|The Asteroid Raider|
|Released this past year, set 10227 is the largest and most|
detailed B-Wing Lego has ever produced. Note that the
cockpit is mounted on a turntable.
The Asteroid Raider employs all signatures of Blacktron II, incorporating the colors, shapes, and the famous cockpit. I even took care in naming it according to the Blackton/M-Tron title formula, a two-word name with the second ending in -er/-or. Unlike actual BT2 cockpits, which are detachable, the Asteroid Raider's cockpit is fixed, so that its main mechanism can operate uninhibited. The pilot's seat is mounted on an axle, which runs through the length of the ship. The axle is weighted at the aft end by a magnetic coupling. (I know that belongs in M-Tron, but it was the best available weight). The weight keeps the pilot's seat level at all times, rotating freely within the round cockpit. The main body of the ship is built around a 9V battery box, so I threw some blinking lights on it just for fun. The wings are mounted on hinges, so they can be bent down when the ship is upside-down to create an entirely different design. In an effort to make the bottom of the ship look interesting, I accidentally prevented it from sitting level on a landing pad. I'm currently working on some retractable landing gear to even out the front end, but until then, enjoy!
|In this picture, the ship is at a diagonal to the pilot,|
demonstrating the rotation capabilities.
|The body of the ship can be flipped over and the wings|
bent to create a different fighter. The pilot reliably follows
|I put a makeshift jack under the ship so it would stay level.|