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T-4a Lambda-Class Imperial Shuttle
Sienar Fleet Systems T-4a Lambda-Class Imperial Shuttle. Used for general transport as well as VIPs. Most notable examples include the Emperor's personal craft, and the stolen shuttle Tydirium used by the Rebellion to land an assault force on the forest moon of Endor. Designed from movie models and the Star Wars Complete Cross-Sections, the shuttle is minifigure scaled and features fully poseable wings, swiveling wing dual cannons, positionable boarding ramp, working landing gear and gear doors, opening cockpit with seating for 6 figures, opening main cabin with seating for 16 figures, and a highly detailed exterior.
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The shuttle in full flight mode.


Closeup of the upper part of the shuttle's "neck", showing the detail. Both angled sides of the passenger compartment hinge upwards for access to the interior.


Side view of the main body and cockpit section in flight mode. Note that the wings swing over top of the closed landing gear doors.


Rear view of the main body in flight mode. Great care was made to present accurate shaping all around.


Closeup of the starboard wing. All three flight surfaces have detail inside their edging. Both folding wings are constructed hollow to save weight using SNOT building techniques.


Top view in flight mode, showing the general planform of the cockpit section and main body. The cockpit section borrowed the basic design from the UCS Shuttle, but diverged greatly beyond the forward section. It is also significantly larger than the UCS, necessary to present a more accurate scale to the minifigures and allow proper cockpit seating.


View of the front left of the underside of the model. Much of the forward detail on the main body can be seen here, as well as the angles used to shape the neck and cockpit underside.


Bottom view of the model in flight mode. SNOT techniques abound, necessary to achieve the level of detailed attained. The large flat areas halfway back on either side of the outer edge of the bottom are the gear doors for the landing gear, partially covered by the wings in flight mode.


View of the model in landing mode. There is no mechanism inside to fold the wings mechanically, only pivot points for manual folding. The decision was made early on in the design phase to sacrifice the gimmickry of the UCS version for movie accurate detail instead.


Head on view with the wings folded. The width of the cockpit section is apparent here.


Side view with the wings folded. The landing gear doors are uncovered in this mode, and the detail on the wings is easily seen.


Left rear view with the wings folded and gear deployed. The main body sits relatively close to the ground in this view, but the neck is still much higher than the height of a minifigure. The sheer size of the model gives a false impression of its stance.


Forward view looking up into the open boarding ramp. The cockpit and passenger compartment are connected thru a hollow neck allowing passage for minigures, with the ramp acting as the floor in flight mode. The entire cockpit section and neck are also detachable at the main body, as shown in the book Star Wars Complete Cross Sections for use as a life pod.


Closeup of the deployed landing gear. The gear use a double trapeze system, the first acts as the actual gear leg, while the second acts as a brace and tensioner system. Unseen in the photo are two sliding points in the gear bay that the bracing arms slide thru, with locking parts to hold them in the correct position. This was the most difficult part to engineer on the entire model.


Closeup of the cockpit with the top hinged forward for access to the interior. Four minifigures sit in the center section, with a further two seated on the sides of the tilting top section as outboard sensor stations.


Closeup of the passenger compartment with the sides opened, showing the detailed interior and seating for 18 minifugres. The aft compartment is the drive section and power supply for the aft defensive cannons.


Closeup of the model with the wings folded and landing gear deployed. This view shows the accurate stance of the model, with the main body sitting close to the ground and the neck and boarding ramp relatively high up. Even with the downward angle, a minifigure can easily walk under the tip of the cockpit section without bumping their head.


Closeup of the underside of the cockpit, showing the detail and a peek inside the neck section.


Size comparison between my Shuttle Ver 2.0, my original Shuttle, and my AT-AT Ver 2.0. The Shuttle Ver 2.0 came in at 7,269 elements. It stands over 2ft tall, and would cost roughly $600-$700 to build at the common rule of $.10 per LEGO element.



Comments

 I made it 
  March 20, 2014
Quoting Gabor Pauler What about to add a swingarm to wings protruding inside airframe, movable from -45 deg to +45 deg vertically , moved by a linear actuator? The linear actuator is only 2 studs wide consuming seat of only one snow trooper per side... This may have sufficient arm of force compared to the weight of wing.
Would destroy the aesthetics however. I'm less worried about having gear driven wings than I am about accurate exterior and interiors. The wing mechanism would be a bad trade-off in that regard.
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  March 20, 2014
What about to add a swingarm to wings protruding inside airframe, movable from -45 deg to +45 deg vertically , moved by a linear actuator? The linear actuator is only 2 studs wide consuming seat of only one snow trooper per side... This may have sufficient arm of force compared to the weight of wing.
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  March 20, 2014
Quoting Kurt MOC Wow! Excellent job! I've never seen a better version of this shuttle. Your details and modelling are spot on. I love the snow troopers too. Epic build!
This one took a week and a half to build. I started with the basic design from the UCS Shuttle for the nose, but enlarged it and modified the design drastically to make it match the movie model. If physically built the thing would be HUGE, at least 2' tall with the wings folded and sitting on it's landing pads. The bottom picture shows my original clunky shuttle design, and I have a physical model of it built for comparison. At about 14" tall it gives you a sense of scale.
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  February 24, 2014
Mega WOW!
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  February 4, 2014
Wow! Excellent job! I've never seen a better version of this shuttle. Your details and modelling are spot on. I love the snow troopers too. Epic build!
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  February 4, 2014
Awesome! Very accurate and detailed build. Great work :-)
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  February 3, 2014
Quoting Gabor Pauler One worm gear per side, placed on a vertical axis at the inner side of the last Z40 gear (built into the engine housing) would be sufficient to hold the weight of wings.
I don't have any of the Z40 gears in my physical collection, but I have some of the next size smaller that I did tests with on my older Imperial Shuttle design. I tried to use a worm gear with that but it couldn't hold the weight of the wings, and those were lighter than this model uses (even with these being mostly hollow). I'll keep playing with it until I find a method that will work to my satisfaction and be able to be concealed within the detail
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  February 3, 2014
One worm gear per side, placed on a vertical axis at the inner side of the last Z40 gear (built into the engine housing) would be sufficient to hold the weight of wings.
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  February 3, 2014
really beautiful turned out!
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  February 3, 2014
man, what a great stuff
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  February 3, 2014
Quoting Gabor Pauler Whao! Whao! Whao! I thought I will never ever like anymore anything in the continous flow of Star Wars MOCs, but your desing is clearly outstanding. Congratulations. Am I correct that the folding wings have working mechanics (I assume it from the series of Z40 gears)???
The wings have a pivot point built into the fuselage, but it does not feature a gear drive mechanism to link both wings or provide a control for operation of them besides manual positioning. I thought about adding it, but 1. still haven't mastered getting gears to work in LDD and 2. I was going more for accuracy over flashy features, and the gear drive would have taken up space I had devoted to the landing gear and main cabin.
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  February 3, 2014
Whao! Whao! Whao! I thought I will never ever like anymore anything in the continous flow of Star Wars MOCs, but your desing is clearly outstanding. Congratulations. Am I correct that the folding wings have working mechanics (I assume it from the series of Z40 gears)???
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  February 3, 2014
Perfect!!!
 
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