Posted on June 9, 2012


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[Main image by Don J. Morgan]

We’ve seen them in everything to manga and anime (such as BattleTech and Robotech) to Star Wars.  They’re giant walking robots.  A dream for many a nerd, the walking robot is cooler than anything on wheels.  Few things can strike fear in the hearts of the enemy (whoever that enemy may be) than seeing giant AT-AT walkers coming in their direction.  A few years ago, I read about some guys who were going to try to make a megamech powered by an automotive engine and made of scrap metal.  As far as I know, the project was abandoned.  So just how possible are these things?  Can it be done?

Building a giant mechanoid to have a proper walking motion is no easy task.  The mechanics of walking have been known for a long time.  Animators have been using anatomical knowledge to produce believable…

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