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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Y Wing Starfighter






Here are some images of Revell's 1/72 scale? Snap Tite kit Y Wing Starfighter from Star Wars.
The general rule of thumb when dealing with pre painted snap tite kits is of course to glue and to repaint them which is precisely what has been done here, and judging from the detail this kit comes with, well worth the effort.

From Wikipedia"
Y-wings are fictional Rebel Alliance and New Republic starfighters in the Star Wars universe. They appear in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, as well as the Clone Wars TV series and the Expanded Universe's books, comics, and games.

Industrial Light & Magic's Colin Cantwell, who also designed the saga's TIE fighters, initially designed the Y-wing with a large bubble turret for a gunner. However, the dome did not appear properly when filmed against bluescreen, and subsequent designs excised the turret.

Y-wings are described in the Expanded Universe as durable but slow tactical strike spacecraft, although notes and diagrams by the special effects crew for Return of the Jedi (shown in The Art of Return of the Jedi) show the Y-wing as possessing the same speed and maneuverability as the X-wing and standard TIE fighter. The destruction of Y-wings tasked with destroying the Death Star at the Battle of Yavin in A New Hope leads to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) firing the proton torpedoes that destroy the Empire's battle station. Only one Y-wing survives the battle.

Y-wings also participate at the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi. The Expanded Universe describes several Y-wing varieties, such as a one-seater version, a two-seater (one pilot, one gunner) variety, and the "Longprobe" reconnaissance ship.


9 comments:

Manchu said...

Fun coincidence, I have just finished my FineMolds 1/72 Y-Wing, it will be one of my next posts on my blog....
I like weathering on yours.

Warren Zoell said...

Merci. Je ne peux pas attendre pour voir la vôtre.

Pat Tillett said...

Very nice Warren! It even manages to look used...

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Pat.

Anonymous said...

I know the action segments of the first Star Wars film (or episode IV, whatever), were based on WWII icons.
As such, I always figured the Y-Wing was the Star Wars equivalent of a TBF Avenger, what with the slowness and the turret, and how they all got shot down.

Warren Zoell said...

I've always saw them as Hurricanes. The Rebel Alliance craft to me always had a British feel to it.

Warren Zoell said...

Or better yet how about a Boulton Paul Defiant?

Krytios said...

WOW! I'm almost speechless. Perfect weathering. So well handled I thought it was the Fine Molds kit. Love the 80's decor on the stand. Goes so well with this.

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Krytios. You will see more of that stand material in future. I've got a whole mess of it. It's from a very large model stand I did several years ago.