Origami Instructions for a Star Wars Tie Fighter

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Origami Instructions for a Star Wars Tie Fighter
TIE Fighters are also known for their engines' "screams" as they roar by on the movie screen. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

The TIE Fighter appeared in Star Wars episodes III, IV and V, and is also known as the Twin Ion Engine craft. The small flying ship was used by the Imperial forces in their battle against the rebels, including Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. The unique design of the TIE Fighter has made it a popular symbol from the movies, and fans often look for new ways to replicate the craft, including by folding an origami TIE Fighter.

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Things you need

  • 20cm by 20cm sheet of thin paper

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  1. 1

    Crease the square in half diagonally, being as precise as possible. These creases will serve as guides throughout the project.

  2. 2

    Fold one corner in so it meets the centre of the square, and repeat with the corner on the opposite side.

  3. 3

    Fold the folded sides in half, each meeting in the centre. This will give you a narrow rectangle with pointed ends on the short sides. Unfold all of these creases; they will serve as additional guides.

  4. 4

    Fold the paper perpendicularly to the creases in Step 3, diagonally so that the smallest two creases touch the middle crease, forming a square. This crease will be about 2.5cm from the centre of the paper. Unfold and repeat on the opposite side.

  5. 5

    Repeat Steps 2 and 3, which will again give you the narrow rectangle with pointed ends on the short sides.

  6. 6

    Fold the rectangle in half on its short side, and use the creases to create a mountain fold and then a valley fold. Repeat on the opposite half. These folds will leave you with a narrow rectangle that appears flat from above, but has a small folded portion below it.

  7. 7

    Fold the rectangle in half on its long side so that the lower portion is left on the outside. The middle portion will serve as the cockpit for the TIE Fighter.

  8. 8

    Create an inside reverse fold on one "wing" of the TIE Fighter, so the fold makes a 45 degree angle and the wing extends perpendicularly to its the original position. Repeat with the other side. Smooth all of the folds.

  9. 9

    Create two more inside reverse folds on each of the wings, creating 45 degree angles from the wings' original position each time. The top of the second inside reverse fold will be even with the cockpit, and the third fold's crease will be parallel to the cockpit.

  10. 10

    Open the wings and crease both sides of the wings flat. Fold the four flaps that connect the cockpit to the wings inward so they are tucked inside the body of the craft. Smooth the entire shape flat.

  11. 11

    Open the wings, and crease them firmly opposite their original fold, pinching it against the connectors to the cockpit. This will give you flat wings that are parallel to each other. Fold in the top two edges of the wings so that they become octagons that match the TIE fighter's wings.

Tips and warnings

  • Practice a design like this many times because it is a challenging project.

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