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LEGO TIE Fighter building instructions

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Published: January 1, 2013
© 2013 - 2020 Scharnvirk
Instructions are also available here:


As this is my first 'real' building instruction for a LEGO model, please feel free to comment, critique and add sugestion about things which are not clear, could be done better or are just plain bad. Thanks in advance!

Parts list (using Bricklink part numbers):

(722 parts)
Part Color Quantity
2412b LightBluishGray 12
2431 LightBluishGray 2
2449 Black 8
2555 LightBluishGray 3
30039 LightBluishGray 18
30071 Black 8
30162 LightBluishGray 4
3023 Black 12
3023 LightBluishGray 1
3024 Green 1
3024 Red 1
3024 LightBluishGray 40
30374 DarkBluishGray 1
3040b LightBluishGray 2
3069b LightBluishGray 28
32001 LightBluishGray 2
32017 LightBluishGray 4
32028 LightBluishGray 4
3460 Black 52
3460 LightBluishGray 6
3623 Black 32
3623 LightBluishGray 14
3665 Black 48
3666 Black 68
3710 Black 20
3710 LightBluishGray 4
3794b LightBluishGray 26
3820 LightBluishGray 2
3960 LightBluishGray 3
3960pb13 Trans Black 1
4032b LightBluishGray 2
4070 LightBluishGray 1
4081a Black 8
4081b Black 8
4085a LightBluishGray 4
4162 LightBluishGray 24
4274 LightBluishGray 2
4286 LightBluishGray 4
4287 Black 8
43722 LightBluishGray 8
43723 LightBluishGray 8
4477 LightBluishGray 14
4733 LightBluishGray 14
4740 Black 1
47905 LightBluishGray 18
54200 Black 16
54200 LightBluishGray 12
6005 LightBluishGray 3
60477 Black 8
60478 Black 4
60478 LightBluishGray 8
6091 LightBluishGray 3
6141 Black 32
6141 LightBluishGray 2
6141 Trans Red 2
63864 LightBluishGray 2
63868 Black 4
63868 LightBluishGray 8
63965 LightBluishGray 1
6636 LightBluishGray 24
87087 Black 24
87087 LightBluishGray 8
87994 LightBluishGray 2
88293 LightBluishGray 8
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It is a really awesome LEGO model. The best  I have ever seen! Highly detailed and very accurate!

But how did you do it? O.o I tried to do it with the LEGO program LEGO Digital Designer, but some things were IMPOSSIBLE to do and I had to find other ways to realize it! :O
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Have you considered adding it to Rebrickable?
Scharnvirk's avatar
No, not really. Worth it?
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VileYonderboyHobbyist Digital Artist
If you have an inventory it helps other fans determine quickly if they have the parts to build it or not.
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VileYonderboyHobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely one of the best Lego Tie-Fighters I have ever seen and that you included instructions is amazing! Great work!
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Very nice. I like how you did your instructions.

Just to give you some encouragement, I make a few hundred dollars a month just selling instructions. (It supports the hobby... uh... addiction??)

I'd love to chat via email if you're interested.
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Wow! That's quite the interesting build...
I've wondered what was going in the minds of the creators of the Imperial fighters... it seems that the wings restrict visibility from the cockpit so much that the TIEs would be ridiculously easy to fight against
Scharnvirk's avatar
This is a massive misconception :D

It does not matter a slightiest bit. The pilot sits so far back in the cockpit that the biggest obstacle is actually the round window in front of the ball. He is not able to see those panels unless he somehow gets in front of the control console.

Some reference photos:
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Now that you say that I agree. It would seen quite ok considering heavy structure hull to keep the pilot alive (oxygen etc.)... but then you take a look at most of the rebel alliance fighters and find out that in the SW universe it's perfectly fine to have a relatively transparent cockpit...

although if the cockpit was any more open in the TIE Fighter, the wings would obstruct the view... but it looks cool. I guess that is the point in that..? :D
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TIE cockpits are unpressurized and contain no life support system. ;)
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... should have guessed from the pilot's outfit... so then... why the damn closed box?!?! :DDDDDDD
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To protect the pilot against conditions outside the craft. Extreme cold, heat and so on. No oxygen does not mean no protection.
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True, true. It seems you know all the bits and bobs of the designs :D
Any idea why the wings are like that?
Scharnvirk's avatar
I always do research before building. This helps me not to worry about not important features and focus on those which are.

Oficially wings are solar panels, but this makes no sense. Some Expanded Universe books claim that those are heat sinks for the powerful reactor of the TIE fighter; and for me it makes a lot of sense. Especially considering that many Star Wars vehicles have large wings or panels, which are rarely used to generate lift (for example, Lambda Shuttle and its three huge wings).
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awesome build and amazingly detailed instructions/BOM. thanks for this!

would you reconsider and do the same for some of your other older builds? (40k land raider, ST enterprise, etc..)

thanks for sharing this though. can't wait to build it myself
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Yes, though most likely this is the only free to download one ;)

It took more time to make instructions than to design and build the model. The only for this to make sense is to make it pay for bricks used ;]
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I'd gladly for instructions in the future.

documentation is always the hardest part of any job
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Do u have a Lego part number list available for easy sourcing of required parts
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Ok, done. In next instructions this will be included along with normal BOM page.
Scharnvirk's avatar
Good catch, this would come in handy.

Apparently there is no simple way of generating parts list which does not get b0rked due to submodels, so it requires manual labor, eh...

I will try to compile it and post here later (but still today).
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With what software/tools did you generate the instructions for this model?
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MLCad for modelling and LPub for making instructions. They are bundled together in one pack (along with a lot of other required or just useful tools).
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