One of the most challenging things is trying to fix something that the Lego designers did not put into a set. Or more so, just going for a cheeper and easier route. I found this out after buying the new V-wing on Black Friday. I unfortuently could not stand the thought of having a ship that landed by facing the tip of its blaster barrels downward into the ground/mud/dirt/ect. I had somewhat of a design before I bought the set... but a few weeks ago, I decided to fix it somewhat so my design was not so bulky as it looked before.
This is the result which I am happy with. Even though it is a pretty easy to break design, I would think that would be just like the origional as it is just an interceptor. One good shot would take out the ship anyways I would think.