The Star Wars franchise, which spans more than 40 years, has a colossal fan base due to its unique characters, Shakespearean history and rich history. And the Rebel Alliance’s universal X-wing is easily one of the most memorable aircraft in the popular universe with its X-shaped wings carrying four laser cannons. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ve probably wanted to have your own X-wing at some point in your life, similar to what Luke Skywalker had.
A group of Star Wars enthusiasts from Russia felt the same way. A native of Yakutsk, Siberia, the team decided to build a life-size model of the legendary fighter, and this is a sight for sore eyes.
Building X-wing for $ 5,000
Led by cosplay blogger Ayaal Fyodorov, the team built its own X-wing in three months with a budget of $ 5,000. They documented the whole process with delayed videos which show the six-member team working on the 42-foot (13-meter) aircraft, where each piece is carefully constructed before their final assembly. To be as close as possible to the original X-wing, the project team paid attention to smaller details. They even included droid slot for R2-D2 in construction. Made of plywood, X-wing is placed in a park in Yakutsk, where it will be exhibited in public.
You can check out the final product in this Instagram video below.
Speaking to Reuters about the project, model manufacturer Ilya Burnashov said: “I think the main task here was to make our dreams come true, because everyone [members] from our team are great star Wars fans. It means a lot to see how your dream enters real life. In addition, to bring joy to people, now everyone can come here to the park, take pictures, touch it, see what it is made of and get some positive energy. ”
However, this is not the first time the team has created a life-size replica of a life-size Star Wars plane. Earlier this March, the team built a model of Dean Jarin’s ship on Razor Crest from popular spin-off series The Mandalorian. And they don’t plan to stop soon.
Asked if they would build a new building, project manager Ayaal Fyodorov told Reuters: “Our next project? Of course, it is our dream to build the Millennium Falcon. We have not yet found sponsors, but if we succeed, we will succeed. Life size copy. ”
Judging by the size of the Millennium Falcon, their next project will require more money and time than this X-wing construction. And as we talk about ideas, we wonder what they would perceive in building a 1: 1 scale, the incoming Death Star?