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LEGO Setmod/Custom Hybrid UCS/SE Y-wing
My heavily reworked take on the official "UCS" Y-wing.
About this creation
My first posted work in quite some time, this reworking of the official "UCS" Y-wing was actually done several months ago, but I had no way to upload the pics until now.

I consider this a setmod/custom hybrid because, like my most recent X-wing version, it started as the official set but ended up with so much changed that it's more than half my original work. Because the original set had so many problems, this was a necessity in my mind. That said, the set does have strong points, which I worked my modifications around. Hopefully the pics will be enjoyable and will reveal just what I did to bring the ship in better scale and proportion to itself!



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   Here's a side angle to start. The most obvious and widely talked about problem with the original set was of course the s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out engine pods (both the main solid section and the length of pylons to the rear of it were much too long, a shame for what was otherwise in many ways a well-thought out and executed set by LEGO. Still, shortening them was just the begining...



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   Front high angle, showing the nose of the ship, the section that underwent the most change (the orignal was too small and lacked the right sightlines. Of course, mine doesn't have perfect sightlines either, working within the restraints of the brick, but I think I got it closer at least.



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   Side rear without flash, showing the color blending retained (but toned down) from the original.



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   A more rear perspective, showing the bulked up circumference of the pylons.



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   Overhead view, revealing that the actual "body" (middle section) of the ship was shortened as well...it was as if the original had been put on a rack by the Empire in punishment for years of effective bombing runs! Admittedly, this view also show that my cockpit is just a bit shorter than it should be. I couldn't work out a way to lengthen it without losing any decent appearance for the side angles, so I left it...for now.



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   Side view without flash.



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   Nice low front angle. I love the Y-wing...always have...one of ILM's best designs ever.



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   Rear view. all sides of the ship were altered, even the rear of the body and support "arms" for the wing pylons.



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   Closeup of cockpit section. The rear edges of this area were a big disappointment in the original set, and it took me a lot of tweaking to settle on what you see here.



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   Rear view. getting the grey 2x3 wedges in exactly the right position was the hardest part.



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   Inside the cockpit, with altered front (and added side) consoles.



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   On the stand (forgot to take the landing gear off). To be honest, I did this project so long ago that I can't remember exactly how I changed the detailing on the body. I know I left some features of the original set, but I toned down the overload of light brown, increased the asymmetry, and corrected the positioning of the engine pylons and support "arms" in relation to the main body.



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   Side view with flash, showing the altered and beefed up pylon side detailing.



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   Higher angle with natural lighting. I added more proper "ductwork" detailing to the "neck" area, better seen in this pic, but still may tweak it a bit more at some point.



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   The underside, with my favorite addition: proton torpedo launce tubes! A certain reviewer ripped one of my earlier setmods, saying I should like the official sets as they are. Well, that's...an opinion, but when fun and more movie-accurate mods are there for the making, how exactly is that a bad thing?



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   A closer view.



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   Here's as close as you want to get to the deadly warhead nestled in the firing position (of course, getting squished under that front landing gear could be hurtful as well)!



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   Overall underside detail. I added some bits of "greeblie" detail here, as the set itself had, well...none at all on the underside.



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   Big brother and little brother (my original custom minifig version). While my minifig scale version is admittedly a bit oversized (I base my minfig stuff on their width, not height, envisioning them as between 6 and 7 studs tall), clearly the "UCS" Y-wing is not up to scale with the original UCS releases of X-wing and TIE Interceptor (even with my widening of the ship and bulking up of the pylons). The Y-wing is a huge ship, a full 33 or more % longer than the X-wing!



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   Same shot with flash to give a different effect. My "UCS" hybrid version ends up fitting better within a "Special Edition" scale classification. I'll add a pic of it with my SE Snowspeeder soon.



Comments

 I like it 
  February 18, 2010
Nice Y-Wing.
  February 24, 2009
OMG!! I NEED that cockpit window thingy!! Because I want to make my snow speeder look like it does in the movie!
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  September 3, 2008
I have the y-wing too but just to let ya know it's not UCS. Nice work though, you've inspired me to modify mine ;-)
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  June 19, 2008
cool i like the way like on all your stuff you dont use instructions
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  January 7, 2008
Congrats on MOC of the day. Wow..... Great greebeling, snot work, and all around execution. I understand the story behind the whole covering-less fuselage, but you have to wonder what it looks like with the coverings... Nice job.
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  October 15, 2007
Wow very impressive y-wing! the cockpit seems a little big, but it is still a very nice model. Great work.
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  October 15, 2007
Go Y-Wing! This is an amazing setmod. in the shots where there was no flash, i at first thought it was a screenshot from a videogame or part of the movie. The Y-wing has always been my favorite starwars (rebel) fighter/bomber as well.
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  March 2, 2007
Well, I wrote a reveiw on your other y-wing before I saw this one. So, I apologize for being crazy. All I can say now is: .............................................................. woah.
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  January 10, 2006
hey dude, i salute you, you have got to be THE greatest creator i have ever seen. your work is pure genius!, Two huge thumbs up, rate my stuff to, nick
 
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