Hello everybody and today we blast back into space with another iconic starfighter and if I were to type this shape
You might just recognise which stafighter without me saying anything else! Yes today I turn my attention to the Empire’s most feared fighter. That fighter is the Sienar Fleet Systems’ TIE Fighter. The name some may not know is an acronym representing the ship’s type designation. T.I.E. stands for Twin Ion Engine Fighter as it features twin Ion powered engines which are a bit like compressors but without any moving parts! The engines aren’t the only unique feature as the ship has distinct hexagonal “solar panel” wings and an “eyeball” cockpit section. The cockpit was a dangerous place to be for Imperial pilots as the ships didn’t have an atmospheric system meaning they had to wear sealed flight suits…but worse, they didn’t have a Hyperdrive and they didn’t carry shield generators making them vulnerable. TIE Pilots were considered expendable and the Empire relied on overwhelming numbers rather than smaller quantities of quality piloted ships. So on this sad note I decided I would try and improve this design and build a new fighter I call the T.I.E. Fighter or Tyeth Industries Experimental fighter!
Sharp eyed readers may have also spotted the Bladerunner “Spinner” Police Flying Cars in the background of these pics…I have no idea where they came from but I think Han Solo was piloting one of them 🙂
As you can see I started with a basic model to begin with as I was working from memory and wanted to tweak the wings but I wasn’t happy with what I came up with. The wings were too stubby/boxy if you know what I mean, they didn’t look right at all. I did get the fuselage and cockpit sort of OK, it has twin laser cannons under the front windshield and there are the two engines – but as always I wanted to do better. So I wheeled the model back into the workshop and came up with this upgrade…
These wireframes clearly show I modified those blocky winglets from my first version and the segments have checkered solar panels! I also elongated the wing mount pylons, making the ship slightly wider but more sleek. This reduces the cross section and makes the ship hard to hit with lasers – though the wings are still large targets. More importantly I added a few more bits of panelling to allow installation of a Hyperdrive and shields! This revised version needed testing so I took it for a spin…
The flights took place within the atmosphere just so I could evaluate the handling and characteristics, which I’m pleased to say were quite nice and responsive. The ship had a good roll rate so you can spin, cos “Spinning….that’s a good move, WHOOAAA!” Sorry I came over a bit Anakin there! But having passed the in atmosphere tests I needed to get this out into orbit and stretch it’s legs, here are a few images from my extended range flight tests! Another gallery…
I gotta say this new FT TIE Fighter can really move! It’s a good job I am not putting it into production or the Rebellion would be in BIG trouble. I managed to find some picturesque locations for my test and got some nice pictures. However I am particularly pleased how the last image turned out as the colouring made the pic look like a 1977 style poster! (I also used it as my post title image ^^)
That just about wraps up this design, I had great fun recreating a classic TIE Fighter to go with my reworked X-Wing and I hope you liked it too. Before I go I need to let you know I still have a further TIE variant that I have modelled and will feature in an upcoming post…but that’s not all I have another SEVEN hilts and my big new battle-ready starship has been approved by my friend who asked me to design it. This means I have another post for that. Phew! I think that’s all the news. Thank you so much to each and every one of you who visited FTSabersite today, whether it’s your first trip here or if you’re one of my regular readers/followers – you’re all much appreciated and please comment, like and call back for future posts. Till next TIEm….
“FTX-1 TIE Fighter – Tyeth Industries Experimental” is a For Tyeth Editions 3D model inspired by the TIE Fighter seen in the Star Wars universe. The models and renderings are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2020. The “Sienar Fleet System TIE Fighter” and all names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.