We did it again – this is crazy!!! I am so glad and grateful for all your awesome support. Thanks to everyone who voted, shared and promoted my project!
Even though we probably may not see such a large and detailed project as an official set, there is still a good chance for a smaller, still awesome UCS scaled model (with around 3000-5000 parts) This will finally give the Sandcrawler the glory and attention it deserves – as it is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting and exciting vehicles in the whole STAR WARS saga.
All in all, let's keep our fingers crossed and again – thank you for being believers and dreamers!
Moving rusty rock – the Sandcrawler
Somehow I always liked this slow moving bulky vessel as I saw it the first time in "A new hope". Its clear lines and its massive size stands again the force of the sand and winds even in the harshest of desert conditions of Tatooine and keeps his small habitants safe. It's actual more than just a vehicle it’s a moving town. The Sandcrawler was originally used in his earlier days for mining purpose and was long time abandoned before the Jawas rediscovered it as their new mobile headquarters, shops and homes.
More than its adventurous background I love the proper design, the sharp edges and the proportions of the model a lot and I have always thought that the Sandcrawler never got as much love from the community as it deserves.
The model itself is not that complex designed – it is just a big brown box! That was also my first thought, but there are more unusual angles as you are thinking at the first sight. Untill I was finally satisfied with the result, I ended up rebuilding the whole model three and the most difficult bits uncountable times during the process.
The back: one of the flashiest details are the two large cylinders actual the power generators of the vehicle. I had found a solution with curved slopes connected with snot adaptors on the greebly base plate. The cylinders are sticking through the roof and ending in different designed fans.
The front: the forward sweep of the crawler’s body is probably one of the most complex parts of the build. It’s consisting of irregular angles. I had decided to build all panels brick building wise instead of using plates – this decision didn’t make the whole intend easier, not at all! It might sound ridiculous, but achieving the proper angles took me weeks of developing and trial and error.
Wall pattern: I achieved the rusty and weathered appearance of the walls with different brown shades and the use of dark orange and bluish grey splashes as seen on the original model.
So here is the chance to turn the model in to an official LEGO set! Use the force!