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.
Step 1: Tools & Materials
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
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.