Red Five X-wing starfighter
Now that I have build a TIE Fighter from the Star Wars universe I thought it would be fun to design a rival starfighter as well. Obviously that is the T-65B X-wing starfighter used by the Rebel Alliance on many occasions. The most iconic X-wing must be Red Five piloted by Luke Skywalker during the Battle of Yavin which resulted in the destruction of the first Death Star. Thus I decided to build that particular ship.
The X-wing has been build plenty of times by LEGO fans before. I would like to mention a few builders that inspired me with their models:
- LEGO sets (especially the UCS set and Resistance sets)
- Marshal Banana (2010)
- Mike (2011)
- Maelven (2013)
- crash_cramer (2015)
- Inthert (2016)
- cehnot (2016)
- atlas_er (2018)
- Jerac (2018)
- JJbricks (2018)
Designing the X-wing proved quite a challenge. The starfighter you see in the pictures is actually the fourth version. First I was messing around with the scale. The first ship was smaller and was exactly minifigure scale. But it didn’t look right... it was a bit too ‘cute’ and ‘fat’ to be a sleek X-wing. I also struggled building a sturdy, reliable S-foil opening mechanism without using rubber bands. It worked out though in the end and I learned a bit more about Technic elements along the way.
I am very pleased with the final model. I incorporated as many details as I could (including landing gear) without making concessions to sturdiness. With the addition of a ‘stabilizer’ the S-foil opening mechanism works flawless.
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