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Hello everyone!  I have a new one for you..... ....  James Cameron's AT-99 Scorpion Gunship from the movie "Avatar"...

A twin-ducted fan VTOL craft, the Scorpion is a companion to the SA-2 Samson utility aircraft  (hmmm.... maybe the next project?!?)...  While the Scorpion's role was as an attack gunship, the Samson was mainly used as a transport for equipment, human(oids) and mobile labs...

The aircraft had obvious similarities to the AH-64 Apache Gunship with rocket pods, hellfire missiles and gun pods.  Modelling the ducted-fan, landing gear and weapons were the main challenges for this project.
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

Picture of Materials and Tools
The materials used were no different from other popsicle stick projects.  Basically, varying sizes of popsicle sticks, toothpicks and wooden coffee stirrers would do nicely.  You'll be surprised at how little materials you'll actually use to make a small replica of famous ships.  My 'spares' box from previous projects provided the odd shapes I needed for some parts of the build.

For this project, I was proud to use a new acquisition - a Dremel 3000.  Unlike the mini mite, there was no need to wait for a 6-hour recharge before you can use the tool.  But of course, nothing beats the mini mite for really low speed detailing jobs.

Listed below were the tools used for this project:
  • Dremel 3000 and Dremel minimite with the following attachments/bits:
    • Drum sander (course & medium grade)
    • Disc Sander (fine grade)
    • Reinforced cutting wheel
    • Grinding Stone (assorted drum and cone-shaped)
  • Olfa Handsaver art knife (with standard blades)
  • Elmers multi-purpose white glue
  • handy clamps
  • fine tweezers
  • ruler and mechanical pencil
  • vinyl cutting mat
Pib22 months ago


I have to say this is very impressive!
This is so cool
ravyn131 year ago
No my wife can stop messing with me about the models I build thought I was alone in this hobby I never saved any of my plans but would love to share and compare email me at
Beautiful work!
atumatic1 year ago
Holy, that is amazing!. I built one of your models and now I am hooked on building my own designs, so thank you
OMG It's so cute and innocent and adorable!
ElnoraEW1 year ago
My husband has made doll houses (two stories), jewelry boxes, cat carrier, tables, stage coach, different things with popsicle sticks.
Nice job, very cool
agis681 year ago
epic ! greate it
robot7971 year ago
how much?
my heck, that is amazing. did not know this sort of thing was possible with popsicle sticks.
now ive been looking for an instructable on how to build a Mini AT-99 Scorpion Gunship and now im making one and thanks popsicle_mini-models
artworker1 year ago
Sell them to me! (all 3 of them) Or I will CURSE YOU! This is way cooler than LEGO!
I knew it was only a matter of time until you made something from Avatar! I started making an Aerospatiale SA-2 Samson a while ago but while I was busy with the body the electrical components I was going to use to make it RC broke so I can't finish it.
budhaztm1 year ago
Crazy cool. Will have to try
This is confusing me...
This is super intense!