Build an X-Wing and Tie Fighter

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About: The answer is lasers, now, what was the question? If you need help, feel free to contact me. Find me on Reddit, Tumblr and Twitter as @KitemanX

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Follow these steps to put together your X-Wing and and your Tie Fighter.


*If you haven't, then why don't you - LINK

Step 1: Needful Things

If you are putting a Tie Fighter together, you will need a little clear glue - super glue is ideal.
If you have very short fingernails, you may need a cocktail stick or bamboo skewer.

Oh, and you'll need a set of parts... CLICK HERE to buy.

Step 2: What You Get

The fighters come "flat packed", and have a protective film to stop the acrylic being scratched.

The parts should lift straight out of the surrounding acrylic. If they do not, a gentle flex is all they need.

Be careful not to snap the X-Wing's guns!

Step 3: Preparation

The first thing to do is remove the protective film.

Start with the engraved side - each patch of film can be scratched off with a fingernail. Pick the edge and peel the rest off.

If you do not have long-enough fingernails, use a cocktail stick or sharp bamboo skewer to lift the edges.

You can use a blade to lift the film, but be very careful not to scratch the acrylic.

Step 4: Assemble the X-Wing

The wings slot together first.

The notches are a snug fit, so line them up carefully.

The large notch in the fuselage fits over the centre of the wings. Again, it is a snug fit, and no glue should be needed.

If you are planning on suspending your X-Wing, you might find it easier to thread cotton through the hanging-hole before you fit the fuselage to the wings.

Step 5: Assemble the Tie Fighter

Assembling the Tie Fighter is easy - the wing panels fit on the pegs of the body, and are held with a little superglue.

Before you apply the glue, though, test-fit the wing panels. You will probably find they fit best with the engraved surface facing inwards.

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    JeremyB189

    13 days ago

    So what you are saying is this isn't actually an instructable, but it is actually an advertisment for your etsy store........

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    KitemanJeremyB189

    Reply 13 days ago

    Sort of.

    It was supposed to be hidden from view, sent only to people who had already bought the parts, but I accidentally shared it, and now people are reading it...

    (If you look back at my profile, I have shared the files for most of my 260-some projects.)

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    KitemanDIY Hacks and How Tos

    Reply 26 days ago

    Hehe, in Spring & Summer I sell these as "sun catchers", in the Autumn and Winter I sell them as Christmas ornaments. and gifts.