Monday, August 17, 2015

Lego Creation: Working Sandcrawler

"LEGO Technic Star Wars Sandcrawler" by Jarren Harkema and Calvin Hartley

This massive  3-foot long, 28-pound, 10,000-brick Sandcrawler replica was created by Jarren Harkema and Calvin Hartley.  What sets it apart from the 3,296-piece official set is that the whole thing is functional.  It has mechanized tracks, a working elevator, a droid lift, a conveyor belt, and cooling fans on the roof.

The pair spent over five hundred hours building the Sandcrawler, and they recently unveiled it at the Chicago Brickworld LEGO convention, where it was ominated for "Best Mechanical Creation."

Talking to Michigan Live, Harkema said:
The idea for the Sandcrawler was born in Hartley’s basement “that is “literally devoted to Lego” with tables, plastic tubs and an entire wall with drawers full of building elements. They chose the Sandcrawler because it provided a lot of interesting challenges when it came to the mechanics. The original building team started out with five, but gradually “whittled itself down to just the two of them.”

Joshua Hanlon from talks with Calvin Hartley and Jarren Harkema about their LEGO Technic Star Wars Tatooine Sandcrawler build.

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