Introduction: K'NEX T-65 X-Wing Starfighter - Star Wars

"Red 5, standing by"

- Luke Skywalker

Stand by as I will guide you through this instructable how to build your own K'NEX T-65 X-Wing Starfighter from the Star Wars universe! This starfighter was used by the Rebel Alliance against the mighty Empire in many fights including the destroying of the Death Star in A New Hope.

The X-Wing is a very iconic Science Fiction spacecraft, next to the Millennium Falcon, Slave I and the TIE-Fighter which I already made out of K'NEX. This model has movable wings, that can be put into 'attack position' (as can be seen in the movies). To do this, you turn the wheel on top of the body. In front of that wheel is a mock-up R2-D2. A little detail I wanted to add. Furthermore, the windshield can be opened and closed, but there is no actual interior. In each of the following steps I will explain how you can build your own:

  1. Parts needed
  2. X-Wing Mechanism
  3. Front Hull & Cockpit
  4. Quadruple X-Wings
  5. Display Stand

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

Step 1: Parts List

Buy K'NEX pieces atK'NEX User Group / K'NEX spares

Rods:

  • 66x Black rod (16 mm)
  • 21x Silver rod (32 mm)
  • 3x Black rod (32 mm)
  • 58x White rod (32 mm)
  • 11x Blue rod (52 mm)
  • 6x Flexible blue rod (52 mm)
  • 25x Dark grey rod (86 mm)
  • 6x Red rod (128 mm)
  • 6x Grey rod (190 mm)

Connectors:

  • 14x 8-way White connector
  • 9x 7-way Blue 3D connector
  • 27x 4-way Silver 3D connector
  • 50x 5-way Grey connector
  • 24x 3-way Dark Grey connector
  • 12x 3-way Red connector
  • 7x 2-way (V-shape) Grey connector
  • 10x 2-way (long-shape) Brown connector
  • 5x 2-way (long-shape) Orange connector

Clips/Other:

  • 26x Clip with hole end dark gray (1-way connector)
  • 19x Metallic spacer (1½ width)
  • 5x Blue spacer (½ width)
  • 34x Black clip with rod end
  • 10x Silver clip with rod end
  • 14x Clip with Ball end
  • 3x Clip with Socket end
  • 8x Clip blue
  • 9x Interlocking clip Tan/bronze
  • 2x Ball and socket Large
  • 9x K'NEXMAN Headtop Black
  • 4x K'NEXMAN Headtop Translucent Red
  • 4x K'NEXMAN Mouthpiece Black
  • 10x Orange Angle 3D part (8 in the model, 2 in the display stand)

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1706565 for the 3D file, supplied by Seempie!

Panels:

  • 2x Tri panel mini Silver
  • 4x Tri panel mini Red
  • 2x Tri panel small Silver

Gears:

  • 1x Snap-on gear Light Grey
  • 10x Gear small Dark Grey
  • 1x Gear small Dark Blue

Wheels:

  • 1x Hub Motorcycle Grey (50 mm)
  • 4x Hub Racing wheel (37 mm)
  • 8x Wheel Open Centre Black (25 mm)

Other:

1x A4 Size paper and a colour printer

Step 2: X-Wing Mechanism

"What a piece of K'nex!"

In this step you will make the main part of the X-Wing, namely the mechanism that moves the wings apart. This is the most crucial part of the model, so make sure everything can move smoothly.

Since it is so crucial, I started with this part. I wanted to make the mechanism as small as possible. At first I used Medium size Crown gears, but they proved too big. I scaled down from a blue-rod cube to a white-rod cube. Because the wings still need to move, I had to use the orange 3D angle connectors. I try to use them as minimal as possible, because I know not many people have them, but here they are unreplacable.

As mentioned: the big wheel on top should make 2 parts move in clockwise and counter-clockwise direction. In the next step you will build the Front Hull and the Cockpit.

Step 3: Front Hull & Cockpit

"I'm going in!"

In this step you will make the front of the spacecraft, including the cockpit and windshield that can open up.

Before I made this version of the X-Wing, I made another version in inaccurate colours. The nose-cone was kinda ugly and not very well attached to the Wing-Mechanism. Therefore, the new Front Hull was the last part that I built for this X-Wing. It's much sturdier and won't fall of so easy. Also it is more accurate, because there is a cargo room under the spacecraft.

In the next step you will finish the model by attaching the Engines and the Wings

Step 4: Quadruple X-Wings

"Lock X-foils in attack position"

In this step you will build the Engines for the X-Wing first, and later you attach the wings. Pay close attention to which Wings you are attaching where!

In my colour-inaccurate model of the X-Wing, I used blue and grey for the wings. This time, I used the red and white, which is more correct, compared to the movies. It also adds a little colour to the model, something that my previous models lacked sometimes.

The wings are can be fragile. But I tried to attach them as good a possible. They are also heavy by the laser cannons on the edges. That makes them point down, because here on earth, we still have gravity :)

In the last step you will make the display stand for this model.

Step 5: Display Stand

"Use the force, Luke!"

Perhaps that's not necessary, because this is only a short step. You will build the display stand on which the X-Wing loosly sits.

I like designing the Display Stand. You have to create something that holds the complete weight of the model, without being too present. Also you have to find the Point of Balance. Once that is done, I always put the model on it's stand, photograph it once, and design the information plaquette myself using Paint. It's all very basic, but I'm happy with the result.

I hope you too and that you enjoyed reading through this instructable.

May the Force be with you!

~GWorks

Comments

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Ethan1023 made it! (author)2016-10-06

Pop quiz (try to do this without looking the answer up): What language does R2-D2 speak in?

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The Knex Inventor made it! (author)2016-08-04

Extremely nice model! Favorited and voted for you in both contests. Good luck, and great job getting favorited!

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GWorks made it! (author)GWorks2016-08-06

Thanks a lot! We'll see how well it does in the contests. I don't expect a prize, but who knows. Thanks for your encouragement and voting!!

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The Knex Inventor made it! (author)The Knex Inventor2016-08-06

You're welcome! I may try 3-D printing some of the pieces to make it, so we'll see how that turns out.

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GWorks made it! (author)GWorks2016-08-07

Be sure to let us know :)

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The Knex Inventor made it! (author)The Knex Inventor2016-08-07

I definitly will!

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seempie made it! (author)2016-08-06

Wouw Thx man! I'm glad i could help;) And there were no pices missing once i collected all the required pices shown in the pictures. It was a real pleasure to build such an awesome model!

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GWorks made it! (author)GWorks2016-08-07

Ah well I always deconstruct the model and make pictures of it. So if you just build what you see, then it shouldn't be a problem. But the partslist, I tend to make mistakes there, like a miscount.
Nice! :D

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Linkin_J_Knex made it! (author)2016-08-02

I'm stunned by this build. Is it possible without the orange angled clips?? And also, I think you may have missed the orange angle clips in the parts list, unless I'm just being blind XD

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GWorks made it! (author)GWorks2016-08-02

You're not blind, I missed them. Going to update now!

Thanks Linkin_J! :)

Hmm... I think it won't be possible to build without them. At least not a fighter with moving wings. Because this takes so much space. Really, buy like 16 from Knex User Group! They're not so expensive... and shipping costs are low anyways for you :)

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Linkin_J_Knex made it! (author)Linkin_J_Knex2016-08-07

Okay :) I may order them at some point and build this. Because, this is just amazing xD

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The Knex Inventor made it! (author)The Knex Inventor2016-08-07

It certainly is!

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Linkin_J_Knex made it! (author)Linkin_J_Knex2016-08-02

I swear if i can make it without them clips I am starting right away

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Linkin_J_Knex made it! (author)Linkin_J_Knex2016-08-02

;v; sorry for the comment chain but i don't have blue flexable rods either :(

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seempie made it! (author)2016-08-06

Hi!

first of all, what an awsome knex model! A real great effort. Keep up the good work on the starwars models. The instructions you gave were very clear and easy to follow. I had somewhat the same problem as som of the other people in that they didn't have (enough) orange angle brackets. So I decided to model them in a CAD program and then 3D print them with my own 3D printer. I would like to share these stls to help others but I don't seem to know how to include these in this comment. I also 3D printed some domes and wheels for the same reason. These 3D printed brackets can be seen in the picture below, the orange ones are the original k'nex pices and everything in red is 3D printed. I also had to include some cable ties to hold it all together firmly since there is not much structure over the whole of the spacecraft. Other than that it is a great model! As you can see it fits perfectly into my starwars collection!

Seempie

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GWorks made it! (author)GWorks2016-08-06

A real fan I see! Wow, It's like my model went through hyperspace and ended up in your room :D Looking great!

Yes, I must agree with you, the ship is pretty fragile, and adding the wings was hard. Before I added the wings in another method, which was probably sturdier, but I couldn't include the red colour that way. The cable ties don't look as bad.

It's a pleasure to hear the instructions are clear. I didn't miss any parts this time? That can happen when counting, namely. 3D printing of the parts is a great solution! I'm happy you've been able to finish it that way. As a result, I'll award you with some PRO membership that I have left :) I'll send you a presonal message with the code.

Thank you!

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Knextremely stupid made it! (author)2016-08-03

Awesome! Maybe a Z-95 headhunter for the next build!

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GWorks made it! (author)GWorks2016-08-06

Thanks! I'm working on an motorized AT-AT at the moment, though ;)

As mentioned before, I try to leave out the angled pieces as best as I can. I only have 12 myself, and I know that many K'NEX builders don't (yet) have them. I see Seempie has added a 3D file, so if you have access to a 3D printer, you could print them. It worked for him :)

I forgot the torpedo's yeah, but if I would add something like that, the structure would become even more fragile. To compensate that, I added an R2-D2 ;)

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seempie made it! (author)2016-08-06

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1706565

I posted the stl files for the orange angle bracket on thingeverse

hit the link to download the stl files

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Knextremely stupid made it! (author)2016-08-04

P.s. You forgot the proton torpedo tubes

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Knextremely stupid made it! (author)2016-08-03

I want to build it so bad but I don't have the orange angle prices :(

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

Good work as usual Gworks, here are some pics of the Tie Fighter

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GWorks made it! (author)GWorks2016-08-03

I can't bloody believe it! Wooo! Looks great man!
Please post them under the TIE-figher instructable as well, with the indication of "I made it", so I can reward you properly :D

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Ethan1023 made it! (author)2016-08-02

I noticed you said "T-65". I'm pretty sure that you could modify it to turn it into a T-70 (Poe Dameron's Black One).

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GWorks made it! (author)GWorks2016-08-02

You mean "you" as in yourself, right? ;) Because I like Luke's version better anyways. Black may be harder than it seems. Plus the engines are different. As there are no "halves" with K'NEX, that'd be a problem :/

Glad you Approve! n.n

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Ethan1023 made it! (author)Ethan10232016-08-02

Let me clarify: You means whoever I'm talking to. Also, when I said T-70, I meant the cut in the wings, whereas on a T-65, the wings are solid. I was using Black One as a frame of reference.

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GWorks made it! (author)GWorks2016-08-03

In that case, say "One could modify", where 'one' is an idividual person. But the cut in the wings isn't the only difference. Look at the engines. By the way, that very cut would make the wings very unstable and hard to attach. They are now already. Plus if you would stay true to the original colours, orange and black, you will truly have a hard time. So I'm not going to do that :P
Moving on to the next project. AT-ST? AT-AT? LAAT? Who will know...

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Ethan1023 made it! (author)Ethan10232016-08-03

Yeah, the cut annoyed me too. The wings tho, yeesh, that would be hard.

Fun, cuz there's the AT-ST, AT-RT, AT-AT, AT-TE, AT-HE,...

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Ethan1023 made it! (author)Ethan10232016-08-03

Yeah, semicircle engines, that would be pretty hard.

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skepticaljay made it! (author)2016-08-02

wow just wow

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GWorks made it! (author)GWorks2016-08-02

Glad you like it ^.^

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Ethan1023 made it! (author)2016-08-02

I approve.

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