With MegaCon coming up this weekend time has been ZOOMING by, but I'm happy to report that the Florida garrison of the 501st has enthusiastically agreed to help me auction off the AT-AT rocker for charity! The auction will be held this Saturday at MegaCon, and it's a silent auction, so you can just swing by the 501st's booth anytime that day and write in your bid.
Remember, the auction is Saturday only, so don't miss out! (Sorry to all of you out-of-towners, but the rocker is just too cumbersome to ship.)
Big shout-out to Scott over at the 501st for being generally awesome and helping arrange all the auction details. He even let me pick the charity, so the entire winning bid will go to one of my local favorites, Give Kids the World.
Oh, and get this: Scott tells me we'll be starting the bidding at $100, because that's how much his own mother has already bid for it! Haha! Suh-WEET!
And speaking of the AT-AT, one of the reasons I've been a bit scarce over here is John and I have been spending our evenings for the past week-and-a-half painstakingly re-drawing and formatting the AT-AT template, plus writing up complete step-by-step instructions, so even a woodworking newbie can tackle this project. (If you can handle a scroll saw & a power drill, then this is in your skill set.)
My original hand-drawn template wasn't completely symmetrical or perfect by any means, but this new-and-improved one is, and we've formatted it so you can print it at home and piece together the full-size template, no special printers or scaling required.
This is the first time John and I have written up such a comprehensive tutorial & template, complete with a materials guide, tool list, and handy illustrations. (It's 37 pages long, you guys. THIRTY SEVEN PAGES.) That's because this is something of an experiment; we're planning to sell the template on Etsy as a digital download. (Like, WHOAH, right??)
If this little experiment is a success, then I may be able to convince John to help me make similar templates & guides for other big projects in the future. Just the big stuff, though, or anything so complicated that I think a template & guide might be helpful. Rest assured I'll still be posting all my usual tutorials and crafty bits; this would only be in addition to all that.
And of course if nobody buys this one, then it's a safe bet we won't be wasting this much time on templates again!
So anyhoo, if you're interested in purchasing the template, it's an instant download over at my brand-spankin' new Etsy shop.
I hope this helps all of you who wanted your own AT-AT rocker get one! And thanks for all the support and general awesomeness - you guys totally ROCK. ;)
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