Eta-1 Light Interceptor . The precursor to the Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor. .
WARNING: The following is NOT Star Wars canon, but the imagination of a hyperactive kid. Please do not be overly shocked or surprised.
Following the success of the Delta 7 and 7B starfighters, engineers of the Galactic Republic decided to build a prototype of a new starfighter class. This starfighter class was meant to be lighter, smaller and more nimble. The engineers modified the wings of the Delta starfighter to become two prong-like structures with S-foils to give off excess radiation, preventing overheating. The astromech droid socket of the Delta 7B was completely removed, and a computer system installed into the CPU of the starfighter replaced it. The engineers also incorporated twin ion engines into the starfighter model.
However, fearing that the Galactic Republic would turn the tide of battle using this starfighter, the Separatists used a clone of the deceased Darth Maul to steal it. The clone managed to steal the prototype, but promptly crashed it since the twin ion engines were not yet fully functional.
After the destruction of the only prototype, the engineers of the Galactic Republic went on to manufacture the Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor, which was the precursor to the A-wing and TIE fighters. The twin ion engines used by the Eta-1 was also used by the TIE fighters.
Now for some pictures.
Front shot. Note the twin heavy blaster cannons, and the S-foils.
Just a full body shot.
Back shot, showcasing the ion engine. Note the similarity in design to the TIE fighter engine. (If you're wondering why, you haven't read the top.) Apologies for the blurred photo, the camera didn't seem to understand why the engine was the focus of the picture and not the floor.
A shot of the starfighter landed (i.e. not on a stand). When landed it is at an angle for easier takeoff, and so the pilot can get on easily.
A shot of the cockpit, with Clone Maul inside.
Now without Clone Maul inside.
An underside shot. Here we can see the arsenal of the starfighter. The blaster cannons as we've seen before, and another pair of little laser cannons hidden.
Well this creation is made mainly of parts from the Sith Infiltrator (I wonder why I put Darth Maul as the pilot). It was kind of inspired by images of the Eta-2 light interceptor from Wookieepedia. I originally wanted to just make an Eta-2, but because of piece shortage (mainly that peapod cockpit) I decided to modify it.
Hope you like it, and once again, please comment. And I will try to improve. Try.