If you want to reduce some cost, i did the following. So far 60% built, and it looks ok.
- The body is mainly constructed by plates in various size and 1x4 modified bricks, in black/tan/brown. So, all these parts can be replaced by any colours that you have. They are hardly seen outside.
- Interior is mainly dbg tiles, and exterior is mainly lbg and very little tan colour. If you don't need interior, you can replace most of the parts with any colour, and ignore those dbg tiles. If you need interior, you need to have dbg tiles.
- The engine is partly constructed 88930 slope. You can replaced with 15068 x 2 with some random plates, if you find hard to find the slope.
- The body is not modular, it is not possible to open up to admire. So the body interior is not important, unless you choose to install the light. Those inverted tiles can cut at least half quantity.
- The lbg inverted tile is located at the bottom of the ship. They are not easily seen and can be added easily in future. I think can ignore them at the moment, until the part get more common and cheaper.
- If you do not need the stand, can ignore quite a lot of parts.
- If you have your spare parts sorted, you can build them according to your available plates. The body is constructed by mixed of 20+ level of stacked plates/ modified bricks. I think it can be replaced by any size of plates that you have, and it will still be very solid.
By doing these, I can salvage about 90% of the parts from my spares. It took me less than $100 to collect the remaining (assuming you have the cockpit).
Parts that are important are
- lbg slopes 50950, 15068, 93606
- lbg tiles in different size, 22385, 27263
- cockpit, parts from the rear engine.
- lbg hose