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.

Published by Jason W. Ellis

I am an Assistant 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 coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.

10 thoughts on “Lego Star Wars Slave I 8097 with Display

  1. Jason,

    Awesome display! I was actually searching Google for a way to display this piece on a shelf and it looks like your method really fits the bill. I had a couple of questions if you have time to answer them.

    A) Can all the parts for these be purchased from a LEGO store or did you order them online? (or, did you already have them…)

    B) Would it be possible for you to take a picture of the base without Slave I mounted to it so I can get a feel for the construction?

    Thank you,

  2. Hi Ben,

    Thanks! I had all of the parts on-hand from several large lot purchases that I made in the Northeast Ohio area about a year ago. I will take some pictures of the display without Slave I and post them here soon. It may take me a week to do it, because I am busy with other things. Keep checking back.

    Best, Jason

  3. I looked at your images and have most of the lego’s marked down. But going on the lego site, I have found a total of about 8 of the pieces, the rest are mia.

    ill post up what I have later for you.

  4. Thanks for putting this together, and for the follow up pics. Your stand for this might literally be the only one on the web.

    I had to make a couple adjustments for what was available on the pick-a-brick site, and had to order an entire assortment of technic pieces from a set on amazon just for those long, rounded edge technic pieces, but it’s done and it works!

  5. Hey Shaun,

    Sure thing! I am glad that you have put together one of your own. I am planning out how to build a flight simulator arrangement for the ESB Millennium Falcon. I have seen examples using gears or pneumatics for achieving this goal for Lego airplanes, but not for the Falcon. It would need to be beefier to support the weight and stresses. If you run across anything like this, please let me know. I will post my progress in the future.

    Best, Jason

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