Introduction: K'NEX Star Wars TIE-Fighter

Picture of K'NEX Star Wars TIE-Fighter

"Can you fly a TIE Fighter?"

- "I can fly anything."

Finn and Poe Dameron

And once you build this TIE for your own, you can learn how to fly one too! In this instructable we will show you how we designed and made this K'NEX TIE Fighter from the Star Wars movies. It reassembles the First Order TIE-figher more than the original TIE, since the colour of the wings is different.

GWorks started with the wing design, but asked Linkin_J_Knex for help with the cockpit in one of the comments under an ible. He then made a clever way to create a spherical shape, in the right scale to the wings, with 4-way connectors and ball joints. Therefore, this collaboration was formed. We are both Star Wars fans and both K'NEX builders on Instructables and like this spaceship a lot.

The actual model was built and photographed by GWorks, and is about 30 cm (1 foot) high. It is completely symmetrical, and therefore Step 3: The Wings has to be executed twice, apart from assembling. The model features laser cannons, dual engines and the possibility to display it on a stand, while showing information about the TIE. The Steps in this instructable are accordingly:

  1. Parts Needed
  2. The Cockpit | Made by Linkin_J_Knex
  3. The Wings & Assembly
  4. The Display Stand

Each step has an appropriate Finn quote to keep the theming right ;)

Step 1: Parts Needed

Picture of Parts Needed

" ...You need pieces"

"I need pieces, yes"

Poe Dameron and Finn, deciding who's going to build the TIE...

You will need the following to make the TIE figher

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


  • 124x Black rod (16 mm)
  • 34x Silver rod (32 mm)
  • 9x Black rod (32 mm, for aestethic purposes)
  • 2x Flexible purple rod (32 mm, for aestethic purposes)
  • 1x Blue rod (52 mm)


  • 7x 8-way black connector
  • 2x 7-way blue 3D connector
  • 2x 4-way silver 3D connector
  • 32x 5-way grey connector
  • 3x 5-way dark grey connector (for aestethic purposes)
  • 13x 4-way Black connector (otherwise, the model will become green-ish)
  • 12x 3-way dark grey connector
  • 11x 2-way (V-shape) grey connector
  • 63x 2-way (long-shape) brown connector


  • 1x Blue spacer (½ width)
  • 53x Black clip with rod end
  • 36x Clip with Ball end
  • 16x Hinge part Black
  • 4x Clip with Socket end
  • 1x Clip blue
  • 2x Interlocking clip Tan/brown
  • 2x Ball and socket Large
  • 2x Stub axle Grey
  • 2x Headtop Translucent red


  • 10x Tri panel mini silver
  • 2x Tri panel small silver
  • 2x Square panel small silver


  • 1x Wheel 25 mm Open centre black


  • 1x A4 Size paper and a colour printer

Step 2: The Cockpit | by Linkin_J_Knex |

Picture of The Cockpit | by Linkin_J_Knex |

"Han Solo, the smuggler?"

- "No! The K'NEX builder!"

Finn and Rey, discussing what Han Solo's role actually was...

In this step you will start your TIE-Fighter, by making the cockpit. First you start by making an internal connection for between the wings. Then you attach the cannons, the front part, and the spherical 4-way connectors. Later you add additional connectors and the back end to make the sphere complete. Then you add the thrusters and lastly you finish with closing up the bottom (but so that it can still be displayed)

Linkin_J_Knex designed the base of the Cockpit, GWorks altered it and built it for the final model.

Step 3: Wings and Adding Them

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"We'll figure out how to build it. We'll use the Force"

- "That's not how this instructable works!"

Finn and Han Solo [irritated]

Because you still have to put it together self, and even make the wing TWO TIMES, because they are identical. You start by making the middle using a rather special piece that GWorks bought on KnexUserGroup, then you add the rest of the wing, the typical 6-arm shape of the wing connections and the dark edges.

Once you made two of these, you can add them to the already built cockpit.

Step 4: Display Stand

Picture of Display Stand

"I've already fixed it."

- "Well can you un-fix it?"

Rey and Finn, discussing whether to mount the TIE fighter on the display stand, or to play with it.

In this last step, you will build the display stand. The model is sturdy enough to stand on it's own, and to fly around with, but you can also choose to put it on the stand, to show it off to all your friends and family. Make sure you print out the .pdf file that is attached at the end of this step, cut it out, and attach it to the stand.

Happy building!

May the Force be with you!

Linkin_J_Knex & GWorks


DoggyDude10 (author)2017-06-16

Cool, but its complicated. Is it a set?

GWorks (author)DoggyDude102017-06-17

It's complicated, I give you that. I hope the instructions are clear enough if you'd like to build it. If you ever have problems or doubts, write me and I'll see how I can help you.
And nope, it's not a set. I designed it together with Linkin_J_Knex. He did the cockpit and I did the wings. Later I put them together and made the instructions.

DoggyDude10 (author)GWorks2017-06-19

Then why it has a plate that deceibes it? Is that personalized

GWorks (author)DoggyDude102017-06-20

I took that idea from LEGO UCS sets (Ultimate Collector Series). It looks pretty official, but no, I made it. Here you can see how I do it:

In earlier versions I would give hints that it was made by me. (Manufacturer: GWorks Engine Corporation or something similar) Nowadays I leave that, for more professional looks :) And thus so comes the confusion, haha.

kevinandbelma (author)2017-04-15

Where can you get "stub axle grey"?

GWorks (author)kevinandbelma2017-05-10

Sorry for the late reply
I got them here:

MutahirA (author)2016-08-09

All of the pieces on the K'NEX website is only in inches, not mm. What do I do?

GWorks (author)MutahirA2016-08-09

I guess convert the lenghts. But since I'd like to give a useful answer:

- 16 mm Black rods are the same as Green rods and are three quarters of an inch
- 32 mm Silver/Black rods are the same as White rods; one and five sixteenth of an inch
- 52 mm Blue rods are two one quarter of an inch
- Use Metric...
- 86 mm Dark grey rods are Yellow rods; they are three seven sixteenth of an inch
- This is getting more ridicoulous
- 128 mm Green or Red or Tan rods are five one eight of an inch
- 190 mm Grey or Black rigid rods are seven and one quarter of an inch long.

Or, you could have checked KnexUserGroup, which lists both dimensions.

MutahirA (author)GWorks2016-08-09

Man, I really hate "Standard" measurements.

Yes, I did check KnexUserGroup, but many of them are not on sale. The other website is currently ongoing maintenence.

GWorks (author)MutahirA2017-03-04

The KnexSpares website should be back online again :)
No,KnexUserGroup don't have a very good 'sale' stock. Also the Bulk-buys I don't consider very good.
On the other hand, KnexSpares' bulk buys are more interesting

MutahirA (author)GWorks2016-08-09

Why can't K'Nex sell it in their own website, this shouldn't be that hard!!!

GWorks (author)MutahirA2016-08-09

I don't know why K'NEX doesn't produce metallic coloured pieces anymore. I think it's a shame.

Well, unfortunately, it's hard to buy individual pieces. If you don't have some (metallic) K'NEX already, building my models is pretty hard.

I don't know what standard is, I use metric, like I think 85% of the world's population. The Imperial system doesn't make sense to me.

MutahirA (author)GWorks2016-08-10

Yes, I agree with using metric. Standard measurement is what America uses. I live in America, so everything on the website is in Standard Measurment.

MutahirA (author)GWorks2016-08-09

I also don't want to use the green ones because a green Tie Fighter wouldn't make sense.

random_builder (author)2017-01-07

All of your knex starwars models look really close to the real thing. Most people wouldn't have all the colors to make this model, but still is awesome.

Zombiekiller-93 made it! (author)2016-08-03

Here it is Gworks

GWorks (author)Zombiekiller-932016-08-03

Great! It's wonderful to see you made it :D
I'll send you a 3 month PRO code as reward :)

Linkin_J_Knex (author)2016-04-09

This shows when I go to your profile, but no where else. It was great fun making the cockpit :) and amazing ible as usual! Im stunned :D

Hmm, it isn't showing under my favourites either

GWorks (author)Linkin_J_Knex2016-04-09

I'll check the settings in the edit section.
I'll probably also change the collaboration -> solely build, but I want to change it back once I know what is the problem

Linkin_J_Knex (author)GWorks2016-04-10

Bet you're jealous, I found some PURE BLACK white sized rods and yellow sized rods (insert cool face emoji here) xD I know how in love you are with your black/dark pieces xD

GWorks (author)Linkin_J_Knex2016-04-10

They are in the heads of K'NEXMEN :P So I have a few of those black rods. But yellow-sized too? I didn't know about that. Or are they dark grey with dots?

Apparantly, there are also shiny-gold yellow/white-sized rods :P Ooooh
(well, the white ones are again in Knexman heads... the 86mm (I just checked) I don't know.

Linkin_J_Knex (author)GWorks2016-04-11

Yep pure black yellow sized rods xD also, what really annoys me is yellow 4-slot connectors. When I'm low on yellow/grey 5-slot connectors I keep finding the 4-slots and think they're 5 slots xD

GWorks (author)Linkin_J_Knex2016-04-11

:O I want those yellow 4 way connectors! They were only (?) in the Cyber Swarm set, no? I need that black Cyber controller xD I've seen it on ebay once, but it's not for sale anymore.
Can I buy them from you or so, if you keep getting confused? :D

Linkin_J_Knex (author)GWorks2016-04-11

My parents wouldn't allow me to sell things like that sorry I would though. 99. 9% of my knex is random job lots and car boot sales so idk what sets have what

GWorks (author)Linkin_J_Knex2016-04-11

I can understand :) Later maybe

Linkin_J_Knex (author)GWorks2016-05-05

Oh sorry I keep coming back to this ible as I'm looking for inspiration and building techniques, I noticed I slight spelling mistake in the final step. Its Whether not wether. (a wether is a castrated ram according to Google xD)

GWorks (author)Linkin_J_Knex2016-05-06

All comments are of us :S haha
That's why I love Brits so: They teach me the fine things I overlook as a non-native speaker. And that a wether is a castrated ram XD

Linkin_J_Knex (author)GWorks2016-05-06

Haha xD

Linkin_J_Knex (author)GWorks2016-04-09

Okay sounds cool :)

When I have destroyed my ball machine, I will make both this and the millennium falcon(if I can) and possibly the slave when its finished :) btw the slave progress looks cool. And sorry for all the separate comments xD

GWorks (author)Linkin_J_Knex2016-04-09

Oh don't worry about having so many separate comments :P As long as they are replied one under another, it's fine by me.
And thanks! My brother really created an awesome bomb shooting thing. It's pretty big, but then again: the Slave I is going to be pretty big. I'm going to have some issues with the weird, round Cockpit shape and the side edges (screams: "Brown connectors!") tho.

Linkin_J_Knex (author)GWorks2016-04-17

Sorry to be a bit pushy but didn't you say you would add me back into it as a collab in case it won? :)

GWorks (author)Linkin_J_Knex2016-04-17

That's not pushy, so don't worry.
I thought I re-enabled you to the collab, but there's no way for me to check once it's added. So, I now did it, now it's up to you to check if it did work.

Linkin_J_Knex (author)GWorks2016-04-18

It's a collab now cheers :D

Linkin_J_Knex (author)GWorks2016-04-17

Ah okay thank you, I'll check soon. :)

Linkin_J_Knex (author)GWorks2016-04-09

XD sounds great!

GWorks (author)Linkin_J_Knex2016-04-09

I'm going to Change it back to a collaboration. I haven't found a way to solve it. I guess I hope it will appear after a week as you said. Also I'm going to search for similar people with this problem on the forums

Linkin_J_Knex (author)GWorks2016-04-11

Oh I don't have these either :(

GWorks (author)Linkin_J_Knex2016-04-11

You could fix that with a blue rod and a "interlocking pin tan/brown" at the ouside :) Like so:

Linkin_J_Knex (author)GWorks2016-04-11

Okay thanks :D bm video is made, so tomorrow I plan to upload it and maybe make the ible. After that I plan to take my ibles to a higher standard, even if I can't get a better camera, place to build or place to take pictures xD. Wow I went totally off topic... XD

Linkin_J_Knex (author)GWorks2016-04-09

Okay cool:)

Ethan1023 (author)2016-04-23

How's the Slave I coming?

GWorks (author)Ethan10232016-04-23

Some delay :) But instead I'm working on 2 other things. Planning to post them before end of April :)

Zombiekiller-93 (author)2016-04-10

Amazing work as always Gworks. I know you are attempting Slave I but here a few ideas for you have to a go at if you can, X-Wing, Naboo Starfighter, A-Wing. Also it doesn't have to be a starfighter, could be anything, AT-AT, Death Star, Lightsaber hilt, Star Destroyer, E-11 Battle Rifle, R2-D2. Then again I don't know how much K'nex you own but this are just ideas so it entirely up to you what you want to do.

GWorks (author)Zombiekiller-932016-04-10

Hey, cheers mate!
Yes, I have some other stuff going on right now, that's why I can't build the Slave I as fast as I want Today I found a way to make the rear thrusters. They're big and epic. I'm looking for Knex fluorecent ball halves though, and those miniature rockets... they would fit so well in the model!

But thanks for the ideas! The X-wing is on my list (with working wing movement mechanism), so is the AT-AT and the Star Destroyer.

I'm going to consider the A-wing. But the Naboo Starfighter is interesting! (All yellow) I'm not going to build a Lightsaber hilt, sorry. Doesn't move and doesn't interest me so much.

Not going to make any guns or rifles either, sorry.

R2D2 is also interesting, but will be very hard, because it's head is half a sphere and his body is one big cilinder... (But now you mention it... it could become a big one ;)

Zombiekiller-93 (author)GWorks2016-04-10

Not a problem about the hilt and rifle, I built AUG-50M3 K'nex Mauser C96 which has the same feel and shape of Han Solo's blaster, if you ever did built which I do recommend you do. Awsome about the AT-AT, X-Wing, A-Wing and Star Destroyer. An idea for the Naboo Starfighter if you are willing to scacrifice pieces is spray paint them yellow.

GWorks (author)Zombiekiller-932016-04-10

Nah, I would stick to lots of yellow connectors and orange flexi rods :P
And perhaps microknex, that's just more challenging. And I wouldn't spray paint them yellow then... only chrome :P

Zombiekiller-93 (author)GWorks2016-04-10

Ok, quick question for the Falcon, does it need those 11 purple 32 mm flexy rods or can you substitute them for normal white or silver ones.

GWorks (author)Zombiekiller-932016-04-11

No offence, but for other readers with the same question, it would be nice if they saw it answered the corrosponding instructable. But I'll answer here as well: Yes, you could. The only advandage with those flexi rods is that they can take a bit of bending (they're used in the Hyperdrive, where this happens) and the they can prevent you from getting painful fingers. (I've had a hard time attaching those 6 black vents at the back, the dark purple colour also somewhat helped in camouflaging how they are attached)

Now my question: Are you considering building it? :D

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