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Mini AT-ST Popsicle Stick Model

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Hello everyone!  Another project from the Star Wars Universe - A mini All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST) popsicle stick model...

The "chicken walkers" were more of a challenge to build compared with other fictional crafts since the mini AT-ST has to balance on two really skinny mechanical legs.  That said, together with the very slow curing time of white glue combines for a rather difficult project.
 
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Step 1: Tools & Materials

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As with previous popsicle stick model projects, tools used were basically carving and sanding tools.

Below is a list of tools used in this project:
  • Dremel minimite with the following attachments/bits:
    • Drum sander (course & medium grade)
    • Disc Sander (fine grade)
    • Reinforced cutting wheel
    • Grinding Stone (small, drum-shaped)
  • Olfa Handsaver art knife (with standard blade/s)
  • Elmers multi-purpose white glue
  • handy clamps
  • fine tweezers
  • ruler and mechanical pencil
  • vinyl cutting mat
The cutting wheel bit was handy for carving slots in the walkers legs and main turret blaster housing.  Again, I highly recommend handling the moto tool and art knives with care... Specially for carving and cutting small parts..

Materials used were varying sizes and types of popsicle sticks, wooden coffee stirrers and toothpicks.  The colored 'tongue depressor-sized' popsicle sticks were used in the final assembly to prop up the engine drive assembly at the same level with the mechanical walkers' legs.  A piece of bamboo chopstick was used for the gyro system connecting the main turret with the engine drive assembly.  Also useful were bits and pieces from my 'spares' box for tiny parts like the simulated mini blaster and concussion grenade launcher mounted on the both sides of the main turret. The 'spares' were leftovers from other popsicle stick projects.
Blaise_Gauba10 months ago
By the way, taking the time to take so many pictures of every step is awesome. Not very many Makers do that. I try and document everything I make in as many of the steps as possible. Again, I commend you on you thoroughness in documenting every step.
Blaise_Gauba10 months ago
I also use the chuck in my Dremel or a Screw Gun to use to turn small wooden, brass, aluminum and Acrylic parts for projects that I do. Comes in really handy to do it that way. I like you method as well. There is nothing like hand made. You Walkers are spot on! Good job!
mdelray1 year ago
Cool huh......
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popsicle_mini-models (author)  mdelray1 year ago
Amazing!:)
mdelray1 year ago
I know exactly what you mean when you said about them standing on their own legs. I built four ATST's in 1:6 scale, with 22 points of articulation.... But the final product was really cool....
See them at my flickr sight by googleing TnT's Little things in images.
When/if one breaks you should burn it! Make a snowy background and film it burning as if it were a recreation of the movie. Of course you should then put it on YouTube. If I made one of them I would use it for a Monopoly game. Thanks for your Instructable.
juz4kix1 year ago
Beautiful!!!
And I don't need a laser cutter or CNC machine to do this.
Again Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
tjesse juz4kix1 year ago
No kidding, What happened to the humble scroll saw. Seems like you need a laser cutter for everything. Its carpentry for rich graphic designer hipsters (unless I win one, then its cool).
juz4kix tjesse1 year ago
true. I probably would love one too. But until then they are for non-calloused people who don't want to get their hands dirty. :P
imperio1 year ago
Beautiful model! constructor has infinite patience!
ossum1 year ago
Incredible work! Have you painted any of your models?
dixons1 year ago
Mad props.
rocktman1 year ago
Pretty sweet!
Wow that is freaking amazing. I've worked with p-sticks before, it's not that easy. They're not exactly precision building materials. Very nice work!
stumitch1 year ago
excellent! my son will love this...
This is great and timely as I have been thinking about building some mech-warriors for a print-and-play game I found the other day. I have been exploring materials to use, cheap and readily available being key criteria, and it never occurred to me to use popsicle sticks. I have boxes of them! Thanks for the detail photos for the steps.
Alderin1 year ago
Now to build a motorized one in the same scale.

What? Too ambitious? :-)

Awesome job! I may have to try this, it fits in my currently limited space. :-)
grey_starr1 year ago
That is amazing!! Fav list!!
impressive
Browncoat1 year ago
I would seriously NEVER have the patience/ability to make this. But it's still made of win!! (Along with being made of patience & ability!)
J-Five1 year ago
Two words "PURE GENIUS!!!"
cooooooool
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WOW!
Tomdf1 year ago
Incredible!
wow!
Thrasym1 year ago
I really liked your other instructables but this is my favourite! Really takes me back to the first couple years Star Wars Galaxies was live (you know, before they revamped it and ruined it) and I lived on it. Loved that game, miss my AT-ST, it killed rebels so good.
swisel1 year ago
this is awesome!!!!
Hmm... I'm more of a MechWarrior fan, so maybe... MadCat? Warhammer? Atlas?

Worth a shot...
sunshiine1 year ago
How cute! You are tempting me!
I really want to make one, but seeing how usually I either give up halfway through, or it looks like the remains of a crushed bug, i'm debating whether or not it's worth it.

Really cool and lots of detail! Gets me inspired to start plugging away at other fantasy models!
All thats left is a few Ewoks and Startroopers!
laxap1 year ago
I like them!
Mr.Sanchez1 year ago
Nice weekend project !!! Thnx for share.
Wow
Awesome!!! I love it!!! :-)
jimmyb0nz1 year ago
Amazing job. I have to make a few of these now!