red-green framework for reference.

Day 6, 3 April 2022

This was the biggest build day so far even before including the 20 mins of troubleshooting. All three legs are now in place.

When I fixed the legs and tried to drop down the middle leg, something wasn’t right and it took some time of pulling things apart — which is thankfully easy — to check alignment of levers put in 3 days before.

Other than that, it was a good fun build. Amazing how many pieces are packed into each foot.

Day 7, 5 April 2022

Skipped a day due to feeling unwell but picked up the next. R2 now has his legs fully covered. It was a little frustrating at one point as I had a 1 x1 clip rotated the wrong way and so a panel that fit on one leg, wouldn’t fit on the other. So simple, yet it took 5 minutes to work out.

The most challenging piece of the day’s build was this instruction.

And here is a leg.

Day 8, 6 April 2022

A partial build today, with half of the front panel done. That’s all the bag had.

Day 9, 7 April 2022

After yesterday’s partial build, it was satisfying to complete the front panel and have it all locked in place. It isn’t shown in the photo below, but there are two vertical panels, left and right, which open up.

Day 10, 8 April 2022

Not R2’s best side. The back is now complete. The pins left and right open the front panels from yesterday’s build. Nothing too challenging here apart from placing the flat panels on the top correctly (difficult to see at this angle).

Day 11, 9 April 2022

I broke with form today and decided to complete the final 3 bags and give R2 a head. Concentration was required as the placement of pieces relative to one another was important. A couple of times I had to backtrack to who steps that I’d missed as each looked so similar from one to the next.

Daily progress record

Date Bag Set # Time Cumulative Time Completed Instructions
2022-03-29 1/13 0h 20m 0h 20m 23/527
2022-03-30 2/13 0h 20m 0h 40m 56/527
2022-03-31 3/13 0h 45m 1h 25m 105/527
2022-04-01 4/13 0h 36m 2h 01m 132/527
2022-04-02 5/13 0h 38m 2h 39m 209/527
2022-04-03 6/13 1h 20m 3h 59m 285/527
2022-04-05 7/13 0h 27m 4h 26m 298/527
2022-04-06 8/13 0h 23m 4h 49m 346/527
2022-04-07 9/13 0h 23m 5h 12m 373/527
2022-04-08 10/13 0h 30m 5h 42m 409/527
2022-04-09 11-13/13 1h 25m 7h 07m 527/527

Building instructions

Building instructions can be found at https://www.lego.com/cdn/product-assets/product.bi.core.pdf/6369824.pdf

Building the Millennium Falcon in Lego

Check out my notes on building the Millennium Falcon.

Building the Millennium Falcon

This is a record of my effort building the Millennium Falcon Ultimate Collections Edition (75192). It has a total 7541 pieces and at build time is the second largest Lego set by pieces, and the heaviest by weight. Finished it is over 21cm (8”) high, 84cm (33”) long and 56cm (22”) wide.

Day 1, 8 April 2021

The first two bricks are joined. “Bag 1” was I think 6 bags in total and I had to dive back into the boxes to find the bag that I’d missed. The holder of the instruction book serves as a good sized tray for holding pieces until they are required. I’m not going to be someone who spends time sorting pieces beforehand.

Some difficulty with matching the colours of pieces to the instructions. Those which are blue have printed quite grey. Over time I’ll get used to the subtle differences.

Day 2, 9 April 2021

Friday evening and I was determined to finished “Bag 1”. I had a different setup this evening with a small table in front of me. A little too high, whereas last night my surface was a little too low. Still, I got it done. It’s very satisfying clipping large sections together and locking them all in place. The sub-structure is very strong.

Day 3, 10 April 2021

Sore left arm from last night’s build. That instruction book is very heavy and picking it up one handed time and again was not a good idea. Have moved to iPad version today which is much easier. “Bag 2” done and dusted. I think I’ll limit myself to a bag per day and if I have to roll it over to another day, I will.

6 x landing gear assemblies today allowed me to have a production line going.

Assembled store of legs
Leg fitted to chassis

Day 4, 11 April 2021

“Bag 3” has been the trickiest so far. Some fiddly bits and it took a bit longer to find some of the pieces I needed.

One of the most iconic parts of the ship built today – the training room with the holochess set. Also added a seventh and final piece of landing gear and what I think is the base of the main entry to the ship. There is also a bit of mechanical detail added. It’s fascinating to see how this is built up and what parts are included in each bag.

C-3PO and Chewbacca minifigs have come to life.

Checkmate

Day 5, 12 April 2021

I really needed the build tonight. Chilling out sticking blocks together with some podcasts on my headphones was good time. Meditative. Completed “Bag 4” which is the room back right and back left – though the latter isn’t much of a room. Looks like some of the external rear panels are going on next.

Welcome Leia and Luke

Day 6, 14 April 2021

“Bag 5” provided the rear exhaust ports (that’s what I’m calling them). Quite amazing. Built up a large panel that kind of just hangs there but is then braced by the next two large constructs to come along.

Was left wondering how LEGO is produced with such precision so found this video.

Day 7, 17 April 2021

If you didn’t know what I was building you sure would now. The full iconic profile is in place. That’s “Bag 6” and gives me the full size of this beast. It’s never going to fit where my family first thought it would which was atop the glass cabinet I have for my Warhammer Age of Sigmar painted miniatures. Not only would it be at risk of falling, it will look odd jammed up in the corner near the cieling. Instead the cabinet will move to the bedroom and I’ll be able to land this baby on the subwoofer. When I organise a stand it will look fantastic.

Day 8, 18 April 2021

Today was a quick, relatively simple build of the base panels in the front sections, though I did manage to get it wrong twice! “Bag 7” is complete. I liked the way the ports were created.

Day 9, 22 April 2021

Not much to see today with “Bag 8” done and I expect there will be a few bags like this. Filling in areas now. The larger parts this evening on the bottom of the model. Amazing to build two sets of pairs of pieces that just fit in areas you wouldn’t think they would fit.

Day 10, 23 April 2021

Some of the top paneling went on this evening with “Bag 9” and things are beginning to look like the final model will look.

Day 11, 24 April 2021

Today’s build occurred with I Am Mother running in the background. I had started the movie earlier and wasn’t particularly enjoying it but had enough interest to see how it ended. It was the most complex build of the day, including the landing ramp door and the lower gun installation. That was a lot of work for something that’s not going to be very visible.

Day 12, 25 April 2021

“Bag 11” was a quite easy build and provided the top of the two central cross sections.

Day 13, 26 April 2021

Things are starting to look less like a LEGO model and more like the Millennium Falcon now with the top of the back section filling in from “Bag 12”. Interestingly the lower panel (as seen in the photo) is split in two for easy access to the room below. Pretty sure I won’t be playing with my minifigs in that manner.

Day 14, 1 May 2021

Catastrophe avoided. I was having difficulty correctly placing one of the top panels at the back and to get better sight on the connection point I placed my hands under the model in the specified positions (there are instructions on how to lift this beast) and shifted the model towards me. Unfortunately as I was sitting on the ground, rather than a lift up, it was more of a tilt and one of the front landing gear assemblies caught on the carpet pulling some of the front section apart. It took me half an hour to make sure it was all right again, made more difficult by the damage being underneath and out of clear sight. “Bag 13” completed the back.

So distressing I didn’t even take a photo.

Day 15, 2 May 2021

I was sorely tempted to complete the last 4 bags today. Instead I did two, “Bag 14” and “Bag 15”. That will give me exactly two more bags, and two evenings so that the Falcon is ready for flight on Star Wars Day.

The front right top is now all complete, again with another split section for easy access, and the top middle front. Next up: the cockpit.

Day 16, 3 May 2021

Perhaps the most iconic part of the falcon was built today. The cockpit that gives the distinctive shape a little more. “Bag 16” done and I’ve installed Han Solo and Chewbacca minifigs in their rightful places.

In the shot on the right you can see the bracing for the cockpit so that it doesn’t fall off.

Day 17, 4 May 2021

Happy Star Wars Day! What an appropriate day to finish my LEGO buidling journey. The final thing to do is organise a stand.

I have really enjoyed this build. There is a joy in clicking bits of plastic together that transcends clicking bits of plastic together and as I’ve written above the engineering to turn those bits of plastic into such a large model was fascinating to behold.

Stand, 30 May 2021

The Millennium Falcon is now finally displayed on an IDisplayIt stand specifically made for the model called the # 2in1 Display Stand MK2 for 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon.


DateBag Set #TimeCumulative TimeCompleted Instructions
2021-04-081/171h 00m1h 00m26/1379
2021-04-091/172h 15m3h 15m130/1379
2021-04-102/171h 00m4h 45m151/1379
2021-04-113/171h 25m6h 00m248/1379
2021-04-124/171h 20m7h 20m316/1379
2021-04-145/171h 45m9h 05m395/1370
2021-04-176/171h 40m10h 45m470/1379
2021-04-187/170h 45m11h 30m530/1379
2021-04-228/171h 10m12h 40m646/1379
2021-04-239/171h 40m14h 20m727/1379
2021-04-2410/171h 45m16h 05m824/1379
2021-04-2511/171h 05m17h 10m905/1379
2021-04-2612/171h 35m18h 45m908/1379
2021-05-0113/171h 25m20h 10m1029/1379
2021-05-0215/172h 00m22h 10m1135/1379
2021-05-0316/171h 30m23h 40m1261/1379
2021-05-0417/171h 25m25h 05m1379/1379
2021-05-30Stand0h 30m25h 35m

Building R2-D2

Check out my notes on Building R2-D2 in LEGO.