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Discussion: a thread for fan-made Star Wars projects, craft, gizmos, and endeavours

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There are some pretty ingenious and cool Star Wars fans undertaking various intriguing fan-made projects out there - so thought it may be worth having a thread for such labours of love that catch the eye of us lot on here.

Not just the superb Preservation, Fan Edit and other various audio/video endeavours & fan art/covers that are undertaken on here in many threads in the other sections of the site (and similar other sites) - yet a thread here for projects like droid-building, models, lightsabers, hacks or mods, curiosities, knickknacks, gadgets, and the like…

 

 

Came across this pretty cool video earlier - someone built a pretty sweet mouse droid…

Star Wars Mouse Droid- Amazing Interactions with Strangers:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtk_i17hqKA&

^ with videos on how it was built, here - Part 1 : Part 2 : Part 3

 

The ever-useful https://forum.mousedroidbuilders.club/ forum
 

For the hard-core / serious enthusiast… the official R2 Builders club - http://astromech.net & https://twitter.com/r2builders

 
I wonder if there is an EV-9D9 builders club, or one for Imperial Probe Droids…? 👍

 


 

A giant-sized Star Wars AT-ACT, built by Colin Furze - www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE1mr8iCvA8

Project build info - Building a HUGE Star Wars AT-AT

 


 

Star Wars VHS night light / lamp - https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/538907391/retro-vhs-lamp-star-wars-the-empire

How to build your own - www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCi0oUvdads (there are a fair few videos out there on how to do this).
 

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Posted more about it in the collectibles sub forum a few weeks ago, but I built a Bandai 1/12 Stormtrooper model recently.





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^ you make them rather than buy them - a bit like the old airfix models etc? Very nice work - and they look great 😃

 


 

‘Star Wars TIE silencer wheelchair costume conquers Halloween’:-

‘A young boy has turned to the Dark Side as his wheelchair is transformed into Kylo Ren’s deadly spaceship’

https://www.cnet.com/news/star-wars-tie-silencer-wheelchair-costume-conquers-halloween/

(^ with video and more pics)
 


 

some sweet detailed art 😃
 


 

‘A Star Wars Fan in Columbus, Ohio Builds a 17 Foot AT-AT Imperial Walker in His Front Yard For Halloween’…

https://laughingsquid.com/at-at-imperial-walker-front-yard-halloween-decoration/

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oojason said:

^ you make them rather than buy them - a bit like the old airfix models etc? Very nice work - and they look great 😃

 


Well, only the Stormtrooper was a model kit. The rest are regular action figures.


 

some sweet detailed art 😃
 


That’s amazing, I’ve always wondered how people do that kind of detailed pumpkin art. And they used one of the X-wing novel covers as the template. I’ve always thought the mid-nineties novel and comic covers were some of the best EU art ever produced!

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^ That’s a sweet collection you got there, really good detail on the model stormtrooper.

Know what you mean re the pumpkin - I struggle with putting in two eyes and a mouth 😃

 

 

A great (and patient!) dad built his lad a Star Destroyer for his bike:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfaCPcYHAAQ

 

 

and for adults (big kids)

STAR WARS SPEEDERS IN NYC making of!!’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8s_T4NpBPs

& https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf_58IML46Q
 

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Two-legged robot gets its very own Star Wars AT-ST costume

https://nerdist.com/robot-star-wars-costume-at-st-cassie/ (with video)

 


 

'Electrician finds life-size ‘Star Wars’ vehicle in client’s back yard:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdIOL2zkl_4 - 30 second video at the New York Post

Article: https://nypost.com/video/electrician-finds-life-size-star-wars-vehicle-in-clients-back-yard
 

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I have no idea how it was made, but it is obviously a big Star Wars fan:-

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oojason said:

Colin Furze builds a metal landspeeder that drives…

(the guy has previously built AT-ACTs and TIEs etc - and some truly mad non-Star Wars stuff; bunkers, underground beach huts, bikes that shoot fireworks, rocket launchers, jet swings, homemade hoverbikes, jet powered scooters, remote control trash cans, etc) 😃
 

Fabricating a Metal Landspeeder that DRIVES’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2h_yHnTwVw
 

'Together myself and eBay Uk are building our 3rd Star Wars creation, we’ve made a huge AT-ACT Playhouse, a FULL SIZE Tie Silencer and now to celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder from the first film, A New Hope.

But out of Metal…This is no easy task.’

This is brilliant, I am very much looking forward to next video where he will drive it 😃

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I’m going to a Star Wars themed New Years Eve party (as a Rebel operative) and I decided to spend the afternoon on this little project. Happy with how it came out, but I’d like to try again with my childhood blaster from the 90s at some point and really take my time.



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Noice!

Working on many edits, may take many years to complete…

Also known as Mr. Liquid Jungle.

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I know there is already some videos on how to build a Mouse Droid in here, but thought these may be good for alternative options:

‘Star Wars Mouse Droid Build - Ace Makes’ - 6 minute youtube video - from ‘Ace Cosplay’

‘Star Wars Mouse Droids Fan Builds!’ - 7 minute video - from ‘Adam Savage’s Tested’

‘Build Your Own Star Wars Mouse Droid’ - 5 minute video - from ‘Eric Lindenberg’

& http://luckyxero.com/droids/mouse-droid-build - with instructions and images

 

‘Star Wars Remote Control Mouse Droid Demo’ (shop bought official product review) - 3 minute video - from ‘Jason Sasaki’

 

http://www.mousedroidbuilders.club
https://forum.mousedroidbuilders.club
https://www.facebook.com/groups/248862279225
http://www.astromech.info

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4000° Plasma Lightsaber Build (retractable blade!)’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC6J4T_hUKg - the Hacksmith YouTube channel (19 mins)

&

4000° Lightsaber Test (cuts anything!)’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey_EjSzKFWQ - the Hacksmith YouTube channel (11 mins)
 

https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/27699/20201014/look-worlds-first-real-retractable-lightsaber-inspired-star-wars.htm

It is a bit ‘Ghostbusters meets Star Wars’ with the backpack on, but still very cool 😃

 

 

A few other quality YouTube channels making a lot of cool Star Wars themed stuff:-

The Smugglers Room : https://www.youtube.com/c/TheSmugglersRoom/videos

I Like To Make Stuff : https://www.youtube.com/c/Iliketomakestuff/videos

The Rebel Base Build : https://www.youtube.com/c/JCulley3D/videos (and for a few other film & tv series)

Black Market Outpost : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOvMPdpgezpyZ2A1GQZGchA/videos

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I’m looking to purchase a Death Trooper kit soon. Could you share what the quality is like for these kits? Did you have to do any glueing to keep pieces together or keep them stable? Great job by the way! If these are decent, I’d like to start my own collection.

canofhumdingers said:

Posted more about it in the collectibles sub forum a few weeks ago, but I built a Bandai 1/12 Stormtrooper model recently.





“What if he doesn’t survive? He’s worth a lot to me.”

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c0rpze said:

I’m looking to purchase a Death Trooper kit soon. Could you share what the quality is like for these kits? Did you have to do any glueing to keep pieces together or keep them stable? Great job by the way! If these are decent, I’d like to start my own collection.

canofhumdingers said:

Posted more about it in the collectibles sub forum a few weeks ago, but I built a Bandai 1/12 Stormtrooper model recently.





Bandai kits are wonderful. The engineering, detail, quality, everything is top notch. They are made to be snap-fit kits but sometimes you’ll find a piece that would be better off glued. They are molded in generally the correct colors so they advertise as not needing paint. But they are true model kits and, in my opinion, still need to be painted. They also benefit from some minor seam filling and sanding where necessary.

But they are tons of fun. If you have any interest at all I say go for it!

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Thanks for your reply! Sounds good to me then! I wouldn’t have an issue with modifying these kits to my liking, whether having to apply glue, paint and/or sanding. This might the start of a new collection.

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c0rpze said:

I’m looking to purchase a Death Trooper kit soon. Could you share what the quality is like for these kits? Did you have to do any glueing to keep pieces together or keep them stable? Great job by the way! If these are decent, I’d like to start my own collection.

canofhumdingers said:

Posted more about it in the collectibles sub forum a few weeks ago, but I built a Bandai 1/12 Stormtrooper model recently.





Bandai kits are wonderful. The engineering, detail, quality, everything is top notch. They are made to be snap-fit kits but sometimes you’ll find a piece that would be better off glued. They are molded in generally the correct colors so they advertise as not needing paint. But they are true model kits and, in my opinion, still need to be painted. They also benefit from some minor seam filling and sanding where necessary.

But they are tons of fun. If you have any interest at all I say go for it!

“What if he doesn’t survive? He’s worth a lot to me.”

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Fan Builds Giant Replica of The Mandalorian’s Razor Crest’:-

https://nerdist.com/article/the-mandalorian-razor-crest-fan-replica (with video)

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/mandalorian-fan-builds-life-size-134500326.html (with video)

https://www.rt.com/russia/517754-cosplayers-siberia-mandalorian-starship (+ video of inside the cockpit)
 

 


 

Some of the people involved in making The Mandalorian’s Razor Crest (scroll up), have now built…

…a life-size X-Wing!

❤️
 

 
Star Wars fan built a stunning life-size W-Wing model - article at Nerdist.

Star Wars Fan Builds Incredibly Detailed Life-Size X-Wing in New Video - article at ScreenRant

Siberian Star Wars Fans Build Life-Size X-Wing Fighter - article at Moscow Times.

^ the above articles have more images and videos of the X-Wing - and some of the build process for it too. 😃
 

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Fan-made / custom figures, sets, and other content

 

'The Fans Doing the Best Work RIGHT NOW!':-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHq3XBhcBaA - a 10 minute video at the RetroBlasting youtube channel.

 
 

RetroBlasting’s ‘Fans Are Doing the Best Work’ youtube playlist (currently 26 videos):-

www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZIxaT6XsvKolQneicvCfMKSa72HicxFT : www.youtube.com/user/retroblasting/videos

 
 

Star Wars Procustomfigures and Stan Solo “Great Heep” Droids Figures!’:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kkjxSzeRFY - a 13 minute video at the RetroBlasting youtube channel.
 
 

Pro Custom Figures…

Rocket Fett (Painted Purple J-Slot)’:-

https://procustomfigures-online-store.ecwid.com/Rocket-Fett-Painted-Purple-J-Slot-p141007161 (more variants are available)

https://procustomfigures-online-store.ecwid.com - store with full range of custom content (inc. non-Star Wars).
 
 

Stan Solo…

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/StanSoloCreations - the store with their full range of Star Wars custom-made content.

 
 

'Where Are the Droids We’re Looking For? Star Wars, Hasbro, and Stan Solo:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TINLoTM4KeU - a 14 minute video at the RetroBlasting youtube channel.

 
 

Star Wars Victories! Custom Kenner-Style Bespin Playset!’:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cilyaEK90SI - a 19 minute video at the RetroBlasting youtube channel.

 
 


 
 

Rise of Evil, Fall of the Toy Industry’:-

‘Michael has some thoughts about the state of the toy industry.’ (from May 2021)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=azaFs60N6oM - a 25 minute video at the RetroBlasting youtube channel.

 

^ If I understand this right… no wonder there are so few Star Wars figures, vehicles and sets etc on store shelves… when the likes of Hasbro run a ‘Hasbro Pulse Premium’ scheme where fans pay them a fee every year for just the access to the possibility of buying some of their content directly online. Apparently demand near-on always exceeds supply for this - resulting in many premium products selling out in seconds…? Leaving many members of the Hasbro Pulse Premium online order scheme out of pocket with nothing to show for their annual subscription.

It seems akin to paying an annual fee… just to be able to browse.

To say nothing of Hasbro cutting costs and increasing profits by selling products direct online - rather than having to ship / transport to distributors or stores (and giving such outlets their cut of the pie, or not, going on the amount of empty shelves at many stores) - leaving fans with little option other than to pay this annual membership fee to join an already-over subscribed scheme.

Or the numerous scalpers out there.
 

 
Fair play to the custom-made / fan-made services providing Star Wars figures, vehicles and sets out there - especially given the current situation and somewhat sad state of the official merchandise (and inability / lack of will to get them onto store shelves).
 

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