Picture of Walking Papercraft Mech Warrior
A paper Mech Warrior made to appear to walk when a crank is turned. This model is designed after the Madcat/Timberwolf type from the video games.

This is my first attempt at designing my own papercraft automation. It was inspired by an addiction to the Mech Warrior video games and was originally a birthday gift for someone similarly addicted.

There are two options for downloading. the first is a template I have coloured and the second is blank template for people inspired to make their own
If you would like the Photoshop, SVG or just about any CAD file type, just let me know and I will upload them.
Mech Walker.pdf(612x792) 3 MB
Mech Walker - Blank.pdf(612x792) 186 KB

Step 1: Gather The Materials

Picture of Gather The Materials
For this project you will need:

- Paper
- Printer
- Sharp knife
- Metal ruler
- Cutting mat
- White glue

To get the paper I suggest checking around common printers, people tend to print off some doubles, nearly blank and blank pages. At my university you can get scrap paper that will work for this by the handfuls. If you are lucky you can get some thicker paper leftover from posters, which is great for this type of project.

With a bit of luck you can even save a printer from the dump and print the pattern for free. To get a printer start by asking people you know who might have such things laying around. It is also good to try asking at corporate offices. I asked at a place I worked and was able to get a black and white laser printer with a full toner cartridge for free. Since there isn't too much colour in these textures it won't make much of a difference if it is black and white or colour printer.

However, it is important to but new blades for the knife and change them when they are dull. Some people will just use a dull blade, which destroys the cutting mat and results in a rough edge on the paper.

The metal ruler is not necessary, but it makes life much easier to cut long straight lines.
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Jaxton Maez2 years ago
Craft. Oops
Jaxton Maez2 years ago
Also can you put on more paper raft machines? They are pretty cool!
Jaxton Maez2 years ago
Looks kinda like a chrome hound. If you've heard of them.
Jaxton Maez2 years ago
That's really cool you designed it yourself! Could you upload the photoshop version? Thanks!
Lovely, would like to build it myself
Just finished building one of these myself. Build posting at:
epierce3 years ago
This is too cool! I will try this and then maybe go to a plastic version!!
Shaitan6663 years ago
Hey, thank you for this instructable im looking forward to more like it ;) My brother and I had lots of fun building it. Only problem is with the walking. I have the stuff glued in place but it barely moves. I think I understand it know but whatever its still awesome.
toboboxall4 years ago
this is realy cool do u have any more :P
kindar4 years ago
Congratulations; you inspired me to try papercraft with this design. I loved your idea here, but I'm not much of a Mech Warrior fan. So I took your initial design and first changed it into a Star Wars AT-ST. Then, because that wasn't complicated enough, I doubled your mechanism and added gears to make it work for four legs and topped it with an AT-AT. The motion isn't perfect, especially since I had to reverse the mechanism for the back set of legs, but it isn't bad.

Since you said drop a note if we built anything, I thought I'd share. Thanks for the inspiration and foundation!

Walking ATAT.jpgWalking AT-ST.jpeg
J_Hodgie (author)  kindar4 years ago
Those look awesome!
Nice work on the AT-AT
Mikechum4 years ago
What is the estimated time to complete this project?
NM it took me a little past 10 hours
sammetz114 years ago
Could you please make a video for this part i am entriely confused, but great job on the rest
Data6434 years ago
I used A4 paper on this and it completely failed. The cams got bent out of shape because they were so flimsy.
Zrowny4 years ago
Congrats on making it into this week's newsletter!
Loshanagan4 years ago
I see walking AT-ATs in my future...
killerAP4 years ago
can haz autocadd file?
also, the Mad Cat was my favourite Mech. I love you for doing this!
erictank4 years ago
This is awesomely cool! Always been a fan of Mechwarrior/Battletech (I actually used to play the RPG, back in high school), and to see a walking Mad Cat makes a big smile break out on my face. Well done!
bd54 years ago
That is SOOoooo Cool! Great instructable!
shylevari4 years ago
i made a video of it!
9ale7 shylevari4 years ago
love it nice adding !
J_Hodgie (author)  shylevari4 years ago
That looks great, thanks for sharing.
tom123il4 years ago

•The Lincoln, Memorial Reverse penny (mid 1982 to present) weighs 2.5 grams
D00M994 years ago
Whoa. The wolf in the back must have taken some time. Good work.
limppimento5 years ago
Great project. It inspired me to make this. Thanks! Check out the other views here. http://picasaweb.google.com/Limppimento/HalloweenStuff#
malc015 years ago
A brilliant build (which I am doing right now)... but, on page 9 of step7 in the instructions it says, regarding the base part 8, and I quote 

>>1. You actually want the base to be oriented the opposite direction of what you see here, but it still works this way, just not as well.<<

..... so is the picture not correct, and should part 8 actually be rotated 180 from where it is in the picture? This would reverse the position of the numbers 11,10,12, 16.  What makes it " just not as well" if it is done as the picture shows?

Zappa0215 years ago
step 16 looks like the bottom of an AT-ST walker off starwars
Halo412935 years ago
i dot know if tyhis affects anyone else but the so vibrant "purple" that his  camera shows actualy printed out for me as a moderate kind of sky blue color so yeah hats why i wentcrazy thinking purple what the hell wher are the purple and they were all a sky blueish color for me
Joe22c5 years ago
Quite possibly the coolest thing EVER
AGREED!! too bad i cant afford printer ink... i gotta draw and color everything!!! so i dont do much papercaft except for companion cube (who?)
i can make in my sleep ( i have 5 of the things (people?) that are poorly drawn and dont fit together right ^^.... (poor cubey... it (she?) didnt deserve to die for NO REASON AT ALL!!! )LAWLS XD 
ferrari4846 years ago
i am making a mech from knex it's getting quite heavy to be supported by it's legs which you can move by hand
didn't work out
wow... i feel sorry for you. How many peices broke?
None, but if there just was a way for a better baljoint of some sort. 
Well i wasn't using a balljoint but at least some way of suporting it and being still able to move it.
oh. Well, Id use two white connectors, spacers and a blue rod for Waist/knees/elbows/sholuder/you get the point/ etc.

If only I had enough knex to make a mech...
davison1125 years ago
sweet. If only I could do thi with a thor/blackhawk/daishi 40/10
Zrowny5 years ago

This is an awesome design, but I'm having the opposite problem with the cam followers. They keep falling towards each other and getting in the way. Any help?

Zrowny Zrowny5 years ago
Oh wait, I think they will be fixed at the end when i glue the top down. I think the part 27, 28 will keep them from falling towards each other.
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