I'm pretty happy with the overall shape of this ship except for the upper 'wing'. The angle of the leading edge is a bit low and the front to back depth is a bit long because of the limitations of the LEGO slope angles. I thought I could be a bit more accurate with it but wasn't as happy with the look the S.N.O.T. construction I'd come up with.
The seed part for this entire project was the 1x2x6 arch you see all along the sides. I just really liked the dimentions and curvyness of it. To me, it's the perfect part for this. The landing gear are not retractable, there just isn't room for them in there. Now if LEGO made some nice sturdy telescoping pieces.....
This is an amazing ship. I really like the black window in front and the two seats for the minifigs. Youve got the minifigs from that "death star inspection" set. Ive got only 1 problem with those plae figures... Over the years, we've collected yellow starwars minifigs... But how are we supposed to combine figs that are only made in yellow with pale figs?!?!