"Echostation 328... We've spotted Imperial Walkers"
In this instructable I will show you how to build a K'NEX Snowspeeder that can take down those All Terrain Armoured Transports, also known as AT-AT's.
The snowspeeder is a modified version of the Incom T-47 Airspeeder: It has additional armour and lasers. The cooling radiator on the back is insulated against the extreme cold on the planet Hoth.
My K'NEX model is 16.5 cm long and uses only 131 parts and is thereby my smallest Star Wars model that I've built so far. The model has a windshield that can open (but not like in the movie) and Air-brake flaps, to enable very tight turns. Also a Harpoon is positioned in the back, just like in the real aircraft. It was built alongside the AT-AT as can be seen in the video below. Building time was about 2 hours in total.
This instructable will guide you through the following steps:
- Parts needed to build this model
- Building the Snowspeeder
- Building the Display Stand
Here you can see a video of the model:
Step 1: Parts Needed
Individual K'NEX pieces can be bought at:
Parts required to build this model + Display stand
- 18x Black rod (16 mm)
- 19x Silver rod (32 mm)
- 10x Blue rod (54 mm)
- 6x Dark Grey rod (86 mm)
- 1x 8-way connector White
- 3x 7-way 3D connector Blue
- 2x 4-way 3D connector Silver
- 15x 5-way connector Grey
- 6x 3-way connector Dark Grey
- 1x 2-way (long shape) connector Brown
- 3x 2-way (long shape) connector Orange
- 20x 2-way (V-shape) connector Grey
- 10x Clip with rod end Black (Y-clip)
- 5x Clip with rod end Silver (Y-clip)
- 2x Hinge part Black
- 6x Ball joint Ball part Black
- 2x 3D-angle connector Orange
- 2x KNEXMAN head Black
Step 2: Build the Snowspeeder
This step shows how I made the Snowspeeder. First you will build the main part. Everything is attached to a white 8-way connector. The 135° angle is great for giving the Snowpeeder it's shape. Sorry guys, I had to use the orange 3D angle connectors, otherwise it wouldn't be as sturdy as it is now. You add the engines, the cooling unit in the back, the harpoon gun and last the cockpit. It can't open like shown in the movies, but you can tilt it forwards.
The Snowspeeder was a very quick build. I finished it within 1 hour. The result was satisfying. Perhaps the scale is not completely right with the AT-AT as shown in the video, but I think it was close enough. I'm very happy with the shapes and colours. It's my smallest aircraft so far, but I love it, I hope you will too!
In the next and last step, you'll build the display stand.
Step 3: Display Stand
I changed the display stand somewhat, and made it simple to make it accessible. I left out the panels, since they're not really necessary. Cut out the plaquette that is supplied by means of the .pdf-file. Attach it to the display stand and then attach the snowspeeder.
That's it! You have yourself a shelf-worthy miniature Snowspeeder! If you can, don't forget to build the AT-AT, so you can re-live the Battle of Hoth yourself :) Thanks for reading my instructable. The first person that makes it, I will try to reward with something!
May the Force be with you,