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  1. Hello. I made a post a while ago where I showcased quite a few changes I made to the Brickvault Tie Fighter model. Now I'm back to showcase the same thing with additional Tie Fighter variants from their store, alongside a few I made using other models as a base. I'm not talking about one or two, I'm talking about 24 distinct models. Some ships are heavily altered, while others are unchanged minus one or two tweaks. On top of that, I've probed the depths of Canon and Legends lore for additional color schemes I could apply to some of the models. I've amassed enough pictures to drown a forum post in, so I'm going to do just that. *Because I went into much more detail in my previous topic, I won't talk much about the parts of ships that share the basic Tie Fighter's cockpit or wing designs. I recommend you check it out before continuing, but you don't have to. Tie Interceptor This ship was the obvious first choice for improvement following the Tie Fighter due to the two models sharing the same design for the central pod and wing pylons. As for improvements unique to the Interceptor, I slightly modified the wingtip cannons and added their power conduits using hose pieces. I changed the construction of the wide armor detailing where the wing pylon meets the wing hub for better screen accuracy. I also moved the ribbed detailing where the power conduits meet the wing hubs and rebuilt the sensors between the two wings for the same reason. Finally, I got rid of the grilled bricks on the rear solar panels and made the backside of the wing completely flat. This design also has the most additional color variants with the first being a version belonging to Inferno Squadron. The construction is taken from the Inferno Squadron Tie Fighter I modified in my first post. While not shown in-lore, its existence can be inferred; why would one of the best group of Tie aces still be flying regular Ties in a time when the Interceptor exists? While this isn't a color variant, it's minor enough to be counted alongside them. It's a version using the 6x6 Tie hatch piece that Lego used before downscaling to the newer 4x4. Even though it is less accurate, I prefer to keep the smaller piece because it's much more available and affordable. This is a version belonging to the 181st Fighter Wing, adorned with a brick-built red stripe on each wing. Some of the support for the stripes bleeds through to the other side of the wing, but I tried to keep it unobtrusive. This is a version modeled after Vult Skerris's ship from Star Wars: Rebels, with its sparse red highlights and hemispherical gray cockpit stripe. This is a primarily red version based off the Emperor's Guard paint job from Star Wars: Squadrons. Its construction is nearly identical to the base model, illustrating just how much difference some color blocking can make. Royal Guard Tie Interceptor Despite being listed as a unique model on Brickvault's website, the Royal Guard Interceptor is the same as the regular Tie Interceptor save for the four extra winglets. The biggest change I made is the addition of the mounting brackets for said winglets, something present in the ship's original appearance. Tie Bomber The main feature I wanted to change with this model is the construction of the missile-hole on the front of the ordinance pod. The original is sort of a vaguely defined square and is too large, mostly because of the unique construction of the face. I was able to modify the design to make a 2x2 hexagonal hole using slopes, but I had to use clear tiles to support the shutter arms. Other things I've modified for increased accuracy include remaking the front detailing between the pods, shrinking the thrusters, filling a gap in the bracers that run the length of the pods, and making the front and back of the wings one continuous surface. Here is another variant inspired by the Emperor's Guard paint job. Tie Advanced Another model that's mostly unchanged is the Tie Advanced. I adapted this design to utilize the newer 4x4 hatch piece for consistency with the rest of Brickvault's Tie lineup. I think it does the job well enough, but I don't think it could be any better without completely changing how the central pod is built. I also gave this Tie the updated “bowtie” details on the central pod and the blasters from the regular Tie Fighter. Finally, I beefed up the rear wing pylon construction and flipped the brackets covering some gaps on the rear of the ship to hide their studs. Tie Brute This is the first design I tweaked not made by @Jerac. Despite having its own style of wing construction, I replaced them with my modified version from the regular Tie Fighter because I think they look more accurate. I recessed the wing pylon details by one plate on the front and back of the model and created a gentler armor slope from the central pod using jumper plates and ingots for better screen accuracy. Next, I rounded out the central pod by making the top and bottom out of 6x6 hinged dome pieces. This means I got rid of the newer Tie hatch and replaced it with the old. The ratio of the larger hatch to the central pod is about the same as the smaller hatch to the normal Tie Fighter. I also gave the central pod upscaled “bowtie” detailing and remade the engines for screen accuracy. There's also the variant that uses 4x4 quarter dome pieces for the central pod. Tie Defender The Tie Defender's central pod now has the same updated features as the Tie Advanced. Additionally, the rest of the pod is rounder and free of inaccurate surface greebling. The triangular armor on the wing pylons is more substantial and the rest of the armor has been slimmed down. The biggest changes are the wings. The original ones are based off of older appearances, where the wings are smaller and shorter compared to the pod. I wanted to modify the ones that came with the model, but they're constrained by their use of ball joints for support. I didn't know how to make new ones until I saw a post by @Sylyphics showcasing his own Tie Defender MOC. I bought the instructions and started tweaking those wings too. The new wings have been majorly reworked for added length and build simplicity, while the wing hubs are unchanged. The result is more of an experiment representing my ideal Tie Defender model, uniting components from two great designs. This variant is based off the Elite Tie Defender from Rebels. It adds 6 missiles in between the wings and uses brackets that conceal highlight connections to get the little areas of color at the rear of the wings. This is based off Vult Skerris' personal Tie Defender Elite, basically the same as the above variant, but in yellow. This is another variant based off the Emperor's Guard paint job. Since the wing pylon rings run through the wedge plate detailing, I replicated the latter using jumper plates. Tie Striker This model also received the standard central pod enhancements, though the rear details required some interesting connections to get everything to line up correctly. The wings now come to more of a point and the laser cannons have their long, long power conduits running all the way to the cockpit. The biggest changes are to the top hatches; the 6x6 dome pieces have been replaced with an ovular, brick-built roof piece. It is removable for access to the interior, held in by a few studs while resting on smooth tiles. While not explicitly shown, this Emperor's Guard inspired variant follows the same design rules as the other ships with this coloration. First Order Tie Fighter Thanks to the Tie Series' inherent design similarities, improvements made to one model can be applied to many others. Case in point, the First Order's Tie fleet. This model is envisioned as a “V2” update to the First Order Tie Fighter, similar to the one its Imperial counterpart received. The new model is mostly built off of my tweaked Tie Fighter, but there are a few unique details that make it more a simple color swap; firstly, there are holes near the wing pylon armor, as there are on all First Order Ties. The thruster orientation rotated 90 degrees and there is an antenna on the right side of the central pod. The “headlight” details near the cannons are depicted with small segments of hose. The printed hatch piece has been replaced with a regular 4x4 dish for consistency with the other models. Finally, the interior wing hubs and bracing struts have their bulkier, armored appearance from the movies. This is a custom color variant that can be applied to all First Order Ties. Based on the appearance of the Final Order fleet's livery (and initially an excuse to see new Ties in the classic color scheme), this color scheme asks “What if all the forces of the galaxy-conquering First Order Navy didn't stop existing as soon as Kylo Ren found some shiny, new toys?”. First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter Despite its unique construction, the Special Forces Tie still benefits from some of the standard Tie upgrades, such as rounder pylons, more accurate pylon armor, updated wings, and a more circular central pod. The larger cannons are made using slightly altered construction from the regular Tie. The thrusters are now their correct size and shape, at least as close as it can be for the latter. Finally, the power cell banks on the wing pylons are fuller, more circular, and feature all of the segments in-line with each other This is as variant of the design that replaces the printed 6x6 dish on the rear of the central pod with a brick-built assembly. While it costs 2 dollars in comparison to the dish's 1 and eschews the detail of the printed element, it features a correctly colored rear window and can be built in whatever color pattern the design requires. Here is the requisite Final Order color variant of the Tie/sf. Thanks to the color change, it now features the 4x4 printed Tie hatch for added detail. This variant can only use the brick built rear windshield due to the new coloration. Tie Baron The changes here are mostly minor tweaks made to bring this model in line with the other edited Ties. The central pod received the standard Tie upgrades, including chin cannons, “bowtie” detailing, thicker pod dimensions, and an interior matching the standard First Order Tie Fighter. The wingtip cannons have been remade to fit their correct size and the power conduits have been simplified. The missile launchers have been edited so that the ordinance inside is visible. The wings are free of inaccurate detailing, the front wing pylon armor has been slightly modified, and the internal support “spine” behind the central pod has been made more sturdy. The Standard Tie Baron created by the designer features all the same improvements, but in black. The Special Forces variant now has the turret, chin cannons, and antennae of the Special Forces Tie Fighter. The Final Order variant swaps the gray and black from the Standard version. Modified Tie Whisper The central pod has been replaced with one based off the pod from the Special Forces Tie Fighter in order to correctly depict the two-seater cockpit. It uses some a unique connection to the handlebar element to both represent the red windshield ring and to support the windshield “spikes”. The red protrusions on the central pod have been rebuilt to be 1 stud wide and feature custom vent detailing stickers that can be applied for a more accurate look. The rear solar panels are made using a specific type of wedge plate because it is the exact shape they're supposed to be, though this leaves them covered in studs. The wingtip cannons have been redesigned and the indentations along the rearmost part of the wings has been made smaller. Here is the Final Order version. Those are all the official models I've modified, but I've also used those models as a base to create designs for ships that don't have as high-quality representation as Lego MOCs. Tie Experimental M1 “Bizarro” The first of the new models, and the first of the unmanned Tie Experimental series, is the Tie Bizarro. It was designed as an inverse to the standard Tie Fighter, with 2 pods straddling a single, central wing. Just as the model makers rearranged and recombined parts from a standard Tie to create this design, I've done the same with the Lego model of the Tie Fighter. The pods had to be modified to create a smooth outer curve thanks to their new positioning showcasing what once flowed into a wing pylon. The wing pylon itself is now a singular construction that runs from pod to pod. It's made using the longest 2-wide plates Lego produces for stability's sake. The pylon armor had to be modified as well to fit on the pylon, though this just means it is a plate thicker on each side compared to the standard Tie. The internal of the pod housing the turbolaser has been completely stripped and replaced with a scaffold to support the dish piece that replaces the windshield. This is a variant that more closely follows the “rules” of Tie design, with the vertical pylon armor next to the pods and the horizontal armor by the wing. It maintains the slimmer pylon armor of the Tie Fighter due to its unaltered construction. Tie Experimental M2 “Big Gun” This is a standard Tie Fighter with two large cannons attached to its outer wing hubs. I made the cannons 7x7 studs to depict their relative size to the central pod, but this led to some issues with how to mount them to the wings. I had to redesign the outer wing hubs with jumper plates to connect to the holes on the underside of the plates supporting the cannons. This accounted for the half stud offset required to center the cannons on the hub. Tie Experimental M3 “Warhead” This is a Tie Interceptor with missile pods mounted on the outside of its wings, so I took the modified Tie Interceptor model and did just that. The launch tube detailing on the front of the pods is too fine to be represented using Lego bricks, so I created custom stickers that could be applied over a flat, circular 4x4 area. Tie Experimental M4 “Bomb” This is a ship designed to act as a large missile. Fittingly, it is based off a Tie Bomber with a single pod and is fitted with a massive booster engine. The modification to the base Tie Bomber model was easy enough to make, as I just mirrored the construction already present for one side of the ship. The engine proved more challenging, thanks to its length. I made the smaller shaft out of cylinder pieces, while the larger part is a novel assembly made to display curved slopes on all 4 sides and to recess the exhaust. I've reinforced the engine and its connection to the main ship using Technic axles, but as I've only made a digital model, I can't tell if this engineering would be enough to support the engine in real life. Thusly, I created a stand to act as support for the engine. Tie Experimental M5 “Booster” This is a standard Tie Fighter with an engine based off the Tie Bomb's added to it. However, the Tie Booster's engine is even longer and larger than the one on the Tie Bomb, and is supported by a much smaller central pod. The construction of the engine is similar to the Tie Bomb, but magnified where necessary. The bracers running from the wings to the engine are attached to the rear solar panel strut by a clip-and-bar connection to achieve the correct angle. I also created a stand to support the engine regardless of the design strength, because it would definitely throw the model off balance in real life. Tie Droid This model is based off the droid-controlled fighters that were produced in swarms by the factories of the World Devastators. I based the model off the ship's appearance in the first Rogue Squadron game, because details like the wing size, wing detailing, and windshield color vary wildly across its initial appearance in comics and later illustrations. The central pod and wing pylons are almost entirely unchanged from the base Tie Fighter, save for the two protrusions a the top and bottom of the windshield. The opaque windshield is supposed to feature a horizontal line bisecting it, which would be represented with a thin, rectangular sticker, but the Stud.IO part designer program doesn't apply textures to domed surfaces too well. The standout feature of this design is the blocky wings. They're attached to the wing pylons by two clip-and-bar connections each, which should be enough to support the weight of the wings. The wings themselves are built around an oddly designed core, which supports the tiles of the large, smooth wing hubs. The solar panel detailing and outer edge leave the core mostly untouched, only connecting together in a few places for structural support. The outer edges themselves have been designed in a way to keep the two-plate thick sizing consistent across all sides of the wing. Tie/rc This obscure Tie variant was never given an actual name beyond its factory designation (the obvious Tie Reconnaissance Fighter referring to another ship entirely). It's little more than a standard Tie Fighter with a single cannon and some sensor greebling on the front of the ship, some of which is represented through custom stickers. I made it because it was an easy modification to do, though presumably somebody would be interested in displaying it. Tie Ground Targeting This unique model of Tie was designed to serve as he Empire's initial bomber for planetary bombardment. Given its in-universe existence before the dedicated Tie Bomber, it's built from a modified Tie Fighter frame. However, like a mullet, the front of the central pod is the same as a regular Tie (one cannon non-withstanding), but the rear is cylindrical like that of the Tie Bomber. This proved challenging to make because of its odd-numbered sizing, which needed to be mounted on, and centered to, an evenly-sized studded surface. The rear of the pod is made using a similar construction to the engines of the Tie Bomb and Tie Booster, and has a set of thrusters similar to that of the Tie Bomber. The top and bottom of the pod feature plates that are integrated with the top and bottom cockpit hatches, similarly to the design for my tweaked Tie Striker. The gaps from the regular Tie pod to the cylindrical back half are filled as best as possible, and are mostly hidden by the wings and hatch assemblies. Finally the triangular wing strut armor coming from the central pod has been redesigned to match the ship's reinforced appearance, complete with holes where they should be. Tie Fire Control This is the Tie/gt's other half, and another relatively easy build. This model of Tie was designed to house the sensors required for precise ground targeting, which was then relayed to the Tie/gt fighters it flew alongside. This ship shares its sticker detailing and single cannon with the Tie/rc. Its unique features are the chin mounted sensor arrays flanking the laser cannon. These boxy protuberances are meshed to the central pod as well as can be achieved without sacrificing the quarter dome pieces for something custom built to house the sensors. The sensors even extend into the area reserved for the bottom 4x4 dish, so a brick-built lookalike stands in for it. Tie Heavy Bomber This is a ship based on the Tie Bomber, but with two ordinance pods. I was inspired to recreate this design after I saw a Flickr post by Gingko19 Biloba showing a similar model. Unfortunately, he didn't alter the sides of the pods, which meant they clipped into the model in a manner impossible to build in reality. He told me he used a tile with a stud attached to a tile with a hole in the middle (a stud reversal method) to connect the pods to the central pylon. A plate ran from the core of one pod to the other for structural stability, covered by increasing the depth of the pylon by one plate. With that info, I set out to refine his model into something physically possible. The ordinance pods have been slightly altered in order to evenly meet up with the pylon. Additionally, I increased the height of the wings to extend past the bomb chute, a feature that is actually accurate to their portrayal. Emperor's Guard variant. Tie Interdictor / Punisher The next logical model to make after the Heavy Bomber. This ship basically mirrors the double-pod side for 4 ordinance pods. Emperor's Guard variant. First Order Tie Brute Seen exclusively in an immersive shooting gallery ride at Disney World, this Tie is largely the same as the Imperial Tie Brute. The First Order version has small, red headlights on its pylon armor, the requisite antenna array, and unique thrusters resembling those of the Millennium Falcon. I created the thrusters using custom stickers, including some applied to 1x2 grated slopes, meaning someone building this in real life would have to gently press the stickers on. Also available with small corners. And in the colors of the Final Order. First Order Tie Whisper To end this list of ships, we have the regular Tie Whisper. They are seen during the Lightspeed Skipping chase in TROS and have the wings of the standard First Order Tie Fighter. I reused the central pod and pylons from the Modified Tie Whisper and the wings from the Tie/fo. One detail unique to this ship is the curved, almost dented appearance of the wing hub's armor plating where it meets the wing pylon bracer. This altered construction means this ship can utilize the same wedge plate bracer design as most other Ties despite the extra plate's worth of armor usually blocking it. Final Order Version. Let me know what you think!
  2. 2023 is the year of LEGO Star Wars TIEs, TIE bomber has returned after 20 years, and the TIE Interceptor has returned after 17 years, both great models worthy of picking up. The last minifigure scale TIE Advanced x1 was from 2017 which I don’t have, I was itching for an TIE Advanced to go with my 2018 Solo Tie Fighter. For 75347, there is a Darth Vader figure included in the TIE bomber set, very strange choice to be honest but that’s the impetus for me, its bent wings and double fuselage gives me more pieces to work with. Recently, Amazon was doing a sale at $71.20 AUD, I decided to buy two sets. I built the bomber first to learn the techniques before disassembling to rebuild. Tie Advanced X1 v1.2_3 by Richard Yao, on Flickr The solar arrays are the easiest to modify, moved the black tiles one stud from the edge so the whole support frame is one stud from the solar panels. Ideally, I would like to have 8 additional 1x2 black tiles to go in below the triangular tiles. The solar power converter has been thinned to 2 studs wide like the main support strut, the wedge plates are needed elsewhere. I thought about reducing the height of the bent panels, but decided against it as the original TIE Advanced has wide panels. Tie Advanced X1 v1.2_7 by Richard Yao, on Flickr The wing spars are made longer by 2 studs, using the mainly sloped pieces to create the bulky angular shape. I used two 1x2 slopes to have the opening to show the deflector shield generators on the front. The smaller 4x4 cockpit dish has no bar handle, and I really wanted to make sure Vader can get inside the cockpit, so the official LEGO designed opening is kept. I turned the horizontal laid hinge piece to the vertical plane to keep the cockpit as round as possible. IMG_3663 by Richard Yao, on Flickr As I was designing the hatch of the eyeball cockpit, the first few attempts were the same tubular design of the official set, definitely not what I wanted. I then tried out the round corner bricks, they looked great from all views, and I flipped the 1x2 slopes so the wider side is facing the round bricks, reducing gaps between the pieces. The newly printed 6x6 inverted radar with two Ingot bars acting as upper viewports formed the access hatch. IMG_3666 by Richard Yao, on Flickr Now I moved to the back where the hyperdrive is located, supported by the disc like structure which houses the power cells and the stabilizing field projector bars. I used two 6x6 round plates as the basis for the shape. After trying out many different methods of connecting them to the cockpit and wing spars; my design used two 1x10 tan plates and two 1x6 black plates to sandwich the two 6x6 round plates, all four plates connect back to the cockpit and supported the entire back section with no wobble. I designed this section without wings, after I put on the wings, I realized the disc structure was too narrow, and had to widen it by two studs on both sides. I had to use white and dark bluish grey plates to support the pieces, leaving a messy looking underside. For the round edge of the disc, I tried multiple combinations of four wedge pieces and two curved slope pieces, decided to separate the wedges pieces as side by side they form a straight edge, I prefer to show the round shape of the 6x6 plate from the top view. Tie Advanced X1 v1.3_4 by Richard Yao, on Flickr The two pairs of red ion engine exhausts are attached by 1x2 brackets, I managed to put them on the same location above and below the back disc. There are not many parts for greebling on the Hyperdriver, two grille pieces for the thermal radiator ports and two roller stakes to fill in space. Tie Advanced X1 v1.2_4 by Richard Yao, on Flickr On the earlier versions of this ship, I left the two laser cannons on the side of the cockpit as the official set, after which I have mostly finished up, I wanted to see if I can move them below the viewport. After placing the two 1x1 light attachment plates on the bottom of the cockpit, the 1x1 round pin tiles don’t fit as their placement is too close to the inverted slope. I had to use long technic pins from the actual drop bombs, push them though the ring attachment. The inverted curved slope means the cannon attachment is one stud back from the edge, so Vader lost his lightsaber hilts to trade for long Ion cannon barrels. I know the cannons meant to be embedded inside the cockpit module, I haven’t figured it out with the pieces available from 75347, though my end product does look like aircraft gun pods. Tie Advanced X1 v1.2_9 by Richard Yao, on Flickr I am pretty happy with the end product, it’s a very solid swooshable model that uses 453 pieces. Please let me know your thoughts on the comments below. Instructions are available on
  3. FlyInSpace

    [MOC] Midi-Scale TIE Advanced

    As an absolute fan of the original trilogy, I had to build more Empire ships in Midi-Scale. I decided to start with my favorite TIE model, the TIE Advanced. This 496-piece TIE Advanced features a fully SNOT and detailed surface. It also includes rear engine thrusters at the back of the cockpit dome. Most importantly, being able to design smooth but razor thin wings was the key to making this build look proportionate and realistic. The same applies for the rear section of the fuselage which, being only 1 tile-high, ended up looking just a thin as the original prop model. Logically, the ship scales well to my previous TIE Reaper - I'll keep exploring more of these in the same scale, and maybe one day have a whole fleet of Midi TIE ships! ► Instructions will be available at Rebrickable soon. More pictures on my Flickr page. ♥ Patreon ♦ Instagram ♦ Rebrickable ♦ Eurobricks ♦ Reddit
  4. Jerac

    SFS TIE/x1 Advanced

    Hi everybody! Finally done! The hardest of the Big Four! The TIE Advanced was meant to be released along with the classic TIE Fighter instead of the Interceptor, but it has proven to be much harder build than I anticipated. I thought, having more space for the pylons since they are bigger would make them easier; well not so - they are supposed to be little tapering hexagons with holes, ugh! :D I thought, I have a great idea for angled panels which is scalable and will work for everything; well not so - the T/A is too small to use the same solution. I thought, scaling would be easy because this is perhaps the most covered ship on google photos; well not so - most of these photos are useless for scaling. This all made it a nice set of LEGO challenges which I love to solve so much. To be very honest, this is not a very nice design! Its front-end is blunt, its rear is oddly curved which does not match angled panels at all, and it absolutely does not feel "evil" like the dagger-edged Interceptor. Despite this, it still has this iconic-kind of design which makes it so unique. No franchise makes ugly ships anymore, everything has to be cool. Boring! So the ship has four engines. Who knew? The model technically is the smallest TIE craft out of all original trilogy ones. It requires about 860 pieces and is actually lighter than the basic TIE Fighter. Fun thing, for the boss to have the smallest ride, even though it has double the 'cylinders' under the bonnet. This is a commisioned build and instructions are available at I hope you like it - I sure enjoyed the building and design experience!
  5. A long, long time ago I started working on a micro scale Millennium Falcon. To begin with all I wanted to do was add detail to the Microfighter but I kept tinkering and before I knew it I had a growing collection of micro Star Wars freighters and fighters, and here they are! Instructions for all these little builds are on my Rebrickable page. Since this all started with that Falcon Microfighter the cockpit piece (a light blueish-grey 2x2 truncated cone) became my yardstick for scale. Luckily trans-black 1x1 slope pieces work as fighter cockpits at the same scale so all the ships are, and will continue to be, as close to scale with each other as I can manage, at least based on these pieces and whatever reference images I can gather from Google. My Blockade Runner (April 2021) is the last ship on my micro Star Wars to-do list, although it’s hardly micro! The size and weight were a new challenge for me, I’ve never had to worry about a moc falling apart under its own weight before, but I enjoyed the challenge and managed to make it pretty easy to pick strong. I’ve put together instructions for the Tantive IV as well as the Liberator from Star Wars Rebels, which I couldn’t resist building for myself. Rather than doing new posts for each new ship I’ll edit the very long post below. All the instructions are on my Rebrickable page and there are photos and Studio renders some photos of the ships in this post, plus a few more on Flickr and Instagram. Thanks for looking!
  6. Arthur Schopenhauer

    [MOC] Vader's TIE advanced x1

    Dear LEGO and Star Wars enthusiasts, I'm glad to present to you my first MOC attempt, Lord Vader's personal TIE advanced, made in February. Last December, due to TFA hype, I've rediscovered my long-dozing passion for Star Wars and so/also, after more than 12 years, I restarted to build Legos. I was very disappointed, though, by TLG's 8017, and so I decided to design & build a TIE advanced, one of my favorite iconic starships, on my own. A great help came from the new cockpit parts (and sketch) from 75082 (Inquisitor's TIE advanced), which made everything simpler. Also, after discovering EB, I was able to admire many great MOCs, and certainly was influenced by many of them (moreover, discovering bricklink was quite like finding a goldmine). I've tried my best to obtain a balance among movie accuracy, playability and extreme SWOOOOOSHability. The model is in minifig scale, and even if it's quite big (with respect to 8017 and 75150), it's very lightweight. Piece count is about 500. I hope these photographs will give you a quite faithful portrait of my model, anyway I find their lack of tridimensionality disturbing. (Imgur album: As regards the wings/solar panels, I tried to make them look as streamlined as possible, in contrast with the popular thick-contoured solution as seen in 9492 TIE (I was happy to see that TLG used a very similar approach in set 75150, TIE advanced + A-wing from Rebels). Rear views: Having a closer look to the central "core": i decided to use those smooth quarter-of-half-sphere pieces for the rear part of the cockpit. To recreate the gradual emergence of the central rectangle on the back, i placed small sloped pieces by its side, as you can see. (You can see that the wing/solar panel attachments are really solid. In fact the model is extremely swooshable and it won't come apart even in performing the most extreme flying maneuvers :D :D) As regards the front of the cockpit, I tried my best to give it a spherical outline: Inside of the cockpit (partially disassembled to look better inside): And finally the underside, showing the play features: laser shooters, activated by sliding with a finger on the round valve, and the engine-hyperdrive compartment with a special place to clip Vader's lightsaber. Unfortunately, i'm missing the minifigure of Lord Vader himself. When i'll get one, i'll update this post with a photo of him inside the cockpit. I hope that you will appreciate my little model, and I can't wait to receive your feedback and suggestions. :)
  7. Sucram

    TIE Advanced: Proportions

    OK, I have taken a great interest recently in the new set, the TIE Advanced VS A Wing, and you'll known this if you follow the 2016 news and rumours page. Now, while this set looks great, and the A Wing is the best I have seen yet, the TIE is quite off. I'm going to be referencing the old TIE Advanced, 8017, so bring up a picture of that in your mind. And here's the new TIE: Now, the first thing that I noticed straight away was the solar panels. They look too short. They should be extended by about 4 studs. And, the angles on the panels are wrong. They need to be a 45 degree angle. Notice that the old set got the panel shaping right, but is lacking a good border around them, which the new one does have. The other main problem is the back part of the ship. Simply put: it's puny. The older set also got this right, but is lacking the detail that the new set is boasting. But which set is better? Well, if your into the fine details and overall look, then definitely the new TIE: It is my favourite, simply for how good it looks. Also, its looks pretty easy to mod in the right proportions. With the older set, sure, you're getting the correct proportions, but it would take alot more modding to make it look good, as it is missing alot of nice details. Also, you're not getting the great new windshield and canopy the new one is boasting. Anyway, that's my take on it. Let me know what your thoughts are. BONUS DRINKING GAME: Take a shot very time you see the word 'proportions.'
  8. When I saw the preliminary pictures of the new TIE Advanced vs A Wing, I was very excited for the new TIE, and not so happy that the A wing made the price substantially higher. I might still cave in and but the set when it comes out, but for now, here's mine. You can find more pictures on my Flickr page. Leave a comment on what can be changed or improved.
  9. ZeldaTheSwordsman

    REVIEW: 7150 TIE Fighter and Y-Wing

    Having received this set at long last this Christmas, I decided to do a review and give my perspective. When LEGO Star Wars sets first came out back in 1999, the sets advertised most prominently were those depicting the ships that flew in the legendary Battle of Yavin: 7140 X-Wing, and 7150 TIE Fighter & Y-Wing. Both sets were instantly on my wishlist, and I am very glad to have been able to check this set off at long last. Where I Bought: Recieved as a Christmas present; my mother purchased it off of eBay. What I paid: Well, what she paid, which was $30 plus almost $19 in shipping (It was used-but-complete). Funnily enough, this lines up with the original manufacturer-suggested retail price of $49.99. Now on to the real bread and butter of the review: Here's the box, still in great condition despite its age. It's from before the SYSTEM logo was retired, and unlike far too many more recent sets there are those wonderful pictures of the alternate models as well as of the set mid-build on the back. The front presents the two ships in the set well, showing them racing down the Death Star's equatorial trench, laser blasts flashing all around. Now, inside the box are not only the pieces of the set, but also the various "feelies" (pamphlets and such). We have: A LEGO Direct catalog, which advertised sets that could be ordered from that service, some of which could not at the time be found in bricks-and-mortar stores. A more general mini-catalog showing highlight and pocket sets from the year's themes, and featuring the TIE Advanced from this set chasing Luke's X-Wing from set 7140. And an offer for a free 2-Year membership in the LEGO Club, including a subscription to LEGO's now-defunct magazine. Such a membership was very enjoyable, the last time I was in. If the club is still around, I have noticed that there is no expiration date whatsoever printed on this offer card... And with those taken care of.... Here we go. The original polybags are of course long gone, but the seller very thoughtfully sealed the pieces of the two ships into two separate sandwich bags. Every last piece is accounted for, save any extras that may have come with the set. The three mini-figures who come with the set. From (your) left to (your) right: Darth Vader, in his original LEGO form. The helmet and head are not, as one might expect given the design of figures like Chewbacca, all one piece that mounts on the neck. The helmet and mask are a separate piece that fits over the actual head. The head is cast in old grey, and printed on it is the ashen, pale, light-deprived face of the man who was once Anakin Skywalker. Since this was made before anyone knew such details as his hair getting singed off and the edits made to be in continuity with that, the face shows eyebrows as did old versions of Return of the Jedi. He is armed with a red-bladed, chrome-hilted (they were never otherwise in this era) lightsaber. Jon "Hutch" Vander, better known simply as Gold Leader. His face is a stock one with a com microphone and untidy red bangs, but it does the job alright. He is identifiable as Gold Leader by the unique print on his helmet. And finally, an astromech droid with a white body and red access panels, who is apparently named R4-D5. This would likely make him an R4 unit whose original purchaser shelled out the extra credits for an R2-series head (which has better astrogation equipment). A good assortment, and certainly enough to accurately man the ships included. Of course, to build those ships, we'll need a manual. Luckily enough, a very nice one is included. On the cover is a shrunken and cropped version of the box-front photo, fairly standard but once again made cool by the contents. The first inside page, which immediately demonstrates what I mean about it being a nice manual. The coloring is exactly right; there's no confusion between black and dark grey to be found here! The only fault is that Vader's face is shown as being yellow; it's actually grey. After the directions, the manual contains (As many manuals for sets, especially larger sets, once did) a rather hilarious comic showing off the alternate models seen on the back of the box. And it's time to get building. We'll start with the TIE Fighter included, which is Darth Vader's TIE x1 Advanced. Darth Vader inspects the construction of his personal fighter. The people assigned to the task appear to have ditched it or gone off on an extra-long break. This probably won't end well for them. Still no sign of the slackers who were supposed to be doing the build, yet now the cockpit's complete. What's going on? Ah, it looks like Lord Vader may find it in himself to forgive them, for their absence has allowed him to indulge a hobby that carried over from his former self. With his expert hands at work, the fighter is soon finished. This is a very lovely model; the fuselage is a tad on the short side but it does match up correctly with the length of the wings. It and the frames of the wings are here depicted with both grey (light and dark) parts and blue parts. The blue has caused many snit-fits, but I don't mind it. The fact of the matter is that TIE fighters were originally supposed to have blue frames and fuselages. That is how they were colored in the drawings by Ralph McQuarrie. They wound up as grey instead due to the blue Chroma Key screens used for filming. However, Empire Strikes Back and to a greater extent Return of the Jedi (TIE frames and bodies are blue, TIE Interceptor frames and bodies are dark blue) used post-shoot tinting to correct this, so it's surprising to have NOT seen the TIEs in A New Hope changed to match. The cockpit viewport piece is new, created for the LEGO Star Wars line specifically as a piece for showing TIE cockpits, and it is printed accordingly. Transparent red 1x1 round plates, AKA studs, are attached to the appropriate spots to create the lasing emitters of the ship's guns. Like in the movies, these are red despite firing green shots. The ship is built in sections connected by bricks with Technic pins, but the connections are all horizontal so they hold fairly well. The wings' angular shape is achieved via ratchet hinge bricks.The biggest flaw is the absence of a secret compartment on this ship, which means Vader's lightsaber must be stored in the Y-Wing's secret compartment instead! Regardless, Vader now has his fighter built and ready to intercept bold Rebel fighters whom the turbolasers track too slowly to target (they are, after all, designed to shoot at larger ships, hence their firepower). Make sure you take off his cape and put it in separately, though, it can get warped otherwise. Meanwhile, Gold Leader rebuilds his Y-Wing from scratch after it was dismantled for a total overhaul. Starting to get the cockpit and basic spaceframe back together... The main body of the ship now complete, R4-D5 runs a systems check. Everything checks out, so he and Gold Leader can now reconnect the engine nacelles. And with that, the Y-Wing is completed and ready to take to the skies for battle! The nose is painted white with a splash of yellow - it and the round caps of the engines are holdovers from the original BTL-B Y-Wings from the Clone Wars. LEGO's piece selection here is a fairly good angularized representation of the smooth nose from the movies. I don't mind angularizing like this in LEGO, and the rounded pieces didn't exist at the time. The ion cannon looks a bit big, yet at the same time just the right length. It's okay, and definitely functional. You'll have to grip it when swooshing the ship around if you don't want it spinning around loose, though; It's on a 2x2 turntable so it can turn, and the only ways to make that happen otherwise would have been a regular 2x2 plate atop a 1x1 round plate mounted between studs or use of 1x2 plates with central stud, which wouldn't have been as sturdy. The cockpit canopy is another made-for-LEGO Star Wars piece, created for 7140 X-Wing. It's not so accutate here, but it does the job alright, but there ought to be a side-opening Y-wing cockpit piece made one of these days. The cockpit looks okay, but it's a bit cramped; a 4x4 hollow inverted slope piece underside to deepen the seat would have come in handy. Maybe with two there could even have been space made for a gunner, but the absence of such room is less annoying than the crampedness for the pilot. On the plus side, it's an overall great-looking ship. There's some built greebling, as well as printed greebling on a pair of 2x2 tiles and on the mailbox in the "neck" of the fighter. Underside is plain, but that's reasonably accurate. The fuselage has a secret compartment on the end for storing weapons, like Vader's lightsaber (I would have used a 1x2 plate-with-fence piece rather than a grille brick at the end oposite the hinge, make more room, but oh well). About the biggest visual flaw is that the bars on the nacelles are mounted at the wrong points, but fixing that with the parts around at the time would have made the overall construction much more fragile. The landing gear must be detached for flight, but at this scale there's just no way to really do vertically-retracting landing legs. Interestingly, the ship is designed such that it can sit flat without the landing legs. So here is the set, in its full and complete glory. 14 years later, and it's still a great set. IN CONCLUSION: This is a very well-designed set, and a good-sized one. In a single package, you get not only the dreaded Darth Vader and his personal TIE fighter, but a very nice and solid Y-Wing fighter (complete with astromech droid) piloted by Gold Leader as well. Darth Vader and astromech droids may have become more commonplace over the years, but they weren't back at the start (Vader was in fact exclusive to this set) and if you don't already have Darth Vader this set is a great way to get him. And the ships are good additions to your Alliance and Imperial fleets, still standing up even today. This set was $49.99 at retail, and considering the size and contents, quite good value for your money. If you can find it complete for close to (or even less than) that much, I would recommend buying it. It's just a pity it didn't come with a standard TIE pilot and a smiley-face head wearing a stock Rebel Pilot helmet to make it better for army-building (Vader's was not the only TIE Advanced, you know).
  10. Hi, I am new to this forum - joined today. I'd like to introduce myself with MOC - TIE Avenger. This model is comparable in size to 8017 LEGO Darth Vader TIE Advanced Set, but has slightly longer wings. Dimensions: Height: 11 cm Length: 21 cm Width: 17 cm I have added my project on If you like it, please support it. View from an angle: Front: Side: Rear: Top: Hope you like my version of TIE Avenger. Cheers, Kariusz
  11. It all started a year ago. I was following toomuchcaffeine's project on cuusoo (micro star wars scenes), and in the comments he said he had trouble making an X-wing. I could spare some time, and I started building myself, in the hope that I could contribute to that wonderful project. I wondered how small I actually could go making the X-wing. I wanted to make it instantly recognizable and yet very tiny (those official micro models from the planet sets are great, but you can't call that micro ). So I had to use some odd parts for het most iconic features: the wings. The X-wing got car doors.Once I had that key-feature, I kept the main body simple and focused on the shape. I suggested this design, but (obviously!) it was too big for 2MC's project (no hard feelings!) But I started to really like this micro-scale building. I improved my X-wing, and decided to deliver him a friend enemy. The TIE-advanced got shields as wings. I was happy with this micro build and I made this little scene, complete with pew-pew lasers! (the flick-fire missiles are unfortunately out of scale ...) Again, built with LDD and rendered with LDD2POV-Ray. Then, I amused myself by making a real scene , with the excuse of letting you see the model from another angle... Hope you like it, and if you do: thank you, the pleasure is all mine. Eurobricks is awesome