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Review on set 8037 Anakin's y-wing.


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#1 Star_Wars_Rules

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 04:21 AM

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I got this set yesterday and its not a bad set. However it does have its short comings. This variant is the BTL-B y-wing which is the true y-wing as such. This was before all the extra panels were removed.

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Anyway onto the review. It took me about 2 hours to build with the first hour was spent sorting through the colour pieces. The design is almost identical to the last y-wing set. The ship also comes together quite well with great use of SNOT techniques.

Front of the box.

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Close up of figs on box.

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Back of the box.

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Close up of storage area for the light saber's.

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A shot of R2 shooting a missle.

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Close up of the cockpit.

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Box opened up. As you can see you get about half a box of pieces.

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The manual.

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Sticker's.

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Minifig's.

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The frame in various points of build.

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SNOT pieces added.

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Minor details added and color (white) plates added.

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Page taken from manual with the missile firing device being attached.

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Underside shot with missile device attached and engines. The missile device also doubles as landing gear of sorts.

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Slowly it starts to take shape....

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Engine blocks added.

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From the rear showing off minor detail at the back.

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Front profile shot.

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The "white" bracket for the engines. There are 8 of these. So for simplicity reasons I have shown just the one as there are no variations in them.....

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......and expanded.

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Cockpit and rear "bubble" gun added. Engine brackets also added.

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Rear shot

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Front shot

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Everyone strapped in, rear storage hatch added.

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Another rear shot with the yellow inner panels added. They were in the above shot but this shows them better.

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Top view showing the distinct shape.

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Rear storage hatch open showing the light saber's.

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Parts left over.

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Now the next series of shots show off some of the "bad" points about the set.

This one is how badly the engines are supported with only 3 pins. The length and weight of the engines causes a notable sag which I will show later.

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This next shot is just to show the size of the engines in regards to the mounts.

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Underside shot showing some spaces and notable lack of landing gear. The ship sits on the missile mount per se.

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Gap near the nose section. On the top this is hidden by the white SNOT set.

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Again gaps here in the inner canards of the beam support where the engines are mounted. Could have done with some yellow plates to cover this up.

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Gap in the window where Ahsoka sits. You should be able to tell by the colour difference where her arm is.

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Here is the engine sag as mentioned earlier. This first shot is without me holding the end of the engine so it sits flush. Reference point for this is the grey piece where the yellow panel sits.

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This next shot is me holding the engine at the end so it sits correctly. Again reference is the same as above. The grey piece where the yellow panel sits.

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Overall I do like the set despite its short falls. It shows the y-wing pre ep4 with all the panels in place. The other difference being that WW2 style bubble gunner seat which is a nice touch. The lack of landing gear etc really hurts this. It reminds me too much of the naboo n1 set where the whole ship sat on a landing platform with the pin of the missle shooter thing would go into it and as a result you would end up shooting the missle out about 4 times just to get the fighter to "sit".
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#2 doctordark

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 04:53 AM

Thanks for the review :thumbup:  Now I want this more :tongue:
The only problem is that it's $60 I wish it was $45-$50

Edited by doctordark, 01 September 2009 - 04:54 AM.


#3 Torax

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 12:22 PM

Nice review, and the set looks good & accurate, but I don't like the price (about $90 AUD).

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#4 prateek

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 04:29 PM

Great review. I don't really like this set though. I'd rather get the Republic Attack Shuttle for the same price.

#5 Fumoffu

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 08:28 PM

Thanks for the great review.  Its a nice set but overpriced.

Your photo of the built just before putting on the engine blocks gave me some ideas about MOCing this into a diff ship.  I need to work on the idea..

#6 Star_Wars_Rules

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 11:00 PM

View PostFumoffu, on Sep 2 2009, 06:28 AM, said:

Thanks for the great review.  Its a nice set but overpriced.

Your photo of the built just before putting on the engine blocks gave me some ideas about MOCing this into a diff ship.  I need to work on the idea..

Yeah it does have some great MOCing potential for those who want to make it into something else.
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#7 Destroydacre

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 11:29 PM

This is a fantastic review. Thanks for the pics!


I've never been a fan of the CW cartoon. Couple that with the horrible figs and the fact I think this is an ugly ship and I think I'll stay away.

#8 Lupus74

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 05:19 PM

I only bought this one to have an older companion to the y-wing from the OT. But after building it I must admit that I really like the colors. A great set but its to expensive.

Thanks for the review!
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#9 JCC1004

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 02:14 AM

I'm really liking the color sceme and shape of this. The figs and price are causing me not to get it.

#10 KimT

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 08:08 AM

Thanks for the review.
I'll make sure to add this to the index.
I've recently bought this set myself and I was really impressed by it, mostly because I expected nothing from it :laugh:
A fine build with some good to learn techniques.
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#11 Ratshot

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 04:40 PM

My friends and I hate this set, don't ask me why, we just do. Maybe because there are too many faults.

This set gets a 3/10 in my opinion. Its waaaayyyyyy overpriced.

Nice review

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#12 Big Cam

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 06:48 PM

Some of your pics are really blurry, I'd consider retaking them, otherwise it's a good review.  Unfortunetaly for me you don't get enough with this set for the money.  My money would be better spent on the Endo base set




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