This is another in my series of UCS TIE alternates, this time the TIE Drone. I first saw this TIE as part of the TIE Collection set, and I found it's shape oddly appealing.
As far as the design timeline goes, this model lies somewhere between my TIE Avenger and Scimitar Bomber (real brick version coming soon) models. So you should see some improvement over the earliest designs (TIE Bomber), but not nearly as polished as my latest models (TIE Shadow). I will refrain from adding my own commentary this time, as it seems to have killed my previous topic
The overall shape of the TIE Drone is very simple, relatively speaking. Pretty traditional cockpit ball, standard pylons. The angle of the wings is unique, as is the band across the front of the cockpit. The wings are also very squared off, as this side view shows.
I wanted to give a good shot of the front of the model, minus the wings. Most of the detail is on the front, so I removed the wings to eliminate the shadowing that the wings tended to create.
In case anyone had any doubts, the back of this model was very much inspired by Reto Geiger's excellent (awe inspiring, phenomenal, etc.) TIE Fighter model. I tried to emulate it as best as I could.
The interior of the cockpit is changed a litle bit from my original design. I made the drone itself much smaller (which you can barely see now), and added some hoses to enhance the mechanical feel. In my mind, the printed tiles on the sides of the cockpit are for maintenance purposes (though would the empire really waste time on maintenance?). The tiles on the drone's stand are to give it that WOPR feel (Shall..we..play..a..game?)
As always, Comments and Criticisms are most welcome. Sometime next week, I should have my Predator Starfighter built and photographed.
The gallery, with lots more pictures, can be found here.
Edited by KimT, 18 May 2009 - 11:57 AM.