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One of the Galactic Empire's most fearsome weapons can be yours to command, and on the cheap!

Step 1: Step 1" Tools & Supplies

Here is what you need to make a TIE fighter.

-Hot glue gun & plenty of glue sticks

-a 3/4" dowell, cut fairly short

-some tinfoil to make the cockpit

-masking tape

-two pieces of cardboard cut exactly the same in the classic hexagonal shape (use a ruler, it helps immensely)

-small dowells or craft sticks for the radial pattern

-black & gray (or silver) paint

Step 2: Center Shaft & Cockpit

First, cut a 3/4 dowell fairly short (a bit shorter than in the pic, even),

Step 3: Foil Time!

Next, skewer a few squares of foil 'til it's the ball-like shape we're looking for.

Step 4: Masking Tape

Although not pictured, you should definetly use your glue gun to secure the cockpit.

Once dry, wrap in masking tape for easy painting later.

Step 5: Das Wings

Cut two pieces of cardboard in the hexagonal shape TIE fighters are known for.

USE A RULER. It helps.

then glue 'em to the ends of the center shaft.

Step 6: CHECKPOINT!

If you followed along right, you should have something that looks like the picture.

Almost there!

Step 7: Wing Details

For extra credit, use tiny dowells or cut-up craft sticks to make the wing patterns & glue em in place.

Step 8: (Finally) Paint

*Sigh* now you can paint the fighter.

Remember to let it dry fully before you play with it!

Step 9: KILL REBEL SCUM!

...And now you are done.

(Cue Imperial March).

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