Would you like a FREE giant Star Wars TIE Fighter, made with love? Do you live in the Salt Lake City vicinity? Well, we've got great news for you...
There is a TIE Fighter on Craigslist for free — it just needs a good home and someone who remembers to feed and change its water every day. Here's what the ad says:
Have the coolest toy in your neighborhood! Approximately 1/3 scale TIE Fighter. 8x8x8 feet but breaks down into 5 pieces for easy transport in a pickup or can haul partially assembled (except for the top half of the wings) on a trailer. Wheeled casters make it easy to move once assembled. Laser cannons are set to fire standard party poppers. Well built out of 3/4 plywood with the wings sheeted in cardboard. Tested to hold over 300 pounds. Cockpit is 38 inches by 38 inches and my 5ft tall son comfortably sits inside.
For those of you wondering: I built it for our Church's AWANA annual Drive-Inn movie night. It is a father/child project where the younger kids take cardboard and build a "car" to sit in and eat popcorn and watch a movie. We kind-of go over the top every year. We built an X-Wing 2 years ago so we needed a Tie Fighter. I didn't have plans, just a sketch pad and ideas in my head. I used this to teach my 9th grader how to use the Pythagorean Theorem and get some practical application to algebra as helped build this for his younger siblings. All the edges to the body panels are 22.5 degrees. The main panels are 16x24, the front and rear panels off those are 16x12, all birch plywood. The wing struts are boxed 8 inches wide, plywood, 30 inches long. They are attached with Simpson 90 degree gussets and re-enforced with 2x2s. The lower half of the wings are 2x4 sheeted in cardboard. The upper half are 1x2 sheeted in cardboard. The wing to strut connection is a compression fitting design. My son has recently grown up and no longer have any use for this... First one to call and come pick it up gets it. 801 770 0027. My name is valter.
We expect this to go to an io9er! Have at it, folks!