The Thunderfighter or simply the Starfighter is the main strike fighter of the Earth Defense Directorate against the Draconian Empire. A variation of this is the Quad fighter, seating four occupants instead of the regular single or two-seater in tandem configuration.
The Thunderfighter popsicle stick mini model was another simple build. There were only nine (9) major components to complete the model requiring only a few hours and five (5) instructable steps to assemble. The tiniest parts were the wing tips made from toothpicks that the Dremel moto tool made quick work shaping it. The single biggest delay in construction was the long wait for the Elmers white glue to cure.
This particular model is dedicated to our friends from deviantart and Gerard Duffy aka Taranis who painstakingly rendered the schematics and 3-D model images respectively of the Thunderfighter. The images and schematics are featured in Step 3 of this instructable.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
Tools used for this project were:
- Dremel MotoTool 3000 and MiniMite with the following attachments:
- 1/2" & 1/4" drum sander with fine/coarse grit
- disc sander with fine/coarse grit
- #125 high speed cutter
- #932 grinding stone
- Regular cut-off wheel
- Olfa Cutter
- Mechanical pencil
- Fine tweezers
- Various clamps
- Elmers all purpose white glue
- Vinlyl Cutting Mat