Step 6: Drive Engine & Gyro System Assembly

For the walker's drive engine, a two-layer 'sandwiched' wooden stirrer was used.  The flat octagonal shape of the drive engine was carved using a fine drum sander attachment.  Side slots for the drive shafts were cut using an olfa cutter.

A bamboo chopstick was tapered using a drum sander and cut to the desired length based on the gyro system illustrated in the blueprint.  I highly recommend cutting the bamboo chopstick a little longer since it'll be easier to shorten it in the later stages when mounting the main turret.  With the lengthened gyro system, you'll have the option to position the main turret facing up, down, left or right. The bamboo stick gyro system was then glued on top of the drive engine and set aside to dry.

Two (2) drive shafts were fabricated from scraps and mounted in the slots cut in the sides of the drive engine assembly.  After these were allowed to dry, a drum sander was used to shape the end of the drive units parallel to the drive engine assembly.  This increases the contact area where the drive shafts meets the leg assemblies.
<p>I am awed</p>
Where is the at at walker <br>
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.
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!
Cool huh......
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.... <br>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.
Beautiful!!! <br>And I don't need a laser cutter or CNC machine to do this. <br>Again Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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).
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
Beautiful model! constructor has infinite patience!
Incredible work! Have you painted any of your models?
Mad props.
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!
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.
Now to build a motorized one in the same scale. <br> <br>What? Too ambitious? :-) <br> <br>Awesome job! I may have to try this, it fits in my currently limited space. :-)
That is amazing!! Fav list!!
I would seriously NEVER have the patience/ability to make this. But it's still made of win!! (Along with being made of patience &amp; ability!)
Two words &quot;PURE GENIUS!!!&quot;
cooooooool <br>(0-0)
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.
this is awesome!!!!
Hmm... I'm more of a MechWarrior fan, so maybe... MadCat? Warhammer? Atlas? <br> <br>Worth a shot...
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. <br> <br>Really cool and lots of detail! Gets me inspired to start plugging away at other fantasy models! <br>All thats left is a few Ewoks and Startroopers!
I like them!
Nice weekend project !!! Thnx for share. <br>
Awesome!!! I love it!!! :-)
Amazing job. I have to make a few of these now!

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