6 Awesome Star Wars Drones
A short time ago and not very far away… Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens rumbled onto cinema screens, while the Star Wars hype machine went into hyperdrive and the fans went into a frenzy. Full of droids, lightsabers and stormtroopers, the movie featured all the classic icons of the series, not to mention epic aerial dogfights, with the Millennium Falcon, X-Wings and TIE-fighters duking it out over deserts, mountains and lakes. Now hardcore fans – and the Star Wars merchandising machine – are getting in on the act to recreate these scenes in miniature with drones. Roll the Star Wars theme… and cue some strafe runs in the park. Disclosure: Many of the items described in this piece are linked to via affiliate marketing links and DronePunks will receive a commission on purchases that are made.
Undoubtedly the most iconic ship in the Star Wars universe, this light up quadcopter measures 10 in / 25 cm across and offers 15 m flight time at a range of up to 200 feet. The foam frame comes with the added benefit of acting as a built in guard cover for the blades, making it safe for kids. Available here. Air Hogs also have a single blade variant for tighter manoeuvres.
5. TIE Fighter
Moving to the dark side, Adam Woodworth aka ajw61185 converted his Hasbro First Order Special Forces TIE fighter into a fully functioning drone, cutting into the vertical wings to place blades at the four corners of the toy, and documenting the process on Imgur. A fine little agent of the Sith. (More at TheDailyDot)
As well as their quadcopter Millennium Falcon, Air Hogs also have a twin-blade X-Wing Starfighter drone. Suitable for indoor and outdoor flight to a range of 250 feet, the unit is designed to be survive crash damage. Available here.
3. Speeder Bike
That’s not a still from Return of the Jedi. Adam Woodworth doesn’t just do TIE fighters – he also custom built this unit to fit a 12-inch Hasbro Imperial Speeder Bike model (a larger one of these), cutting out dead weight and inserting a camera into the trooper’s helmet for a first person view. Still not happy? He built a matching Luke Skywalker bike and shot the awesome chase scene below… (More at 3DRobotics)
2. TIE Interceptor
Designer Oliver C built this fantastic TIE interceptor from scratch as a foam module that snaps onto his own custom quadcopter build.
1. Star Destroyer
The big boss. Blockade Runners, beware. Oliver C’s masterpiece – a looming, light up Star Destroyer.
Unlike the original, however, this one can see what’s immediately behind it…
On a similar theme, to celebrate the release of The Force Awakens, Flite Test built this jaw dropping 15 foot star destroyer, which has to be launched from a pickup truck. This model comes with dual rotors and tail fins, and is best flown over very wide open spaces.
And we’re not even counting this guy…
Or Bandai’s line of squat remote control mini-copters.
ACTUAL BONUS ENTRY: Sphero BB-8 Droid
Not a drone but certainly a droid… The Force Awaken‘s update on R2D2 sits the astromech bot’s head on top of a spherical wheel – and the fans love it. This remote control model allows you to steer BB-8 via app on Apple and Android devices, and he’ll also explore autonomously and respond to interactions. Available here.
Disclosure: Many of the items described in this piece are linked to via affiliate marketing links and DronePunks will receive a commission on purchases that are made.