I collected legos between 1986 and 1995. Some of the interesting shapes i see can only be achieved with the various parts which were released later. When perusing the instructions to the official Lego TIE Defender, I realized that I could work around the somewhat strange elbow pieces, and achieve the same angle to the wing structures. I seem to have about a zillion flat black wing shapes, so i could actually stumble through the triangle shapes.
The only big problem now is with the canopy. I like the effect that the white radar dish adds, but it is mounted on an opaque piece, so you cant see the cockpit. I plan to add some weapons and other decorations, but for now i am pretty satisfied with the overall shape.