Introduction: DIY Death Star Clock

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Some backstory:  I recently got a 2.5' millenium falcon gift that I subsequently hung in my office... 
Well, I got a small wall decal of the death star to put on my wall, but that was sort of... lacking... in some ways.

I decided, why not make a 3D-ish Death Star myself instead?

While I was thinking about it, I also figured, why not make it somewhat functional if I can?

Materials (all available through Amazon and/or your local hobby/craft store):

Lightning "Factory Second" Prostyle #1 Driver  $6.48 shipped

Clock Movement Quartz Square Straight Black Hand Shaft 3/4" Kit   $12.95
(note:  if I were to do it again, I would suggest going with the 1/4" or 1/2" kit instead of the 3/4")

Sticky Back Foam Sheets-Basic Colors   $9.44 shipped

Black and Grey Spray paint about $4-5?

Optional but recommended:  carbon paper - about $5 as well for 10 sheets

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So to start off with, I resized and printed out an internet photo of the death star.
Using the carbon paper, I traced the outlines onto the frisbee.

Step 2:

(side note:  if I were to do this again, I would next use my dremel tool and sand away the "emitter / focusing disc" portion as well as dremel in the curved lines -- on this run I did the sanding after I put the foam blocks on and had a few missteps which you'll see on the close up photos below)

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Next, I used that same printout photo and traced the outlines onto a sheet of the adhesive backed white foam sheet.  Using a scalpel / X-acto knife, I then cut out the blocks and stuck them to the frisbee, using the outlines as a guide to where they should go.

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then spray painted the whole thing in semi gloss black (but any black will work I think) - paint was still wet in this image.  The textural difference between the foam blocks and the frisbee was quite nice once the paint was on.

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I used a strip of 1/4" tape to mask the center groove / canyon area, then lightly misted some gray primer to highlight some of the areas and provide contrast.

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I then drilled a small hole for the clock nubbin to stick through and attached the clock arms.
Here it is mounted next to my shop clock for comparison

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total cost: about $38-39

and the final result hanging in my office next to the falcon and TIE fighter:


paulval (author)2016-09-08

Fantastic idea for my nephew, a fan just like me, or members of my Garrison (Dune Sea Garrison in Phoenix, AZ) for special occasions.

Lineakat (author)2016-04-26

i love it!

Jedi_zombie85 (author)2015-10-15

really cool

Nox_soma made it! (author)2015-06-14

great instructable. made it for my nephew

dshorter made it! (author)2015-05-15

I attempted to make this by just free handing the design as I wanted to make it for free and happened to have most everything. I sacrificed an old cheap target clock and painted the hands to be like light sabors. I wish I had carved out the dish part instead of the lines but it was too late after I started.

rmontgomery5 (author)2015-05-05

What is this lightning "factory second" prostyle #1 thing? Is this the frisbee?

cannibal869 (author)rmontgomery52015-05-05

Yes it is the frisbee.

abattrick (author)2013-11-20

You should purchase a star wars x-wing and tie fighter mini, they're made of light plastic. You can find them online cheap as chips I bet, just a couple of dollars. Attach them to the ends of the hour and minute hands and they'll slowly zoom around the death star on their trench run.

wwalters1 (author)2013-01-18

I love your Death Star clock! Nice work. Great detail! Would love to see a DS II version.

Check out the Death Star I & II clocks I submitted as a LEGO Cuusoo project:

(It's a sort-of LEGO Kickstarter, where if a project receives 10,000 votes, LEGO will consider it for production as an actual set.)

If you like my project, please vote for it!  Thanks!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-12-19

Sweet! I never would have guessed that started as a frizbee!

Hey, you should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!

ReapWhatYouSew (author)2013-01-16

This was a fun and easy gift for my Star Wars brother-in-law. Needless to say he absolutely loved it! Thank you for the idea and tutorial! The only tip I have for everyone is to make the arms of the clock a contrasting sheen or color; the arms i used are hard to read when the pass over the black equator.

cannibal869 (author)2012-12-24

Thanks everyone for all the wonderful feedback! I had a fun time making this and hope you will too if you decide to try it. Figured it was a good way of repurposing a Frisbee (or really any disc shaped object), and hopefully something fun you could do with your kids on a rainy day.

areyouolsen (author)2012-12-23

That is... AWESOME!! Great idea! I now know what I'm doing over xmas!

vader0ne (author)2012-12-23

A great Idea ,Great peice for the Dark side of the Force.

onemoroni1 (author)2012-12-23

Good use of a frisbee. Good instructable

sassygran (author)2012-12-23

Kuddos!!! Such an awsome project!

bigwhitebear18 (author)2012-12-19

Obligatory: "That's no Clock!"

rexj (author)bigwhitebear182012-12-23

Semi-obligatory: "I think it is time we demonstrated the full power of this station."

Tomdf (author)bigwhitebear182012-12-21



Next you need to make a battle damaged Death Star clock.

thebeatonpath (author)2012-12-23

AWESOME! Can't wait to try this for hubby or my boys. The frugal crafter in me will purchase a super cheap wall clock instead of the kit. I would rate this EPIC.

dfm500 (author)2012-12-21

Possibly unrelated... your office is awesome.

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