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In this 'ible I will show you how I made the iconic Slave I from the Star Wars Movies, owned by Jango Fett and later by his cloned son, Boba Fett. I decided to make Boba Fett's version, because the Green/Brown colour of this ship is easier to recreate than the Dark Blue/Grey of Jango's version.

The Slave I is in my top 3 list of Star Wars Spaceships. It's weird shape, the fact that it flies and lands in different positions (Similar to Thunderbird 1) and every sound it makes: Soaring, firing and bombing... All are great.

The model is about 45 cm high and 40 cm wide, from wing to wing. It's made out of 1023 pieces, and was built over 3 weeks time, for 10 hours in total. It features all things that you can imagine on this versatile fighter: Rotating laser cannons, moving Side-Wings, hidden weapons compartments and a working Seismic Charge Launcher!

The Slave I is my most complex model so far, as it has an unusual shape that is difficult to recreate with K'NEX. Many weird connections were used, and it was tough to get all details fit in the model. Here is a list of the steps in this 'ible:

  1. Parts Needed
  2. Seismic Charge Launcher
  3. Green Side Arches
  4. Brown Top Arch
  5. Thrusters
  6. Brown Bottom Arch
  7. Side Wings
  8. Bottom Hull
  9. Display Stand

Step 1: Parts Needed

Knex pieces: Buy at K'NEX User Group / K'NEX spares

Rods:

  • 127x Black rod (16 mm)
  • 130x Silver rod (32 mm)
  • 2x Flexible purple rod (32 mm)
  • 31x Blue rod (52 mm)
  • 14x Dark grey rod (86 mm)
  • 4x Flexible pink rod (86 mm)
  • 5x Green rod (128 mm)
  • 1x Grey rod (190 mm)
  • 4x Flexible Lilac rod (190 mm)
  • 2x Rigid Black Rod (190 mm)

Connectors:

  • 7x 8-way black connector
  • 27x 7-way blue 3D connector
  • 25x 4-way silver 3D connector
  • 37x 5-way grey connector
  • 6x 5-way dark grey connector (Beasts Alive Bronto # 34483)
  • 108x 4-way green connector
  • 2x 4-way translucent green connector
  • 30x 3-way dark grey connector
  • 27x 2-way (V-shape) grey connector
  • 80x 2-way (long-shape) brown connector

Clips/Other:

  • 65x Clip with hole end dark gray (1-way connector)
  • 51x Metallic spacer (1½ width)
  • 21x Blue spacer (½ width)
  • 85x Black clip with rod end
  • 20x Silver clip with rod end
  • 24x Clip with Ball end
  • 2x Clip with Socket end
  • 9x Clip blue
  • 8x Interlocking clip Tan/bronze
  • 8x Ball and socket Large
  • 4x K'NEXMAN Headtop Translucent Yellow
  • 6x Black Snap-on Cap

Panels:

  • 3x Tri panel mini silver
  • 1x Tri panel mini Translucent Yellow
  • 2x Tri panel small silver

Micro K'NEX: Buy at K'NEX User Group

  • 32x Connector 4-way Light Grey
  • 4x Rod Dark Grey (40 mm)
  • 12x Rod Black (14 mm)

Other:

  • 1x miniature elastic bands (1 cm / 1/4" diameter)
  • 1x A4 Size paper and a colour printer

Step 2: Seismic Charge Launcher

This part is the middle and thus the start of the Slave I. It's a design by my brother, after I showed him some of my idea's when it came to these bombs.

The launcher works as follows: A bomb (A silver rod with 2 blue spacers and 2 translucent-yellow K'NEXman heads) is placed in the front of the launcher (the cockpit) Then, a lever has to be pulled, so that the bomb is pushed into the ejecting channel, after which it's pressed out with a little force. When the trigger is released, the mechanism shoots back into it's original position and a new bomb can be placed.

It was a tight fit to get this pre-made mechanism fit in next to the 3 thrusters and between the green arches.

Step 3: Green Side Arches

These Green Arches were the very first part I made for the Slave I. They mostly determined the scale of the model: big.

By themselves, they are not the most difficult part to make. The angle of the beams connecting to the wings was more difficult to get right.

Furthermore in this step you will add parts that are important for future elements of the Slave I.

Step 4: Brown Top Arch

The brown top arch was relatively soon finished, but the finishing touches were lacking. It still had a lot of holes in it, that look better when covered up. Also the connection to the top of the Cockpit was not made until a last stage. The bottom covering plate was added later. This part is relatively easy to connect to the model: It connects on 3 points, but is strongly connected to the rest of the spaceship.

Step 5: Thrusters

The thrusters were another part that I finished separately. After I designed them I then added them to the model in the best way possible. First I was looking for some easier thrusters consisting of wheel hubs and fluorescent ball-halves, but they wouldn't fit, and I didn't have the pieces. Therefore I decided to make my own: 2 black 8-way connectors with 16 y-clips attached to it give the two thrusters their round shape.

For the top-bar thruster, I used fluorescent green connectors and a mini panel. Some LED-lighting would be cool! (further improvements)

Step 6: Brown Bottom Arch

This was the part that I feared the most before starting the model. The bottom arch is a parabolic-like shape with a pointed end, while at a tilted angle. In K'NEX terms: Almost impossible to make.

But I pulled it off. I made this part using two flexi rods and lots of brown connectors and silver spacers. On the bottom is a cover that serves as a structure at the same time. The Bottom Arch is added below the two round Thrusters.

Step 7: Side Wings

The side wings use Micro K'NEX for details, but therefore they are pretty accurate. The frontal edge is curved and the rear parts are made at an angle using 4 way connectors and bronze interlocking pins. They are added to the ship by connecting to two points: the big Ball Joints and another brown connector.

In the next step you continue with the bottom hull, which houses many weapons and hidden compartments.

Step 8: Bottom Hull

The bottom hull was the second part I finished, as the shape was difficult to get right. It has many slopes and round edges. That made me decide to go for Boba Fett's version of the Slave I, and not Jango Fett's. Boba Fett's version is namely green, whereas Jango's version is still light grey. In K'NEX terms, this would me the top would be totally flat, which would look inaccurate and dull.

The very last parts of the ship were the hidden weapon compartiments. They can open and 2 little blasters peep out, ready to overwhelm a target in a space-dogfight.

The Bottom Hull is strongly attached to the rest of the Slave I, the model can be lifted from there.

Step 9: The Display Stand

The display stand is custom made for this model and had to be big and mostly strong. Although not very large, the Slave I weighs over 1.2 kg! That's because it's nearly very piece-dense. That made me use two rigid black rods, put at an angle, while 2 green rods support this. The whole ship is only connected by one (!) connector, yet very stable.

Thanks for reading through the ible!

K'NEX Han Solo (in carbonite) greets you.

May the Force be with you!

~GWorks

<p>Dude! I just built this. It's WAY larger than I thought!</p>
<p>Pictures please! Can't wait to see it!<br>Haha, looking back, I remember how heavy it was. I think it's 2kg's of K'NEX. And yes, it's not small &gt;:D</p>
<p>Erm... That was a while ago. I've already destroyed it and all. I mean, it wouldn't take too much to rebuild it, but I never got pictures or anything.</p>
<p>*Insert dramatic &quot;Nooooo!&quot; from the SW movies*</p>
<p>Ha, nice! Hey, are you back in business?</p>
<p>I just want to mention that you said there were 3 black 8way connectors, while I counted 7. Did you just miscount?</p>
<p>You're right! I forgot 4 at the big thrusters. Thank you!<br>I changed it in the ible :) Thanks for building!</p>
<p>Quick question: Why your choice of blue (flexible) rods instead of a different color?</p>
<p>You mean: why lilac? (I call them lilac and not blue, because blue flexirods are really blue, whereas these are more purple... but those are details)</p><p>Well, the original Slave I has a tranparant cockpit screen... I wanted to show the shape, but I personally don't have these: <a href="http://www.knexusergroup.org.uk/acatalog/info_K91110.html">http://www.knexusergroup.org.uk/acatalog/info_K911...</a></p><p>That would been the perfect option. I do own the green, fluorecent green and dark purple flexi rods, but they all seemed too striking in the design. If you have the translucent ones: I'd use those!</p>
<p>Ah, I see. That makes sense. How's your next project coming along?<br></p>
<p>zero progress :/ Haven't had the time hope to start building this week again! I'll try to finish the AT-ST</p>
<p>Ooh, that's too bad. Rooting for u.</p>
<p>Your designs are so well done, I really want to build this one!</p>
<p>Thanks :D<br>Please, go ahead ^^ A test if my ible is well written/photographed :)</p>
<p>lol</p>
building it is one thing, making a tutorial for a complex and dense construction is on another level, well done =)<br>how many times did you watch the movies by the way?
<p>Yes... so far this is my most complex model (with the most unusual connections) Good thing it exists in modules, and the modules just fit together nicely. Thanks!</p><p>It's been a while ago since I watched a complete SW movie :P<br>But I think I've watched them all like 3 to 4 times :) </p><p>Here's what I'm currently working on: <a>https://knexflux.net/project-progress/k'nex-star-w...</a></p>
<p>difficult design how do you make it .... that is amazing</p>
<p>I assume your question was how I came to the design, how the bits and pieces came together to form this model...<br>Well that's hard to explain, but I'll try: As a SW fan, I imagine these models. Their shape, their colour.. Then I start with the most difficult part of a model. Unfortunately, the Slave I is a complete mixture of difficult parts. I started with the Bottom Hull, and the Green Side Arches, because there's almost no other way to make them. They gave the model the size. Then in parallel I made the Thrusters, and the Top and Bottom Brown Arches, which are other iconical parts.<br><strong>How</strong> I made them, well that's just trying until it (G)Works... (bad pun)</p>
<p>This is absolutely fantastic! I made the Resistance X-Wing fighter and would love to hear what you think of it </p><p>https://knexflux.net/project-progress/star-wars-the-force-awakens-resistance-x-wing-fighter/</p>
<p>I thought I commented under your topic @Knexflux! :O I didn't :(<br>Yes, I've seen your X-Wing! Looks good!!</p><p>The X-Wing is on my list of things to make, I'll perhaps use some things from you, if I may? :)</p>
<p>In fact, here is a link to some unpublished pics of how I constructed some of it. Not sure how helpful it would be, just throwing it out there for you<br><br>https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=8A87399D44F29E5F!15779&amp;authkey=!AJR_OnG5UJCyrXc&amp;ithint=folder%2c</p>
<p>*catches it*<br>Got it! Yes, now I want to build again :D Thanks alot mate!<br>I want to make it mechanical, so that the wings move together. Not sure which version I'm going to make, the original or the force awakens one</p>
By all means, go ahead and improve upon it :)
<p>You've got to be kidding me.</p>
<p>No kidding. It's real, it exists and it's on top of my bookshelf in my room :D</p><p>Glad you like it!</p>
Like it? I love it!
<p>I stand humbled.</p>
Looks great as usual! :D
<p>Don't look! D: it's not finished yet!<br>I'm happy it's featured, but it should happen After I update it!</p>
XD okay (puts hands over eyes)I never saw it :P
<p>Now you may look... at the instructions.<br>Because: <br>- No intro<br>- No video (yet)<br>- No nice partslist :(</p>
This looks more like Jango's, unless it's before Boba painted it...
<p>Are you sure?<br>I added an image of the Slave I when it's stationed on Cloud City, episode V...<br>That's Boba Fett, and his Slave I... colour scheme green/brown.<br>Jango Fett's was Blue/Grey:<br><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3ME5jhsgmB4" width="500"></iframe></p>
I apologize, the green looks like blue to me... must be my screen
<p>That's alright ^^ It could also be the reflection of the light on those metallic green parts :)<br>Still working on better pictures, check back in a few hours</p><p>Thanks for your comment :)</p>
<p>Can't wait to see my ball halves that I donated to be used in one of your creations and also many thanks for the patch.</p>
<p>The question is when and in which model (A Wing, most likely) <br>I want to make a video with cool sound effects when they're seen ;)</p>

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