- Title: Russian enthusiast builds replica of Star Wars X-wing starfighter
- Date: 9th October 2021
- Summary: YAKUTSK, RUSSIA (OCTOBER 9, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TEAM MEMBER CARRYING X-WING STARFIGHTER MODEL GUNS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) STARFIGHTER MODEL MAKER, ILYA BURNASHOV, SAYING: "I think the main task here was to make our dreams come true, because all of our team are great Star Wars fans. It means a lot to see your dream come into real life. Also, to bring joy to people, now everybody can come here to the park, take pictures, touch it, see what it's made of, and get some positive energy." TEAM MEMBERS WORKING ON MODEL (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) STARFIGHTER MODEL MAKER, AYAAL FYODOROV, SAYING: "Of course, it is great that people can come to see this ship, because they have only seen it on their phone screen or in the cinema, but we will give them this amazing opportunity to see it in real life. Especially here, in Yakutia, a remote place, itâ€™s just something unreal." VARIOUS OF MODEL MAKERS AT WORK (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) STARFIGHTER MODEL MAKER, AYAAL FYODOROV, SAYING: "It has just landed, so how can it be all clean? We had to add blaster traces, a bit of dirt there on the front." X-WING STARFIGHTER MODEL ON GROUND (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) STARFIGHTER MODEL MAKER, AYAAL FYODOROV, SAYING: "Our next project? Of course, our dream is to build the Millennium Falcon. We haven't found sponsors yet, but if we do, we'll make it. A life-size copy." DRONE FOOTAGE OF STAR WARS X-WING STARFIGHTER MODEL (MUTE) X-WING STARFIGHTER MODEL ON GROUND
- Embargoed: 23rd October 2021 16:00
- Keywords: Star Wars X-wing starfighter Yakutia
- Location: YAKUTSK, RUSSIA
- City: YAKUTSK, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Europe
- Reuters ID: LVA005EYFSO5J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A group of Star Wars fans in Russia's northern province of Yakutia have recreated an X-wing starfighter, which Luke Skywalker famously used to destroy the dreaded Death Star in the 1977 movie Star Wars: A New Hope.
Ayaal Fyodorov, a fan of cosplay, built the model with a team of people during the coronavirus lockdown, when they found themselves with lot of free time on their hands.
Fyodorov became famous earlier this year when he and his friends built a model of the Razor Crest ship from Disney's the Mandalorian series.
But strong winds blew it away last spring while it stood in Urdel park, completely destroying their work.
His spirit unbroken, Fedorov decided to build the X-wing using the same material: squared timber, plywood and PVC panels. But this time he and his team reinforced the contraption to protect it from the wind.
The model now stands where their the Razor Crest ship model once stood, in Urdel park.
The team said the project cost them around 400,000 rubles (5,500 USD), and was funded by a grant.
(Production: Roman Katukov, Yury Bakhnov)
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