I just have no idea how else you'd launch or land the damn things
From racks or whatever it's called, TIE Fighter style.
I really prefer the idea of it being a "normal" fighter that lands and takes off from carriers and not some weird specialized thing that doesn't need to land.
I love the model... The green engine flares are great, but look kinda strange with the blue intakes, though. I'm not reallly sure if they match in the games either though, so I guess it isn't a problem either way.