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T-16 Skyhopper
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About this creation
This is in my view one of the most under-appreciated vehicles of the saga. Granted, it gets about 5 seconds of screen time and isn't the focus of the scene, but it's a really nice vehicle, chock full of angles, with a distinctive shape.

That shape was a pain. I wanted to do everything is SNOT, but I hit a snag right from the beginning as I was building the tail: TLG doesn't make a slope for either the front angle or the back one. Or a wedge plate, for that matter. I solved it by tipping the whole fin backwards, but now the red strip is a little off. I decided in the end that it was more likely the paint department would be off by a couple degrees than that the shape would be formed incorrectly.

Then in the end, for the same reason (angles), I had to resort to traditional plates and tiles for the wings. Overall, though, I'm happy with it.

It looks a bit big compared to the minifigs (and especially compared to the set and Wookieepedia stats), but if you scale it to the width of the minifig as compared to the studio model proportions, it's just about right.

And yes, it's missing the griffin on the side. There exists no official sticker for it and I couldn't do it in SNOT shapes.

Rant off, more pics:

Unfortunately, if there's any bit that's out of proportion, it's this area. But, there aren't very many good shots of the studio model from this angle, so I took some creative liberty. Besides, all the bits matched up so nicely, I didn't want to tinker with it.

You'll have to excuse the stand - this model is big and fragile. It has a 13.5 inch wingspan and it's 14 inches tall, with thin pieces sticking out. Needless to say, it's a pain to photograph. I really don't think the pics do it justice.

Back View:

I loved this part of the build. I have all these white bits sitting around that I usually don't use and I grabbed them and just started tacking on greebles.

And finally, cockpit:

This area is a little to cramped for my tastes, but Technic structure takes up the rest of the 'interior'. And until TLG starts making triangular trans-clear panels, it's an open cockpit. You can see the other side in the inset. I had to cheat a little and remove the seat to get the guy to sit nicely without knocking the panels out of place whenever I breathed on him. :-P

Much better quality pics can be found on flickr or, drumroll please, my new website/blog.

Thanks for looking, C&C welcome.



Comments

 I like it 
  March 2, 2011
Very nice work on this!
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  February 18, 2011
I think I've seen this somewhere else before:) Great work again, Doc!
 I like it 
  February 18, 2011
Beautiful job.~H
 I like it 
  February 16, 2011
excellent. Everybody always forgets this ship. Yours is definitely spot on.
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  February 15, 2011
I love it! This has always been a little favorite of mine, every since the levels on Lego Star Wars :D
 I made it 
  February 15, 2011
Quoting Tyler Halliwell This is reallt great, although I was always bothered by the cockpit. Who would want to only see 180 degrees of where you're flying? It seems like many pilots would lose one side of their craft. Either way, good for shooting womp rats. Nice job, this is fantastic.
Wookieepedia says the T-16 has holographic displays to cover the blind spots.
Quoting Mark Kelso Despite Lego's limitations, you've done a great job with the replication. Nice one!
Thanks. There's still one limitation I have yet to overcome in the open cockpit, but there is no good trans-clear piece to go there and I figure if they did the same thing for the studio model, that would justify my open cockpit.
 I like it 
  February 15, 2011
Sweet!!!!!
  February 15, 2011
Really cool, I really like this:)I'm adding you as one of favorite builders, Checkout my page please:)
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  February 15, 2011
Very nice detailing and shape. Cheers!~Swift
 I like it 
  February 15, 2011
Despite Lego's limitations, you've done a great job with the replication. Nice one!
 I like it 
  February 15, 2011
This is reallt great, although I was always bothered by the cockpit. Who would want to only see 180 degrees of where you're flying? It seems like many pilots would lose one side of their craft. Either way, good for shooting womp rats. Nice job, this is fantastic.
 I made it 
  February 14, 2011
Quoting Caleb S I love it, but the wings are to thin.
I beg to differ. If anything, they're too thick. If you look at the studio model, the wings are razor thin. http://www.modelermagic.com/?p=10581
 I like it 
  February 14, 2011
I love it, but the wings are to thin.
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  February 14, 2011
Wow another Masterpiece!!! Great job on the T-16 looks just like the concept. Keep it up.
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  February 14, 2011
i love the design and the engine is great!
 I like it 
  February 14, 2011
Nice job! Detail is great and it's very accurate. Keep it up!
 
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