‘Star Wars’ fan builds rideable, two-metre-tall starfighter from scrap


HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia man has hand-built the dream ride of “Star Wars” fans: A remote-controlled, rideable TIE fighter replica.

Allan Carver of Queensland welded together steel, foam and scrap wheelchair motors to create a two-metre tall replica of the Imperial Fleet’s go-to fighter.

Carver says the starfighter — complete with wings, wheels and a cockpit large enough to carry a full-grown man — tops out at 10 km/h and is programmed to emit TIE fighter sound effects.

Carver, who creates furniture and other projects in his free time, says the replica took him three months to build, mostly from recycled materials, and he’s not sure how much it cost him.

He says he was inspired to build it last December during the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

For now, Carver says the TIE fighter will stay at his house, until an August parade in nearby Hubbards, N.S.

The Canadian Press


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