The AT-ST’s always been one of my favorites. The overall design is just awesome. Building mine, I went with my usual sizing, with emphasis on high amount of detail and low amount of studs. The most challenging part of the build was, probably as expected, getting the model to stand on its own two feet. It does – and with full articulation – but I did end up making a stand for it, since displaying it by itself was too scary.
Weapons! Everyone likes complicated guns, right? The main gun was a challenge, because of all the little cylinders on it. Binoculars solved that well, I think. One of the things I don’t like about some AT-STs (my previous Midi-scale included) is that the concussion grenade launcher is too big, so I attempted to get that right in this model.
One thing a lot of people I’ve talked to assume about the AT-ST is that the cockpit hatch opens to the back. Actually, it opens to the side. To make things more difficult, I decided that a 3-wide hatch was the right size.
This was one of my favorite parts to work on. I see all those great cheese slope mosaics others do, but I’ve never previously had a chance to do something like that myself. No, they’re not all attached. Most are, but six are held in only by friction.
This is probably the only place where I strayed from the basic design of the studio model. Instead of the leg rotating on a piece attached to a hinge, I went with a ball joint, which was much stronger than any of the other LEGO assemblies I could come up with.
Very tough, these. If you ever desire a feeling of intense satisfaction with an MOC, go build something that has to hold up a chunk of heavy SNOT with two legs that include multiple joints and have to be skinny and detailed. If you’ve never done a fist pump before, you will do one when you get it to stand up on its own.
This is the only point in this vehicle where one can really greeble. Of note, there are two unusual parts usage here: the ‘neck’ is an inside-out rubber tire, and there’s a samurai helmet in the greebles.