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28mmMan12 Oct 2011 1:51 p.m. PST

Anyone else out there made something fun with their Burger King Steam Tarantula toy?

Here are a couple fine examples (both modified…but use the base and legs at least)



I came across three complete sets while straightening up the workshop and I am considering doing something with them or letting them go…so I need some inspiration…I doubt I will find any more sets lol.

I know I had about a dozen sets that I let most if not all of that batch go to TMPers back in 2009 but I never got see what was done with them.

John Leahy12 Oct 2011 3:11 p.m. PST

Yeah, I have them. My sister in law went and bout 2-3 dozen from a local Burger King. I traded a dozen or more away. I have built 3-4 into steam spiders with a turret. I also picked up a lot of Atlantis toys including their trucks and steam tanks.



Erasmus B Dragon12 Oct 2011 3:12 p.m. PST

The first thing I did with mine was take out the Snidely Whiplash "pilot".
I did two for G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. using aluminum cigar humidor tubes with button tops.

I did another for Gorka Morka, with yer standard MkI Ork with bolta as the pilot.

You can still get them on eBay with appropriate searches, and fairly cheaply.
You may have to buy the whole WWW set, but they will still be cheap.

These and the AT-AT walker are classic Old Skewl G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. models.

Chris Palmer12 Oct 2011 4:52 p.m. PST

The two in the first picture are mine…so you see what I did with them. :-)

28mmMan12 Oct 2011 5:37 p.m. PST

Chris you are the man!

Grimmnar12 Oct 2011 5:48 p.m. PST

Don't forget the ones from the Dr. Loveless toy from the WWW line of toys from the movie. :-)


28mmMan12 Oct 2011 5:50 p.m. PST

Might be fun to make a steam version of the Imperial Viper probe droid





krdavis3212 Oct 2011 7:58 p.m. PST

Here's my Martian Tripod…


pphalen13 Oct 2011 4:05 p.m. PST

Here's my Martian Tripod…

While that line may occasionally work in Pubs, the link is only for members of whatever group it is posted to…

pphalen13 Oct 2011 4:08 p.m. PST

Here is one I built with the bottom of the WWW tarantula bottom, and the GZG mini tank on top:


(the one on the ground is the tripod from Paroom Station)

28mmMan13 Oct 2011 4:34 p.m. PST

PP…great walker…and now, what is the story about these kettleheads! What fun!


Barry S13 Oct 2011 4:48 p.m. PST

Here's one I use for 15mm VSF.




krdavis3213 Oct 2011 4:54 p.m. PST

funny, I'll have to try that next time….

new link


Watchtower7814 Oct 2011 10:07 a.m. PST

Love these mods and Ray I can't get them right now as I have other commitments and have had some setbacks :( Good luck with the mods!

Micman Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2011 11:00 a.m. PST

Here is one of the ones a friend made for our 28mm games.


and a pic with both of them


I hope to get mine done some year.

Colonel Hairy Haggis15 Oct 2011 9:05 a.m. PST

Here's a picture of one I built a looong time ago


and this picture is of another one I built as a scout


I still use them from time to time when I can get to the gameing store.

As always at your service,

Hairy Haggis

28mmMan15 Oct 2011 5:52 p.m. PST

…hairy haggis…that is a picture that I would like to bleach out of my brain!

Seriously though, nice work on the walkers.

I like the restraint with the second one…just four legs

Me, I would look to break into another kit to add more legs :)

Colonel Hairy Haggis16 Oct 2011 2:51 p.m. PST

Thanks, I think…

The Scout walker is from the smaller model of the bad guys one man walker. I also bought a bunch of "Mage Knight" spiders. I'm going to make them into clockwork lancers.

as ever


28mmMan16 Oct 2011 4:05 p.m. PST

Mage knight spiders eh?

I had limited luck finding what you speak of…are yours one of these?





These guys would make for freaky transports


28mmMan26 Oct 2011 1:09 p.m. PST

Alrighty. I found an extra body so I shared the legs with the three complete ones I had already.

So I have cut the ugly dude out, removed the little rubber chimney, and took off the turn key. Then I added a new fancy chimney on each using these


Now I have four 6 legged craft.

The question is now how to arm the craft.

As I plan on trading these off to others who can make better use them as my gaming options are zero these days…I could go with

turret or platform with canon
turret or platform with Tesla lightning gun
platform with rail to place men at arms
or other

It is my plan to leave the cockpit open to add whatever scale miniature pilot the end user would like to.

But what scale are you using yours for?

I would think 15mm would be most appropriate but certainly 28mm would work also.

Once I make up my mind I will post the pics.

I am putting a couple other small projects, a couple drop ships, to pass along to a couple TMPers who have been waiting for a project each…at the same time…I finally found the boxes where their pieces were hiding during the move.

So a couple of irons in the fire.

28mmMan26 Oct 2011 4:03 p.m. PST

Here are the four WIP walkers


Sorry for quality of pic…need my other camera back…waiting on new lens.

28mmMan26 Oct 2011 7:04 p.m. PST

I put the same pics up on my other account, see if these show up here


TheBeast27 Oct 2011 4:23 a.m. PST

Sorry to wax on a 15mm use I had in mind…

Yet another unfinished project, after I removed the motor to make it less top-heavy, I realized I could run the body upside down, cut the 'belly' to make it an open-top engine room, and leave the inverted 'chin' open for the pilot box.

Add to that I had some extra bodies from garage sales and the like, and, therefore, it seemed a good idea to assemble them with four legs, I had a low, slinking bronze bauble of badness.

Maybe a Gatling suspended under the pilot?


28mmMan27 Oct 2011 8:43 a.m. PST

I was thinking the same thing about the belly gunner.

I thought about flipping them upside down, but kept them rightside up this time around.

I am considering a flat platform for the aft area with guard rails and shielded sections to allow snipers/riflemen to rain fire down on the ground troops.

About half as long as this…add the rails and shields


28mmMan27 Oct 2011 10:48 a.m. PST

So…Tesla lightning gun or traditional canon/machine gun?

TheBeast27 Oct 2011 11:05 a.m. PST

You can never go wrong with Tesla. ;->=

However, there's much love in my heart for multiple rotating barrels of death.

I was thinking the same thing about the belly gunner.

In my vision, more a chin gunner. Upside down, there's a sort of cutout in the 'head'.

Suspended between the legs seems as if it'd get as dicey as the first machine guns shot through propellers.


28mmMan27 Oct 2011 11:14 a.m. PST

Yes I mis-spoke/wrote…I completely meant the belly/chin under the pilot/wheelhouse…the actual belly would be a nightmare lol!

28mmMan27 Oct 2011 9:35 p.m. PST

Ok here are the updated shots…troop platforms added, forward Tesla Arc Cannons added, there are a few other small details added, and a base coat to find cleanup issues.

The pictures are shown with six 15mm miniatures including a sniper/spotter team



I made an effort to make sure the legs on all four walkers were as different as possible without losing balance or footing.


vonkluge Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2020 7:34 p.m. PST

Well a little late to the party but the one in the BOTTOM picture at the start of this thread is mine. I hate when folks lift pictures and don't give credit. Now the cool thing is 9 years later I have 14 of them!(ok not all built!)

vonkluge Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2020 7:42 p.m. PST

I have since done the derailer tank and many others

you can see them on my site TMP link

TheBeast18 Jul 2020 5:08 p.m. PST

TMP seems to have made it a 'TMP site', which didn't work for me.

historicalhobbiesDOTcom DID work… ;->=


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