In order to make the most accurate replica of this iconic ship, a number of different reference resources were used. More than 90% of the model kit parts that were used on the original model were identified. A digital scan of a TIE model in the Lucasfilm archives was used to map the parts, verify the dimensions, and scratch build the model kit parts that either could not be found or identified. An original TIE Fighter that is known to have been used in the filming of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was used to match the correct colors.
Deployed throughout the galaxy from the hangars of the Galactic Empire's awesome fleet of Star Destroyers and the dreaded Death Star were the standard starfighters of the Imperial arsenal, the Thermal Ion Engine crafts known as the TIE Fighters. These small, one-man, short-range ships were fast and maneuverable, but lacked a hyperdrive and thus had to be deployed from hangars and launch bases. They had two fire-linked laser cannons, mounted on the ball-shaped cockpit.
Industrial Light and Magic's (ILM) Colin Cantwell created the concept model with the iconic ball-shaped cockpit and hexagonal wings. The combat scenes were meant to be reminiscent of World War II dogfight footage, and the film editors used actual World War II air combat footage for the filming of the special effects.