I know there are a few pretty impressive TIE's out there, which being new at this I don't want to compete with. None the less I got inspired to attempt my own TIE after seeing the rumoured 2012 set, junking my TIE defender set (I realised I can't afford every LEGO Star Wars set so have decided to limit myself to OT sets, for now) and the fact I haven't yet got a TIE. This is very much a work in progress and may not progress that quickly, pending other commitments. You will have to excuse the 'off' colours as I'm not willing to part out my good Star Wars sets so have used random LEGO to at least test the concept.
Ignore the wings, they are more there to give me a bit of context but I know they are the wrong shape and size (and that I ran out of plates!). Constructive criticism welcome. I'm particularly keen on hearing ideas of how to make the wing struts more stable. Currently they are built out of plain 2x2 blocks. I was thinking 2x2 circular blocks that would allow me to pass a Technic axil down the centre of them, for strength. I am also thinking about making the wings out of 1x.. bricks and wedges, rather than plates, any thoughts? The cockpit doesn't open and I'm not sure it is worth the effort to engineer it to do so.
I will probably work on this a bit more, before going on Bricklink to get the right coloured pieces and fill any gaps.
OK. It's done! Here are some pictures of the final version (for now):
From behind, I did the engines orange to distinguish them from the red lasers at the front:
Edited by KielDaMan, 06 September 2011 - 12:18 PM.
Updated first post with completed MOC