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Displaying the UCS X-wing

xwingpilotxwingpilot UKMember Posts: 797
Following on from my introduction thread (http://www.bricksetforum.com/discussion/20714/lock-s-foils-in-attack-position), I've just finished building #10240 Red Five X-wing Starfighter B)







What a great build! Looking at the built set it's amazing to think that the only unique part is the canopy. I wonder how long the designer took to design it?

A question for those who own #10240 and display it: How do you keep it dust free? Do you have a display case or put it in a display cabinet? The puredisplay case is eye-wateringly expensive, and the IKEA display cabinets don't seem big enough...
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  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    edited August 2015
    Robert Redford standing by...

    The UCS X-wing doesn't bode well for display cases because of it's dimensions from thrusters to nose is way too long for most available ones from say Ikea. You can pursue custom plexi boxes as another long time Bricksetter has done for their UCS Millennium Falcon, which looked amazing although quite pricey as I recall it to be around ~$300. An alternate route is to build your own custom case using cheap plexi and assembling it as a cube. Or modifying a large open-face cabinet by drilling a plexi front sheet onto it, although you'll be limited in opening-closing it unless it's hinged somehow.

    But until you settle on a solution, I would recommend brushing the dust off every 2 weeks to prevent tough accumulation that would require washing.
    SumoLego
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,015
    I also find the fragility of the X-Wing problematic when trying to put it on display.  In the first UCS go-round, I had pieces falling off of it all the time.  

    I ended up purchasing the glued-together X-Wing TRU display in the secondary market.  It was much easier to display.

    Now for wrath, now for ruin, and the red dawn. Forth, Eorlingas... standing by.

  • HangedSanchezHangedSanchez United KingdomMember Posts: 310
    Mine just gets dusty unfortunately, sat next to Slave 1 and the B-Wing :(. @BrickDancer 's point about heavy accumulation getting permanent hadn't occurred to me. Looks like I need to do a serious dust this weekend...
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^I learned it the hard way. UCS X-Wing, Y-Wing, Rebel Blockade, TIE Advanced and Interceptor all sat together on display for way too long. Extensive washing with a toothbrush for many hours was the result waiting for me.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    ^I just take my UCS Sets in the bathtub with me and my rubber ducky.
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  • xwingpilotxwingpilot UKMember Posts: 797
    edited August 2015
    And has anyone (who has been brave enough to apply them in the first place) had any issues with the stickers peeling over time?

    I see you can pick up a replacement sticker sheet for about £6 (I don't think there should be any tax or duty to pay at that price):

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LEGO-STAR-WARS-UCS-REPLACEMENT-STICKERS-for-10240-RED-FIVE-X-WING-STARFIGHTER-/141742255738

    Given that #10240 comes with a spare canopy sticker sheet it's tempting to do that and have a full set of replacements.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,837
    In case you're disappointed when it arrives, the link is for a 'copy' of the stickers and not a genuine set.  But yes, I think it is very important to have replacement stickers.  Just a set or two.  Hey @Pitfall69.  ;)
    CommanderRaabPitfall69
  • LobotLobot UKMember Posts: 1,016
      BrickDancer said:
    ^I learned it the hard way. UCS X-Wing, Y-Wing, Rebel Blockade, TIE Advanced and Interceptor all sat together on display for way too long. Extensive washing with a toothbrush for many hours was the result waiting for me.

    I have a great way of displaying my UCS sets, safely protected underneath two layers of the original and outer shipping boxes.  They look really impressive stacked 4-5 high in my hobby room! :)


    SumoLego
  • xwingpilotxwingpilot UKMember Posts: 797
    Legoboy said:
    In case you're disappointed when it arrives, the link is for a 'copy' of the stickers and not a genuine set.
    True, but the quality looks quite good from the photos. LEGO say they can't supply the stickers separately from the rest of the set due to licensing restrictions.
  • conceptmachineconceptmachine Member Posts: 6
    Leave it alone and l if you an air compressor, use the airgun to blow it off every now and again.  :)
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,015
    Lobot said:
      BrickDancer said:
    ^I learned it the hard way. UCS X-Wing, Y-Wing, Rebel Blockade, TIE Advanced and Interceptor all sat together on display for way too long. Extensive washing with a toothbrush for many hours was the result waiting for me.

    I have a great way of displaying my UCS sets, safely protected underneath two layers of the original and outer shipping boxes.  They look really impressive stacked 4-5 high in my hobby room! :)


    Kinda like this?


    FollowsCloselykiki180703LobotBrickDancerDedgeckoGoldchainsPitfall69
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,015
    (Although, mine are verticle, so as to disguise their numbers.)

    But if I ever have a fire in my house, I will be rescuing one certain box before all others.
  • DrmnezDrmnez USA, Planet earth Member Posts: 859
    Aww Lego still in a box...
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,015
    In a shipping box...
  • xwingpilotxwingpilot UKMember Posts: 797
    Well I ordered the replacement sticker sheet discussed above and it arrived today. I'm very satisfied with the quality and price. The paper and printing look exactly like the originals. The only difference is that the stickers have a thin black outline rather than being pre-cut.

    I'll be storing these with the box, spare canopy stickers, manuals and spare parts in case the original stickers peel or I want to resell with a complete set of replacement stickers in the future.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,837
    @xwingpilot - I won't tell you how many £'000's there are in these boxes of genuine replacement stickers.  :)  All bought, just in cases....


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  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    ^Mental
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,015
    And very rainbowie.
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  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
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  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,015
    It is disturbing that as I was posting that, I expected a Ziggy Stardust meme...
  • xwingpilotxwingpilot UKMember Posts: 797
    @Legoboy - Are they replacement stickers bought direct from LEGO (and I assume for non-licensed themes)?
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,837
    @Legoboy - Are they replacement stickers bought direct from LEGO (and I assume for non-licensed themes)?
    For every set I own requiring stickers (Grrrr) there is a minimum of one replacement sheet (usually 5-10). They were all obtained from either LEGO, Bricklink or EBay.

    In the old days, [email protected] used to allow you to purchase one replacement licensed sticker sheet but that privilege was removed in or around '09 I think. Since then, my non-licensed sheets come from [email protected], licensed from Bricklink.

    In addition to stickers, there are several replacement fabrics in there also; Carousel or Imperial Flagship for example? Never did I consider buying for investment, but when you're holding half a dozen of each for the UCS sets or Carousel, it becomes very difficult to find reason to hold onto them - especially when the originals weren't even applied.


  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,015
    Any chance you have an original Red Baron and/or Sopwith Camel sticker sheet you'd be interested in trading?

    Mine are probably being held onto the models by dust and... dust.
    Legoboy
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,623
    And I thought I was anal about having spare sticker sheets. 
    Pitfall69kiki180703
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,015
    This would be simpler if they just did the printed bricks that we all covet...
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  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    oldtodd33 said:
    And I thought I was anal about having spare sticker sheets. 
    Yeah, @legoboy is a colorectal kind of anal ;)
    kiki180703
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,837
    SumoLego said:
    Any chance you have an original Red Baron and/or Sopwith Camel sticker sheet you'd be interested in trading?

    Mine are probably being held onto the models by dust and... dust.

    Before my time I'm afraid, but at £13 plus postage I wouldn't hesitate.

    http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=Ben123007&itemID=30708606

  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    Legoboy said:8
    @Legoboy - Are they replacement stickers bought direct from LEGO (and I assume for non-licensed themes)?
    it becomes very difficult to find reason to hold onto them - especially when the originals weren't even applied.


    Who are you kidding? Never mind the stickers that were never applied, how about the ones that are in sealed boxes that have little to no chance of a seal being broken ;-)
    Pitfall69kiki180703Legoboy
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    edited August 2015
    And @SumoLego Just for viewing pleasure, or is that pain you might just be able to spot a Sopwith Camel sticker sheet ;-) (pic provided by @joel4motion, currently employed in Fairy Land rebuilding some used but excellent condition sets, very kindly donated recently)
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  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,015
    I regretted putting them on my model the moment I peeled them off.

    I did consider painting them on, but I realized I have zero artistic ability.  
  • xwingpilotxwingpilot UKMember Posts: 797
    Has anyone else found that the plates on the top and bottom of the beam between the rear feet of the stand seem to separate slightly over time? There's a lot of weight on the rear of the stand and it's as if it needs another two 2x2 black plates in the centre to act as a third foot.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,837
    Has anyone else found that the plates on the top and bottom of the beam between the rear feet of the stand seem to separate slightly over time? There's a lot of weight on the rear of the stand and it's as if it needs another two 2x2 black plates in the centre to act as a third foot.
    http://www.bricksetforum.com/discussion/11264/design-issue-10240-x-wing-stand 
    xwingpilot
  • xwingpilotxwingpilot UKMember Posts: 797
    @Legoboy So did you add the extra foot and did it solve the problem?
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,837
    I did.  The rear half no longer bends.
  • xwingpilotxwingpilot UKMember Posts: 797
    ^ Great thanks. I've done the same now too.
  • steveomclsteveomcl Member Posts: 202
    Had my model now for a year! Don't see any signs of this happening... Odd 
  • xwingpilotxwingpilot UKMember Posts: 797
    Great #10240 build video:



    Check out the confidence with which the stickers are applied to the canopy at 06:45!
    kiki180703
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