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

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Step 1: Step 1" tools & Supplies

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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

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

Step 3: Foil time!

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

Step 4: Masking tape

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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

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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.


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

Almost there!

Step 7: Wing details

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

Step 8: (Finally) Paint

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*Sigh* now you can paint the fighter.

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


...And now you are done.

(Cue Imperial March).