You know, this set, 8028 TIE Fighter, it ticks all the right boxes. I mean, it looks like a TIE Fighter, it’s pretty sizable and the proportions feel like they’re just right. But I just want to thumbs down this thing.
I’m pretty sure it’s the cockpit ball. it just doesn’t look right. The ball shape is a bit hard to pull off at this scale.
The bottom does a pretty good job but that’s thanks to the boat tile.
The front (the cockpit window) and the back use a 2×2 dish but to mount it on the bracket element, it has to be mounted on a 1×1 round plate first, extending the length front to back by two plates. It makes it longer than it is tall. And I think that’s why I’m not a fan of this set: the proportions are just off.
And if that wasn’t enough, the top of the set doesn’t have a dish element, instead just relying on a 2×2 round plate to try and round it off. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work.
The things that do work are the solar array wings and the wing attachment pylons. The wings are a good shape. Not a fan of the gaping holes due to the Technic plates, but those plates were necessary to mount the wings to the body, so I’m okay with that.
There’s a Technic axle that goes from wing to wing. There’s a small bushing that separates the wings from the cockpit ball giving it that nice pinched look. The axle provides a solid connection so that the wings don’t fall off. It’s sturdy, and that is saying something.
So yeah, this set has a couple of really nice things going for it, but that cockpit ball shape, or lack of ball shape I should say, just ruins it for me.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
This set sucks! At its very basic level, 8028 TIE Fighter looks like a TIE Fighter and it’s proportions are mostly correct. It should get a thumbs up. But for some reason, I feel like I’m holding TIE Fighters up to a higher standard. Or maybe not. Either way. This thing sucks no thanks to that cockpit ball. Thumbs down.
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