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B-Wing Starfighter


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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.

*correct me if I am wrong.

[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!

April 2013

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

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

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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