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Alpha-class Xg-1 Star Wing
Better known as the assault gunboat from the X-Wing/Tie-Fighter game series (Mu 1 anyone?). This is my interpretation of it in minifig-scale.
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(30-01-2013) This model is now on Cuusoo! Please consider voting for it if you want TLG to make it. Thank you!


(30-01-2013) New colors and updated images: major thanks to Stephan Schumann for insiration on the new color scheme!

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..or better known as the assault gunboat from the X-Wing/Tie-Fighter game series (Mu 1 anyone?). You can find more background info at this Wookieepedia entry.


It's one of my favorite craft from the games, but unfortunately Lego never released an official set of it so far. As this thing cannot be missing from my starfighter collection, I fired up LDD.


It's my first 100% original, from-scratch MOC. Yay!


I'm not really sure if I feel this model is done: I'm starting to suffer from "model blindness". Also the fact that there doesn't seem to be a definitive model of the Star Wing in the lore doesn't help. It's not even in the Essential Guide To Vehicles and Vessels. The model is rather bleyish, but for the love of me, I couldn't figure out a color scheme. I've included the LDD model below if you want to have a go at it, though I suppose most imperial craft are bleyish.


So I'm hoping that you guys and gals can comment on whether or not I've done a decent job so far. Here are pictures so you can make your mind up (or you can just download the model file below).


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(minifig included for size)


Some background info

TL;DR: keep scrolling! The files are down below :wink:


According to the lore, this ship is 10 meters long, 15.1 wide and 7.2 high. If my calculations are correct, that translates to 32x48x23 studs (about scale 1:40ish, which is minifig-scale). I believe the model is about that size (anyone got ideas on how to measure models?).


It has 689 pieces of which none are rare according to LDD Manager. The model features foldable wings as well as landing gear and holds true to my "no flick-fire missiles in my house" policy. The ion cannons on the dorsal fin can rotate. There's a cockpit and the pilot has a chair. Because there are two technics axles running through the model (they connect the pods), it should be stable and probably quite swooshable. I won't find out until I build it of course (which may take a while since building the B-Wing burned through my budget rather quickly).


If anyone has a better idea on how to construct the cockpit with these angles, please let me know. At first I used transparent panels on the sides of the cockpit, but they gave me design headaches up to the point where I was tempted to cut off the top bit (with the studs) from the panels to give the pilot some more room and raise him a bit so he can see outside the window properly. This is why I went with the small panel / transparent plate setup. I wanted to use this Windscreen 3x4x3 as it was the only one that kind of matched the angles I was looking for (when you use it on its side anyway).




Comments

Krispijn Scholte
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Coen Nijeboer
  July 9, 2013
Wow.... *isn't able to say anything for a few seconds* could you please send building instructions for this omg-ly awesome fighter :3 coenyboy13@gmail.com. thanks! Added to fav builders :)
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  May 12, 2013
Wow, looks a great deal more impressive with the orig. coloursheme; welldone. I still thinks its an awesome work!
Krispijn Scholte
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Admiral Varkov
  January 26, 2013
Fantastic job recreating the ship! I remember it well from the old X-Wing Tie-Fighter games. Magnificent work!
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  January 22, 2013
Love the styling! Very militant looking.
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  January 22, 2013
Quoting Stephan Schumann Magnificant! The shaping is very beauthiful, and impressive. The Cockpit is pretty good solved. Your design has an special respectful touch, wich my technicfig-scale moc lacks. About the engines I am not shure wich one is right- thrusters in the mainbody, or missileboxes? I got my reference from SW-Comicbooks, may I have to look at the Computer-Game, too. I score your Starwing as an welldone elegant moc. I doubt, that I will find much improvement with LDD, but I will try an new coloursheme. So, well done, here, keep it going!
Thank you for the kind words Stephan! I'm curious to see what you can come up with color scheme wise :) (I agree, it lacks color) I'm going to focus on that as well, maybe add some more dark bley and black stuff to give the model some contrast. I've based mine on the game model (I've recently gotten Tie-Fighter to work on my Win 7 x64 pc) and that model has the engines in the missilepods. But some illustrations show them in the main body, so I suppose either way works :)
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  January 22, 2013
Magnificant! The shaping is very beauthiful, and impressive. The Cockpit is pretty good solved. Your design has an special respectful touch, wich my technicfig-scale moc lacks. About the engines I am not shure wich one is right- thrusters in the mainbody, or missileboxes? I got my reference from SW-Comicbooks, may I have to look at the Computer-Game, too. I score your Starwing as an welldone elegant moc. I doubt, that I will find much improvement with LDD, but I will try an new coloursheme. So, well done, here, keep it going!
 
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