Just like with my previous Star Wars model kits I won't claim that this kit is an accurate representation of any of the filming models of Gold Leader. My Goal with this build was to create a model that fit the mental image I have cultivated for the craft over the last twenty-some-odd-years of watching Star Wars I painted the Bandai Y-Wing almost immediately after the X-Wing. I still had a lot of the light greyish white color used on the fuselage.
For those not in the know, let me fill you in a little bit using a modernish comparison if the X-Wing is like an F-15 air superiority fighter, than the Y-Wing is like an A-10 Warthog; durable, well armed and slow. While the X-Wing will always be my favorite rebel fighter from the movies, I do prefer the Y-wing to the oddly designed B-Wing.
Like the X-wing I used a variety of techniques including pre-shading, post shading, filters, and chipping. Overall the weathering is less dramatic than the X-Wing; but that's not surprising considering all of the "happy accidents" that occurred during that build.
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360 Degree Photos
The blue stripe on the front fuselage was painted too long on the body. I thought about fixing it, but ultimately decided it didn't bother me too much.
I shaded the tips of the blaster cannons lightly with black to give them a singed appearance.
Unlike the X wing the Y wing doesn't include an enclosed "glass" cockpit in the box. You do receive the parts to make an open cockpit with "glass" this is kind of a weird and disappointing oversight.
Straight on the Y-wing has a fairly flat profile.
The greebling on the rear fuselage is my favorite aspect of this kit. Bandai did a excellent job at capturing the detail too.
Unsurprisingly the directional fins at the end of the nacelles were difficult and fiddly to keep attached.
Unsurprisingly the long nacelles give the Y-wing a longer profile than the X-Wing
Full disclosure these photos were taken nearly a week after the photos featured above using a completely different set of lights and light tent. There will be some color discrepancy as a result.
In hindsight I should have used more contrasting colors for the R2 droid. The grey and silver colors I chose blend together too much and become muddled.
From what I could tell the pilot model for Jon "Dutch" Vander's model is nearly identical to the model used for Luke in the X-Wing model kit. The only noticeable difference is the Luke figure is in a seated position where as the Vander figure has his lower and upper legs aligned. Like the X-Wing this model includes waterslide decals to replicate the design on the pilot's helmet.
The chipping on the dome of the nacelles is very noticeable on the studio model. I used a stiff brush and Vallejo black to apply the chipping effect.
The golden yellow stripes on the nacelles was masked by using the included sticker set. I didn't paint far enough on one segment; can you find it?
Here's a closer shot of the low contrast colors on the astromech droid. The silver is more apparent when you get closer/when the light hits it just right.
I broke at least 5 of the pipes included in the kit. This isn't surprising considering the pipes range in diameter from .05-1.5mms. Pro-tip: once they're installed LEAVE THEM BE!
The exhaust need to be shaded to look sooty.