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Topic: Kid-size Star Wars X-Wing!  (Read 1685 times)
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« on: March 11, 2013 04:07:11 PM »

Presenting our cardboard X-wing fighter jet:



My six-year-old and I had a blast making it this weekend, based on his thorough requirements:


I especially love the arrow showing that the helmet goes onto his head (to avoid any confusion, I presume). I also used this blog to help me plan out the construction: http://growingupdying.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-build-x-wing.html

We used cardboard, dowel rods (to help hold up the wings), tons of duct tape and spray paint.



Here are a couple of shots showing how I threaded a very long piece of cardboard through slots in the hull, and then reinforced with duct tape:







Inside view of dowel rods taped together:


R2D2 is half of a styrofoam sphere. I'm glad I had two halves, because I needed one for practicing. I painted a milk bottle cap black and glued that on to be one of his cool gadgets. I then hot glued him to the top of the ship:


My son designed and manufactured the weapons on his own, by the way. Made from typing paper and more duct tape. A lot of duct tape went into this project Wink

Overall it was a very easy project, and has led to a lot of great playtime. I estimate total cost around $20. Now just need to figure out where it will live in our home.

May the force be with you!
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2013 06:18:28 PM »

Super mom in action!
You did a great job crafting with your son. I like that you really included him in the project and that he drew a plan. I'm sure you had a lot of fun together. The X-Wing is awesome by the way.
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This. Is. Awesome.
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