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Step 1: The Base

Picture of The Base
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Make a base by starting with a square piece of paper.
Fold diagonally on each side, then turn the paper over.
Fold in half twice, then turn over again and pull corners together. It should form a diamond shape. If yours is a triangle, you forgot to turn it over!

Step 2: Make a diamond

Lift one fold so that it is pointing upwards, then open and flatten it. Turn the left side of the diamond to the right side and repeat with the next flap.  Turn it over and repeat with the other two.

Step 3: The hard part

Find a side where the edge of the paper goes across the point like the end of step one, the open side should point downwards. Fold each side into the middle, then unfold. Lift the edge that runs across to the top, allowing the sides to fold inwards. This should make an elongated diamond shape. If the sides do not meet in the middle, the side corners of your new diamond shape are not at the points you made earlier. If you still can't get it, try folding the top point of the paper down to make a crease in the middle. It will be easier to fold the elongated diamond shape. Repeat on the other 4 sides.

Step 4: The Cockpit

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A nice easy step. Fold the top of the diamond down on 3 sides.

Step 5: Erm... Step 5!

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You should see four legs at the bottom. Fold each leg halfway, allowing it to turn inside out do that it looks like a mountain from the side. It is easier when you are starting to fold it to the top by pulling it gently sideways and up, then pulling it down. Flatten it. This is similar to making the tail and neck to a paper crane.
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jpayton13 years ago
Very nice variation on the frog base, and not nearly as complex as other x-wing designs I've seen. I could teach this one to grade-school kids.
dormint8 months ago

very good amd not too camplicated like some others! thx for the help!

Whoa! I have already folded one of these without ever seeing this instructable or instructions! Great minds...
It is so easy
This is known as a preliminary base. NOT A DIAMOND OR SQUARE!! And the other is a waterbomb base. NOT A TRIANGLE!!
likeaninja1 year ago
I think this is a squash fold
likeaninja1 year ago
People it is just an umbrella base
got it finnaly
I am lost
i dont get this step, can u post more photos
im right there with you
zeagan3 years ago
how did you come up with this?
Xenobia (author)  zeagan3 years ago
As I said at the end of this instructable, it is not my design. I learnt this from a friend a while ago but I'm not sure of the source.
Xenobia (author) 3 years ago
I have read all of the comments and updated a few of the steps. Please let me know if there is anything else that needs more/less detail.
I soooooooooo dont get step one!!!Please HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!respond soon please
Xenobia (author)  Xander 79903 years ago
After you have made all of the creases, fold it in half along the straight edge. Pinch the two sides and push them into the middle. The paper should look like pic two. If you still can't get it, look up how to make a "square base"
hyruler_3 years ago
this is pretty cool....i never got to finish it..make it clearer what to do please... :)
jholst3 years ago
I can't figure out how one gets to pic 3 in Step 3. When I fold the edge in as described in the first two pics, they meet in the middle at an angle, not straight across as shown in pic 3. And the bits sticking out in pics 3-5...from the directions, all I come up with was another elongated diamond.

Maybe I need Origami for Dummies.
Xenobia (author)  jholst3 years ago
It might just be the blurry photo, because you have it correct. The edges should slant slightly downwards and meet in the middle. I'm not sure what you are asking with the second part of the question, but are you making sure that you are using a side like in pic 1 and not a smooth side? Let me know how it goes.
yah i think he was seeing an existing crease (happened to me too)
jholst Xenobia3 years ago
In the second part of the question, I'm referring to the pictures as if they were numbered 1 through 5, from left to right. In Picture 5 (the far right picture), there are what looks like little wings on the right side of the project, sticking out from the previously folded inward sections. After folding everything inward and then reversing the folds as indicated, I still end up with an elongated diamond shape rather than the arrowhead sort of shape pictured. I have also found it impossible to continue past this point without ripping the paper.
A video would be exellent, or more pics
razzintown3 years ago
I started this and failed it too.

http://www.union.ic.ac.uk/scc/icsf/library/history/picocon22/xwing/folding.html has a MUCH better photo guide...
Xenobia (author)  razzintown3 years ago
Hurtful, but it is actually a different X-wing design.
Green Geek3 years ago
I love the concept, and I think it might be doable, but I think something that might clarify things a bit is a video. Just make a quick video of how you did it so that we might not be confused and bewildered.
i did it!!!
kodiaktau3 years ago
Looks like there are some missing steps and confusing instruction. Also looks like some of the pics are out of order. I made it to here and then I was totally lost. I would really like to use this instructable. Hopefully you can update and make corrections.
bparry13 years ago
I think you've made a mistake here - based on the later pictures you appear to have folded down all but one of the sides, rather than only one.
Also, I assume "repeat step 2" ought to read "repeat step 3".

Besides that, lovely instructable. I now have a lovely X-Wingoid sat by my keyboard.
you forgot to add, that after you have all the flaps done in the last step, to turn the 'page' so that it looks like the right side of picture one.
for those of you who turn out with a triangle instead of a diamond, just turn it inside out and fold along the creases already made.
jstarkmuth3 years ago
Am I right to assume that after flattening, each of the four "pockets" must be folded to the inside at the center fold? Otherwise I can't seem to achieve the last picture.

I'm having great difficulties with the descriptions and the unsharp photos ...
stuuman3 years ago
I can get to photo 2 of this step (3), but I cannot duplicate any folding to move on to photo 3 or beyond.
bbonsen3 years ago
Step by step pictures or more detailed steps would be helpful, I am having trouble getting my paper to look like the last picture.
Xenobia (author) 3 years ago
Added extra pictures to step two and step three, hope they help.
cbarrios13 years ago
My son and I are having difficulty with this step. We get it to look exactly as it should by the end of step 2 but are not understanding how you get it to look like the first picture in Step three from the last picture in Step 2. A little help or more pictures would be appreciated! My son is super excited to fold this fighter.
KentsOkay3 years ago
These are way too awesome!
thanks for the 'ible, my son and I just built two together!
slugfritter3 years ago
I like the angular shape. It reminds me of the Arwings from Star Fox.
mikeasaurus3 years ago
If you put a picture of the final project as the intro picture I'd be happy to feature this awesome Instructable!
Beatcha!
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