All Terrain-Tactical Enforcer (AT-TE) in 4-inch size (built 2003)

One of the vehicles of episode 2 fascinated me when I first saw it and I had at once the great hope, that Kenner-Hasbro releases this vehicle also. Clearly said, it is the "Daddy" of the later legendary AT-AT.
Meanwhile I received the message that Kenner/Hasbro considers to build it indeed. But until these vehicles are released, it is possible that still 1 to 2 years will pass. I don' t want to wait such long. I took my Micro-Machines AT-TE, a measuring instrument , a calculator, paper, pencil and calculated each measure, each detail and made a accurate drawing from it. Then, I took 1,5mm thick Polystyrol-plates and cut all the pieces according to the drawing. It was a real smooth work while watching TV, because I didn' t need a saw, just a steel-ruler and a cutter-knife. The lines, which I draw with the pencil on the Polystyrol, I just had to follow again with the cutter-knife and finally broke it apart exactly and clean.
I just stuck together the parts with the special Polystyrol-glue. For the Ball-Cannons, I bought 5cm thick wooden balls, and 5cm Acrylglassballs from 2 half balls each (the same kind like my cannonballs of the Republic Gunship; (just a smaller diameter) and 1cm thick wooden round sticks.
First, I made the wooden balls into a diameter of 46mm (except the stern-balls, they are in no housing), abraded and painted them dark grey. Then I cut for each of the 4 front ball-cannons an Acrylglasdome into half and mounted it with the wooden ball and the counter-part oft the entire Acrylglasdome together again. When fixing the domes together, I used no glue, because the danger was too high, that the wooden ball stick into the Acrylglassball forever.
Then, I cut 4 pieces of the wooden round sticks with a length of 10cm each and mounted it into the already existing holes of the wooden ball. At the top of the cannons, I drilled a 3cm deep hole into (Finally, it is a cannon!).
Finally, I mounted the balls into the AT-TE. The balls are turnable vertical and horizontal in 90° each.
The cannon on top is made of Polystyrol and a part of the rocket-tube of the Republic Gunship. It is turnable horizontal in 360°.
All 6 legs are moveable, but because of a secure stand, they are fixed with screws.

All-in-all, the colossus was ready after 4 weeks (about 28 evenings á 4 hours). Finally I painted it grey and stuck on the left and the right side the insignia of the Republic on, also a driver and the gunner.
The AT-TE is planned for a later clone-wars diorama.


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© Thomas Riedel 2003