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Here’s my attempt at modifying Poe Dameron’s X-Wing from The Rise of Skywalker! I think Lego did a great job with this latest X-Wing, I really like the refined wing mechanism and orange/white patterns and I love the new engines, but when viewed from above or the side that boxy nose is no good and the barely offset wings obviously need sorting out. I also put together some instructions, more on them later...

https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-35800/ron_mcphatty/mod-poe-damerons-x-wing-t-70-set-75273-mod/#info

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Rather than adding the same removable lid from my last X-Wing mod I instead built a hinged hatch, it’s a much simpler mod to build in and to use too. I took that landing axle out when first building the set but if you like that play feature then the wing mechanism still works with it left in.

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The main modifications are the rebuilt wings, I stripped them back to the engine structure and attempted to make them close in a 100% movie-accurate way. That didn’t pan out so well, the connection of the lower wing to the body was always too weak, so I settled for them overlapping by one plate to balance strength, limit the number of extra pieces and also to keep those blue accents in.

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I also tried modding the sides of nose, adding a line of tiles on modified bricks to bring the width out a bit. I added some extra plates on top too, hopefully giving the impression of the gentle slope towards the nose.

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I built in some very simple landing gear and details to the end of the lasers, and that’s it! Overall I used more pieces than I’d’ve liked, about 80, but they’re all common parts and the cost is fairly low at about £5.

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I’m really enjoying using Stud.io, even the instructions feature. Clear mod instructions are much harder than from-scratch instructions, this time I’ve tried to incorporate references to steps in the original instructions for clarity and completeness. I’m hoping the familiar chunks will help you easily see where my mods start and finish so that stripping back the original set is an easy job.

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https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-35800/ron_mcphatty/mod-poe-damerons-x-wing-t-70-set-75273-mod/#info


I’m always happy to get criticism and suggestions and very grateful if you point out any mistakes in the instructions!
I plan to do instructions for my old 75218 X-Wing mod next and then, taking inspiration from @LEGODrongo01’s recent 75213 recolour, apply these mods and new engines to Poe’s old black X-Wing! My old set might need a good dust first, I can hardly believe that came out five years ago now.

I hope you guys like the mods, and just for fun here’s Poe and a micro X-Wing :D

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Edited by mcphatty

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Damn these are some good improvements. I especially like the hidden away wing mechanism and might add it to mine

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@LEGODrongo01 Thanks. And I forgot to write in your thread that your black X-Wing looks great! I’ve been messaging every seller that has those round brick engine parts trying to get some for my old black X-Wing, they’re not easy to come by. I’m not sure yet if I want to mod my old X-Wing or rebuild it as a recolour like yours, did you need many new parts for your project?

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