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jean-luc like the captain
jean-luc like the captain
9 months ago

this thing is such an insane unflyable wunderwaffen. its like somebody took the concept of a flak truck from ww2 with the folding down sides and decided this could work as a SPACE FIGHTER. Strangely enough, the RAF actually had something like this exact concept, a literally flying flak turret, the Bolton Defiance/ it was actually really good at shooting down unescorted bombers early blitz. the part where this becomes ludicrous is that the wings have to fold down for the turrets to be actual turrets and all the rotating joints which make this thing a mechanical nightmare that would constantly break and jam in awkward positons lol. very much a Tie Experimental that never made it off the drawing board.

This should be marked NSFW
This should be marked NSFW
9 months ago

Unflyable? You’ve clearly never met the other TIE Experimentals… The TIE Bizarro still gives me nightmares to this very day…

The Whirlwind looks effective at doing its job though its cost (and undoubtedly high maintenance) would relegate it to escorting only high-ranking Imperials or guarding Core Worlds from Alliance bombers….

CRMcNeill
CRMcNeill
9 months ago

Why fold the wings? Just have the pilot roll so that the primary threat axis is now “up” or “down” (based on personal preference).

Samuel Baldwin
Samuel Baldwin
1 year ago

It pains me that these aren’t flyable in a game

jean-luc like the captain
jean-luc like the captain
9 months ago
Reply to  Samuel Baldwin

how the hell would you fly this exactly?

JoshH
JoshH
1 year ago

Instantly my favorite tie fighter variant

Imperial Navy Review
Imperial Navy Review
1 year ago

One can only bet that it is more effective then the TIE/rb (Brute).

Jonathan
Jonathan
3 years ago

Oh this is sick, I always did like turret fighters. Even the old ones from the earlier half of the 20th century.

Alex
Alex
3 years ago

that’s really awesome I wonder if it would land like a vulture droid and requires a ladder to get in and out of the cockpit?

Isaiah Smith
Isaiah Smith
3 years ago

I’m getting Legend of the Galactic Heroes Valkyrie vibes and it is making my nerd heart sing better than and Epstein drive sipping refined Tylium.

Ragnrok
Ragnrok
3 years ago

So with the turrets does it have 2 crewmen? A pilot and a gunner?

Bill Gates
Bill Gates
3 years ago

Darth Maul would be proud

Raen Andaleio
Raen Andaleio
3 years ago

Dang! Up until now the Mangler was my favorite TIE, with its turbolasers to fight big ships. But this one… I can see this literally dancing around enemy fighters while picking them off one by one with its turrets.

Jean-Luc Martel
Jean-Luc Martel
3 years ago

Does it transform too? seriously I would love to see a full state block on this WUNDERTIE

Vaes Beumaryn
Vaes Beumaryn
3 years ago

I can’t decide whether I like it or not. It is certainly unique and would look gorgeous in flight but the gimmick is, well gimmicky. I applaud your boldness and creativity, but all I’m saying is…Hasbro would love it if this made its way into canon. đŸ˜› Good work as always though!

Jean-Luc Martel
Jean-Luc Martel
3 years ago
Reply to  Vaes Beumaryn

IF the solar panels could fold down the turrets could fire 360 without reorienting the ship.

TheIcthala
TheIcthala
3 years ago

Check out WIP #2, they can.

Jean-Luc Martel
Jean-Luc Martel
3 years ago
Reply to  TheIcthala

I meant completely fold down. The panels are just in the way on this design and should be redesigned. in any case it a ludicrously complicated design that would never see more then a few prototypes.

Jeffrey Isbell,(McCoy_illustrations)
Jeffrey Isbell,(McCoy_illustrations)
3 years ago

Wow, this thing would wreck Alliance starfighters with a good pilot. Great Job Fractal!

Jean-Luc Martel
Jean-Luc Martel
3 years ago

In fortunately its a very complicated design that’s would be extremely difficult to pilot. The B-wing of the Tie Series.

Galvars
Galvars
3 years ago

Whirlwind… aye, I see what you did there.

UnKnownGatekeeper
UnKnownGatekeeper
3 years ago

Would this be a patrol fighter or some sort of heavy fighter destroyer?

Jean-Luc Martel
Jean-Luc Martel
3 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

this is so over the top it scream WUNDERWAFFEN.

Rogue
Rogue
3 years ago

BOI this design is gorgeous

Chris Davis
Chris Davis
3 years ago

This is a really great TIE design. It’d be cool to see this in Mandalorian season 2 and its Moff Gideon’s new experimental TIE!

Cal
Cal
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris Davis

It absolutely looks like a Mandalorian-inspired TIE.

replay
replay
3 years ago

Beautiful ship.

Road Warrior
Road Warrior
3 years ago

Hope you give that v38 of yours some more love soon.

Bob
Bob
3 years ago

What is the armament?

RhysT
RhysT
3 years ago

Really wish you’d been the one designing stuff for the sequel trilogy. Then again, perhaps it’s better not to have your name attached to such a mess? LOL. Point is, your designs are fantastic.

JAMESMCGR
JAMESMCGR
3 years ago
Reply to  RhysT

the sequel trilogy is hot trash.

alex
alex
3 years ago

Does it still have the ability to fold its wings, or did you decide to scrap that? I hope that a droid brain is the co-pilot here as historically human aimed turrerts were rather bad accuracy wise.

Great design!!

Road Warrior
Road Warrior
3 years ago

Excellent work Ansel. Fantastic!

Ember369
Ember369
3 years ago

Ooh, love the name! Props to the gunner (I’m assuming there’s one) for moving the wings in sync with the turrets. How they manage to do that, I can’t imagine.

Lavernius Zahn
Lavernius Zahn
3 years ago
Reply to  Ember369

Droid brain, perhaps. Probably the best way to keep the guns on one target or even targetting multiple targets at once

Leon Tsiaousis
Leon Tsiaousis
3 years ago

Easily the most beautiful TIE fighter I have ever seen!

Kaprosuchus1
Kaprosuchus1
3 years ago

This design is insane! I imagine it being the pinnacle of intercepter technology.

Lavernius Zahn
Lavernius Zahn
3 years ago
Reply to  Kaprosuchus1

I imagine it being a maintenance hog. Probably more expensive to run then a TIE Defender. The TIE Defender might be more expensive to produce but the complexity of this design is probably a credit sink