From a Star Wars icon to more of a deep cut from the Star Wars universe…
Alternate build using parts in Mos Eisley Cantina
Tan Leader standing by!
My goal with creating an alternate build was to make something as different as I could from the original model.
I thought there might be something poetic in using the bricks that build the cantina on Tatooine, where we first meet our hero Luke, to make an X-wing the likes of which he pilots at the end of his journey in A New Hope.
The 3000 bricks provided a lot to work with, although the colour palette is predominantly Sand Yellow/ Tan. I struggled to create the 4 distinctive wings. As an alternative I looked at the E-wing, a ship introduced long ago in Star Wars legend, which has half the amount of wings!
I think I succeeded in my goal, or at least provided further proof that every set is a spaceship. However I felt slightly regretful about not taking advantage of some of the more unique elements found in the set, so I carried on.
Builds inspired by parts in LEGO® Star Wars 75290
One of the more interesting parts included in 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina is the Windscreen 8 x 8 x 3 Dome with Dual 2 Fingers - 7 Teeth in Tan (Element ID 6314982).
This 7-finger version is a new part this year although it is almost identical to the 9-finger variant (95198) which was previously available in Tan in 75052 Mos Eisley Cantina and 75270 Obi Wan’s Hut.
In fact, it seems the entire ‘click hinge’ family has been tweaked, with all parts having their number of teeth reduced from 9 to 7. But don’t worry, as far as we can tell there’s no functional change.
The images below, from fellow contributor Inthert, show more closely the difference between the old and new moulds. The black ones are the new designs:
And below is how the new part fits with the corresponding receiving end, which has not changed.
It seems the two little bumps on the receiving end have always sat between two teeth, while also having a third tooth in the centre gap in the previous iteration. So perhaps that central tooth was unnecessary? We can’t sense any change in strength. In which case, why didn’t they reduce it to 5 teeth?
Why do you think these were altered? Let us know in the comments. Do any of you have these new hinges? Here are their names and Design IDs (linking to BrickLink):
- Hinge Plate 1 x 2 Locking with 2 Fingers on Side and 7 Teeth (50340)
- Hinge Plate 1 x 2 Locking with 2 Fingers on End and 7 Teeth without Bottom Groove (54657)
- Hinge Plate 3 x 4 Locking Dual 2 Finger, 7 Teeth (50337)
- Hinge 1 x 2 Locking with 2 Fingers, 7 Teeth and Tow Ball Socket (51482)
- Hinge Brick 1 x 2 Locking with 2 Fingers Vertical End, 7 Teeth (54671)
- Hinge Brick 1 x 2 Locking with 2 Fingers Horizontal End, 7 Teeth (54672)
- Hinge Brick 1 x 2 Locking with 1 Finger Vertical End and 2 Fingers Vertical End, 7 Teeth (39893)
- Hinge Brick 2 x 2 Locking with 2 Fingers Vertical and Cross Style Axle Hole, 7 Teeth (53029)
- Hinge Brick 1 x 4 Locking with 1 Finger Vertical End and 2 Fingers Vertical End, 7 Teeth (54661)
- Hinge Brick 1 x 6 Locking with 1 Finger Vertical End and 2 Fingers Vertical End, 7 Teeth (53914)
- Hinge Cylinder 1 x 2 Locking with 2 Fingers, 7 Teeth and Axle Hole on Ends without Slots (57360)
- Hinge Cylinder 1 x 3 Locking with 1 Finger and 2 Fingers on Ends, 7 Teeth, with Hole (54662)
With that out of the way, here are three builds inspired by the sort-of-new dome.
Inverting the dome makes for a generously sized bowl of ramen. Another element found in the Cantina, Zipline 22L with 2 Connectors - Flexible in Medium Nougat (6299954|27965) appears here as some rather tasty noodles.
LEGO Space 1999 fuel tanker
Putting the two domes together makes for an almost perfect sphere, something put to use here in this sci-fi fuel tanker inspired by Gerry Anderson’s creations, particularly Space 1999’s Eagle 1.
I’d love to see this technique used on a larger scale in a SHIPtember-sized build as I think the colour, size and shape work perfectly to represent this kind of object.
I experimented with different hinge connections but it seems that the best fit is its 1-finger counterpart. A normal clip will fit into the gap between the hinges, but due to a lack of friction between the parts, the connection is very floppy.
The alternative then, was to not connect the element at all. In this last build, the dome is not actually connected to anything, but held in place by the surrounding assemblies. Here it makes for a massive thruster on this tiny starfighter.
The red curved panels and the thruster sub-assembly inside the dome hold the element in place. A rubber tyre provides extra friction ensuring the dome really stays put.
With the fingers of the dome now redundant, I used them to attach the zipline element (27965), this time in flat silver rather than the nougat colour that is included in the cantina set, to add a bit of superfluous detail and fill in those unsightly gaps between the fingers.
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