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I've started collecting legos and building a few sets first, and then mocs early this year after a very long break. Since I'm a fan of Star Wars - the original trilogy and the clone wars 3d series - I naturally gravitated towards the Star Wars license of LEGO. The first MOC I build was a re-build of Mike Psiaki's X-Wing, since I love the X-Wing and his MOC really convinced me, so I brick-linked the bricks I didn't have and built the beauty using his instructions. I'm generally a fan of the Star Wars spacecraft, especially the starfighters and other small to mediumsized varieties. I find it challenging to build something relatively small in Minifig scale and still get the proportions, angles and shapes as right as possible with lego bricks. My first MOC project I'd like to share here is nothing special, but something that's fun and challenging to me and has been done by lego and some other MOCers, like KielDaMan here on this forum, before: Ahsoka's Jedi Starfighter. I set out to do the following: Get the shape and proportions as right as possible while still allowing for important features like a complete removable astromech (not just the head), retractable landing gear, an 'airtight' cockpit roomy enough to comfortably house the Ahsoka Minifig, and a brick-built colour scheme that's not too blocky (so no stickers or spray-painting), and avoid blockyness generally as much as possible. I've build the model over and over again, until I arrived at something I dare to share here. Also note that the astromech is not the correct one - I've already ordered Ahsoka's from a minifig shop here in Germany, though. This is a WIP (no MOC is ever finished, isn't it?), and I'm a relative newbie, so be kind, please . Edit: Updated this OP with an image of the finished build. More images of the updated build a few posts below!
Review comes form my blog legopo30.blogspot.com Series: Star Wars, Epizode III Year: 2014 Set: 75038 PCS: 223 (BL 215) Minifigs: 2 PPP: 0,13 € Model weight: 0,190 kg Set weight (box with parts and instruction): 0,352 kg Alternative build: no Price: £19.99 / $24.99 / 29.99€ Parts list - Bricklink - Brickset The Box The obverse of box measuring 26 x 19 x 6 cm the main part of the front we can see a picture of the finished model, in the background you can see some shots from blasters, explosions and a distant planet too. Above this scene there is a place for logos Lego, Star Wars and nicely drawn Darth Vader. In the lower left corner two figures from the kit and launchers "arrows" are shown. On the reverse side of the box are a few pictures - mostly finished model of a fighter, and information on holders for Anakin's lightsaber, movable wings and the possibility of shooting. One of the long sides of the box shows Anakin and R2-D2 in 1:1 scale. Opened box is almost full, mostly because there is air packed in bags. Here's what we find inside: - 3 bags with parts numbered from 1 to 3 - Unsecured instructions - Unsecured sheet of stickers. Dominant colors here are Yellow and Light Bluish Grey. The set includes new elements (in 2014 were new): 15301c01 - Dark Bluish Gray Spring Shooter with Light Bluish Gray Top - 2 pcs 10312pb01 - Trans-Black Windscreen 10 x 6 x 3 - 1 pc 98138pb020 Light Bluish Gray Tile, Round 1 x 1 with SW Republic Pattern - 2 pcs 15303 - Trans-Bright Green Bar 8L with Round End - 3 pcs This part was published in 2014, but I'm not sure whether it made its debut in this particular model. Minifigs are also new: Anakin Skywalker figure is unique. Printed on both sides of his head is unique, torso as well. R2-D2 is a new figure, ever since it was in six sets. Instruction has rectangular shape with a length of 19.5 cm and a width of 12.5 cm. It consists of 68 pages, where beside the building process there is a place for the list of items and advertising. Finished model Construction of the model is quite easy - manual is very detailed. Construction took me an hour and a half (but filmed building, which slightly increases time of construction). The first stage of construction, with first bag has 21 steps, the second and third have 27 steps each. Subscribe if you liked. Thank you! Spare parts Finished model Comparision with 75135 Cockpit older model is made better, much better. Not only that, we have a sticker with an imitation of the controls and the portion of the cockpit, the designers have thought of holders for the lightsaber. In the picture below you can see that newer cockpit is poorer, and the lightsaber can be put in place, which is - in this position cabin can be closed. The older model also better positioned astrorobot - not sticking out so tragically as 75135. Summary Pros + Aesthetics + Faithful reproduction of the original + Attention to detail + Minifigs Cons - Lack of some kind of stand, through which you can present a beautiful model in all its glory. Hi res photos: flickr.