When images of this set first came out it was clear that fans who had hopes of seeing internal crew compartments, hangers and bridges were going to be disappointed. Asked why an interior wasn’t included Jens Kronvold Frederiks, head honcho of the LEGO Star Wars team, explained that the decision wasn’t design or cost-based but down to scale.
“The Imperial Star Destroyer is such a big ship that an interior would be totally out of scale. And since this is a UCS model mainly intended for display, we have put all our effort into making the model as cool and accurate looking. Adding an interior, or part of it might have influenced the look and accuracy of the exterior of the model, and we did not want that.”
In their latest issue (64 and out now) the Mod Squad shows how to carefully remove the necessary hull panels and build a new substructure to support the new interior. And the addition that they’ve chosen to include? The probe droid console from the opening scenes of The Empire Strikes Back where Darth Vader first questioned Admiral Ozzel’s tactical competency.
One of the best aspects of LEGO is that anything and everything is customisable, and knowing this fans often make their own improvements to official sets. Sometimes these are subtle details, while other times they’re more involved. These modifications definitely falls into the latter category and the photographic tutorial that Blocks carefully guides the reader through all the steps to reach a successful outcome.
And it doesn’t end there because the Mod Squad has left room for a number of other compartments, and they promise to continue their series of mods over the next few issues.
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If you’re into the idea of modifying your LEGO Star Wars sets or even making your own custom builds then checkout the LEGO Star Wars Customising (MOCs) area in our forums.
This post originally appeared on Rebelscum.com on the 15th of January, 2020.
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Having enjoyed playing with LEGO from his earliest years, Jeremy started collecting LEGO Star Wars in 1999 when the theme was first released. He has shared his thoughts and opinions on LEGO via a number of websites – including starwars.com, rebelscum.com and brickset.com – contributed to the LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary series and served the LEGO Ambassador Network as a Recognised LEGO Fan Media representative.