Published: 28/06/2018 08:55 - Updated: 26/06/2018 13:00

Man builds spaceship in back garden

Tie fighterA SCIENCE-fiction fan from Forres is ready for take-off with his latest creation.

Having already built a 10ft working model of a Star Wars speeder bike and a BB-8 droid replica, messhand at Kinloss Barracks, Mark Donald (41) from Castle Street has now finished his biggest labour of love to-date: a TIE Fighter spaceship.

He said: "It took me five weeks. I used a drill, jigsaw, sander and spray paints, with plywood, a wooden post, Perspex, a whisky barrel, a yoghurt pot and ashing car alarm lights that add life to it.

The drive is my love for Star Wars. I give everything when making my models."

TIE fighters are fictional spaceships that appear in Star Wars films, television shows, and throughout the franchise’s expanded universe. Mark is already working on a follow-up to his not-quite-life-size-version of the aircraft; a model of a Star Wars GONK droid.

"I want to create a Star Wars garden full of droids, ships and characters," he said.

"They will all have their own sounds with scenery backdrops and props. Hopefully people will visit once it’s good enough and donate to a charity of my choice."

Mark is enjoying the positive feedback he has received for his hobby, including the national headlines. He spoke recently on BBC Radio Scotland about the movies, his cosplays and prop making.

He added: "They labelled me Scotland’s biggest Star Wars fan!"

Mark’s obsession is also making waves on social media, where he talks to his heroes directly.

He said: "Mark Hamill - AKA Luke Skywalker - Tweeted me when he saw a picture of my TIE Fighter. He said believe in yourself, work hard, never give up and anything’s possible!"

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