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Oblivious

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30th December 2002

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#1 10 years ago

So here's some Star Wars dedication for ya; A man builds a working 21 foot X-Wing replica in his garage. It's planned to take flight on Oct 6th (this Saturday) in California.

Link: Star Wars X-Wing Fighter

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A long time ago, in a garage in Santee, California, a group of slightly insane rocketeers decided to make a flying scale model of the X-Wing fighter from what is arguably the best movie ever made, Star Wars.

We decided to make the project to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first Star Wars movie. Our club members are making several Star Wars based projects to fly at Plaster Blaster VI, or Plaster Wars.

We decided to make the project challenging in several ways. The first is just the massive size of the rocket. It is over 21' long, with a wingspan of over 19'. We opted to use a cluster of four motors to emulate the "real" X-wing, and positioned the motors in the wing pods. The real challenge was to make the wings move in flight, from the "attack" position, or extended to the "landing" position, or folded. This proved to be quite a mechanical feat.

We started be laying out the rear fuselage section and wing root sections in CAD, then had RMS Laser and Routing Services CNC route all the fuselage and wing root components. The fuselage ends and wing root sections are cut from 3/4" Baltic Birch, while the internal stricture is cut from 3/8" Baltic Birch. The "wing box" assembly, or center of the fuselage, contains the electrical motor and gear / chain drive system that moves the wings, along with the center supports for the wing panels.

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*insert cheesy quote about The Force here*




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#2 10 years ago

wow that guy needs to get a life lol




Darth_Harry

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#3 10 years ago

Dose he realy think that will fly? no offence but the desing isnt realy "airworthy"




T3h Piti

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#4 10 years ago

wouldn't it be sweet if x wings were our first space ships, to actually fly in space with nice maneuverability?




Junk angel

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#5 10 years ago

actaully, your best spaceship would be ball shaped. Mainly due to the nature of space.




T3h Piti

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#6 10 years ago
wraithcat;3997608actaully, your best spaceship would be ball shaped. Mainly due to the nature of space.

what are you alien!?

yea, x wings are pretty horrible design wise




panthean

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#7 10 years ago

yea, maybe we can arm it with laser blasters and take over the world next... although we'd probably go star wars crazy and try to build a scale model of the death star and destroy earth




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#8 10 years ago

No. We'd probably build it to blow up mars so that we can't stop worrying and arguing about should we go to it or not.