‘The Force Awakens’ TIE fighter toy becomes a sweet ‘Star Wars’ drone

This flying TIE fighter might not be the easiest of DIY projects, but the result is totally worth it.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 30, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 2:11 pm CDT

We will never tire of Star Wars DIY projects, and this one gets extra points for being able to fly.

With a few modifications, Imgur user woodpiece turned one of the new First Order TIE Fighter toys into a drone. The process involved disassembling the toy and installing a quadcopter motor attached to 3D-printed mounts, so it probably isn’t for DIY beginners.


The resulting remote-controlled toy has rotors on the front and back of the wing panels.


The TIE fighter drone is pretty loud, but that doesn’t detract from the awesomeness of owning a Star Wars ship that actually flies.

Photo via woodpiece/Imgur

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*First Published: Nov 30, 2015, 9:45 am CST