I have built my son lots of projects but with my daughter's first birthday coming up I felt it was her turn to get some project love and what better way than with her own Speeder Bike?!
The 74-Z Speeder Bike is best known for its appearance in the 1983 movie, Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. In which Imperial Scout Troopers, on the forest moon of Endor, engage in a vicious chase with Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa after the Rebels commandeered the speeder bikes to pursue their foes.
I have to say though, when the design first came to mind, I had no idea the time and thought that would be involved....
For the most part, the facade of the speeder is based on the original concept drawing for the movie prop I found on the net, while using photos of ultra high quality scale models to fill in the gaps. Customizing the design to suit its purpose as a child's rocker (sturdy with no small breakable parts).
I see the overall design as three main parts, firstly the speeder bike its self (the hull etc); secondly the rocker arms/frame and thirdly the electronics.
The main materials I chose to use are practical and some of my favorite to work with:
Plywood: Super strong, easy to cut and can look quite classy if finished off correctly. Low cost.
3D Printing: Great for the technical curved parts like the hull and detailed small parts. Low material cost.
PVC Tube: Light, easy to work with. Low cost.
Screws: G2 and G4 countersunk screws in a range of lengths
Bolts: Mostly M3 and M4 bolts