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Star Wars X-34 Landspeeder

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This was my quick and dirty Landspeeder X-34 for my sons 6th birthday party.  I didn't plan on an instructable, so the photos are a mixture of construction and deconstruction. (it took up ALOT of room, I needed the garage back)  It's also my first instructable, so excuse the rough edges. 
 
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Step 1: Chassis

The first step is to find a suitable chassis.  I used an "Original KettCar" that we already had.  I know that they have several models and sizes.  It's pedal powered, although some of the younger kids needed to get a little boost to get all of the mass moving.  Once you have your chassis, you need to identify your mounting points where you can build your sub structure.  this method could be used for any sort of bodywork, although it could get quite heavy the more structure you have to build.  I'm not sure how much more the drivetrain could handle.

Step 2: Sub frame

I Rested two 1"x10"x6' common pine boards on my mounting rails and measured between for my cross members.  Once I had them tied together, they basically rested on the frame without any hard mounting points. I boxed in the steering wheel support at the front and the seat at the back to keep the sub structure from moving fore and aft.   Once that is stable I added the 90 degree supports.

Step 3:

I attached "the shelfs", 1"x8"x6' common pine boards to create the horizontal surface or the "deck" structure.  (no clear photo)
Will you try it with a 4 person golf cart??
blogsdo (author)  Arr0gantExp3rt73 months ago
Anything is possible with time money and space.
Liked yr idea so much, we did it.
blogsdo (author)  miketherdaintx3 months ago
Were you able to improve the design at all? I'd like to hear/see your take on the project.
dollardan6 months ago
A story was in the Muskegon Chronicle in the State of Michigan on September 22, 2013. Good job.
shemkes7 months ago
every kid should have a dad like you :)
joelhunn7 months ago
Wow! And I'm not a huge Star Wars fan - but I want one for myself!
zap19987 months ago
trouble017 months ago
maybe need this car : doors
wkearney997 months ago
Yowza, the kid's going to have thighs like a power lifter pedaling that thing around!

Clever looking idea though.
This is great. Nice job.
owd Grandad7 months ago
Good heavens what does it weigh?
Surely that just makes it go faster. Win-Win!
Magicmerly7 months ago
I want you as my dad thank you please :)
So cool!!!!
eblackman17 months ago
epic
xd12c7 months ago
If you have a steam machine or two, apply steam to the wood. The heat and moisture will help the wood paneling warp without cracking, allowing you to move a bit faster. It would probably require a lot of steam though. Maybe something like 2 steam machines and start on one side and go around. Maybe get it done in a day if needed?
schreibwy7 months ago
You know, next birthday you have to top this.
tcoyle17 months ago
I love this. Your kids are so lucky.
leadshoes7 months ago
F-ing incredible! I wish you were my dad. :)
rc jedi7 months ago
What a great project! Star Wars halloween theme.
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einnis7 months ago
You could take a hole-saw to it, and drill out the wood to lighten it for the younger kids. The kit they sell is usually to drill holes for door handles, but you could pop a dozen strategic holes in those boards to lighten the load considerably.
Nighthawke7 months ago
Strap three solids onto the pylons and HANG ON!
DIY93937 months ago
Awesome! Love Go-Karts! I've always wanted to build one.
mikimis7 months ago
Flower pot turbines...genius.
Kiteman7 months ago
Gee, I now have a house full of boys asking me to buy a pedal cart...

Nice job.
Kiteman Kiteman7 months ago
(And I can't wait to see what you do for his seventh birthday...)
PKM Kiteman7 months ago
I think it might involve one of those Red Bull "soapbox" competitions... :)
lafnbear Kiteman7 months ago
Oh, he'll just whip up a working anti-grav unit in his spare time...
blogsdo (author) 7 months ago
Thanks for all the feedback! I fixed the photo issue, and added a few little details that I omitted at the onset. if anyone replicates, I'd love to see how you modified/made better my design on the fly effort.
mquiring17 months ago
good work but the pictures are very small
blogsdo (author)  mquiring17 months ago
I fixed the issue, thanks!
Samuel kos7 months ago
This would be even cooler to convert into a hovercraft but still awesome
jmaxwell57 months ago
And the best parent award goes to ...
The Rambler7 months ago
Ha, "quick and dirty", right. Bending wood over the course of several days, specialized decals, no visible duct tape, etc. This isn't quick and dirt. It's awesome.
Tazmjm697 months ago
I guess my dad just didn't love me.....love the bumper sticker!
rich_j_l7 months ago
Great work! I really think you know how to go above and beyond for your kids
darman127 months ago
Awesome!
longwinters7 months ago
Good job thanks for posting your son has a great dad
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