Recently I've picked up an interest in the Y-Wing from the Star Wars original trilogy. This interest inspired me to try creating y-wings of my own, inspired by Lego's sets of the past and my own design choices. However, there was one thing that began to haunt me: the UCS Y-Wing. It seemed so distant, so impossible, so... intriguing. Just last night I handed myself the challenge of creating my own on LDD. However, I decided to stray from the instructions and allow my imagination to flow. Using pictures of the original set and some diagrams of the ship I built a (very) inaccurate depiction of the Y-Wing to the best of my ability.
It was designed to be cost-effective, to be simple, to be everything the smaller versions stood for. It was my way of moving on from my childhood and onto bigger things, but still holding onto the past ever so slightly. It wasn't designed to be accurate; rather, at the time I designed it for fun, and thus it isn't very well thought out. Everything is pieced together so that it can be easily disassembled for travel or storage and quickly put back together. Each section is held together with 4-5 pins, hopefully making the connections strong enough for display.
Due to my inexperience with UCS, or building anything good in general, it is a bit simplistic in design, and has several design errors, such as the body being too short and so on. The likelihood of me changing the design is small, as I have become rather fond of its flawed nature.
Though the body is inaccurate, I am very happy with how it turned out. While still holding some properties of the original, it has a certain Kenner-toyishness to it that makes me smile. Perhaps labeling it a UCS is erroneous; rather, it is just a large version of your standard Y-Wing set, but without any special building styles. Unless I get the uncontrollable urge to change something, this is how it will look.
I hope you enjoyed this build and, if you want the LDD file, I will be happy to provide it. Thank you for reading!
And if you want to build it yourself or change it up to your liking here's the LDD file!