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X-Wing Assault Bomber [Contest Entry]
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X-Wing Assault Bomber for 2017 Lightning Industries contest
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This is an entry in the 2017 Lightning Industries group contest

Category: Alternate X-Wing

The requirements for this category were to build any kind of X-Wing other than T-65 or T-70. It could be from the Expanded Universe or our own design, so long as it was (1) an X-Wing, (2) in minifigure scale, (3) with an astromech droid.

I decided to make my own variant, and fairly quickly got the idea to go for a heavy assault version of the craft. While it could probably take the role of a Y-Wing in space battles, I think the craft (which, assuming the number hasn’t been taken already, I’ll designate the T-86) is best suited for a ground support role, sort of like the A-10 Warthog.

This particular specimen is designed to evoke the krayt dragon of Tatooine, which influenced my decision to post a digital version of the design – there are a number of pieces which either don’t exist or are prohibitively expensive in the colors I wanted. I hope to build it in ABS in the future, most likely using the classic red/white color scheme.



Here’s the main view, showing most, but not all of the key features of the T-86. The relative placement of engines and weapons is inverted compared to the T-65, and the symmetry between top and bottom is broken. The top wings of the T-86 feature heavy laser cannons, while the bottom wings have proton torpedo and concussion missile launchers, though the missiles don’t show up well against the black background.



From the back, we can see the astromech droid, whose primary role in the T-86 is as a gunner, with control over a rear-facing swivel blaster. The T-86 operates best with a true fighter escort, but the rear cannon keeps enemy fighters honest. Here we can also see the fins from the concussion missiles as well as ports for deploying defensive countermeasures.



Close-up of the back. You can see here that I didn’t put any greebles on the top of the main body. I was planning to right up to the end, but I thought that the studs gave a scaly look that fits with the dragon theme.



Bottom view. Nothing too fancy here.



Here is a better view of the armament on the bottom.



A high-res shot of the swivel blaster, because (as the saying goes) I was really pleased with how this turned out. The guns can rotate in the x-y plane and also tilt up and down.



The last thing seen by many an unfortunate space pirate…



Top view. I shortened the length by four studs compared to the 9493 model which I used as my primary reference. I wanted to give it a more aggressive look.



On patrol in the Tatooine system. I know I said that the T-86 works best as ground support, but space backgrounds are so much easier to make! Also, I needed to do something with the “Ball, Hard Plastic 52mm D.” piece I discovered.



A portrait of our intrepid crew. My first (extremely crude!) experiment in forced perspective. Yes, I know the suns shouldn’t be displaying glare and shadow from an external light source.



From the side. My apologies for the poor resolution. I forgot to transfer the original image to the computer I am uploading from. I'll replace it when I get the chance.

Many thanks to Fell Skyhawk for organizing the contest! Please check out his entry here, and feel free to submit your own as well.



Comments

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  September 18, 2017
Quoting Captain Kenbo Awesome! I think it was clever putting the engines on the wings and the laser turrets closer to the main body. Although I might have liked to see a different color scheme, not sure if this would fit in with the Rebel fleet
Thanks! Most units would probably use a more standard color scheme - In my mind I saw the krayt dragon look as being used by some sort of anti-piracy task force in the Outer Rim.
  September 16, 2017
Awesome! I think it was clever putting the engines on the wings and the laser turrets closer to the main body. Although I might have liked to see a different color scheme, not sure if this would fit in with the Rebel fleet
 I like it 
  September 15, 2017
Very cool x wing variant!
 I made it 
  September 15, 2017
Quoting High Emperor Duckie Very cool model! I like the concept!
Thanks!
 I made it 
  September 15, 2017
Quoting Fell Skyhawk I love it. Very interesting take with the swapped canons and engines, very inventive. Love the A-10 and can see how it inspired it. I hope we get another entry or two. Great work!
Thanks again for setting up the contest and coming up with a great category! I had a great time with the design.
 I like it 
  September 15, 2017
Very cool model! I like the concept!
 I like it 
  September 14, 2017
I love it. Very interesting take with the swapped canons and engines, very inventive. Love the A-10 and can see how it inspired it. I hope we get another entry or two. Great work!
 I made it 
  September 12, 2017
Quoting Minh-Kha N. An interesting concept! Good work indeed. Good luck with the contest!
Thank you! As it currently stands, I'm guaranteed a tie for first place!
 I made it 
  September 12, 2017
Quoting Seaman SPb Nice work!
Thanks!
 I like it 
  September 12, 2017
An interesting concept! Good work indeed. Good luck with the contest!
 I like it 
  September 12, 2017
Nice work!
 
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