Star Wars fighters do battle above lawyer heads in Manchester

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Office block lobby in building that houses three leading law firms has been turned into dreamland for the film’s addicts


Star Wars film junkies are currently wetting themselves at the prospect of yet another dose of a franchise that many argue should never have gone beyond the 1977 original.

And now any lawyer fans at the Manchester offices of law firms Pinsent Masons, Shoosmiths and DAC Beachcroft have more than just the recently released trailer for The Force Awakens to whet their appetites — they can actually duck beneath two Star Wars battleships as they slog into their office block each morning.


The lobby of 3 Hardman Street, Spinningfields is currently home to an installation by an artistic double act known as Heavy Petal.

Vinny Smith is the principal designer and sculptor, while Andrew Gibson is the lighting specialist. Between them they have created versions of the Interceptor and the X-Wing Fighter, which, aficionados of the Galactic Empire will need no reminding, are the Spitfire and Hurricane equivalents in a that galaxy that is far, far away.

Unfortunately for the lawyers, the fantasy ends when they get to their upstairs offices to find the same very close and humdrum client files on their desks.

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Spitfire and Messerschmitt equivalents. Hurricanes and Spitfires fought on the same side! Yes, yes I know…back to the books.



It’s fully known as a TIE Interceptor (for Twin Ion Engine). It also seems from the pictures to be the far more iconic TIE Fighter design.

Also, I know few people who think Star Wars should have ended with the original, given that the 1979 follow-up The Empire Strikes Back is widely considered to be the best Star Wars film, and Return of the Jedi is, while flawed, still a very good film. It’s the prequels most think should have never been allowed to be made.

I promise to get out more (as soon as The Force Returns is released and I have to go out to the cinema).


Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?

I agree, it doesn’t look like an Interceptor to me either.



As someone who works at one of these forms, rest assured that it is indeed a TIE Interceptor and not a TIE Fighter, TIE Bomber or TIE Defender.



You lucky thing.



I can clear this up for you as I designed the frame sculpture out of Raleigh Record bikes. It’s a TIE INTERCEPTOR. Now get back to work.


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