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B-Wing
My minifig-scale B-Wing, based on RenegadeClone's work. LDDed and modernized (a little).
About this creation

I published this MOC originally on EuroBricks


Before you read any further: I want to give massive credits to RenegadeClone (or his brother.. or both.. it's confusing) for coming up with this great MOC and leaving enough instructions for me to reconstruct the model. My version is 90-95% the same and I can only take credit for making the model and some small differences in detail (I'll get to those later). RenegadeClone's done a great job.


You can find the original topic here.


Having said that, things are easier to build when you have an LDD file.


The Model


Total part count: 951. Ouch.


There are small differences with the RenegadeClone's original; most concern the cockpit:

  • The cockpit is all light bley; this meant using some different parts

  • The rear cockpit section (with the curved slopes) is completely different in internal construction. The slopes are now attached using 3 stubs making the use of rubber bands unnecessary (I dislike rubber bands).

  • The pilot now has a seat (in dark green!). Flying a B-Wing is tough enough without the physical discomfort.... or so they say.

  • The internal structure of the main wing and the engines is different. I only knew the outside dimensions, so I had to reconstruct them on my own. Internally this B-Wing is probably rather different.


Below you will find all the files you need to source the parts and make the model. The LDD model is made using LDD 4.3.5. The partslist spreadsheets was made using LDD Manager, but I've added some extra columns to keep track of the parts that you have ("Have" column) so you can see which bricks you still need.


For those of you who don't do LDD, I've exported the instruction to html and put them in a zip; they should work on any browser.


The Files



If you want to figure it all out yourself, stop reading and start building. Below I've posted some notes on sourcing the parts and building the model that you may find useful though.


Sourcing the parts

Please note that there are a small number of rare-ish parts used in the model, so check if you have these or are able to order them before you start your Bricklink frenzy:



Also note that if you need to source almost all parts (like me; my lego is older, so I only have classic grey), this beast will set you back considerably. It has almost 1000 parts. By my estimation I've spend somewhere between 100 and 120 on parts (about $125 to $140). It's not cheap.


If you use LDD Manager to check if you can do other colours instead of sand blue, you will only find a small number of basic colours. This is due to this brick. If you want to know what your real options are, paint this brick black in the model.


If you are having trouble sourcing sand blue parts (I'm looking at you fellow europeans), dark bley offers a good alternative though your model will look more like the UCS B-Wing that way.


Building considerations

It's possible to build this model using the LDD generated instructions. I've done so, proving they actually work, but they are a bit weird and unlogical. The LDD model has been grouped in to logical groups, so you might want to check those. As reference, I've rendered a picture showing these elements.


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Minifig-scale B-Wing v1.0 in parts by Krispy's brick stuff, on Flickr


Below I will note some things you want to look out for.


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Engine covers by Krispy's brick stuff, on Flickr

Build these engine covers seperate and add them to the model later (after step 180 or something).


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Engine (build this first) by Krispy's brick stuff, on Flickr

That means you want to build this engine part first.


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Exhaust close-up by Krispy's brick stuff, on Flickr

Note that the technics half pins do not go in all the way. That's not a bad thing though: you now have the option to add a 2x2 dish giving your exhaust the same look as the offical TLG sets (eg. the 9493 X-Wing).


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Technics tubing not in instructions by Krispy's brick stuff, on Flickr

Note that this piece of pneumatic tubing is not on the LDD model. The holders are though; look at the completed model (all the way below) to see where it slots between the two torpedo launchers.


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Fix for curved plate problem by Krispy's brick stuff, on Flickr

I had a problem with the narrow 1 stud wide cover plate for the rear of the main wing: it curved outwards (to the left in this picture) because a 1x12 plate I used wasn't straight!! Using this modification at the bottom of the assembly, I was able to hold it in place.


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Cockpit axle mount thingy in place by Krispy's brick stuff, on Flickr

Notice that I used old school connectors with studs on the side. This means the model is a bit sturdier on top (also I have, like, tons of these parts).


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Cockpit section by Krispy's brick stuff, on Flickr

Cockpit with seat. Notice that the headrest has two 1x1 dark bley plates instead of one in the LDD model. This depends on what helmet your minifig pilot is wearing.


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Build complete! by Krispy's brick stuff, on Flickr

Build complete! :classic:


It's big, it's heavy. If anyone has suggestions on a stand that works for this beast, I'm all ears.


I hope you've enjoyed this little write-up. Good luck and happy building if you're going to attempt one... trust me, they are worth the effort: the build was definitely one of the most challenging I've done so far!


update 13-01-2013: A stand

I've updated the files section with a LDD model of the stand I came up with (see picture below). It's bulky, but sturdy and allows you to show off the model with open s-foils!


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Stand - front by Krispy's brick stuff, on Flickr


update 19-01-2013: version 1.1

I've updated the model to 1.1. Grab the new model file from the files section above! What is different you may ask? Well, there's somewhat less studs on the outside of the model.


Oh... and the lower part of the internal skeleton has been redone completely. It definitely feels more rigid now. Check out the differences below! Even if you don't want to update your model with loads of tiles, I would recommend redoing the skeleton.


B-Wing v1.1 Skeleton update


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  May 12, 2013
Praiseworthy that keep on improoving this great model; well I will try for my own the B-Wing two-seat version in 1:40 ( Minifig-) scale. But I am also very interessted to see your improovement on yours. This light-blue attracks me, but my cockpit is already built in an quite different way. Nevertheless everyone should have his unique own moc.
 I made it 
  January 19, 2013
I've updated the model after Stephan's comments (less studs on the outside) and my own experiences with building/handling it (new lower internal skeleton).
 I made it 
  January 16, 2013
Thanks for the kind comments Stephan. You are right: the model would look better with some less studs (though I don't plan on making it entirely studless). I'm currently working on a 1.1 version of the model to iron out some other kinks as well (for example, the S-foil hinge system is a little weak).
 I like it 
  January 15, 2013
Awesome! Nice, and kind, that you talked about the background, and showed the making-of. Most i like the colour-sheme. When you may add an few flat plates to the wings, it will even look more spectacular. But its nevertheless an fantastic work!
 I like it 
  January 15, 2013
Awesome! Nice, and kind, that you talked about the background, and showed the making-of. Most i like the colour-sheme. When you may add an few flat plates to the wings, it will even look more spectacular. But its nevertheless an fantastic work!
 
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