Hello everyone. Here's my take on the Empire's beautiful Lambda Shuttle.
My goal here was to create a minifig-scaled shuttle with a realistic budget and minimum of hassle. I missed both official versions, but didn't like them that much. I didn't want to do a UCS version (many good versions exist), and it didn't have to be exactly to scale, but I wanted as many features as possible including chin-ramp, working landing gear, two-seater cockpit and reasonable interior. Eventually I was inspired to get started by the 8019 Attack Shuttle and the flat windscreen from City Corner, and here's the result!
On the ground:
And in flight:
The vast majority of the model (I'd say about 95%) comes from just three sets: Imperial Landing Craft 7659, Attack Shuttle 8019 and the Torrent 7674 which I bought specially. A few small creator sets make up the rest of the pieces, except for eight black technic liftarms which I got from a pack of spares in the Lego shop and, of course, the City Corner window, which defines the look of the cockpit. I'm missing a few pieces, hence the asymmetric cockpit side-windows and grey 3x2 wing-pieces on the 'jowls'.
The cockpit seats two comfortably and connects to the rear through a short tunnel. Unfortunately I don't have an Imperial Officer so this one's being flown by a Tie pilot and a Stormie.
You can see I've borrowed the RAS's opening mechanism.
The underside, with one landing leg half-deployed:
The interior seats four comfortably and holds a weapon rack....
... and refreshments for weary travellers!
On the whole, I'm quite pleased with this. There are problems, like the dorsal fin's exposed technic beams, blocky colours and too-shallow rear edge. One day I will mechanise the wings and landing gear, but for now they are manual like the RAS. Any other things you like or don't like - fire away!
Finally, Darthie decends the ramp, (almost) without banging his head...
Let me know what you think!
[Edit: fixed the width problem]
Edited by KimT, 27 August 2009 - 11:27 AM.