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Fans spend 1,000 hours and $20K building 1/2 scale Vader T.I.E. fighter

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Jul 24, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT

The Force is strong with this one!  Industrious fanboys have built one of the most iconic spaceships in the Empire's armada.  It's a hulking, half-scale replica of Darth Vader's personal ion-engined fighter that chased down Luke in the Death Star trenches before being smacked into oblivion by Solo's Millennium Falcon.  

The German design team Project X1 Props spent more than $20,000 and worked nearly 1,000 hours to build this beautiful badass mockup.  Vader's ship will be revealed and christened at the Star Wars Celebration Europe running July 26-28, 2013, in Messe Essen, Germany.

Check out more shots of this awesome T.I.E. fighter resting in its European hangar below and watch the proud team's cosplay video of its birth.

(Via Obvious Winner)