Tez Gelmir has always been good with tools. A skilled craftsman, his works showcase his profound interest in science fiction, especially Star Wars. For his daughter’s upcoming first birthday, the artist has designed a remarkably detailed rocking horse that looks like a cheerier version of the 74-Z Speeder Bike. Gelmir said:
I have built my son lots of projects, but with my daughter’s first birthday coming up I felt it was her turn to get some project love and what better way than with her own Speeder Bike?!
First seen in the 1983 film, Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi, the bike is used primarily by scout troopers for reconnaissance and swift transportation, at speeds of over 500 kilometers per hour, in combat areas. Also known as the Imperial Speeder Bike, it was first used in the Battle of Geonosis, and later during the Battle of Endor, in which Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa were chased by the speeder-mounted biker scouts. Hailing from New South Wales in southeast Australia, Gelmir has crafted an innovative 3D-printed Speeder Bike rocker, for his one-year-old daughter. He said:
When the design first came to mind, I had no idea the time and thought that would be involved… My first consideration was strength and stability for the safety of the little ones, as though this project is for my 1y/o, I also have a 5y/o who no doubt will want a turn. The need to be strong enough to handle a beating led me to the first part of my design, a rigid backbone with a solid plywood top for the seat platform. This gave me a good foundation for things like the handles and outrigger to mount from, and somewhere to fix the 3D printed hull shell.
The rocker was built using plywood, screws, bolts, PVC tubes and a 3D printer. Gelmir has provided detailed step-by-step instructions of the entire process, on his Instructables page.
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