The Local chapter of the 501st is building a successor to our original "Tank"
DSC00507 by cryogenesys, on Flickr
Flickr gallery :
Build Gallery :
The new vehicle is a replica of the new version of the 80's kenner toy, the "Imperal Troop Transport" as seen in the new fall TV show "Rebels"
Imperial_troop_transporter_rebels_reversed by imperialtankcrewggg, on Flickr
Lucasfilm was kind enough to give us detailed images and plan views of the ILM digital model. Unfortunately, I cannot post those per LFL request.
We selected a 1980 Ford Econoline van as the base vehicle, the large, box shape is the perfect platform for the new transport.
IMG_20140514_163044_930 by imperialtankcrewggg, on Flickr
We have started the steel framework, and are using 1/8 " thick polycarbonite "twinwall" panels for the body shell, for their light weight & strength.
IMG_20140831_143243828_HDR by imperialtankcrewggg, on Flickr
There is a dedicated flckr gallery that I will be uploading progress photos to, and occasionally posting here.( I get very busy sometimes and I am really bad about documenting my builds.)
"imperial Troop Transport" build gallery :
The final vehicle will have a electrically operated rear loading ramp, built-in sound system, 120 volt system, front & rear video camera to assist the driver, and there will be seating for 10 inside ( 2 crew & 8 troopers)
We have a deadline of October 12th, so watch the flickr gallery in the next 4 weeks for lots of progress pics - I will post highlights to this thread.