Nimster's R2-D2

The adventures of an astromech and his builder


Nimrod “Nimster” McDade (born March 9, 1972), is an Electrical Engineer and Sci-Fi enthusiast. In 2009 he began the process of building a life-size replica of the beloved Star Wars astromech droid known as R2-D2. Four years later, he and Artoo started making appearances for fans at various events such as conventions, expos, children’s hospitals, as well as comic stores, game stores and book stores.

Nimster graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Along his engineering career, he has helped design solid ink business printers (used primarily in the graphic arts industry), non-contact in-situ optical fiber thermometers (used primarily for process optimization of wafer temperature by the semiconductor industry), and most currently aviation obstruction lighting (primarily installed on telecom or broadcast towers and wind turbines).