Once I decided
to write a Star Wars origami book, I knew I had to include the Death Star.
The challenge here was to create a figure with enough detail to make it recognizable,
while still being fairly simple to make. I experimented with several designs
based on a "ball" but I wasn't happy with any of them. Once I moved away from
the "ball" shape, it took me 15 minutes to reach the final design.
As Star Wars begins, we get our
first impression of the Death Star in the opening crawl. ".....the Empire's
ultimate weapon ... An armored space station with enough power to destroy
an entire planet." The Death Star is the size of a small moon, is heavily
shielded, has 700 tractor beams, 7,000 TIE
fighters, a crew of over a million, and fire power greater than half the
Imperial starfleet. Such power would enable the Emperor to maintain total
control over the galaxy.