How to Build a Life-Size TIE Fighter from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Sunday, 10 December 2017 - 5:07PM
Science of Star Wars
Sunday, 10 December 2017 - 5:07PM
How to Build a Life-Size TIE Fighter from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
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YouTube star Colin Furze is both an inventor and a daredevil, usually combining those two qualities when he builds things like real hover-bikes and flame-shooting guitars before running out to test them himself.

His latest creation may not be as dangerous, but it's ambitious: Furze constructed a life-size replica of Kylo Ren's TIE Silencer ship from the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, building the entire thing to scale based on a Star Wars toy he bought. He posted the finished, non-flying starship late last month, but just recently posted a longer video showing exactly how he (and his team of workers) put the whole thing together.

Check out the making-of video below to see how it's done:

The finished ship measures at a whopping 46 feet long, 23 feet wide, and 14 feet high, more than enough for a person to comfortably fit themselves into the cockpit and pretend they're hunting down X-wing pilots. The main body is mostly made from steel beams and floor grates, and then painted over in black.

It took a full six weeks to build, with Furze trying to replicate every detail he could find in the TIE Silencer toy that was released ahead of The Last Jedi's premiere.

If you don't have 13 minutes to spend watching a man build a spaceship (and if so, we feel truly sorry for you), you can see a video of just the finished product below:

This isn't even the first time Furze has attempted something like this: last year, he celebrated the release of Rogue One by constructing a giant AT-ACT from the movie. And considering how huge that was, a simple fighter craft built for a certain emotional Sith apprentice might be easier by comparison. But that doesn't make this a simple thing to try at home - it's pricey, and Furze managed by using money from the video's eBay sponsorship.

At this rate, with the Han Solo movie coming out, we might see Furze building himself a Millennium Falcon, which would be just the right amount of craziness that Furze could pull off. But for the time being, a single TIE Fighter is an impressive enough accomplishment on its own; if you have tons of money and tons of time, and a burning desire to use that money and time for Star Wars purposes, it could make for an interesting DIY project.

Based on what we know so far, the TIE Silencer is essentially an updated version of Darth Vader's personal TIE Interceptor from A New Hope, except less bulky and more sleek, with more pointy edges for space-jousting and the like. Being the son of Han Solo, Kylo has inherited some of those "never tell me the odds" piloting skills, so the Silencer should be in capable, evil hands when it finally appears in director Rian Johnson's movie.

The latest trailer for The Last Jedi included some prominent shots of Kylo Ren flying around in it, including a scene of him possibly firing on a space station where his mother, General Leia Organa, is stationed, but that might be untrustworthy editing in the trailer. You can see the fictional-but-flying version of this ship when Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out December 15, 2017.
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