Okay, another update, now that I have something to say.
My sincerest apologies for the three month gap. During that time, Ive been moving house, made a film, put on som eweight, had health issues (explained below) and as you can imagine, all of these things are not conducive to getting 3PO made. Mainly the money aspect.
Anyway, in the last month or so, I've hit a low in morale. At one point, I admit I declared that I'd never complete this suit and considered selling it all off and giving the proceeds to charity (That would've pleased a few people, I bet - while at the same time give them a reason to call me a quitter.)
Anyway, a few days ago, the second teaser trailer for Espisode 7 was released. Another fantastically exciting one. Artoo was seen in it, but still no look at Threepio. I've got the sneaking suspicion that he's changed a little from how we know him. But let's see.
Anyway, the motivation to do this has returned. I realised just how much I've wanted to own this suit and thought that I'd be very glum if it was gone. I want to show people how good I'd be inside it, and the added excitement of the EP7 trailer has reminded me that come December, I could be C3PO in person. More to the point, if I don't do it at my age, I probably never will. So the time is now.
Also, my distant friend who has made a larger head that will fit me, has confirmed that he to, is aiming to be ready for December, and that he's going to make a copy or two soon, which he's said he'd kindly get to me, so that at long last, my main stumbling block - a head/mask that is wide enough to fit my face - will be dealt with.
This means that I can get out all the other parts and look seriously at getting it together now.
I know that I have a very small number of things yet to buy - greeblies etc, and the main thing for me is to re-start the dieting so that my 3PO has a flat stomach and a more comfortable fit in the suit.
Health wise, I've now lost the cross trainer machine.
Why? well, it broke for one thing. Weld at the bottom cracked open.
The weird thing is that while my workouts on it helped me shed the pounds, it also had a nasty side effect of making my knees weaker - the repetition has worn my knee joints down (right knee more than left), leaving them easily tired and almost constantly aching. And my right hip 'clicks' when I walk now. It's not getting better. Which at my age is a worry.
So I'm going to have to rely on willpower and dieting alone to get me down to 140 LBS (10 stone).