My take on the XJ5 X-Wing. Been meaning to make this and finally made because of Lightning Industries group contest.
About this creation
Yes, I know they did finally, awhile ago now, release images of what the XJ5 looks like. I really didn't think they did it justice for an advanced X-Wing. Before they did that I had this design drawn for B-Wing like engines, canons just like they designed, and more streamlined look. So I took parts from the T-70 X-Wing (which in the true canon (legends for those traitors) I would say they should have called the XJ X-Wing) and cobbled it together with some of the older X-Wing LEGO models and my own designs to make this XJ5 X-Wing.
Here we see the further X-Wing in flight, which is in universe Jaina Solo's X-Wing and in reality is my wife's who loves yellow and purple.
Advanced sensors, and who is that in the background?
My daughter I mean my wife's astromech. Little baby... I mean BB-E or in reality as her nickname is EV-D2. She squeaks a lot and sounds like an astromech. So in LEGO character form she is a little BB-8 style astromech.
My droid, R3. I actually have my R3 in real life LEGO now... hold up, I have a smart phone. I can take his picture. One of the few real LEGOs I have at my house right now.
When LEGO made an R3 unit, and it was orange, I told my wife "I need that". I would trade a good portion of the LEGOs stored elsewhere for this one little guy. If you look back in my creations you'll see I've wanted an R3 lego for a long time. Before when my favorite color was yellow. That's a long time ago. But I digress, a lot. Back to the X-Wing.
When I was making this ship I knew I wanted to have certain inner components inside. So here we have a sensor computer device.
BB-8's head makes a nice piece for a shield generator top.
Right behind the pilot are the O2 tanks as they should be.
Hyperdrive access port and hyperdrive. You can also see shield generator from here. I found the hyperdrive was the hardest part of all to fit in and have access to. Especially since the original hyperdrive I made was twice the length and a little taller.
Now for the cast.
Up first we have myself, T3-M4 in his new body to fit in starfighters, and S-3P0.
Backstory: T3-M4 in my fanfics uploaded his mind to the Ebon Hawk computer before leaving it and getting killed by the Emperor... sorry for the spoiler if you haven't read that book. Either way, he wakes up in my stories and lives! He tries to escape as the ship, does, but the damage causes him to not make it back to the Republic to warn them. So he stays adrift until many years later. He manages to upload himself into a new body and continues to upgrade that body over a couple thousand years. He finally is discovered by Cody Shan who is Kian Tra'Kelv, formerly known in old fanfics as Fell Skyhawk. He then becomes his droid.
Vacuum droid V-98X, Joe the droid (cobbled together droid that Lightning Squadron made to fix their ships), a fire extinguisher, F-3P0 the fire droid.
EV-8, R3-T3, Bob the Worker (Can we work it), Jaina Solo Shan, Wedge who managed to accidentally get in the pictures before, Cody Shan/Kian Tra'Kelv.
T3-M4 without decal, S-3PO, Lightning Squad's Pit Droid, R4 unit I haven't named yet.
R5 unit I haven't named yet, a rough draft version of the original T3-M4 I'm working on. I still am trying to make him better but figured it would be nice tease. Worker droid A-90.
Support craft based on the original LEGO X-Wing fighter's support craft with parts from N1 support craft and others. Also in the main picture you can see a modified crane from Echo Base set.