Introduction: Windup MineCraft Creeper

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This is an instructable on how to create a windup creeper. This can be applied to anything you want to add a little movement to.

The following steps will take a papercraft creeper and give your nerves a little more of a test when you hear the "hissing" sound and you turn around to see this little guy walking across your desk.

Step 1: Gather Tools and Items

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Tools you'll need:
* Glue
* Knife
* Paper clips
* Craft stick
* Pliers
* small Amount of Clay
** Papercraft Model
** Gear Box

Tools you may need:
* Hammer
* Screw driver
* File
* flush Cutters

Step 2: Get a Windup Gear Box

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There are many options on where to get a gear box, you can buy them online, remove them from other windups, or if you have a 3d printer make one.

Due to the Easter holiday, I've salvaged a gearbox from a walking chicken. After the you eat the candy eggs there is not much fun left in an empty chicken. 

Step 3: Print Your PaperCraft

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Next Print out your papercraft model. Make sure you set it to fill the whole page or best fit.

Step 4: Building the Body

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Place the gearbox in the middle of the body mark and cut out holes for the gear rods.

Then glue the body together around the gearbox, adding some glue to hold the body in place will help.

Step 5: Making the Legs

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Cut out the legs, place a small amount of clay in the bottom of each leg to add weight. 

Before sealing up the legs, add a tab of paper that will act as a hinge.

Step 6: Glue the Legs to the Body

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Glue the tabs together, and place the body between them.

Be Sure you leave a little space between the front two legs as well as the back, this will be where the crank rod will go.

Once the legs are on, you may assemble the rest of the body.

Step 7: Build the Leg Rods

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With the body built, we will build two sets of cranks, one for the front legs and another set for the back.

unbend the paper clips to form straight pieces of metal. Using a pair of pliers, pinch the end and wrap the paper clip around to form loops. 

You will need one small piece to act as the pivot and two longer pieces (long enough to reach from the top of the turn wheel and to  the top of the legs. Bend these pieces into a "L" shape with the loop facing in. (see Picture) 

The excess on the bottom of the "L" need only be as long as the leg is wide.

Step 8: Assembling the Crank

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Using a knife, make a small hole close to the body and insert the "L" rod, loop facing in.

 Do the same on the other leg, this time a little further away then the first hole. Place in the other "L" rod, loop facing in.

Place the smaller pivot pin inside the  two "L" loops and glue it into the hole of the turn wheel.

Repeat these steps for the back legs.

Step 9: Finshed

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Wait for the glue to dry,. Wind it up and watch it go.

You can use a windup gearbox in any project that uses a turn crank or a motor. Have fun and go out and add movement to all your favorite 3D models and papercrafts.


MCPEmaestro (author)2015-10-24

I must say, that's epic!

diamondore (author)2014-12-18

Make A Moving Enderdragon! I Would Know It's Inpossible, But Try?

aquabatty33 (author)diamondore2015-09-28

Great idea! Would the wings flap?

Yes that would be awesome!

I would love that, it would also be very creative

dalfaro2 (author)2015-03-02

Omg I feel bad for the poor chicke

aquabatty33 (author)dalfaro22015-09-28

Me too

aquabatty33 (author)2015-09-28


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knexiskool (author)2014-01-20

ho about you make a moving blaze! it would look really cool

Delete_ (author)2013-10-09

OMG!!! Wooohhhoooo9 that is a genius idea!!!!

jessyratfink (author)2012-03-30

Oh, this is just too neat. He's fantastic!

I'd love to see a video of him.

Noesis (author)jessyratfink2012-03-31

Sure, I'll have one posted soon.

replay290 (author)Noesis2013-03-05

Do you have the video of the creeper in action?

the NeXT designer (author)Noesis2012-07-31

When is soon? You posted that on March 30th of 2012 and I posted this on July 31st of 2012!

MrMistermister (author)Noesis2012-04-22

how long is soon? i wanna see this! :D

Kiteman (author)jessyratfink2012-03-31

Me too!

frost360 (author)2012-09-15

can u make more tutorials on more minercaft mobs or steve or herobrine???
the most epic.... Enderdragon wind up!!!!!!!!!!!

frost360 (author)2012-09-15

do u have a video on how to make it and where to get a gear box..?

wooohhhoooo9 (author)2012-08-10

You could make a papercraft ghast and have a helium balloon in it.It would really float like the ghasts do in the game

Geeknxt (author)2012-06-06

I totally got to make my "skin" walk.
Wonderful Idea.

Heywasup (author)2012-04-03

also could you please elaborate on how to attach the rods the the legs and turn wheel

Noesis (author)Heywasup2012-04-14

Attaching the L rods can be a little tricky, I placed a small amount of glue on the tip of each rod before placing in the hole on each leg, Pushing it against the top of the leg until it dried. Another way is to make the bottom of the L shape paperclip longer than the leg and place 2 hole one on each side of the leg, Feed the L through both holes and bend the end over the top to hold in place.

The turn wheel should have 2 holes in it, one in the center and one towards the outer edge. Place a small amount of glue in the outer hole, then feed the pin through the loops of both the L shape paper clips after they are attached to the legs and fit it into the glue, let it dry. Using a pair of pliers to to hold the pin and weave it through the loops may help.

Most of the action where hard to get with a camera solo, and the ones i did take were to blurry to use.

I'll see about getting new ones and updating the Instructable to reflect any issues that arise or concerns posted in the comments.

Note: if your windup does not have a turn wheel, you may make one using thick card stock and a hole punch. Punch out about 8 (depending on size, about 1.5 or 2 mm thick should work) and glue together, using a needle make 2 holes one in the middle and one around the outer edge.

Heywasup (author)2012-04-03

how big was the chicken you got the gearbox from?

Noesis (author)Heywasup2012-04-14

Sorry for the delayed response. The chicken was about 4 in tall.

Dusk Shadows (author)2012-04-11

thats really cool could you give me some tips because i just started and it would really help me?

mbsushi (author)2012-04-03

defiantly need a video of this.

mikeasaurus (author)2012-04-01

Ha! The wind-up sound would be close to the hissing sound they make.

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