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Star Wars Fans Build 21-Foot Working X-Wing Replica

Postby Ian on Wed Oct 03, 2007 12:58 pm

It's bad enough this guys built one.. but their going to try to fly it too.

http://www.polecataerospace.com/X-Wing.htm

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.
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Postby Bhairav on Sat Oct 06, 2007 12:30 am

Insane! It would have been easier to make a TIE though.. no need to "lock S-Foils in attack position!"
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Postby Bhairav on Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:41 am

Ok, it broke up on launch. No TIEs were involved though!

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/boom/x%20win ... oplay=true

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Postby Wesociety on Sun Oct 07, 2007 2:30 pm

wow... now that is a project.
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Postby TheWizard on Tue Oct 09, 2007 7:39 am

Did I see a parachute in that video? Does that mean someone was dumb enough to get in the cockpit of this thing? I thought it was the "model rocket" of X-Wings, no pilot necessary.
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Postby Ian on Tue Oct 09, 2007 7:48 am

Model rockets have parachutes in them so they don't come flying back down going a million mph.
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Postby TheWizard on Sun Oct 14, 2007 12:43 pm

Aha, so it was a model rocket. Fair enough. :)
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