Star Wars: Imperial Missile Boat
(updated: 2013.03.25): I've taken a good long hard look at the model and concluded that it indeed needs to be boxier. I've updated the model accordingly.
After doing the Star Wing, I have gotten a number of requests to make a model of this craft.
For those unfamiliar with the it:
The Missile Boat was an advanced Imperial starfighter designed by Admiral Thrawn and built by Cygnus Spaceworks. Designed as a countermeasure against the rogue Grand Admiral Demetrius Zaarin and his supply of TIE Defenders, the Missile Boat was a descendant of the Alpha-class Xg-1 Star Wing, also manufactured by Cygnus Spaceworks.
The Missile Boat relied primarily on warheads for dogfighting and assaults, a notable difference from other Imperial starfighters, which relied more heavily on laser cannons. The Missile Boat also included an innovative propulsion feature known as the SubLight Acceleration Motor (SLAM).
Why do something this obscure? Well, because it's obscure, but mostly because, like the Star Wing, it has a distinct shape. It's different from all the other craft that you normally associate with the Empire.
And that's why it's nice.
Usually it's the rebels that have a vast variety of craft to choose from, while the Empire is usually limited to TIE variants. Why not expand the selection available to the forces of our beloved emperor, right?
In it's depicted form, it's quite a nice, non-repetitive, build to do. I reckon it's for age 12+. It has about 650 pieces (before optimization), so that would put a set in the $80-$90 range.
Finally, here's a picture of the Missile Boat doing what it was designed for: hunting TIE Defenders!
Thank you for reading (and hopefully supporting)!
PS. if you want Lego to expand the Imperial Fleet, don't forget to vote for the other excellent models by Paulwiseone and Cornwaille:
Star Wing aka Assault Gunboat
Tie Interceptor (Royal Guard Variant)
Darth Vader's Tie Fighter
Here's a complementary pic of the model build with real bricks. Just to give you an idea of what it could look like.