Everything started while looking at the original Luke's Landspeeder (Lego #7110) from 1999 and some old lego reactor I still had from the 80's. I then asked myself if I could not create a black version of that speeder.
While I was fairly confident about being able to build it and find all the necessary pieces I lackedlike the front rounded plates, I asked myself how I could attach the middle reactor in an inverted way on top of the rear wing.
But then I found an easy way using technicals bricks and noticing that the blocks around the inverted bricks will prevent the inverted brick from moving and rotating.
From that simple technical solution, everything could start.
The rear side was fairly easy to build and I only had to rebuild it a handful of times them when changing the color scheme as my first version was fully black.
Regarding the model size, I had decided to stick with the dimensions of the original Lego #7110 kit as I consider that 6-plot is wide enough for a ground speeder while the current Lego models are 8-plot width. My model has also exactly the same length. as the original.
I used airplane reactors for the engines instead of my original idea. It gives ultimately a better look. It also made my model a bit narrower than the original until I decided to add the side guns. Now that they are in place, I can't decide myself to remove them.
Speaking of size, the speeder is higher than the original for several reasons. Below, I put some inverted plate to give the "lifting in the air" impression. Then of course, I added all these flat plates. Globally, proportions are well respected and the passengers have not their head in front of the top engine while seated.
Regarding the engine sides, I tested various grumble combinations and ended with a stripped 1x2 brick followed by some knob and tube.
The cockpit windows comes from the Luke's Landspeeder (Lego 8092). The cockpit itself holds a computer and an old piloting console. Both fit perfectly between the seats and the cockpit window.
The Red Version
The red variant is extremely agressive and comes with a "Galactic Empire" feeling. It looks "too much like Darth Vader" commented my wife.
The rear side showing how the red strips still continue while having the black line maintained.
Side by side: the Red variant and the original model.
The Blue Version
Using blue strips makes the model looking a tad softer. I only regret that I had no blue front radiator grid. So instead I put a black one and used blue blocks to hold it so that the blue is still present. I kept black seats as I had no blue seats. This also helps to soften the model.
I could even create a custom minifig by mixing an old Blacktron minifig with a recent Alien Conquest minifig. The visor, torso, hands, and belt come from the Blacktron while the arms, legs, and helmet come from the Alien Conquest Jetpack minifig. The minigun is something I assembled quickly just for the fun of it.
The rear side of the Blue version.
The Yellow Version
Like the blue one but with yellow seats instead of black ones. It definitively looks more like a sport speeder or like a Ferrari said the wife.
Building instructions are attached. As the jet engine brick available in LDD Extended is not the same as the one I used, I used that one and removed the lateral laser guns. Enjoy.
Quoting christophe corthay
Bon ton landspeeder est top !! et les versions bleu et surtout la jaune sont mega top !!! tes autres creations, j'ai pas pu les voir... a cause du bug je pense...
Eh, oui, j'ai été élevé aux Lego 80's. Puis j'ai du attendre, grandir, étudier, travailler... blablabla et maintenant, j'apprends à mes enfants. ;)
Merci pour le commentaire, venant d'un pro, cela compte.
Pour les images manquantes, oui, c'est toujours le bug ... dommage pour le A-Wing car lui est pas mal et pourrait être vintage.
Haaaaa les annees 80.... mais je faisais plein de lego a cette periode et c'est cette technique qui m'a permis de faire des gros truc apres..... la frustration de ne pas avoir assez de pieces !!!! alors maintenant je me venge !! he he he !!! Bon ton landspeeder est top !! et les versions bleu et surtout la jaune sont mega top !!! tes autres creations, j'ai pas pu les voir... a cause du bug je pense...