- Model : : Y-Wing Fighter
- Maker : : Finemolds
- First edition year : : 2007
- Scale : : 1/72
- Matter :: Injected plastic
In the Star Wars saga, the BTL- Y-Wing alliance fighter serves as a stooge to cast a favorable light on the X-Wing. It is the loser of the story. Its clumsy design, its “visible guts” make it even more old and worn out. This thankless role seduced me and I absolutely wanted to have it in my personal collection. I chose to represant a Y-Wing from the Grey Squadron. I guess it’s Grey Leader but I’m not sure of the decoration pattern. The references on filming modeles from the Return of the Jedi are very rare.
Hundreds of gribblies
I won’t laud Finemolds again, if you want to know more about them, please read the “X-Wing fighter” article. As usual, their loving care for details is amazing. In particular, the “gribblies” covering the ship hull are very accurate.
This design is very interesting for a model maker, far from the smooth surfaces quite boring of many other models. The explanation is that rebel technicians got bored with removing hull panels again and again for maintenance and decided to throw them away.
The BTL-A4 Y-Wing fighter, a model made for light-up
The extended thrusters and other hull parts make the LED integration very easy. No complication at all. I chose a bright red to contrast with the purple used on the X-Wings. I always try to give each ship a “light signature”. Indeed, this model will be inserted in a huge rebel fleet diorama. It will be lost among dozens of rebel ships, it’s important you can distinguish it.
Inexplicably, Finemolds failed totally in making the steering foils at the rear of the ship as you can see in the first picture. So I had to re-scratch the parts using plastic card (second picture). It’s the only fail of this model. Compared with other manufacturers, it’s very few but it’s very surprising when you know the Finemolds standards.
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The rebel fighters collection is now complete in my Sullust diorama.