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    B-Wing Starfighter

    created by wolf.leews on 2013.04.26

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    Updated: 22 May 2013, Thinner primary foil design. Bricks reduced from 375 to 368.

    [Another Star Wars project?]

    Yes, I feel the same now and then too. So do pardon me for putting this on the table but, it being the oddest-looking and most power starfighter in the Rebel Alliance fleet, the B-wing certainly deserves more spotlight than it is having.

    A quick comparison, the X-wing has 7 sets (including 2 UCS) and the Y-wing also has 7 sets ( including 1 UCS). Whereas the B-wing has only 3 sets (including 1 UCS), with the 6208 being the “latest” minifig scale set released in 2006. So, there is certainly room for an updated B-wing for the minifig pilots.

    Perhaps its already on the LEGO drawing board, any hint? Anyway, putting the B-wing on the Cuusoo path may have one advantage: the supporters can put their price tag on the build. I believe* the median or mean price put by the supporters affect the designer’s constraint, IF it ever gets to 10K.

    That said, by interpolating prices of existing Star Wars sets, this B-wing (with 575 bricks and 2 minifigs) could be priced between USD69.99 to USD79.99.

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    *correct me if I am wrong.

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    [So, what is unique of this build?]

    This is a B-wing impression design and build as a tribute to the 7180 B-wing, which I am quite fond of. So, I am not adhering strictly to the drawings of the original B-wings from Return of the Jedi. However, I have tried to keep the key features that mark a B-wing: Quad engine, front intake, gyro-rotating cockpit, torpedos, opening S-foils, blade-like primary foil, and the many cannons.

    It is also an attempt to introduce in a smaller model, the building complexity and aesthetic that are often associated with UCS. So, imagine a UCS-like swoosh-able minifig-scale model.

    So if you like this, do support it and share it with your friends!

    More pictures and notes to follow below. Thank you!

    wolf
    April 2013

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    For reference, the primary foils of the 7180 and 6208 B-wing are one and six plates thick respectively.

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    Yes, I still find B-wings look like sea-horses.

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    Some behind-the-scene notes:

    - The use of element 30033 PARABOLIC RING for holding the shape of the rear cockpit module is borrowed from 10227 USC B-wing.

    - Instead of using hinge and plate elements, this model uses slope bricks to shape the intake/engine body; this allows more compact and solid build.

    - The cockpit module length is reinforced with cross axle, avoiding the tail drop off as happened to the 10227.

    - The whole frame/primary foil is held together with an array of 4275-4276 combination with several 2x16 and 1x12 plates forming the "backbone".

    - Frame/primary foil is further clamped at various points with 99780-99781 combination.

    - Cockpit module is attached to main frame via 2 Technics pins and four clip holders.

    Thank you for reading all the way. Comments and questions are certainly welcomed, I'll try my best to answer them :)
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