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  1. Hello all SW fans! It was the first time that I started to disassemble a set right after I put it together, I was so deeply dissatisfied with this model. The things annoying me the most were: - the way the thrusters (or engines? sorry for my English) are connected... oh my god. I can still not understand how TLC could release it that way. - the rubber band system. Not only the blue bands but the design of the system itself, with the bands on the back side, visibly deforming the wings when you see them from the side, leaving a gap on their front side - landing gears on the back, not only their lack but the solution for them... it is just ugly, very ugly and impractical. I am not keen on model accuracy so originally I did want to fix the wing problem (placing them behind each other) not to mention I also was convinced it was not possible to build them the way that they would remain stable (because you can attach them only on the top side without any strenghtening from the bottom). So originally I just wanted to place the wings back like LEGO did it. But during the experiencing process I saw a chance to at least to try it and gave it a go. When I finally got it right for the first time and took a look to the result I immediately fell in love with their look and there was no way back to the LEGO version. Fortunately they are sturdy enough this way as well, they do not fell off at all. (To be fair, I do not want to blame the designer of the set. This model is made for kids, not for adults. TLC has to produce sets which are easy to build, limited in brick count but still strong and sturdy enough. During my experiencing with the model I realized that every choice the designer took has a point, I can understand why the set is built that way. Only for the thrusters' attachment there is no excuse... ) My aim was also very clear: to create a rubber band system with rubber bands which are not visible from the outside and are placed in the middle of the wing mechanism preventing to deform the wings and also making a decent thrusters attachment possible. I also wanted to add landing gears on the back, if possible. During the re-designing process I saw in this forum that others are also working on mods for this model in order to fix the problems I listed above. I studied their solutions (Dameronian, khatmorg, Gouniaf, Vodnik - thank you for motivating me) as well but in the end I just went on my way. First I experienced with the blue LEGO rubber bands but after a while realized they length did not fit. So I looked around in the household and found some normal household rubber rings. (I have only white ones but blacks would have been perfect.) With them I was able to came up with a new rubber band mechanism: X_20151022_221341 by yatyrell, on Flickr X_20151022_221402 by yatyrell, on Flickr Built that way the rubber rings can held the wings (even the bottom ones) strong enough. Actually, it needs now much more force to open the mechanism than with the original LEGO mechanism. The challenge after that was to build the wings onto this base in a way that it has a one stud gap inside but still remains sturdy. I started to experience in several ways but in the end I chose to keep the L elements (http://brickset.com/parts/4539429) because they give strenght to the build. But in order to keep them I had to redesign the engine intakes too. And here are the wings, both 2 have the height of two plates and are totally in line behind each other. Of course I removed the missiles: X_20151023_162610 by yatyrell, on Flickr X_20151023_162615 by yatyrell, on Flickr X_20151023_162555 by yatyrell, on Flickr X_20151028_165853_HDR by yatyrell, on Flickr X_20151028_170108_HDR by yatyrell, on Flickr X_20151023_162746 by yatyrell, on Flickr X_20151023_162829 by yatyrell, on Flickr X_20151028_165751_HDR by yatyrell, on Flickr I thought for a very long time that it wass not possible to attach landing gears to the bottom parts, there was not enough place for them. But finally a found a solution (inspired by Dameronian, thank you again!). First they looked forward, then I changed their directions backwards because that way they are rectractable so that they are hardly visible: X_20151023_153627 by yatyrell, on Flickr X_20151023_153710 by yatyrell, on Flickr X_20151028_165819_HDR by yatyrell, on Flickr X_20151023_162722 by yatyrell, on Flickr I tried to reduce the color scheme to orange/black as much as I could. I also swapped some bricks (mostly greys) which were randomly put in the middle of orange or black areas. (There is only one place where it is not possible without jeopardizing the sturdiness of the model.) The set is also a goldmine for orange bricks (hidden in from outside not visible areas), so I disassembled the model and swapped these parts with parts of a different colour to get more orange parts to the outside. Fortunately I had a lot of black plates at home in different sizes, the MOD is based on them in a great deal. However, I tried to keep as many original bricks from the set as possible. Regarding the other known issues with the set the canopy has the mold number 3-01 so it was fine (has only a very-very tiny gap) but poor BB-8 has no clutch power. But that was easy to fix: X_20151023_153346 by yatyrell, on Flickr Now, 75102 is finally perfect for me. :) X_20151023_153904 by yatyrell, on Flickr X_20151023_154035 by yatyrell, on Flickr Thank you for your attention and sorry being so long. Of course any comment is welcome. But please spare me comments like "in the movie it does not look like this" because as I stated above model accuracy is not a priority for me. :) X_20151023_163427 by yatyrell, on Flickr
  2. Hello LewisMod, I did this mod a while ago and I do not remember of the details. But I found .lxf files I created for the left top and bottom wings, I think they could help you. How could I upload them for you? The forum accepts only image files.
  3. Tyrell

    Hello everybody,

    my name is György. I came out from my dark ages only 3 years ago and I became enthusiastic about LEGO (again) very fast. I started with Technic but soon I realized I prefer brick built models which have a bigger resemblance to the real world. (I still love Technic but it is beyond me why TLC does not produce sets with working Technic mechanic inside and bricks outside like e.g. the ones of Sariel.) Most of my sets are Star Wars and Creator, with some Super Heroes and City sets. Unfortunately I do not have the imagination to create MOCs from the scratch but I like modding the sets I own, because I am only rarely satisfied with the sets out of the box. I intend to present some of my MODs in this forum.
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    [MOC] First Order Snowspeeder

    According to this article, this was originally planned with the FO snowspeeder in the film: #35: Rey stole a speeder for a high speed chase. With Finn. From the First Order. In order for Han and Chewie to get into the oscillator, Rey had to disconnect a bunch of wires in another building. She and Finn steal a speeder and go racing through the woods, switching places at least once so Finn can fire on their pursuit. It’s a pretty sweet little scene. (https://www.yahoo.com/tv/45-star-wars-force-awakens-220000481.html) It is not clear whether it was filmed and cut out or planned but not filmed at all.
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    [MOC] First Order Snowspeeder

    Thank you TheBrickBuilder14!
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    [MOC] First Order Snowspeeder

    It a fantastic MOC, way better than the official set! Do you have it in LDD as well?
  7. All of the orange ones are from the set but I had to add many black ones. Fortunately I bought a great amount of basic black plates some months ago so I had more than enough.
  8. This is a mod a did a while back. I liked the front of the ship so I modified it only a little bit, but I totally rebuild the back. The result is a little star warsy ship which I imagine to be very agile and fast. I like its shapes, it reminds me of a spear head. I also created space for the astromech droid (in the original one only its head can be put on the ship). Originally I only wanted to re-use the bricks of the set but in the end I had to add some bricks from other sets (but only a few). V_20151105_140659_HDR by yatyrell, on Flickr V_20151105_140712_HDR by yatyrell, on Flickr V_20151105_142102 by yatyrell, on Flickr V_20151105_142121_HDR by yatyrell, on Flickr V_20151105_142202_HDR by yatyrell, on Flickr V_20151105_142234_HDR by yatyrell, on Flickr V_20151105_142255_HDR by yatyrell, on Flickr
  9. Let me know if you need help. Finally I found a way to make the orange streak on the side of the ship homogeneous (with a little cheat). Before: X_DSC_0003_cr by yatyrell, on Flickr After: X_IMG_20151129_153709_HDR by yatyrell, on Flickr X_IMG_20151129_153649_HDR by yatyrell, on Flickr Now the orange streak seems to be drawn from the rear of the ship, through the wings and on the sides: X_IMG_20151129_154041_HDR by yatyrell, on Flickr A shot of the front with the hidden landing gear: X_IMG_20151129_154248_HDR by yatyrell, on Flickr
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    [MOC] Her Majesty's Theatre, London

    I cannot find the words... Perfect!
  11. Now the first landing gear is hidden in the front: X_20151105_140355 by yatyrell, on Flickr X_20151105_140548_HDR by yatyrell, on Flickr X_20151105_140444 by yatyrell, on Flickr
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    Poe's X-Wing, canopy comparison

    The mold number has to be checked. (It is inside of the canopy, on the top, below the studs.) The ones with the number 3-01 are surely correct.
  13. Tyrell

    Hello everybody,

    Thank you for the explanation, Milan. I hope TLC will make one day an exception. :) I already were happy with a set like the Mini Cooper or the VW Camper with a working steering mechanism.
  14. Thank you BrickJagger and LegoPercyJ!
  15. Thanks for the Stealth Fighter landing gear explanation, Dameronian. The fuselage looks indeed way better now, without the wing moving mechanism.
  16. anothergol, check out my topic: http://www.eurobrick...howtopic=116568 Dameronian, could you please share some pictures about the Stealth Fighter landing gears MOD?
  17. mordatre, please share your landing gear MOD for the shuttle when you are finished with it. Your MODs are great!
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    Just modify my new X-wing's X-wing again

    What a brilliant idea! Congratulations. I also like how you modified the area in front of the cockpit. With which part did you replace the Technic Angular Wheel?
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    Hello everybody,

    Thank you for your kind welcome words. BrickJagger: check out: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=116568 (great nickname, by the way )
  20. It was 9398. I always wanted to have a RC car when I was a child and finally I could afford it. Next was 42009.
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    [MOC] Adventure Office

    Fantastic details!
  22. I like the picture Dameronian.