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2012 I wanted to do something big, i made Ironman last year and Master Chief the year before.

It is a 1:6.5 scale of the original and very large, i didnt get all the detail i wanted but here its is anyway.

Step 1: Making the frame

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I built the frame from 1/2 in PVC and glued it together. Some areas were heat bent because there was no fittings for such angle.

Step 2: Stilts

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In order to be the proper height I needed a set of stilts, so i made some with 2x4's and 2x6's to replicate drywall stilts. There is a 2x6 in the center of each bucket and a 2x4 as a foot pad. Leg brace was later upgraded to a 2x4 for more support. 

Step 3: Applying the skin

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Keeping the weight low i wanted something sturdy and light. I decided on corrugated plastic, the same thing used for campaign signs. I can be purchased in big sheets, since the election was still on and none were to be found free. I was cut to shape and screwed to the pvc. 

 Expanding foam was also used to strengthen certain spots that didnt have pvc near the top.

Step 4: Test height

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Height was tested since my back legs(my brother) was a couple inches shorter than me.

Paint was just a light grey primer from the store.

PVC frames were built to cover the legs and skinned as well.

Step 5: Done

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Finnish painting, ad some details, and hang luke from under the belly and it is ready to walk.... Height is over 10ft tall and 12 ft front to back. It comes apart in 2 sections to make transport easier. There was many lights but they were not turned on for this photo(including the cockpit) .

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AVNERD1991 year ago

do you know how much of the corrugated plastic you used, and were did you buy it?



stkmach (author)  AVNERD19911 months ago

Sorry havent checked this lately, i think i used 6 4x8' sheets and i bought it at a plastics shop like TAP Plastics.

It is 1/10th scale i believe 10ft tall 12ft long and 4ft wide.

also do you have the dimensions so i can build it

my friends wouldn't come with me to go in one of these so o built an at-st it looked great except that I couldn't get the legs right for my knees to bend still thanks for the inspiration
my friends wouldn't come with me to go in one of these so o built an at-st it looked great except that I couldn't get the legs right for my knees to bend still thanks for the inspiration
Dornier1 year ago
Love it
stkmach (author) 1 year ago
Thanks, the head was able to move up and down with a pulley and left and right. Blasters had light effects in them.
evilmadcow1 year ago
a few (only) suggestions:
1: make the head movable.
2: make something that lets you adjust how tall the stilts are.
3: install backpack straps inside so your hands are free. (look at #4, it makes this a lot easier)
4: install a HUGE box for candy inside. (what else are you going to do with all that empty space)
a note on the front along the lines of "there are two people inside the walker, so please be generous" will help both people inside.
oh, and add LEDS for the blasters in the front.
syates32 years ago
Not sure if you did or not but on the buckets adding a ring of rubber would soften your step to avoid that plastic thud that it makes when people walk with buckets on their feet. also putting some thing ti fill the void so it doesn't pump up with air like isolation.
stkmach (author)  syates32 years ago
I didn't do the rubber, but the insides were partially filled with expanding foam.
syates3 stkmach2 years ago
That helps too. Otherwise it's like Stomp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdbuJkJsXt0 lol.
lol, that vid:p
I am building the at-st from endor
Dinoman2172 years ago
Looks cool! Can you make a video?
stkmach (author) 2 years ago
Well, people must not have liked starwars this year? I got 10,000 views in 3 weeks thanks all.
Valster2 years ago
Good Lord!! That's not a Halloween costume. It's a parade float!! Amazing job! Can't wait for the video!
stkmach (author)  Valster2 years ago
I have been trying to get one. The time I could get off work before dark, it was raining.
That awkward moment when you notice its bigger than the car...
poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
stkmach (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Thanks, fingers crossed. Supposed to announce today.
Rimwulf2 years ago
would been awesome it it Nerf or water blasters or... or..
tritian2 years ago
Looks great. The framework and stilts are a great idea! A few extra details would have made this even better then it already is! Great instructable, gives me some great ideas for next year =D
stkmach (author)  tritian2 years ago
Yea I just was crunched for time, I was up to 3am the day before doing finishing touches. I will be adding more for next year updates will be posted on Facebook under the Sacramento walker.
depotdevoid2 years ago
I'd love to see some video of this in action, it looks really awesome!
stkmach (author)  depotdevoid2 years ago
Working on it.
Quote from this instructable:
'I can be purchased in big sheets, since the election was still on and none were to be found free. I was cut to shape and screwed to the pvc.' ---You can be purchased in big sheets? And you were cut to shape and screwed to the PVC? Ouch. I pity you, lol. Anyway, thanks for the amazing instructable, regardless of its hilarious typos, which in reality make the instructable all the better because it provides entertainment as well as instruction.
stkmach (author)  shadowyblade2 years ago
I guess i should have proof read it 1st. Oh well. Thanks
This is the best!!
Did you guys ever fall down while walking in it?
stkmach (author)  Butterface672 years ago
Yes first time when we put it on as the frame. But only one person, both times.
bahi2 years ago
Awesome! Any vids?
Now I know what I want my first car to be.
Closest thing I could find to an Imperial Walker Car...

Good luck with that!
Txkink2 years ago
This is fantastic!
This is Amaziing, thanks for sharing.
arpoky2 years ago
This is more amazing than the rather boring, two-person horse costume.
stkmach (author)  arpoky2 years ago
Yes, although my brother did still have to be the butt.
caarntedd2 years ago
Great work! Video please.
stkmach (author)  caarntedd2 years ago
Thanks. Working on the video.
poofrabbit2 years ago
This is just plain amazing!!! I am a huge Star Wars fan and I would drop over dead if this showed up at my door for candy (and I would clearly have to give every piece I have) NICE JOB!
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