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R-Wing
'R-Wing' Fighter for the FBTB competition.
About this creation
This is for the competition on From Bricks to Bothans (FBTB.net) the LEGO Star Wars web site. The challenge was to create a fighter craft that resembled a capital letter 'R' from at least one angle. The competition also required a back-story:

Following the death of the Emperor over Endor the newly announced 'New Republic' found itself with the long task of mopping up the remnants of the Empire and retaking Coruscant. During this time of conflict the previously resource strapped development staff of the old Rebellion found several planets offering their entire production facilities to help ingratiate themselves with the new galactic order.

The 'R-Wing' was built in a research and development base on the Zoo planet of Jenna. The ship was designed to have immense firepower with 12 proton torpedo launchers and four turbo lasers, (one facing backwards), the intention was to build a ship that could conceivably defeat small capital ships acting alone. It's main problem was a complex flight profile caused by the multiple engines and only the development of new R7 astromech droids (later used in E-Wing fighters) allowed these ships to fly safely. Unfortunately the Emperors Ruling Council, the uneasy alliance in charge of the Imperial Forces at the time became aware of this project and sent in a small team of Storm-Commandos. All of the prototypes, the development team and the plans were destroyed in this attack.



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   I was trying to create a ship that had some aspects of the B-Wing and others from the X-Wing. So the ship is asymmetrical, but with the traditional SW s-foil on one side.



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   I'm quite happy with the design, it's hard to take a bad photograph of it, always a good sign!



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   Here you can see the B-Wing heritage of the design.



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   I really like hte way this looks from a low angle.



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   The side profiles are probably it's worst angles, but even here I think it turned out quite nicely.



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   I think it's the length of the body giving it some balance.



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   A crylic 'R', just in case there are any Russian lego fans out there.



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   Those weird bits in the loop of the 'R' are windsurf boards from Extreme Island sets.



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   The gun on the upper wing actually folds out to give the ship a more 'R' like profile when seen from the front. Originally the top wing looked to short when in attack position.



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   R-Wing



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   P-Wing? Nah, just in atmosphere, and extra wing surface would make it very difficult to control in the air otherwise.



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   P-Wing from an angle!



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   The landing gear stows flush to the underside.



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   This was difficult as the ship has such a thin wing. Luckily I could get away with one proper foot and a smaller balancing leg at the end of the wing.



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   Landed. The pilot doesn't even need a ladder, a distinct design improvement over the X and Y wings.



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   One problem however is the R7 droid unit needs to be placed in at an awkward angle. It would all be a lot easier if Astromech droids could fly like they used to in the Old Rebublic.



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   Ignore the minifigs, look at the SNOT inside that cockpit, I'm still confused by how I did it!



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   Whoosh! Swooshable fun!!!



Comments

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  December 6, 2012
A-W-E-S-OME,I am a starwars fan myself,and i LOVE IT!!!
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  February 13, 2012
This is pretty tough dude. 5/5
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  January 18, 2012
Wow, amazing!
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  October 19, 2009
COOL! In response to toa shadowik, SNOT means Studs Not On Top.
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  June 10, 2009
what does SNOT mean?
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  April 18, 2009
My absolute favorite custom -wing fighter. AwEsOmE!!!!
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  April 18, 2009
My absolute favorite custom -wing fighter. AwEsOmE!!!!
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  April 5, 2009
Very unique and very, very cool!
Mark Stafford
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Juho Grohn
  February 23, 2009
That's one freaky ship! I'm not even sure that is it a good or a bad thing. Decided to give it a five anyway.
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  February 23, 2009
I love the ship, great story, love the colors/design. But i think you miscounted your proton torpedo launchers, you have 16.
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  February 23, 2009
Great job on the design, well done!
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  February 23, 2009
Best use of the color oRRRRange!
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  February 23, 2009
Best use of the color oRRRRange!
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  February 23, 2009
wow very creative, i like it
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  February 23, 2009
i LOVE it good job. SO ill give you 35 bucks well cool just cool
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  February 23, 2009
This is great! The color scheme makes it look new and shiny, and the weaponry is powerful. The shape is just brilliant. I'm not sure if I like the sideways cockpit, but the R-wing is still worth a five.
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  February 23, 2009
I remember seeing this, and thought you deserved 1st place.
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  February 23, 2009
Amazing design! I have seen other R-Wing's, but this is the best by far. Excellent detail and thought!
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  February 23, 2009
Awesome design!
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  February 23, 2009
Excellent. Now, let's see you make one that looks like an R from ALL angles!
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  October 31, 2008
COOL! I have always loved this! Even before I joined MOCpages I saw this and nearly died! It would be an honor if you would comment on some of my stuff!
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  March 23, 2008
I love it the cockpit is soooo nice!!!!!!!!!!
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  April 26, 2007
b wing eat your heart out
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  July 30, 2006
Really good, one of my favourites. by the way: its "Imperial" NOT "Emperial" as you wrote.
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  July 30, 2006
Very cool MOC! I love the use of the surf boards. This is why I love you creations: Great use of extremly odd parts!
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  July 30, 2006
Noooooo! Arrrrr! lol great ship I really love this one, and thats bad news for me. You might just win the contest after all. Hope I can at least get second :(. Looking forward to more of your great work! TFP
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  July 30, 2006
That is much better than mine! good luck, you have a good chance of winning, well done
 
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