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This instructable was strongly inspired by "Build the Starship Enterprise from useless office supplies," so thank you instructables user bchafy! And if you make it, send me pictures!
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Step 1: You will need:

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1 chisel sharpie
4 pen lids
1 small pencil sharpener
4 2" brass fasteners
2 medium binder clips
2 large binder clips
1 defunct memory chip or similar
1 strip of staples (not pictured)
epoxy or hot glue (hot glue works a LOT better)
poster putty

Step 2: Wing base

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Glue the memory chip under the clip of the sharpie. You don't actually need to use glue as the binder clips will hold it in place, but I highly recommend it for structural stability.

Step 3: Wings

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Remove the legs of the binder clips. Replace the legs of the medium clips with the legs of the large clips. This takes a bit of force but it can be done!

Step 4: Wing assembly

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Clip the medium binder clips to the memory card. Use some glue here too if you like to prevent future wobbling. Glue the pencil sharpener in place for the cockpit.

Step 5: Thrusters

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Beginning with the underside, glue the pen lids in place for thrusters (I suppose you could use tape, but glue looks a lot nicer). Glue two of the fasteners on the bottom wings for cannons. Tape will hold them in place while the glue dries.

Step 6: Finishing steps

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Glue the top two thrusters on. This is the fiddliest bit as they don't have anything to rest against. A little blob of poster putty will be your good friend here. Glue on the top two cannons, and glue a strip of staples behind the cockpit to give more body. You are done - unless you can think of some way to add an R2 unit. You can also use one of the discarded large binder bodies as a display stand.

Okay, I really need to get back to work now.
NelsonG2 months ago

To anyone wanting to make more!

flameape1 year ago
Suggestion for the R2 unit- bottom end-plug of a Blue Bic pen glued on with poster putty or double sided tape.
Hi, I just joined since this looks like a fun site and I wanted to make and post my X-Wing attempt. What do you think?
spookylean (author)  MoTheBuilder2 years ago
Awesome. Love the detail on the R2 unit.
SN1P3RL0RD2 years ago
This is really cool.
Mac19973 years ago
brought it into school to show my friends and i got it confiscated and it was put in the bin !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
how come were the teachers jealous or something?
BGxNOCCout2 years ago
this inspired me to make a milenium falcon witch i will post on here soon
Luueliza2 years ago
Here's mine, with a few mods... I started off using masking tape then ended up doing the whole thing! added a couple of large paperclips! :)
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spookylean (author)  Luueliza2 years ago
Whoa! That's office supplies?? You have taken this to another level.
Yup! Only office supplies ^_^ the cabin window is the lid off an office scalpel :)
GASSYPOOTS3 years ago
add a rubber eraser from a pencil for a R2
dave6143 years ago
to quote re: removing & replacing the legs on the binder clip, Step 3:

"This takes a bit of force but it can be done!"

If you are building this stuff, don't you already have "the force" with you ...
Jarheadicus3 years ago
sick bro! hehehe the comments before mine were 69...
queesy3 years ago
Here is mine!
this thing rocks!!!
mak243 years ago
instead of normal pen caps we can also add those LED pens with those blue LEDs on top, that way we can have really cool ion thruster and if placed beside your bed can add up as a really cool night light..
NE patsrock3 years ago
look at my slingshot!!!
Mainkai3 years ago
Now all we need is a tie fighter version... Maybe the ball from a defunct old-school mouse and some of the cardboard backs from post-it notes?
thealeks3 years ago
dude theres an article(with a link) about this in Star Wars Insider magazine! congrats. also awesome 'ble!
spiffy9563 years ago
could you use a small paperclip or two instead of an sd card?
i think anything squarish would do, maybe a piece of cardboard or something
alex_meng3 years ago
that's really cool & easy! I like it and will do it like this!
instruct393 years ago
thats cool! i like the second pic on the intro page.
dplemmons3 years ago
The eraser pulled from a standard #2 pencil could easily be an R2 unit.
jejeje yes¡¡¡, to funny¡ . mini R2D2.
Thats actualy a great idea,all you would need to do is dip it in white out, then with a pen make blue markings
I think I'll use a white Lego stud.
This is great!
Here's Mine! R2 unit, Rebel Alliance coloring, clear cockpit windows and all!

Album on Imgur:
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spookylean (author)  brock_samson3 years ago
Wow! Great work. Better colours too.
Um, do you know if there are any good replacements for the brass fasteners? I would love to know.
I used paperclips
spookylean (author)  youwiththeface3 years ago
Hmm. Nails? toothpicks? Not so much office supplies, but hey.
SHIFT!3 years ago
Awesome, all you need now is a R2 D2 eraser!
deansep3 years ago
Make around 10+ and hide them around your boss's office...
Let's see. I need a chisel Sharpie, binder clips, a pencil sharpener, that Wii SD card, and maybe some brass fasteners. The hot glue, I already have.
microheroes3 years ago
wow cool!!!!!
Dr_Stupid3 years ago
You Sir, have ENTIRELY too much time on your hands....and I would fire you in a heartbeat...

...but because it's Star Wars related, you get to keep your job another day. win at the Internet.
spookylean (author)  Dr_Stupid3 years ago
Yay! I win!
Is there any substitute for the SD card? I only have one and it works perfectly well and I'm sure my parents would beat the stupid out of me if I used it for is there anything else that will suffice?
spookylean (author)  Alexxtraordinary3 years ago
Anything about the same size and thickness will work. Try thick cardboard or even a coin?
Maxaxle3 years ago
Which important project were you ignoring when you made this?
spookylean (author)  Maxaxle3 years ago
All of them.
newroger3 years ago
muito bom!!! isso e pra quem não tem o que fazer mesmo em...
Is there a TIE Fighter some where? I would make a few of these and hang them in a battle in my room.
jongscx3 years ago
awww, the wings don't fold up and down?
mjursic3 years ago
I'm a middle school teacher. This is completely ridiculous!!! I'm doing it tomorrow, I flipping LOVE it! Thanks so much, my students will think I'm the best!
spookylean (author)  mjursic3 years ago
Great! Let me know how it goes.
RabidAlien3 years ago
Nice! Know what I'm gonna do now, if the afternoon is slow here at work!

BTW, if you turn the pencil sharpener around, you can still have a functional sharpener...might not give an air-tight seal when in outer space, but....
Lindie3 years ago
That's cool!
mob13 years ago
Someone's not doing what they should be doing, WORKING !!!, ha ha.
great little thing to do when you're not doing anything.
I'm making one tomorrow !
etopsirhc3 years ago
nice , if you glued the sd card down , and the pencil sharpener to the lid ( not the pen body ) you could still use the pen w/o destroying the epicness of the creation
kibukun3 years ago
Now THAT is what I call art.
sitzikbs3 years ago
Totally cool! Maybe you can get it to fly with a usb fan,,, :)
bosniaguy3 years ago
Would it be possible 2 replace the sd card with a pice of thin cardboard?
spookylean (author)  bosniaguy3 years ago
Sure. You could use just about anything, actually, but I had the chip on hand!
Really, REALLY cool :-)
SantaB3 years ago
A bit of force, or THE FORCE? :-P
Aswa SantaB3 years ago
Hahahah, I had the same thought as well.
Ha! I was thinking the exact same thing.
It's amazing! I mean, it really looks like an x-fighter! Out of office kit. It's too cool to be true. Hey, I hope you got a promotion for this.
ajmckay3 years ago
Now this is productivity! Seriously, I wish my office had hot glue or epoxy (not really typical office supplies though). Maybe I'll try it with some duct tape or something.

By the way, do you have those TPS reports for me yet?
spookylean (author)  ajmckay3 years ago
I'm all out of the new cover sheets...
marymac3 years ago
It is hard to believe that I am seeing something out of common office supplies!! This is a real work of art and creativity!! I absolutely have to make this thing. The influence of the force on the creator is obvious and I'm starting to feel it myself.

Many thanks.
tbgdesign3 years ago
AT3 years ago
Well done! I love it.
Azzurro3 years ago
I miss R2D2 from behind the cockpit. :)
Narsil3 years ago
I love this! Perhaps a white eraser would make a good R2? It could be rounded and then blued with a blue finepoint sharpie.
SantaB3 years ago
You could find a gel pen and take the end out of it... maybe a pen similar to these.

If need be take some white out to paint it white. Glue it down and this could be your R2 unit. Nice job. Now I need to get back to work too!
capricorn3 years ago
The force is powerful in this one!

Thanks for sharing mate :)
That is beautiful
Tart20003 years ago
splazem3 years ago
Great! Very cool. Now excuse me while I do this for the next hour...
This is too good to be true!
This. Is. Awesome! I'm sure your boss loved it too! ;) Keep up the good work!