Introduction: Star Wars X-34 Landspeeder

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.

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 shelves, 1"x8"x6' common pine boards to create the horizontal surface or the deck structure. (no clear photo)

Step 4: Side Skirts

Using the crossmembers, create a horizontal structure that protrudes forward to support the deck up front, that has a vertical member that approaches the ground. the vertical member will be the foundation for the bowed side skirt. For the skirts/body, I had a stack of cheap paneling that was left in the garage. it has a very 70s wood printed on the front side. as you can see it's fairly flexible. this is a deconstruction photo so the skirt has some memory in the shape. it started out quite straight. first fasten the center of the skirt to the vertical member so that from the top the entire thing looks like a large "T". Over the course of 2 or 3 days, I used ratchet straps to slowly pull in the "wings" of the skirt until I could fasten them to the shelf structures on each side. This step looked like a large crossbow as the nose radius was slowly developed.

Step 5:

deconstruction photos

Step 6: Decking

Once the skirts are in place, time to deck. First fit the cockpit making sure you have enough room for the nose. Once the cockpit is trimmed flush to the pine vert pine boards directly adjacent to the seat, simply use the side skirts to trim the deck paneling. Do the same for the rear portion of the deck.

Step 7: Details

created the engine pods out of wood scraps and gallon or two flower pots.

Step 8: Final Detail

I felt that it needed a little something extra in the detail area so I decided to make a bumper sticker that I think any young Luke would appreciate.

Step 9:

make some light sabers for some epic battles. they make a good whap with a direct hit! Enjoy!!!

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hockeybro2000 made it!(author)2016-03-04

Looks great!

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arpoky made it!(author)2015-12-30

I'm saving this so that I can build it if or when I ever have kids. I admire your ingenuity, good sir!

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Erbenator made it!(author)2015-12-19

I just imagine doing drive bys in this...

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Slimy+the+Slime made it!(author)2015-11-12

this is amazing I'm a star wars can so I love this

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Duckiebob made it!(author)2015-05-27

Can I have one?

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Jedi+Knight made it!(author)2014-08-05

Wow this is incredible. As a major Star Wars fan i really appreciate this instruct able great job.

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miketherdaintx made it!(author)2013-11-08

Liked yr idea so much, we did it.

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blogsdo made it!(author)2013-12-30

Were you able to improve the design at all? I'd like to hear/see your take on the project.

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miketherdaintx made it!(author)2014-07-10

No, I cut corners by using cardboard on the front and attaching the flower pot directly to the body. Other than that we followed your instructions.

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Arr0gantExp3rt7 made it!(author)2013-12-21

Will you try it with a 4 person golf cart??

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blogsdo made it!(author)2013-12-30

Anything is possible with time money and space.

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dollardan made it!(author)2013-09-24

A story was in the Muskegon Chronicle in the State of Michigan on September 22, 2013. Good job.

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shemkes made it!(author)2013-09-13

every kid should have a dad like you :)

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joelhunn made it!(author)2013-09-12

Wow! And I'm not a huge Star Wars fan - but I want one for myself!

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zap1998 made it!(author)2013-09-12
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trouble01 made it!(author)2013-09-09

maybe need this car : doors

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wkearney99 made it!(author)2013-09-09

Yowza, the kid's going to have thighs like a power lifter pedaling that thing around!

Clever looking idea though.

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jasonmhandyman+ made it!(author)2013-09-09

This is great. Nice job.

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owd+Grandad made it!(author)2013-09-08

Good heavens what does it weigh?

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basic612 made it!(author)2013-09-09

Surely that just makes it go faster. Win-Win!

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Magicmerly made it!(author)2013-09-09

I want you as my dad thank you please :)

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adamtheautomaton made it!(author)2013-09-08

So cool!!!!

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eblackman1 made it!(author)2013-09-08

epic

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xd12c made it!(author)2013-09-08

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?

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schreibwy made it!(author)2013-09-08

You know, next birthday you have to top this.

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tcoyle1 made it!(author)2013-09-08

I love this. Your kids are so lucky.

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leadshoes made it!(author)2013-09-08

F-ing incredible! I wish you were my dad. :)

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rc+jedi made it!(author)2013-09-08

What a great project! Star Wars halloween theme.

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einnis made it!(author)2013-09-08

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.

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Nighthawke made it!(author)2013-09-08

Strap three solids onto the pylons and HANG ON!

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DIY9393 made it!(author)2013-09-08

Awesome! Love Go-Karts! I've always wanted to build one.

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mikimis made it!(author)2013-09-08

Flower pot turbines...genius.

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Kiteman made it!(author)2013-09-06

Gee, I now have a house full of boys asking me to buy a pedal cart...

Nice job.

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Kiteman made it!(author)2013-09-06

(And I can't wait to see what you do for his seventh birthday...)

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PKM made it!(author)2013-09-07

I think it might involve one of those Red Bull "soapbox" competitions... :)

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lafnbear made it!(author)2013-09-06

Oh, he'll just whip up a working anti-grav unit in his spare time...

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blogsdo made it!(author)2013-09-07

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.

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mquiring1 made it!(author)2013-09-06

good work but the pictures are very small

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blogsdo made it!(author)2013-09-07

I fixed the issue, thanks!

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Samuel+kos made it!(author)2013-09-06

This would be even cooler to convert into a hovercraft but still awesome

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jmaxwell5 made it!(author)2013-09-06

And the best parent award goes to ...

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The+Rambler made it!(author)2013-09-06

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.

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Tazmjm69 made it!(author)2013-09-06

I guess my dad just didn't love me.....love the bumper sticker!

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rich_j_l made it!(author)2013-09-06

Great work! I really think you know how to go above and beyond for your kids

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darman12 made it!(author)2013-09-05

Awesome!

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longwinters made it!(author)2013-09-05

Good job thanks for posting your son has a great dad

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