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Is this the original V-38 fighter that the Phantom was based on? I can’t find any V-38 pics anywhere, so is this your version? If so, that thing looks awesome. I like the Scimitar’s cockpit.

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Is this the V-38 the TIE Phantom was based on? There’s no pic of a “normal” V-38 before it became the basis for the Phantom. Someone needs to fix that. I like this.

Odanan
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Very close in overlap to the TIE Phantom, I’m afraid to say. Between the trilateral single-wings and the dual cockpit pod, it’s a relation of some kind. Either a trainer, a prototype, a precursor (V38?), or a knockoff.

Trilateral symmetry is very nice though. Let’s see where this goes.

Anonymous
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That’s what I’m thinking. V-38.

Michael
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Michael

Nice! I like the capital ships, but the starfighters are always my favorite. Love to see more TIE variants or especially some alphabet fighters.

jonathan
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Hmmm. Id say its a two seater cockpit. Maybe a trainer? that would be nice to see.

jonathan
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I mean its obviously like the Phantom (v-38) but I figured he’d just say Phantom instead of “variant”

someone
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Are you going to do anything from Rouge one?

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Assuming this is the Phantom (or its non-cloak-capable sibling), I’m digging the Scimitar-style cockpit fix & built-up fuselage space ala your TIE Defender revision. Would those smaller ‘barrels’ near the big lasers be targeting sensors or lighter guns (ala early-model Z-95 ‘autoblasters’)?

chris
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chris

Any chances of getting the Clutch from I, Jedi?

gorkmalork
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gorkmalork

That reminds me: back in late ’99, I recall spying this X-wing game cover with a triple-winged TIE variant that was never named anywhere on the packaging, but certainly wasn’t the Phantom. For one thing, the ‘solar panels’ were shorter (though still triangular) & aligned vertically (top) + paired diagonally outward-not unlike the Lambda shuttle. Starting to seriously wonder whether Stackpole had that ship in mind when describing the “Tri-fighter”.

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Welp, massively belated update on the game-cover TIE mystery: just stumbled across said game in a discount media shop, and frak all was my memory off-base. Turns out said game was Rebel Assault II, and the cover TIE was basically a Phantom variant with that wacky YT freighter-style cockpit module and paired intake-lookalike pods (extra thrusters? Heavy missile launchers?) on either side of the upper mid-fuselage. Stackpole’s ‘clutches’ might’ve still been some bargain-model Phantom spinoff, but I doubt this was exactly what he had in mind.

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gorkmalork

Pointless mystery-TIE-which-was-actually-a-Phantom update #3: having squinted at some saved Phantom pics which featured those upper-fuselage ‘intakes’, it becomes apparent that the RAII cover renders just embellished said feature a skosh, and said render unequivocally represents a stock Phantom. Oh well.

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TIE Phantom (or V38)? Nice! Those fuselage guns look nasty.