This is one of those pieces that got me with the shear whimsy of it. I’m sure Umbra-Manis is not the first person to pun on “TIE” in this manor, but did so in a way that brought a big smile to my face on a day when I needed it. The use of the wavy castle flags (4495) for intakes is clever, as they are uncommon in sci-fi builds and adds a bit of a cloth like texture to the bowtie. Next time you need your star fighters to be dressed to impress, Umbra-Manis’ Osiris Fleet Systems are the folks to call.
According to builder Kai NRG/Geneva, his own grandfather helped develop the F15 Eagle. There can't be a more appropriate reason to take on building a model of this fighter jet, and I think Kai produced a magnificent model that I'd love to hang from my ceiling! The subtle angle of the wings, the excellent cockpit area (which is not easy at this scale, I might add), and the inclusion of some interesting choice in elements combine together to create this creation. I see no reason why Kai's grandfather could not be proud of this design.
Looks like our pal Nick Trotta's been busy with this impressive fighter for the Nnovvember contest. He was inspired of course by the Vic Viper design, a ship from the Yukikaze anime, and an F-117. I encourage you to click on the picture to see the high resolution image. The details, color blocking and a crafty angle changes are a real treat. How the heck did he do that? Well, it's Nick, so naturally there's a video. Wicked!
As a BSG fan, this Mark II jumped right off the screen at me. But when I read that it's actually over 100 studs long, I was struck: "No frakin' way!?!" Chris Maddison has built a mega scale version of the iconic Colonial aerospace superiority fighter. He's captured all of those sexy curves and angles which are a real challenge at the mini-fig scale. And there's still plenty of room for tasty greebles on the side of the fuselage and around the engines. Okay, Chris, time to go shoot some toasters!!
Feast your eyes on Nick Trotta's latest star fighter! I suppose you could also call it a flying cannon, with the primary weapon under the nose running almost the entire length of the ship. It's definitely worth zooming in to see how those wings are constructed, too. And if you can't figure out how he built them, check out the video. Nice one, Nick!
Here's the latest custom starfighter from Nick Trotta. That red and white color scheme just about jumped off the screen at me when I opened my Flickr account this morning. The forward swept wing design and functional details are pretty slick, too. If you're curious about how it's actually put together, Nick has made a lightening-speed video to show how it's done.