I bought the Lego Theta Shuttle when it first came out, hoping it would be an interesting addition to my collection. Once I built it I was very dissapointed not only in the size, but the scale of the ship itself. The cockpit looked nothing like it should, and the wings were way out of scale with the ship. I made some simple modifications to expand the body and 3 wings of the ship and posted that a while ago, but I really wanted to take it all the way to true minifig scale. I finally got around to designing the new ship and expanded the wings 3 more times until I was satisfied, and bumped the body up about 8 studs longer and 6 studs wider. I went through several cockpit designs, and finally came up with a studless design using the original windscreen and LOTS of tiles, but I accidentally found this bad boy: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=270276 and I knew I wouldn't be satisfied until his cockpit was on my ship's body. One more trip to bricklink and I was finally satisfied with the overall design of the ship and I went about adding the new engines in the back, filling in gaps and generally making everything neat. I still haven't decorated the inside, I'm not quite sure what I want to put in there yet.
Please let me know what you think!
About this creation
Wings up and landing gear down, this ship is the tallest Star Wars structure I've made so far.
Crikey! Wahl ya look aht tha size ah thaws wings!
A few examples with the wings down against a plain background, these really allow you to see the scale and how the ship is proportioned.
Because this is essentially a heavily modified version of Lego's Palpatine's Shuttle, I decided to keep a few features, like the retractable landing gear, and how the roof latches on. Instead of just sticking to bricks, the roof sort of hooks in to technic pieces on the front and back walls of the ship, allowing its entire weight to be carried by the dorsal wing alone. The dorsal wing is very strong, so it doesn't matter where you hold it from (I could have held the front tip) this is just where the center of gravity was.
To remove the roof, we first need to take off the walls of the cockpit.
Now we can move the front hooks out (there's one the other side of the cockpit too).
And now they're off.
While we're back here, why not admire the engines? I really like how they came out.
Here you can see the back hook comes out.
And it's out. The roof is now ready to be removed.
I worked extra hard to make sure the cockpit was joined to the body with a hallway that minifigs could fit through (yes, they still have to sidestep, but it's something).
What's this? A folding boarding ramp?! It just gets better and better!
A couple more pictures of the boarding ramp from the outside of the ship. It folds up to be perfectly flesh with the body.
I kept the landing gear almost the same from the original model. I had to move it a bit and make the arms longer for proportion, and the sleds longer because this thing is so damn front heavy.
Some detailed pictures of the wings in case anyone wants to try to build one using this as a reference.
These next 4 were taken sideways, but they got squashed when I uploaded them, just know that they're distorted:
Finally, I thought this was a neat picture with the green screen and then with the background of the same image.
Please take the time to leave a comment! I personally think this is one of my best Star Wars builds, but everything can be made better. What do you think?
Sweet!!! Theta Class Shuttle, much better than Lego kit, nice job.
Thanks for your comments on my LAAT, I've added new updated photos & instructions for the Bubble Turret, check it out.
[MAY THE BRICKS BE WITH YOU]