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Custom Sandcrawler
This was based on the original Sandcrawler, and also an excellent MOC by Bricks Downunder. I obviously added my own slant to it. Unfortunately I cannot afford Jawas to go in it!
About this creation
The overall dimensions are 63 long, 28 wide, and 28 high, rising to 33 at the front. In volume it is much much bigger than the standard set. I had used almost all of the pieces from that set and had not even finished the first level. It is heavy....

Front view. As in the official model, the front hinges downwards. It's just much bigger in this instance.

Just like the original set, the rear treads can be turned via the wheel.





Both sides swing open using hinges to allow access to the interior.

This is an entrance hatch, accessed via a hinge at the bottom and a trap-door within the Sandcrawler

The central part of the Sandcrawler has three levels. The bottom level contains a large hangar, storage space, and a Droid Workshop.

There is a small foundry on the third level where the Jawas smelt down smaller pieces of junk. There is a closer view below. You can also see the roof access hatch open here. The steps are just around the corner from the foundry.



Living Quarters. I don't know how Biggs got in there. The roof lifts off here.

The rear of the third floor has a living compartment, and is accessed via a sliding panel which can be completely removed. To the left of here are stairs going down to the second level, directly over the engine.

The lower two floors of the rear of the Sandcrawler are accessed via hinged wall - This room is double-height, and contains the engine.

The Engine is off to one side, the rest of the room contains controls, and ladder access to the second floor of the main body. Although you can't see it, behing the engine are steps down to the lower floor. There are also viewing windows from the second floor, and also down into the Droid Workshop.

The Engine. You can see the central hangar space to the left of the wheel.

The Engine Room has a balcony that overlooks the main hangar. In this photo the front ramp is open so you can see all the way through.

Viewing into the interior with the front ramp extended. The working area has a crane to one side, and is overlooked by a control booth. The main hangar is 12 wide, ample for the older Landspeeder.

The hangar has a door off to the right which leads to a storage area. On the right of the working area, through the bars, are steps from the front side hatch up to the second level. The use of grid plates in the third floor makes the whole area quite light and airy if one removes the top panels.

Here you can see the crane, which is taken right from the official set. There is a side entrance, and the doorway through the tan arch leads to the Droid workshop. There is a hinged access panel to allow you to work the crane.

Here is another view of the side where the crane is located. You can see the Droid workshop on the lower level. On the second level, there is a hinged conveyer belt that drops down into the hangar space, thus allowing salvage to be brought up. You can see the grey sides of it behind the black barrier.

The front ramp has a double-hinged trapdoor in it to allow larger pieces of junk to be recovered using the crane.

Here you can see my one and only Jawa ($15???? No way....) supervising operations.

The front ramp is neatly secured shut using two flag-like bits on a rod, and then two small plates that swivel round. It will not stay shut by itself, but I like this solution. The yellow windows are exactly that, windows. The original set had stickers but I felt I could do better. Behind the windows is the cabin, with seats for two drivers.

It is accessed via a neat trapdoor.

There are two seats, and a wide variety of controls along both the front and two diagonal walls.

From the inside, the cabin is accessed via the main control room on the third floor. This sits suspended over the main working area. This room is accessed via a removeable roof panel.

The other side can be seen here. It is large enough for several Jawas. To the right is a cubicle for a Jawa Commander, and to the left a small room that looks down into the main working area. The decking area has grid plates to allow light into the floors below, and to allow the Jawas to see what is going on. You can just see the orange steps off to the left which lead down to the second floor.

Here is a view from the other side. There is another removeable roof panel here which accesses the central third floor area. Some of this is cut away, basically making access easier from the side for small hands.

Top view. There are four removeable panels and two hinged panels. You have already seen the cabin at the front. The Jawa is standing next to the other one, which is roof access hatch. This has stairs leading down to the third level.

They need to be able to get to the roof, and there are two storage compartments up there. These are actually on top of a removeable panel.

And finally, here comes the Jawa.



Comments

 I like it 
  September 8, 2012
Congratulations… this is an impressive Sandcrawler. Very clever idea to secure the front ramp in the closed position. Also great how the rear wall opens to access the engine compartment, I did not do this on mine.
Jon L
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Toastguy Fett
  January 28, 2011
HOW DID THIS NOT GET MORE COMMENTS/RATINGS/VIEWS!? AHHH IT'S AWESOME!
Jon L
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lachlan parker
  October 4, 2010
That is possibly the BEST ever sandcrawler I have ever seen. Great work.
 I like it 
  July 29, 2010
I cannot believe this does not have any comments. Awesome mod. Congrats
 
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