Slayn & Korpil k-Wing heavy fighter
Following the public relations disaster of the B-Wing fighter (which significantly failed to resemble a 'b') a decade after the Battle of Endor the New Republic commissioned an upgraded heavy fighter to replace the difficult to fly B-Wing. Incorporating a rotating cockpit, upgraded engines and weapons mounts the new Slayn & Korpil designed k-Wing is an accomplished replacement.
Faster and more stable than the B-Wing, but retaining its heavy armor and with a proton torpedo launcher, dual concussion missiles, Ion canons, heavy and light laser blasters and the ability to add a bombing pod, the k-Wing is a flying arsenal that is a true replacement for the venerable Y-Wing, and more. The cockpit can be modified to seat a co-pilot but with an external astromech droid on board this position is normally only filled by a relief pilot on long range missions.
Test pilot Dack "Happy" Starlighter proudly sports his Clone-Wars era helmet and is backed up by one of the most reliable R2 units available.Front view attack mode
, on FlickrLanding mode
, on FlickrCockpit and R2 socket - canopy open
, on Flickr3/4 view attack mode
, on Flickr
Made almost exclusively from the parts from a 7931 T-6 Jedi Shuttle and 6212 X-wing Fighter (plus a fair few greebly bits I picked up while at Bothcon2011) I was keen to get a working transforming fighter that was reasonably sturdy. It swooshes very nicely (trust me) but since the fighter flies vertically and I lack the photoshop skills to hold it up and remove my hand, the flight mode shots were taken horizontally and rotated. I hope the pics do it justice (a few more on Flickr).