For this year’s May the 4th, I wanted to create something special. This is what I came up with: an All Terrain Armored Transport using the MINDSTORMS 51515 set, or AT-AT MS5 in short. There was a motorized AT-AT build in the Dark Side Developer Kit (9754). However, since it was released on 2000, I feel it was in urgent need of an update. What better than using the MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor set 51515. The robot was programmed using Python.
In this project, I built an Armored Assault Tank using the MINDSTORMS 51515 set, or AAT MS5 in short. It is inspired by the Battle Droid on STAP of the Droid Developer Kit and the AAT of the Dark Side Developer Kit. Moreover, it is powered by the MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor set 51515 and programmed using Python.
I had a complete blast (re)building the Battle Droid on STAP from the Droid Developer Kit (9748). Thus, the next natural step was to give a model of the Dark Side Developer Kit (9754) the same treatment. The original set came with three different booklets (1, 2, 3) with instructions to build a Droid Starfighter, a Destroyer Droid (aka Droideka), and an AT-AT. However, in contrast to the Droid Developer Kit, this set didn’t have a CD. Instead, the booklets had pictures of the alternative builds. Among these, you could find the Armored Assault Tank (or AAT for short).
As a teenager (and even during my years at college), I had a blast playing with the LEGO Mindstorms sets. One of them ones was the Droid Developer Kit (9748). Basically, it allowed you to build Star Wars droids and put them in action using the included Micro Scout (which included a motor, a light sensor, and seven built-in programs). I still have my original kit and with the Star Wars fever caused by The Mandalorian (and all the announced shows coming in the near future), I thought this Christmas break was the perfect occasion to jump back into this set.