One of the Galactic Empire's most fearsome weapons can be yours to command, and on the cheap!
Step 1: Step 1" Tools & Supplies
Here is what you need to make a TIE fighter.
-Hot glue gun & plenty of glue sticks
-a 3/4" dowell, cut fairly short
-some tinfoil to make the cockpit
-two pieces of cardboard cut exactly the same in the classic hexagonal shape (use a ruler, it helps immensely)
-small dowells or craft sticks for the radial pattern
-black & gray (or silver) paint
Step 2: Center Shaft & Cockpit
First, cut a 3/4 dowell fairly short (a bit shorter than in the pic, even),
Step 3: Foil Time!
Next, skewer a few squares of foil 'til it's the ball-like shape we're looking for.
Step 4: Masking Tape
Although not pictured, you should definetly use your glue gun to secure the cockpit.
Once dry, wrap in masking tape for easy painting later.
Step 5: Das Wings
Cut two pieces of cardboard in the hexagonal shape TIE fighters are known for.
USE A RULER. It helps.
then glue 'em to the ends of the center shaft.
Step 6: CHECKPOINT!
If you followed along right, you should have something that looks like the picture.
Step 7: Wing Details
For extra credit, use tiny dowells or cut-up craft sticks to make the wing patterns & glue em in place.
Step 8: (Finally) Paint
*Sigh* now you can paint the fighter.
Remember to let it dry fully before you play with it!
Step 9: KILL REBEL SCUM!
...And now you are done.
(Cue Imperial March).