With the back alleys of a warehouse industrial park as the perfect setting for a Death Star reenactment, Rodger Cleye has built a growing fleet of DIY X-Wing and TIE Fighters to zoom around in wonderful, off-balance multirotor flight.

The X1 TIE Fighter is his latest YouTube creation. Its design is based on an H-copter multirotor configuration, using 1200W motors and 12″ props coupled to a PVC frame. He explains in the video description that the overweight setup requires each motor to pull almost 1 HP.

His X-Wing also features a PVC frame with a massive 5′ wingspan, and uses a tri-rotor setup with 850W motors and 12″ props. It’s a bit loose as it hovers around the lot, but should stabilize more if and when he brings down the 19lb weight of the airframe.

Keep an eye for TIE/X-Wing chase footage as soon as he has trained a second pilot.

Mike Senese

Mike Senese

Mike Senese is the Executive Editor of Make: magazine. He is also a TV host, starring in various engineering and science shows for Discovery Channel, including Punkin Chunkin, How Stuff Works, and Catch It Keep It.

An avid maker, Mike spends his spare time tinkering with remote-control aircraft, doing amateur woodworking, and attempting to cook the perfect pizza.

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