Terrain-Tactical Enforcer (AT-TE) in 4-inch size (built
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
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.
click the pics for larger images.
Thomas Riedel 2003