A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, my brother gave me one of the very first Technic sets. It was the Excavator (8851) and this had a basic pneumatic system that allowed you to move the arm and bucket via a series of switches. I’ll admit that it wasn’t the most efficient of systems, and it was fairly lethargic at best, but back in the 1980’s it was an amazing sight to behold!
Anyway, as you’ve probably guessed I’ve always had a soft spot for Technic LEGO, and the amazing creations that talented builders can create with it, which leads me neatly onto this 80cm X-Wing by Jeroen Ottens. Not only is it an accurate replica of the original model, but it’s packed with pneumatics which control the wings, canopy, targeting computer, landing gear, cargo bay door and proton torpedos! It’s one of the best versions that I’ve ever seen, and I’d love to see this released as an official set. Head over to the threads in the Star Wars and Technic Forums and have a look; there’s even a video showing all of the different functions.