For’s New Interceptor – It looked bigger in the Advert!

Hello Everybody and welcome to something completely different! Today I have a new ship to show you, but it isn’t one I can actualy fly unfortunately but I still love it. I already have a Jedi Starfighter (a Delta 7 variant) which some of you may have seen but I have always liked the idea of owning an ETA-2 Actis class Interceptor. Here is the Delta 7 that already own, it is old and battered up like me but still looks ok…

OK, I know it is made of LEGO but I built this before any official model of this was made by Lego using a set I bought from Legoland Windsor when I visited in the early 2000’s. But when I saw the ETA-2 I loved that ship too. If you haven’t seen an ETA-2, it is a twin engine, highly agile fighter with folding wing plates, though you may have seen Obi-Wan and Anakin flying them at the start of “Revenge of the Sith”. The ETA-2 looks like this…

Anakin Skywalker’s ETA-2 Interceptor

Mrs Tyeth regularly visits her mother but recently had to stay over a lot longer than she’d planned leaving me “home alone”. Mrs T felt bad for me and whilst out shopping for her mother noticed a bag of Star Wars Lego in a Salvation Army Charity shop (like a thrift store for US readers). It was labelled “2 Star Wars Starfighters” so Mrs T bought it for me as a treat. Well when I got the bag of bricks it turns out one fighter was actually an off-brand Apache AH-64 helicopter (not bad) but the good news was the rest of the bits were yellow and grey! I went online and downloaded the instructions from LEGO.com for Anakin’s Interceptor and managed to build part of the ship. I wasn’t sure all of it was there as the model is made of a lot of small pieces…but I kept building and got closer to completing it. I was nervous as I thought “You watch, the last half dozen bits will probably be missing!” But it was a complete model…every part was there and it looked like this when finished….

Sorry my pictures are a little blurry but my camera phone has a bad lens I think. BUT you can see that this is indeed the Interceptor I always hoped I’d own one day. This official model set was released in 2014 and has been retired so I didn’t think I’d get one, but somehow Mrs T spotted this and bought it! It didn’t have any minifigs but I had an Artoo and a Rey figure I could put in to “finish” the model.

This is good news and fortunate for me but what does it have to do with designing I hear you ask, well I also hunted down an old piece of software produced by the Lego Company – The Lego Digital Designer!

LEGO’s Digital Designer software

This is a virtual 3D Lego building set in computer form, allowing you to go wild and build many official and non stock models from the bricks/pieces you can see on the left hand side of the image above. So I downloaded and installed it and attempted to follow the instructions and build my ship in 3D! My first attempt was close but I couldn’t find the folding wing plates in the software, so it wasn’t quite the same. It wasn’t bad for my first attempt though, here is a quick look…

My first FT Interceptor build attempt.

As you can see the winglets are too large and have the “Lego Studs” on them but they do hinge properly. Anyway, I had seen pictures of Lego models with the winglets and knew they had to exist and whilst researching I found that some LEGO enthusiasts make these models in the designer and upload the 3D files to a website for others to download and import into LDD (the designer). I downloaded a model built by a person named ADHO15 and it had the parts I was looking for! So here is a comparison and Gallery One!

I think the model looks much better with the proper winglets but unfortunately the cockpit canopy still doesn’t have the printed windows on – however that reveals more of the interior including my updated cockpit controls I added and the handsome Jedi figure piloting this ship (< that’s meant to be me BTW 😁) For being a 3D LEGO model this is really cool and at a glance looks like the real thing. To show how good this ship is here is Gallery Two…

In these pics you can see the new control panels I added along with the recoloured seat pieces that just make the interior more solid and cohesive. The original model is a little bare so in this virtual build I repositioned the clip to hold a lightsaber hilt – you can just see it behind my head atop the headrest. Looking at the undercarriage side of the model you can see the folded wingflaps and laser cannons, plus a small white cylinder…that’s Artoo! You can see his dome in the last picture showing him in his droid socket – ready to battle the destructive Buzz Droids! Finally I have a few arty pictures to show you in Gallery Three…

The first pair of images show how good a job the LEGO designers did with this model kit as I tried to recreate the opening shot of “Revenge of the Sith”. The third and fourth pictures are screenshot renders, pic three from the LEGO software and pic four is an edited one I did in my photo edit software GIMP. And look who’s stood in front of it….ME and my lightsaber!

OK I think that just about wraps up this very different For Tyeth Edition – this one is a For Tyeth LEGO Forge creation! As I mentioned the LEGO software allows users to create any model so I may in future post a few other builds I have done (I am working on a Docking Bay to land in and Hoth’s Echo Base models). Though for now it’s time for me to finish with my thank you messages.

So thanks to Mrs Tyeth for getting me such an awesome present! Thanks too go to the LEGO Company for both the real life bricks and the 3D software to play with. More thanks go to ADHO15 whose model I downloaded to obtain the winglets. However as always my biggest thanks go to you, my readers and viewers for checking this out and your support. Whether this was your first visit to FTSabersite or you are my well known regulars, you’re very much welcomed and appreciated. I hope you will return for future posts as I return to sabers including a “Gunslinger” hilt, more “Armourer” variants and the news regards my new action figure and costume purchases….PHEW! Finished. Till next time….

“For’s Interceptor” is a For Tyeth LEGO MOC (My Own Creation mod) built and rendered in LEGO Digital Designer (owned/Trademarked by LEGO Company). Further photo edits were made by For Tyeth in Blender 3D and GIMP – all rendered images are © Copyright For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. Star Wars and all related names, logos and material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

4 thoughts on “For’s New Interceptor – It looked bigger in the Advert!”

  1. This is amazing, Tyeth!
    You mom-in-law started something out of love, and you finished it out of saber madness.
    I jest a bit! The ship is wonderful! Congrats!
    Hey, at least I know what LEGO IS!!!

    1. Hello Resa, ah I have found common ground! I have been a fan of Lego since I was (secret number) years old but either couldn’t afford to buy it or didn’t have space to store it in my home. So finding this Digital Designer was perfect for me.
      But as you say none of it would have happened if I hadn’t received such an awesome gift. I plan on adding more original models in future – I am working on a few Star Wars style buildings already! Thanks for checking it out…and I bet you didn’t know I was Lego figure too!

  2. There was once a blender plug in that allowed you to import lego models. It was once a lego lover. The little men figures where awesome.

    1. Hello Neil, I have done a bit of digging for old software and found a couple of plugins that supposedly import LDD models into Blender but the ones I have found make a mess of your file (moving parts out of place and even completely missing parts). I did discover I can take a screenshot of a model in LDD that has a transparent background that I can superimpose onto a “Star Warsy” image using GIMP. I just have to line up the model in LDD first and screenshot it so it overlays properly.
      Thanks for the recommendation though and I have a new hilt you inspired coming this weekend.

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