Industrial Automation R3 series Starmech droid [Casca1967]
I did this droid as the "tramp captain's" astromech. An R2 unit with a tread base instead of the tricycle arrangement. The unit has a voder, so no translator droids needed (thank the Maker!), and has 2 heavy and 2 fine grasper arms - more description to follow.
The idea was that come captains might prefer a tech that they didn't have to pay, could rely on the skills of, and knew wouldn't blab about things like "special" hyperspace routes. Alternatively, the droid could back up a ship's engineer, who usually has to sleep, from time to time.
The R3-series was therefore marketed to the Stock Light Frieghter and Medium Frieghter community at a price comperable to that of an R-2, Cr 5,250, less than a thousand more than an R2 and this one can *talk* to it's skipper.
Instead of Starfighter Piloting, the droid can operate Sensors. Instead of Starfighter Repair, it has a 1D Search skill and 2D each in Droid Programming and Droid Repair. I can email a WORD doc of it's stats, if anyone wants.
I have an image, a front view, I did in Paint, but I can't do anything but front, side, or such images - I can't do orthographic views, nor can I show curves, etc, with shading.
Heavy grasper arms are tubular to conceal and protect the actuators/wiring/etc. They extend the best part of a meter and a half (longer than the droid is tall).
Fine arms can easily be skeltal with slim actuators and flush wiring showing. These are for working on something in situ. Firuge the hands to be five fingered with some flip-into-place from the wrist area drivers, drills, lights, etc. One arm has a small welder.
There is a single tentacle w/ a camera/light combo for looking inside cluttered access areas on a ship.
Generally, the droid looks like an R2 dropped onto a tread chassis. On an R2, where the body slopes in to the center leg well is the point it connects with the chassis. The treads are wide, to handle "Frontier Landing Fields" the ship might have to set down on, and each track show can be magetized for low or micro G situations, allowing the droid to operated on the hull while the ship is drifting in space.
The R3's computer interface is a cord that a fine arm would plug into a socket and hold in place.
The tracked chassis incorperates a tool box and has two "tool box" mounts - recessed points in front of and behind the upper body where things can be secured to carry to a job. (These are not shown in the image I have.)
I hope someone can do this image for me. I would prefer something like realistic graphic novel or line drawings, no magna, please.