Lego Star Wars Slave I 8097 with Display

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After building the new Lego Star Wars Slave I (set 8097), I wanted to display it. However, I wanted to exhibit it in such a way that it appeared dynamic and in flight. As you may guess, the shape of Slave I is not exactly symmetrical and it is not evenly balanced. Thus, I had to figure out a way to show it in flight while maintaining its balance.

I didn’t want to redesign the Slave I model internally, because I wanted to be able to take it off of its display stand if desired. I compromised by showing Slave I just taking off from the horizontal during its transition to flight. This also facilitates the model’s built-in and free-rotating cockpit/wing assembly. Boba Fett is correctly aligned on the horizontal even though his ship is assuming a vertical orientation.

You may click through the image above to see pictures from the whole Flickr set including detailed views of the display stand’s construction and rotation ability.

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Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I direct the B.S. in Professional and Technical Writing Program and coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.