What does a real Star Wars fan do when there is a new movie pending, and Halloween is just around the corner? If you’re Christian Ackerman, you build a full-sized X-wing, complete with blinking lights and a cockpit that opens.

According to Christian’s video, the major things needed for this build were: a lot of room, a huge amount of cardboard, hot glue, buckets, and spray paint. He also used Christmas lights for the “blinkers,” and a painted salad bowl for the body-less R2D2. As he puts it, “If there’s a will there’s a way.”

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Interestingly, and quite accurately according to the Star Wars universe, he justifies any mistakes with the idea that the ship has been in battle, and the fact that it just crash landed. One would think that they would have an advanced version of a Roomba for spaceships in that universe, but, realistically, they also wouldn’t get into World War II-style dogfights either. “Dirty” or not, this is a truly impressive build, and will be residing in Christian’s garage until the new movie is released.

Construction-wise, the way the X-wing was made based on a small model reminds me of how this giant buffalo statue was built using a “maquette” to scale everything. Be sure to check that out for more large-modeling fun!