Help with X-wing

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by knightstalker527, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. Dear members I am building an x-wing from zen papercraft and I have run into a problem. I never used to have this problem but with the medical problems I have had I can't seem to get the paper tubes to roll up for the laser cannons.
    Are there some tips or tricks that maybe I am not aware of that could possibly help with this issue? I am open to any advice as you may be the one to save this project from the brink of the file 13.

  2. Entlza

    Entlza New Member

    Got a link?

    Got a link?
    It's it a free model?
    Have your tried a wood dowel?
  3. imcold

    imcold Member

    Bamboo/wooden sticks are a good substitute for small diameter tubes. Or carbon rods, if you want to go high-tech :)
  4. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Find a plastic straw, cut it along it's length and tape it back to the diameter you wish. you could then use this "plastic straw, by inserting a just glued piece of paper and sticking into the plastic straw let it dry in there. When done, pull or push it out, cut to length. Your tube will be ready to use, and you can then make another one. You will have a tube factory. :)
  5. F131

    F131 Member

    Rap regular paper (no cardstock) around a q-tip, sucker stick, chopstick or straw till you get the right diameter. Then cut/saw the proper length.
  6. Thank you all for the tips. Zathros I think I will try yours first and go from there. I will post some pics of the results as soon as I get them done.

    Thanks again:thumb:
  7. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

    I was going to suggest brass tube. It comes in telescoping sizes and you just roll an exacto against it until it gets a reasonably deep score line and then break it. A little filing, and you slide the tubes together and glue with superglue. Bam: perfectly round part, every time.
  8. That's a great idea also, but Plastic would be cheaper wouldn't it? I would still have to wrap the paper around it but would be easier in the long run. I will see what I can do. Here are some pictures of the build so far Including a pic of those evil tubes. I downloaded it from . It is enlarged from the 1/48 scale to 1/30 scale, with my diabetes slowly taking my eyesight I need to build as big as my printer will allow so I can see the parts.


    Attached Files:

  9. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

    Only by a few cents, and plastic tubes are thicker and less realistic. Brass is light, easy to cut, relatively inexpensive, and is readily available in the quantities you need. I did the cannons on my pl*stic X-wing with it:


    You might even prefer aluminum tubes to brass. It's about as light as paper in this size range and cuts like butter.

    You would probably want to paint the cannons rather than wrapping them in paper. This will ensure a seamless barrel and a nicer finish.
  10. OHHH Nice!:mrgreen: Great job on yours. I will think this over and see what my budget allows.
    Thanks again.
  11. Brett

    Brett New Member

    Szép lett! Gratulálok! Ezt megépítem én is.
  12. Brett

    Brett New Member

    Nice one! Congratulations! This will build on as well.
  13. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    I do have one suggestion about your paper tubes, it looks like you are trying to roll them and join at the ends. I find that method nearly impossible. I would go around the mandrel (stick, tube etc) at least 6 times pushing a little glue the whole way and you will end up with a solid, strong tube.
  14. Oh great idea. I was trying to join them at the ends and then the middle as this is where the graphics were so I was trying to get them to line up. You have a keen eye Zat! I will try this and let you know.

  15. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Once you make the tube, you can glue the printed piece on it, just make sure you make the tube a wee bit smaller so the printed part will fit. Also, if you go around enough, when it dries, you will be able to sand out the line and have a smooth tube. :)
  16. See I knew I came to the right place with this!:thumb:
    I Love this forum everyone helps everyone.

    Thanks again
  17. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    We aims to please!!! Your model is coming out awesome , in case I didn't mention that.:thumb:
  18. Derailer

    Derailer New Member

    look at the fourth posts
    I known that in Polish but the photos are explaining so much

    the link you posted was invalid and came up as a malicious website

    Send me any links in a Private Message first, before you post any more links at all. I don't want to send people to links that come up "bad".

  19. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

    Another suggestion for doing paper *rods* is to roll a piece of paper as tightly as you can and continue rolling it until it's at the diameter you want, then unroll it and cut the cannon body with this as your template. It gets a practically perfect rod which will be very durable.

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