Thanks to the positive response I received from my previous floppy disk art Instructable (itself inspired by a floppy disk Starship Enterprise and Klingon Bird of Prey), I decided to follow up with two new models: The Millennium Falcon and an X-Wing!

I had been feeling bad for posting models only of villains, which is mostly because I dislike all of you. Now you have a chance to make some heroic models also. Granted, these models are scaled smaller than their dark-side counterparts, but I believe this was a conspiracy on the part of the 3-1/2 inch floppy designers. Why else would they have etched microscopic pro-Imperial rants on the edges of the floppy media. If you don't believe me, take a floppy under a microscope.

On the subject of floppies...
According to my sources (Wikipedia) there were over 5 billion floppy disks in use in 1996. That's almost 7,000 Tb....in increments of 1.44Mb each.

For reference, 1.44 Mb will hold:
  • About a minute and a half of music
  • One high quality digital picture
  • All of my homework and personal files from 1985 through 1993.
I'll let that sink in...God I'm old...

If you stack them one on top of each other it will reach from here to someone that is tired of stacking up floppy disks. Those that are not in landfills are now mostly used ironically, or as coasters.

Still, that is a lot of floppies out there waiting to become nerd art. If you don't have any on hand try looking in the corners of your local computer lab, IT room, or creepy old shut-in.

If you are so excited that you really need to make this project so much you actually can still find them at your local office supply store. That's right, they still sell them! Of course, the whole point of floppy disk art is cashing in on the irony that you have hundreds of them sitting around unused. Here is your hipster link then: “Great for storing and transfering[sic] data in a non-networking environment.

You will need a total of 3 floppy disks for this project.

Step 1: Required Tools

To complete this project you will also need the following tools:
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • A second one makes things easier
  • Hammer
  • Finishing Nail (the ones with the small heads)
  • A block of relatively soft wood
A shot of Jameson's seems to have a positive effect as well.

It has been said in the lore of floppy disk folk art that a diagonal cutting pliers or scissors are needed but this is a bold lie designed by the Diagonal Cutting Pliers Manufacturers Association. Floppy disks are generally made from thin, cheap metal. By repeatedly bending the metal at a set point you will fatigue it and form a crack. I like this method because it generally gives nice straight line cuts and doesn't need new tools. Feel free to cut pieces with cutting tools but I will be using that money to pay for my butler's salary.

If you do want to use cutting tools, try taking it up another notch and use a rotary “Dremel” cutting tool.
thank you for this instructable, here are mine, including the death star :)
Thank you! How clever with the Death Star! Those are very nicely done!
You used Shiny....could that mean a Firefly is coming?
...and here is your Firefly:<br> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Firefly-Class-Starship-and-Random-MQ-1-Predator-/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Firefly-Class-Starship-and-Random-MQ-1-Predator-/</a>
You're reading far too much into it. I meant it was shiney as in metal. I hadn't planned on any more. <br> <br>I do love Firefly... <br> <br>I think you could modify advanced version the X-Wing lower panel to make a Firefly...so we'll see.
Very nice and very funny! Thanks for sharing
Thank you!
Very nice, <br>And thank you for making me feel old ( joking!) , I will now assume the fetal position and whimper for the rest of the evening. :) :( :)
We can have an old-off. Winner gets to experience the ravages of time. Thanks for the support!
HAHAHAHAHA! I reposted this to my crafting group. We are a group of crazy fantasy/SF Tolkien, Lewis, Star Trek, Star Wars and everything in between crazies! <br> <br>http://mymiddle-earth.net/groups/crafters-of-the-knittermark/forum/topic/patterns/?#post-762 <br> <br>I will most likely be posting your stuff again, quite creative.
Thank you! There is my other posting also with the <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Darth-Vaders-TIE-Advanced-X1-made-from-Floppy-Dis/" rel="nofollow">Imperial Shuttle, TIE Fighter, and Borg Cube</a>.
Dude I want to make my Death Star to scale, any idea how many rubber bands I'll need?
depends to scale will be selected i guess
Five more than you have in your drawer I would guess... <br> <br>I went with the premade rubber band ball which seems about the right scale to teh floppy disk hub.
Very cool Ible! I like how you used a rubber band ball for the Death Star. <br>-BLUEBLOBS2
That's good to hear! In my last Ible someone asked if I could do a Death Star. I wasn't sure how the model would go over but I'm glad I put it in.
Two thumbs WAY up!
Thank you!
Awesome and love the humor thrown in. Definitely getting a vote here.
Thank you! I think when you make folk art from floppy disks the humor comes on it's own.

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Bio: I'm a Mechancial/Aerospace Engineer that likes to tinker in my spare time. I make my own Christmas Cards.
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