Minimalist Star Destroyer hanger for Minimalist Death Star

I made this minimalist Death Star* for my husband, who decided he wants to hang it on his whiteboard at work – which obviously means it needs a hanger. Good thing I have a laser, right? Oh, but since I do have a laser, why make a plain hanger when you could put the Imperial Seal on it – no! better yet, why not make the entire thing a Star Destroyer, can you just make it look kind of like this?

1/8" Woodpeckers bb ply. I used boxes.py to generate an L-bracket in the size I wanted, then brought the SVG into Illustrator and kept the finger joints untouched while I turned it into a spaceship.

The L-bracket design was too wobbly, especially with the weight of the layers on top and the Death Star below, so I added a second short leg to brace against the front of the whiteboard. Then I decided that the single base layer didn’t look proportional with all of the layering on top, plus realized that if I added another base layer on top of the one with the joins I could gain a little more design room. There are six layers, and to keep things sorted and easy to assemble I scored each one with details plus the center line and the outline of the next layer. I left off the top vertical bit in the name of flat design, already having a ton of layers, and not being sure how I wanted to do it…but I have since figured it out and may have to build one just to see how it looks.

This was such a fun little project that I mostly don’t even mind that I am pretty sure the top edge of his whiteboard is above eye level for most people, meaning that I should have built out the bottom of the Star Destroyer instead of the top. Next iteration, I guess.

*Minimalist Death Star is super super cool but be prepared for it to be sort of fiddly to glue together.

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Neat! First kid on the block to have one of those. (You know you’ll have to make them for everyone who sees it, right?) :smile:

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I believe someone fully expects to be King Geek for a day when he shows this off. :joy:

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Wonderful project! I really like the idea of coordinating the hanger with what is being hung.

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Great Project and write up, thanks!

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I like it!

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Thanks! I will confess there was some eye-rolling as his plans got grander and grander (the laser version of scope-creep, right?) but in the end I learned some useful stuff + I do love how it’s sort of a little installation now.

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It would be fun to add tiny bits from time to time (flea-sized action figures and the like).

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Yes! Or maybe a tiny X-Wing…

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