Another late 70s-era Starship - Buck Rogers' Thunderfighter from the 25th Century..

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

Like the BSG Colonial Viper before this project, not a lot of materials were used.  The base airframe was from regular sized popsicle sticks.  Wooden coffee stirrers with varying thickness' were used for the wing/engine pylons and cockpit/fuselage, a toothpick (for the secondary wing tips)  and a thinned tongue depressor (for the delta wing and secondary wings) were the other materials used for this build.

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
  • Ruler
  • Fine tweezers
  • Various clamps
  • Elmers all purpose white glue
  • Vinlyl Cutting Mat
<p>here is my post on your work..... and it contains a link back here, I also added 2 of your images to my blog with your credit added to each image.. hope this is ok</p><p>http://taraniscgi.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/mini-buck-rogers-thunder-fighter-made-from-popsicle-sticks/</p>
<p>Thanks for the mention.. </p><p>I am astounded at what you can do with Popsicle sticks.</p><p>Gerard Duffy </p>
Just like your other projects, it's so impressive... so inspiring and sooooo one of a kind. I love it. :-) :-) :-)
Whatttt those were popsicle sticks... very cool :[). Thank you so much for sharing. I am loving it . <br>I made something of popsicle too sometime back <br>http://www.instructables.com/id/Sunflower-Wall-Sconce-Made-of-Popsicle-Sticks/
Great looking, yet again!
This looks amazing! Great details!

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