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Bandai Star Wars 1/72 Y-Wing Starfighter Model Kit
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- This plastic model kit was made with various modeling techniques, based on thorough review of actual props and materials from the films to reproduce its style and details.
- No glue is needed. Just a single pair of nippers is all you need to re-create the vehicles right on your tabletop. Bandai's precise modelmaking technologies make assembling kits a snap
- Colors are varied from part to part to achieve the rich texture seen in the films.
- Both water-transfer decals and translucent stickers are included to let you replicate all of the markings and colorations.
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Only con would be that the amazon photos shown are of the model PAINTED BY A PROFESSIONAL. Out of box, it's rather boring looking. 100% colored, but very little detail.
I have attached photos of mine, constructed and weathered using a Vallejo dark wash and some gold highlights on pipes as the model's color guide suggests.
Pros: Intricately detailed, the plastic comes in 6 different colors, plus some clear parts (off white, gray, dark gray, bluegray, red and yellow). The yellow stripe on the cockpit is represented by 2 separate plastic pieces. You can build a really nice model with almost no paint at all (pilots & droids are molded off-white; weathering optional). Comes with a solid bluegray canopy and a 3-piece transparent version (where door can be shown in open position). Also comes with 3 pilot figures - 2 sitting, 1 standing. 2 are of the original episode IV pilot costume types, one seated pilot is of the newer Ep. VI type, 2 different droids (an R2 and an R5), landing gear, both water-slide decals and die-cut self-adhesive plastic stickers (referred to as a "marking seal") are provided to represent canopy markings and stripes. The instruction sheet is large (poster-sized), full color, written in Japanese only - but it is pictorial in nature. Also comes with a very nice gray deathstar surface base and positionable mount.
Cons: among my very few peeves are that I don't see any markings for the droids, you'll have to paint them yourself. And at 1/72 scale, that will be challenging (or use droids from the FineMolds kit!) On the other hand this leaves you free to paint the droids in any way you like. This kit issue is designed to let you build "Gold Leader" without any painting. If you want to build another ship you'll have to build it and paint it slightly differently, but it can be done. I wish they would make a kit similar in quality to this in a larger scale! At 1/72 scale it is very nice, but in my opinion, kinda' small (no longer than 7" or 8" when built)
Glue - it appears that this one was intended to be mostly a "snap together" model. However, I would still use glue on certain critical assemblies to ensure strength. Some modeling skills are required - I'm not sure if I can recommend this kit to beginners or inexperienced modelers. Parts have to be carefully removed from sprues with proper tools (some are very delicate) and excess plastic must also be removed with a sharp knife to ensure proper assembly. But I do not think it is overly challenging either.
Summary: I am very happy with this kit. The previously available Fine Molds kit was highly detailed, came in one color (gray) and required glue and painting but provided more options & decals for building different ships, and droid markings. This Bandai kit has great detail also yet requires hardly any painting and possibly very little, if any glue. Both the Bandai and the Fine Molds (Japanese) 1/72 Y-Wing kits are much more detailed and accurate than their comparable US produced model kits, though the old MPC kits are a little larger when built. I think most folks who like to build Star Wars models will enjoy this kit, and I will try to post pictures when built . . .
Difficulty: Very Hard
Number of parts: Very High
The Y-Wing model kit is extremely complicated and very challenging to put together. I would not recommend this for a novice kitter. There are many extremely small parts that are hard to fit into place and easy to accidentally drop and get lost in your workspace. Do NOT try to assemble this above a carpeted floor or you WILL lose parts.
There are literally dozens of tiny pipes to connect to the center of the body and some of them are so thin that they will snap if your finger slips. I accidentally cracked three pipes and completely broke one pipe. I was able to repair the cracked pipes with super glue, but the broken pipe was a bust. Luckily, there are so many pipes that no one would notice if one or two pipes are missing. And hey, it's a Y-Wing, they're supposed to be cobbled together.
All that said, the Y-wing model is a lot of fun to put together if you're up to the challenge. I'd definitely recommend it for any enthusiast kitter.
I knocked off a star for two reasons: first, this is the only Bandai model kit I've put together where some of the parts just would not fit together perfectly, even after sanding the edges. There are several places on my finished model where tiny gaps in the plastic are visible because of imperfect fits. Considering how complex the model is, I'm not terribly surprised that the fit is sometimes less than perfect, but it's still annoying. That said, most people would never notice the tiny gaps, and they can be covered with paint.
The second annoyance is that all of those tiny pipes are exactly the same color as the body they attach to. This makes them very difficult to see once the model is assembled. To make the pipes stand out, you'd have to paint them individually, and I don't know if it's even possible to paint a pipe that is 1 millimeter thick. Bandai could easily have solved this by using a slightly darker plastic for the pipes.