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Tri-droid
Techno Union Tri-droid
About this creation
Tri-droids were enormous tripedal war machines used by the Techno Union and Confederacy of Independant Systems during the Clone Wars. The Tri-droid was a massively up-scaled version of it's predecessor, the infantry Octuptarra combat tri-droid.

This version, used during the battle of Christophsis, was armed with 3 heavy laser cannons as opposed to the heavy artillery version as seen at the battle of Mygeeto. The Tri-droids were formidable in battle, eliminating infantry and tanks alike. Their rotating assemblies meant tthey could change facing almost instantly and made them alsmots impossible to approach.


The Star Wars universe holds a wealth of wonderfully designed vehicles and droids. The prequels and the continuing Clone Wars series are a showcase for so many new and interesting concepts and have provided me with loads of inspiration!

Like my AV-7, I'm not sure if LEGO will ever produce a version of this due to it's unorthodox shape and support issues - it'd probably make a very expensive set and not be hugely playable - but don't quote me on that. So out of love for all things droid-y, I thought I'd take a stab building this monster, the Techno Union Tri-droid!






I found the best way to realise the Tri-droids sphereical shape was to simply build a LEGO sphere. I'd experimented almost sphereical winscreen and cockpit LEGO elements, but these just didn't look right.




As LEGO don't produce transparent axles, I used a 3mm length of transparent perpex rod to support the Tri-droid. A little cheaty? Maybe - but it looks good!


The Tri-droid towers over it's enemies...




Anakin attacks from above, exploiting the Tri-droid's main weakness!



It's still somewhat a work in progress as between takling the photos and posting I've though of several different solutions to various parts of the model, so I'll probably be working on a newer version really soon.

Hope you enjoy looking at it! Comments and criticism welcome as always.



Comments

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  October 15, 2012
A sinister looking war machine. I like how you've built its spindly, spider-like legs and not worried about them being structural. Good use of a modified sphere too!
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  October 15, 2012
Wicked! Congrats on MOTD!
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  October 15, 2012
congrats on MOTD!
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  October 15, 2012
WOW!!! P.S. Did you know that the clones called this droid a virus droid also cause after a battle, it spread a virus?
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  October 15, 2012
This is a very accurate version of the Tri-droid. It might be the best I've seen so far.
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  October 15, 2012
I agree with the guy beneath me and I also think LEGO should make a set with a Tri-droid! Maybe CUUSOO is a handy solution!
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  October 15, 2012
Awesome!
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  May 24, 2011
Quoting ben livengood than you for telling me. but i am a really big separatist fan. is it ok if i base my design after yours?
Yes, of course! All I ask is that you please acknowledge me and my original design when you post it.
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  February 10, 2011
than you for telling me. but i am a really big separatist fan. is it ok if i base my design after yours?
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  January 10, 2011
Quoting Alexander . Beautiful, Simply Beautiful! I've been working on a Tri-Droid of my own for quite some time now but cannot get the legs right, So can you please tell me how you got the legs so precise?
I used lots of SNOT bricks so I could get plates and tiles on the sides... nothing special really. I'm still workng on my second version of the Tri-droid which uses ball joints where the legs connect at the main body and I've taken out some of the flexibility so that it can stand without a base. Been qute a taxing build! I've photo and post as soon as I can.
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  October 30, 2010
can i have instructions plz plz plz !!!!! ilove it best one ever !!!
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  August 30, 2010
Beautiful, Simply Beautiful! I've been working on a Tri-Droid of my own for quite some time now but cannot get the legs right, So can you please tell me how you got the legs so precise?
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  May 19, 2010
So I came back to my Tri-droid with a challenge on my hands: to refine the construction, rebuilding the lower section of the droid so it wouldn't need the big transparent base. Well I'm happy to say yes! I did it! I'll post my Tri-droid Mk.II when at the earliest opportunity. Look forward to sharing it with you all.
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  March 17, 2010
Thanks for the kind remarks! Unfortunately I don't make instructions for anything this big. I've only ever made instructions for a creation once - a small set alternative. It's unlikely I've ever do instructions for anything this big, I just don't have the time!
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  January 31, 2010
Awesome Moc! Could you please send me the instructions? My email kev.ebert@gmail.com. Thanks!
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  December 28, 2009
heey nice moc can you send me instructions please sent them to this email address habbofreak1512@gmail.com
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  December 22, 2009
O for Awesome dude! I think it is really sweet!
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  December 22, 2009
O for Awesome dude! I think it is really sweet!
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  December 17, 2009
wow can u make some instructions of give us cross sextion
pedro
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Commander Zuke of the 932nd League
  December 3, 2009
simply amazing. 2 good 4 words.
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  December 1, 2009
Realistic. Thumbs up!
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  November 29, 2009
Fantastic!! :^D
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  November 27, 2009
how did you make it I also want to now how you made the ABRAMS tank
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  November 27, 2009
AWESOME!
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  November 27, 2009
Fantastic job on this one, come look at mine if you get a chance!
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  November 27, 2009
Fantastic job on this one, come look at mine if you get a chance!
pedro
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Commander Zuke of the 932nd League
  November 26, 2009
this is by far the best tri-droid i've ever seen.
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  November 26, 2009
I tried making this thing once,it sucked like heck. But this one is spot on!
  November 26, 2009
This is amazing best Tri-driod I have ever seen!!!!
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  November 26, 2009
That is fantastic nice job!
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  November 26, 2009
At the homepage it looked real and I came to it and im like :O
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  November 26, 2009
Oh my god tht thing is amazing. Wow, I'm very impressed.
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  November 26, 2009
Excellent, that is how its done. :)
  November 24, 2009
can it be supported without the clear stand?
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  November 24, 2009
dude o.o that rocks you could do better then lego
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  November 24, 2009
INCREDIBLE! in every way color, size shape, PAWNEGENIS..?
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  November 23, 2009
Thanks very much! @ STAR WOLF: If you take a look at my 'Last Stand on Argoth' bignette, you'll see there's a Crab Droid amongst the attacking CIS forces!
pedro
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The Incinerator
  November 22, 2009
this is probably the best Tri-Droid ever created out of lego the color the shape everything is just perfect and gives you a real Tri-Droid feeling, beautiful job!!
pedro
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STAR WOLF
  November 22, 2009
i luv it. try making a crab droid!
  November 21, 2009
i may be a clone fan but it so detailed and perfect it exact to the show it the best one i ever seen even on youtube i havent seen better
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  November 21, 2009
Very nice tri-droid! I once made a quick one for my Mygeeto landscape but I never got round to attempt another, but after seeing this I think I'll have to! nice job!
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  November 21, 2009
AWESOME!
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  November 21, 2009
I comment on this again to ask you if you can please check out this http://mocpages.com/moc.php/166418
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  November 21, 2009
Very nice, It looks perfect!
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  November 20, 2009
Cheers for the further comments! @ Yuri: Being completely unable to defend attacks from above is a major weakness in it's own right! @ Joseph: The Tri-droid is the hugely upscaled version of the Octuptarra (read my entry above) of which there is an artillery version - two eyes per cannon - seen at Mygeeto and the laser cannon version - one eye per cannon - seen at Christophsis.
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  November 20, 2009
"Anakin attacks from above, exploiting the Tri-droid's main weakness!" The over-vulnerable design? lol! Great MOC, interesting modifications on the sphere's technique.
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  November 19, 2009
wow, awesome droid, but its called an octuptarra droid, tri-droids have 2 eyes
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  November 19, 2009
Very nice.
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  November 19, 2009
This is the most accurate LEGO droid I have ever seen! And i've been on MOCpages for 1 year and 156 days.
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  November 19, 2009
AWESOME!!!!! COULD YOU CHECK OUT MY CREATIONS?
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  November 19, 2009
This is great! I love the techniques you used, especially the head.
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  November 19, 2009
Awesome!!!!
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  November 19, 2009
Thanks for the feedback everyone! Adding a stand was pretty unavoidable with the construction technique I used, but I'm already thinking of an alternate way to joint the legs to make it free-standing and without harming the design too much. It's going to be a bit of a challenge! @ Warfare, Landkreuzer: The Octuptarra is indeed the infantry version - and precursor - to the Tri-droid. @ Awesome-o-saurus: That's the artillery version. I'd planned to create it originally but went this way instead. I may do an alternate of it at some point though - it's also really cool.
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  November 19, 2009
cool man, and to the guy below me octupparra's are the smaller versions of the tri-droid.
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  November 19, 2009
Awesome! P.S, acordding to Star Was the Clone wars republic heroes, it is called a occtuparra droid
pedro
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kameron schollmeyer
  November 18, 2009
perfect!!!!!
pedro
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Kir Kanos Kalinka
  November 18, 2009
Best spherical head I have seen so far, these have to be my most favorite MOCs
pedro
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Sander Van Lembergen
  November 18, 2009
WOW !!!! REALLY AWESOME !!!!
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  November 18, 2009
a good, clean build. if it could support its own weight (nearly impossible if you ask me) then this moc would be flat out jaw-dropping. great job!
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  November 18, 2009
Nice! Clean build, cool design, and well presented!
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  November 18, 2009
Awesome, though I like the version in ROTS with two eye per gun (which is a rocket launcher, not a laser) more.
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  November 18, 2009
That is very well made, excellent work
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  November 18, 2009
Extraordinary !
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  November 18, 2009
I am throughly impressed!
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  November 18, 2009
This is awesome! I really like this!
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  November 18, 2009
Incred-amazable! The legs are well made, as well as the head, and the little CIS symbol on top adds a little, yet nice, touch.
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  November 18, 2009
Nice! I love the head!
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  November 18, 2009
This looks awesome!
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  November 18, 2009
very cool
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  November 18, 2009
Very great very accurate- but it can't stand for itself- well my version could but not very well...
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  November 18, 2009
This is quite something! Good work man! ;)
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  November 18, 2009
This creation should get at least twice the number of comments my Tri-Droid received! The accuracy of this MOC is simply outstanding, I really hope it will have the success it deserves!
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  November 18, 2009
He is awesome, good legs, the round shape is also very well done.
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  November 18, 2009
Beautiful! This is precisely how a tri droid should be. I'm making a tri droid too, but it'll be a simple grey one, and a bit oversized. I use the same technique for the head and I had the problem with the 3 'arches' too. I like how you added another arch for the symmetry. You've used some great building techniques, though it would be nicer if the tri droid could stand on its own. Great job! ~M
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  November 18, 2009
AWESOME!!!!! VERY MOVIE ACCURATE!!!!!
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  November 18, 2009
This is really awesome but it would be nice if you could make it balance without the support-other builders have.
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  November 18, 2009
Great rendition of the Tri- droid. I've thought about making one of these and never got around to it...oh well. Nice build.~H
 
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