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Favorite OT starfighter?

Discussion in 'Original Trilogy' started by DEKKA129, Mar 4, 2015.

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Which is your favorite starfighter from the Original Trilogy?

  1. X-wing

    27 vote(s)
    31.8%
  2. Y-wing

    9 vote(s)
    10.6%
  3. TIE Fighter

    9 vote(s)
    10.6%
  4. Vader's TIE (Advanced X1)

    9 vote(s)
    10.6%
  5. TIE Bomber

    1 vote(s)
    1.2%
  6. TIE Interceptor

    14 vote(s)
    16.5%
  7. A-wing

    4 vote(s)
    4.7%
  8. B-wing

    12 vote(s)
    14.1%
  1. DEKKA129

    DEKKA129 Professional Slinger of Balderdash

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    Okay, let's get back to basics here. Favorite starfighter from the Original Trilogy... go! :cool:

    I vacillate back and forth between the Y-wing and Vader's personal TIE Fighter. I'm not thinking in terms of performance or anything like that (anyone who's played the old Rogue Squadron games before knows that a Y-wing, while it can take a bit of a beating, is just way too easy a target) but just in terms of how cool they look.

    Back in the day, when Star Wars was first out and circulating photos were essentially limited to what LFL had put out in press kits and what Topps was using in their trading cards, it was the Y-wing and Vader's ship that you really didn't see that often unless you were at the theater watching the movie yet again. So I think that's a big part of where my preference comes from.

    But on top of that, I've always loved the fact that the Y-wing, along with just having a cool-looking silhouette, also looked like it perpetually had its hood up, with all of the exposed components and conduits. Plus I always thought their engines had a great sound, with the little wind-in-the-wires element that Ben Burtt added.

    Vader's ship, on the other hand, just looks bad-ass. You've got a swarm of TIE Fighters taking on the Rebels over the Death Star, and here comes Vader in this lean, dangerous, souped-up hot rod of a TIE, blasting half the Rebellion's pilots out of the sky without breaking a sweat. That image of Vader's TIE flanked by his two wingmen coming up behind and lining up for the kill shot... a classic cinematic tension builder!

    Since I'm putting a poll up here, though, I suppose I'd best come down on one side or the other and make a choice between the two. From a pure design standpoint, I'm going to go with the Y-wing, just by a hair. It's a fantastic-looking ship, and it's got that used, lived-in look that I've always really loved about Star Wars.
     
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    I've always loved the B-wing for whatever reason.
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    I'm a traditionalist myself. I go with X-Wing. It's iconic!
     
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    Voxx, I've always really dug the B-wing design too. Had we gotten to see them in action at all in ROTJ, it might be higher on my list. I still can't believe that after they went to the trouble of designing them and building the models, ILM didn't do more with them other than to show them flying in formation before the Death Star attack.

    I've heard that they were having trouble getting the thin forward/aft profile to read against the blue screen and scrapped their planned B-wing battle shots for that reason, but that's never made a lick of sense to me seeing as how they managed to get good shots of them flying in formation, directly away from the camera. I had always hoped that, with all the screwing around with the films that Lucas did later on, they'd add in some B-wing shots to the big final space battle in ROTJ.
     
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    True story: back in the 90s, I was writing 60 page fan fiction novellas about a rebel squadron of B-wings.
    Naturally, the B-wing gets my vote.
     
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    My inner 5-year-old wouldn't forgive me if I didn't choose the X-Wing. Second runner-up goes to the TIE Interceptor though!
     
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    I love the look of the X-Wing, but I've always been particular to the Y-Wing in Rogue Squadron and the X-Wing miniatures board game :D

    Also, I love Sabine's artistic flair when it comes to TIE fighters
     
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    Tie Fighters all the way. (guard)
     
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    (x-wing) When I was very young I used to build WWII model airplanes with my father. X-Wings captured that fighter aircraft feeling. TIE fighters just never looked like aircraft to me.
     
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    I know I like these though.
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    It's a tie for me between the TIE Interceptor and the A-wing.

    Mostly I just love the look of the TIEs, and the Interceptor seems a good mix of the standard TIE and Vader's Advanced version, with some added features. The A-wing on the other hand is like a sleek sports car, meant for speed and agility, and has shielding and hyperdrive to boot. It would make a great newer version of the Jedi Starfighter actually.


    What is the second to last one, by itself on some landing platform? Should be clickable in the quote above I think.

    Looks very nice.
     
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    My Dad and I used to do that too! I was big on old WWII fighter planes at that age, never missed an episode of "Baa Baa Black Sheep" (later retitled "Black Sheep Squadron" and collected die-cast fighter planes. That was a big part of what got me about the original Star Wars when it came out. It was an awesome movie (in the true sense of the word - I was in genuine awe of what I was seeing on the screen) and then at the end we get an extended WWII dogfight/bombing run scene with these amazing "planes".

    For me, digging on the ships is serious old-school Star Wars fandom going back to the very beginning.

    I agree with the point you raise about the Rebel fighters looking a lot more like aircraft as we know them. Let's face it... have any of the efforts to describe how a TIE fighter actually works ever really rung particularly true to you? I mean, as small as a TIE cockpit is, those engines would have to be the size of beer coolers at best. Not exactly the kind of thing you expect to see racing around at high speeds.

    That said, I always saw the TIE fighter as being based heavily on the German JU-87 Stuka. Not specifically in design or tactical function (TIEs aren't dive bombers, etc.) but in terms of their psychological effect on the enemy. The TIE is designed to look like a bat or some other creature of the night, while the Stuka is designed to look like a bird of prey. Plus, the sound of the TIEs' engines always reminded me of the air sirens the Stukas had mounted to their landing gear, which produced a mighty impressive shriek when they made their dive bombing runs.
     
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    Sorry to get you excited it's another interceptor with foldable wings, a bit like this.
    wings.jpg
     
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    Baa Baa Black Sheep was a great series. The X-Wings reminded me of the F4U Corsairs. I think it's the angle of the wings, down about 15 degrees, then up about 15 degrees. It's pretty close to the vertical spread of the S Foils on an X-Wing.

    The other Star Wars OT ship I really love is the Imperial Shuttle.
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    I always thought it was sleek and elegant. I liked the engine sound, too. The Shuttle just exuded classy sophistication.
     
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    OT huh? It's gotta be the A-Wing, I dig how sleek it looks, how fast and maneuverable it is, and the fact that they're in Star Wars Rebels now! I believe it means that for not appearing until the last movie of the Original Trilogy, that they were for elite fighters only, for the Phoenix Squadron, who built them to do high risk missions and feed their desire for speed!


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    Yes it is great for undercover missions.
     
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    <3 <3 <3 My all time favorite.
     

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    Ah, yes, the Tie Advanced X1 :D
     
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    Yes Vader's choice of craft was wise.
     
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    Really struggled with this - I mean, they are all great aren't they...
    I went with Y-Wing in the end, simply because they were a little bit more mysterious to me back in the day somehow.
    Like, "why aren't the Rebels just all piloting X-Wings, what are those ones there in the background...?"

    It was one of my favourite toys from the original Kenner line as well - don't know why they waited until ROTJ to release it. I love that they put Ackbar in the cockpit on the box too. It's like he's been hitting the booze and he's just having the time of his life there in the cockpit, pretending to fly, while Nien Nunb and Madine look on, disgusted...
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