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Painteddone3
Winnah Atst 2008
The trend this year – chicken walkers! Chebosto writes -

For this year’s costume I was going to do the new Takara R35 GTR Transformer Toy as a costume, but i wanted to change it up a bit this year… plus all my friends were like.. do something else.. i was watching Return of the Jedi on DVD during a recent business trip, and i’m like. whoa… bipedal vehicles.. i totally forgot about the Chicken walker.

i started doing some drawings.. and then bought a Lego AT-ST to get a scale model in front of me..

i intend on doing it semi puppet like. my feet/legs will be all in black, then ‘slip’ into the feet (or harnesses to the side of the feet) of the AT-ST so when i move my own legs it will move the legs of the AT-ST. the legs/torso of the AT-st will be mounted in a suspender like rigging so it will stay on my hips while i move. Rubber bands inside the legs near the hinges will return it to the neutral state and prevent it from sagging due to the multiple links in the ostrich legs… then my upper torso will be in the ‘head’ and i’ll be able to move the cannons and lasers with my hands.. to mount the head to my body, i was thinking of using a backpack rigging similar to that of a hiking pack with a skeleton structure, and strapping the head to this rig so that i can move the head of the at-st to one side but still have my feet facing forward as i walk.. for the entry port at the top of the AT-st. i’ll cut a hole, and have Chewbacca stick out at the top, which will be stuck to a hat that i’ll be wearing so when i move my head, it’ll look like Chewy will be moving around up there.

materials used (& planned to use): alot of cardboard, corrugated plastic, foam board, pop rivets, super duct tape, velcro, Kilz wood sealer, Rustoleum primer and paint, wooden dowels, pvc pipe, plastic water bottles, pop rivets, bolts, old backpack straps, big rubber bands.

Tools: uber sharp razor blade/box cutter, tape measure, straight edge, calculator, circle cutter, protractor, drill and bit set, saw

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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