Filoni said that Saw and Edrio have a u-wing and judging by their janky/modified xwings in Rogue One, perhaps this is a similar situation. The partisans take what they can get ship wise or modify for reasons we don't know yetThe trailer for the 4th (and final) season of Rebels shows U-Wings! This makes me personally happy since this extends SW fan interest in the ship (and also perhaps for my build-it-yourself plans/kit for a 1:18 scale U-Wing playset :awesome. This probably explains why Hasbro appears to be keeping their U-Wing on the shelves for their next 3.75" figure wave releases.
Here are screen grabs with my observations:
The paint details (hard to tell as the ship flies by too fast to capture) suggest this is not Cassian's.
These three shots of what appear to be the same ship are interesting: The top two engines are missing, and I think maybe the two swing wings have also been removed. So why is this? Perhaps this is a plot point -- the heroes take a U-Wing and remove its top engines and wings in order to improve its speed and maneuverability? But I am absolutely certain this is a U-Wing that's been "gimped" and not a variant ship design... having closely studied and stared at the ship for so long to make my 1:18 vehicle playset, I am confident in declaring this.
I couldn't disagree more with you. You're way too humble. Your design is awesome and is very inspirational. In fact, have you not done this model and shared your templates, I wouldn't have tried it. The time you took to actually make all the model templates fit is impressive. It's really more than 80% of the work just there. Really, it's a true masterpiece.To be completely honest with you guys, had I known hoppycreations was building a U-Wing for 3.75” figures, I’m not sure I would have continued with mine! This guy is a Jedi MASTER cardboard modeler.
I have the same problem. I usually don't keep plans and templates of what I do, except the core parts. The detailing is mostly done on the spot without keeping any templates. I usually go with the flow...Poppycreations has not released plans for his U-Wing. (Apparently, he hasn’t released plans for any of his Star Wars vehicles; he may not have any. His model making method could be scratch-building without documenting his process.)