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
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!