OK, so it just seems like I've modified it 200 times. This page is for my latest changes to the design, including a reworked nose section and top mount ion cannons, as well as alternate red and blue color schemes.
About this creation
My custom Y-wing has been one of the projects I've most often ended up altering...something else always ends up looking wrong to me, and once in a while I even stumble across a good solution for improvement. I realized quite a while ago that the side angles of the nose section of my Y-wing were off, but the 2x3 wedge bricks I was using were (at the time) still the best option...until, that is, I got a hold of some 2x4s! I think that the resulting change, along with a reworking and streamlining of the color "striping" on the sides of the cockpit, makes a much better, more accurate rendition of the ILM models.
Speaking of ILM models, the other major reason for this new page, the red and blue color variants, was directly influenced by those original models. In the excellent book "From Star Wars to Indiana Jones: the Best of the Lucasfilm Archives," there is a clear picture of a Y-wing with red highlights instead of the yellow ones seen in the films. I've always liked that idea, and decided to throw in blue as well (the Micro Machines Action Fleet line had dark red and blue variants, pictured in one shot below, but they were in unique, altered patterns on the nose).
As I said, I think the new mods improve the overall effect greatly (there are two pics at the bottom of the old version for you to compare yourself). Agree? Disagree? Comments are welcomed!
Side shot with new red highlights, based on at least one original ILM model built for ANH, but not used in the film (if it was at all, it must have been far in the background). The new nose contours are visible here, but are shown in more detail below.
Blue version, because it looks cool and you don't usually see Star Wars ships with blue trim (I've thought of doing a blue X-wing as well).
Same angle, but with the familiar classic yellow.
Here's the blue version again, with the three different variants from the Micro Machines Action Fleet line. They're included just for fun, not as serious reference...their bodies are OK, but the cockpits are way too chunky as a result of having to fit an overscale fig inside!
Front view of the red version.
A different front angle of the blue, showing off the new 2x4 wedge bricks in the nose section.
Same angle with the yellow version.
Rear overhead angle.
Closer nose section shot of yellow version, highlighting the new smoother looking trim with wedge plates.
Blue, straight on. I like the flash pics once in a while since you can see the fig inside!
Another look at the blue cockpit.
Side angle of yellow cockpit. The actual ship features a smooth slightly curved sideline of the nose section, but I had to settle for the angle of the 2x4s meeting up with the straight section of the last four studs at the rear, as putting another 2x4 there would have made the whole thing look too wide.
Cockpit canopy up showing the interior and how the yellow 2x4 wedge plates form a nice outer edge to the "striping" while still allowing the minifig to fit comfortably. I monkeyed with the placement of the wedges three or four times before I settled on this.
Another angle of the blue cockpit. Someday I swear I'm going to figure out a way to make only the middle section of the canopy hinge open (and to the side, as in the films) without it looking ridiculously bad!
Lower side view.
Same view with cockpit closed again. The upper ion cannons are clearly seen here. They are currently in their fourth rendition, the last three of which are visible...
Here. The original one was only used when I first built the ship back in 1984. As for these three, each has a place in my heart, but I think the newest one at the bottom blows the others away as far as matching the "real" thing. But hey, each Y-wing was different, so these could just be different weapons able to be interchanged by friendly Alliance mechanics!
Straight side view thrown in for the heck of it!
An all new angle also thrown in because I like it (plus the underside of many customs gets neglected in pics)!
Here's a shot of the previous version, more pics viewable here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/1849 , showing the old methods for the nose angle and color pattern.
A straight front angle better showing how the 2x3s made the nose look to chunky and stunted.
this is the best costom y-wing I've ever seen!! the only thing is (and I'm still giving 5 star 'cause this thing is just so good) that the real y-wings are sort of rusty and stuff, and this one isn't. Of course, that's because of all the repairs. Lego made thiers rusty by putting on some brown pieces. But I still think yours is better