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 Post subject: Darth Vader Tie fighter Advanced X1
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:15 pm 
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TIE Advanced x1 Starfighter

Appeared in:
IIIIIIIVVVICW

Size:
9.2 meters long

Weapon:
Twin laser cannons

Affiliation:
Empire

Type:
Starfighter

Manufacturer:
Sienar Fleet Systems


From the Movies
Faced with a daring attack on their seemingly unstoppable Death Star battle station by tiny Rebel starfighters, the Empire was willing to trust the technological giant to crush the smaller foe. Yet for all its power, the Death Star's ponderous turbolaser cannons could not track the swift Rebel fighters. One person saw the pride in the Death Star as misplaced -- Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith. Unwilling to underestimate the Rebel threat, Vader personally commanded a hand-picked squadron of TIE fighters into battle. As the Imperial fighter craft screamed into space, Vader sat at the controls of his own customized fighter. Unlike the standard TIE, Vader's had larger, angular wings. The rear engine was considerably longer, and the support struts connecting the cockpit ball to the wings were much thicker than standard.
Vader was responsible for the death of many Rebel pilots in the assault. A well-placed shot from the Millennium Falcon's laser cannons destroyed one of Vader's wingmen. In the confusion that followed, the remaining wingman collided with Vader's ship, sending the Dark Lord spinning out of control into space.


From the Expanded Universe
Developed to Darth Vader's specifications, Sienar Fleet Systems constructed the TIE Advanced x1 as a predecessor to their later cutting edge fighters, the TIE Avenger and the TIE interceptor. Like the standard TIE fighter, the x1 prototype features powerful twin laser cannons and two solar gather panels that provide power to the ship's systems. Twin ion engines propel the craft at amazing speeds.
Unlike the standard TIE/ln starfighter, the x1 had a much more robust spaceframe, with reinforced durasteel-alloy hull providing greater protection from enemy fire and stability during strenuous maneuvers. Abandoning previous Imperial design policies, considerable resources were spent to make the TIE Advanced hyperspace-capable, and the fighter was even equipped with deflector shields.

In the end, the TIE Advanced proved too expensive to mass-produce. It continued to be an elite fighter craft assigned only to certain squadrons. Imperial Navy scuttlebutt has it that the higher echelons of officers were wary of promoting a starfighter with shields and hyperdrive, since it would undermine the use of capital ships as launch platforms. Rather than see the capital ship budget slashed, the TIE Advanced was sacrificed instead.

Years after the Battle of Yavin, enough TIE Advanced fighters had been produced to end up on the open market. Lando Calrissian, a private citizen of the New Republic, used a modified version of the fighter for spectator sports in the Dubrillion asteroid belt.


Behind the Scenes
Darth Vader's TIE fighter is dramatically different from the standard TIE to allow moviegoers to instantly recognize it in battle. Although featured in computer games and comics, the TIE Advanced only appeared in one movie, A New Hope. An image of the TIE advanced found its way into a collage of ships in battle over the second Death Star, leading some to mistakenly believe it can be seen in Return of the Jedi.
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 Post subject: Re: Darth Vader Tie fighter Advanced X1
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:01 pm 
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Heres the prototype: Image

In the X-1 studio model, they used the same cockpit and 1/24 Harrier pilot as i the standard TIEs.

The color is quite tricky. On screen it looks light gray. IRL it has a blue hue to the color. It is suggested to use TS-32 by Tamiya for a good match to the studio model colour (not the as seen gray). The TIE fighters have no weathering (something the other SW models have plenty of).

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:44 pm 
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Anyone here get the oversized Vader TIE kit offered on the RPF? It was pretty amazing.


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 Post subject: Re: Darth Vader Tie fighter Advanced X1
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:30 pm 
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Steve,

I got one. I just haven't had the time to build it up yet. It's in a box in the garage!


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 Post subject: Re: Darth Vader Tie fighter Advanced X1
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:12 pm 
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lol... me too! I keep thinking of getting on it! It's too nice to ignore like most of my other stuff in storage! The one thing I wanted to do was remold one of the interior cockpit walls and cast it in clear (or red) resin and paint the panel grey but leave the red lines and light it from behind.


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One person saw the pride in the Death Star as misplaced -- Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith. Unwilling to underestimate the Rebel threat, Vader personally commanded a hand-picked squadron of TIE fighters into battle. As the Imperial fighter craft screamed into space, Vader sat at the controls of his own customized fighter. Unlike the standard TIE, Vader's had larger, angular wings.???


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