MOC: Y-Wing Snowspeeder Prototype
Posted 29 June 2011 - 05:40 AM
S N O W S P E E D E R (Original Y-Wing Prototype)
Y-Wing Snowspeeder 2/12, on Flickr
Y-Wing Snowspeeder 6/12, on Flickr
One of the earliest snowspeeder designs for the Battle of Hoth was perhaps the original “ugly.” Joe Johnston’s early sketches of the snowspeeder reveal it to have been based on the cockpit pod of a one-person Koensayr Manufacturing BTL-A4 Y-Wing Starfighter. Johnston repositioned the craft’s armament along the outer edge of the pod (presumably laser cannons) and added air intakes on the upper rear contour of the body on either side of the cockpit. He also removed the ion cannon turret, leaving only its circular mounting. Published sketches contract one-another on the craft’s rear section—this MOC follows the sketch detailing a small array of heat dispersion fins and idiosyncratically angled thrusters.
Why this ad hoc “ugly”—based on a design familiar to audiences from the Battle of Yavin—was abandoned in favor of a new craft based on a modified version of the Incom T-47 Airspeeder is not entirely clear. Ultimately, introduction of the eye-catching T-47 endowed the rebel garrison with an iconic atmospheric speeder and set up some of the drama of the battle; it also had the effect of making the garrison look less provisional and its airfleet less jury-rigged than if it were merely attempting to make due with refitted starfighters.
See Joe Johnston and Nilo Rodis-Jamero, The Empire Strikes Back Sketchbook (New York: Ballantine, 1980), 15-17.
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Posted 29 June 2011 - 06:08 AM
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Posted 29 June 2011 - 06:17 AM
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Edited by Mr Man, 29 June 2011 - 12:06 PM.
Posted 29 June 2011 - 06:06 PM
A great presentation of this design skecth made in bricks! It's really accurate.
I disagree. The cockpit works perfectly here in my opinion. As you can clearly see in the design concept, this prototype snowspeeder has a wedge shaped cockpit, unlike the later snowspeeder which has more a sloped cockpit screen. Thus the wedge-shaped cockpit screen is a great piece for these angles.
All the best,
Posted 29 June 2011 - 06:10 PM
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Posted 29 June 2011 - 08:45 PM
Will you be doing more prototype mocs?
Edited by simonjedi, 29 June 2011 - 08:46 PM.
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Posted 29 June 2011 - 10:04 PM
Though I noticed no insulators between the heatsink fins like on the speeders we are use to.
Great designing and may the Eurobrick be with you 'Aleksei Stetskii' !
Posted 02 July 2011 - 02:46 AM
I have always wondered whether this piece would work as well - in my opinion it would capture the curvature of the cockpit better than the stock canopy, which is admittedly rather boxy.
Oh, and if, Aleksei Stetskii, you are planning on making more concept art MOCs, might I suggest this or this? The pictures here would help you with the former, and the latter is basically an Eagle Transporter (pictures here). Good luck!
Posted 02 July 2011 - 04:22 AM
Though if you took two of the halved versions of that brick and SNOT them... there's an idea.
Posted 03 July 2011 - 01:36 PM
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