My take on one of the ships from the Star Wars prequels. This is my first Star Wars Moc, and was created for a contest.
About this creation
Created for a Jedi Starfighter Contest, this is my first ever Star Wars MOC. I am mostly only familiar with the original three movies, so I had no idea there were two different Jedi Starfighter designs. I chose this one over the more triangular shape because I felt it would be more of a challenge to build.
Rather than look up the official Lego sets of the Jedi Starfighter, I decided work from stills from the movies and concept art in order to keep from being influenced by other designs. The most helpful images I found are here and here.
I tried several different designs in trying to get a rounded cockpit – even though the design here isn't quite round, I like the way this came out. Because I wanted to try out some ideas, I also made the wings thicker then they should be to include some more details.
The underside of the cockpit area is squared off a bit, which, despite the dearth of underside photos of the starfighter, seems to be accurate.
Here are two shots from the front of the fighter. The front of the cockpit has a cool x-like shape to it.
If you ever see this, you are already dead.
These pictures, direct from the top and from the bottom, show the stark black and white pattern of the hull. I used black and white for the hull, and grey for detailing (guns, engines, inside the cockpit, and greebles).
A profile shot. The ship came out pretty sleek despite the thicker wings.
This closer image of the side of the cockpit also shows the top of the requisite astromech droid.
The cockpit is one of the parts of the starfighter I think came out the best. Here is another shot of it close in. You can see the mysterious Jedi pilot inside.
From the top, you can make out the pilot's controls. He has further indicators along the sides of the cockpit.
Here is a detail shot of the machinery found at the front of the cockpit. The next too shots show a bit more.
With one of the frame pieces opened, you can see more detail of the inside of the cockpit. Both of these shots are the same, except for the removal of the pilot.
A close up of the seat the pilot sits in. It wraps the body to keep him secure during those high speed maneuvers.
The starfighter has retractable landing gear. Although this shot from the back makes it look like the landing gear is uneven, it really is level, and does keep the wings off the ground; the picture is at a very slight angle, giving it the illusion of unevenness. This image also shows the box-like shape of the bottom back of the cockpit area.
A shot showing one of the front landing gear. The front gear is simpler than the back, made so it fits into the wings.
A detail shot of the rear landing gear. You can also see the engines – more on those below.
The actual design of the starfighter has only two of these pitifully small engines. I added a second set because I thought the ship could use them. If you look between the engines you can make out some added details, mostly in black.
The two flaps I put on the back of the cockpit section open to reveal some of the inner workings of the engine area. A mechanic can gain access for repairs and you can see some of how the ship was constructed.
Why do so many Star Wars ships have these weird flaps? They serve no real purpose that I can discern. My theory: a Jedi knows that it is not enough to go to battle, but to show some flair doing it. By projecting coolness and confidence, even in a space battle, you can demoralize your enemy.
Here are two detail shots of the flaps and the parts of the wings exposed when they are deployed.
Another set of pics of the starfighter with the flaps deployed. Not much else to say about that.
The Jedi Starfighter's main guns are these two really long laser cannons.
In the images I was looking at, these look like they are probably secondary weapons, so that is how I designed them. You can also see some of the detailing behind them in this image.
These several images are close ups shots of the details sandwiched between the upper and lower half of each wing.
The entire starfighter is based on this simple circle design.
No offense taken... I originally had grand visions of a slot for the astromech, complete with a little hatch that would seal the wing when the droid isn't there, but I ultimately decided that a one manned fighter doesn't have much need for a droid that is essentially an engineer-in-a-box, despite what Lucas would have us believe. So I decided not to waste time actually designing that part. I plan to secretly remove the "R2" head when no one is looking (like when I have a real Lego one sitting on my shelf).
This is great. I'll just have to take your word for that "simple" ring design. Love the seat! No insult to your design intended, but it just occurred to me that I've never seen a starfighter where the whole droid could go in and out of the ship since the first X-wing. Am I just not paying attention?
Flux - it took me 5 days from initial research on the starfighter to posting it today. Maybe 4 days of actual toying with the (digital) Lego.
Cristofori - I have no problem sharing my work; all I ask is that credit be given where due. I can add the LDD file to this page soon. Normally I would do so right away, but in the interest of fair competition, I will wait until the end of the contest. Check back after the 25th and it should be here.