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U-Wing 1:18 scale massive photo dump coming on Force Friday!

I’ll be dumping a whole lot of photos of the fully finished 1:18 scale U-Wing on Force Friday (September 1). It will be nearly 200 pictures (or more than 200), which will include hero shots and close-ups that will reveal the nitty-gritty spots of this vehicle playset. Personally, I always clamor to see lots of shots whenever I’m admiring someone else’s model build, both flattering and unflattering shots. Since I always designed my U-Wing to be a kit for the public to download and make for themselves, I’m aiming to give you more than enough photos of the completed ship. So you’ll have tons of visual resources to refer to if you want to build your own.

Here’s a preview below -- and the whole Rogue One gang will be there. (Bodhi cost me $21 on ebay!)

And there’s going to be one last special thing added to this U-Wing… it’s hinted at in the fourth/last photo below...













 

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You've done an amazing job on this vehicle, and I love the sharing of plans! I don't know if you had considered doing this, but one little trick I've found is to cut very thin strips of posterboard, and carefully super glue them onto the exposed edges of things to make a seamless look. The inner cardboard design is such that it would take a dab of super glue gel (from the precise applicator kind) every inch or so to hold the posterboard strip tightly. I did this trick with the paper arcade cabinets to create the edge of stripping facing the game player, to give it more 3-dimensionality. It's worth considering!
 
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Massive photo dump of fully painted 1:18 scale U-Wing vehicle playset

Happy Force Friday! I’ve put online over 200 photos of the finished, fully painted 1:18 scale U-Wing vehicle playset.

Below is just sample. You can see the rest of the photos here:
http://imgur.com/a/VCxsf































 
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Found a U-Wing on clearance at Walmart today for $9. Anyone still looking for one (if you can tolerate it after seeing WillsScholar's work!) might want to check.
 
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Here are links that may be of interest to any who are interested in building or designing cardboard toys.

I recommend this guy's YouTube videos if you want to quickly learn the basics of cutting cardboard properly:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E6UbAs2sCs

Here are two brief articles I recommend reading; they are about architecture modeling, but the general rules apply to building cardboard toys. (The first article says not to use box cutters, but ignore that since it's talking about building architecture models!)

https://youngarchitect.com/2014/03/31/building-architecture-models/
http://www.arch2o.com/make-impressive-architectural-model-complete-guide/

This guy has been building Star Wars vehicles out of cardboard for 3.75" a lot longer than I ever have. He built most of the Clone Wars era vehicles, and they are amazing. He also built his own U-Wing around the same time I was building mine. Seeing his work motivated me to up my game, adding more details to my U-Wing and building out its interior. If you are building your own U-Wing from my kit, this is the guy you should thank for inspiring me to keep at it.

https://www.youtube.com/user/hoppyscreations

Here's another Star Wars vehicle builder to check out for inspiration. He builds ships for the 6" figures, and his building material of choice is styrene (plastic sheets mostly used for architecture models):

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGIihDTqvNvcd4-wk2HC-7Q

This guy restores old toys, many of which are vintage Star Wars. He created a custom interior for the vintage AT-AT, designing original decals for the inside. In another video, he shows how to bend clear plastic sheets to make a cockpit window for the Imperial Shuttle. Both of these techniques can apply also if you're designing your own original toy. (He also makes repro decal sheets and generously gives them away.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe-GOSNxXB8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avrIvBoCyp4

Of course you should bookmark the Rebelscum photo archive of Star Wars toy vehicles. I found this a great resource for studying the photos in order to be inspired by the "look and feel" of the way Kenner and Hasbro designed things.

http://www.rebelscum.com/hasbro.asp
http://www.rebelscum.com/VINvehicles.asp

GI Joe toys are no longer popular, unfortunately. But many of the vehicles Hasbro made are amazing and should be closely studied if you are aspiring to design your own vehicles for 3.75" figures. Hasbro made such huge vehicles for the Joe figures. Check out the Defiant space shuttle vehicle playset -- that thing is just nuts!

http://www.yojoe.com/vehicles/
http://www.yojoe.com/vehicles/87/defiant/

Lastly, so you want to build your own U-Wing, but need a 3.75" Cassian figure (the one that comes with Hasbro's U-Wing) -- but you don't want to have to buy Hasbro's U-Wing and you can't find that Toys R Us exclusive two-pack with Cass and a Stormtrooper? This seller is selling spare Cassian figures that came from the factory in China that produced Hasbro's U-Wing. (He’s also selling spare TIE Pilot figures that were meant for Hasbro’s TIE Striker. Neither figure was sold by Hasbro on single card.)

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Star-Wars-Rogue-One-Tie-Fighter-Pilot-Figure-Imperial-Trooper-Action-Figure-Model-Stormtrooper-Toys-for/32801575962.html

 
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this is my u-wing hasbro , still so underscaled but with two pilots seats and a real troop transport with two sliding hatch doors. i had fun to work on this project wip actually on details , new pics coming soon after a good weathering
Hey, whatever happened to the guy that was working on this one? I was hoping to see a few more updates.
 
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A U-Wing appears in the 4th season of Star Wars: Rebels (Episodes 3 and 4). Note that the animators corrected the interior-vs-exterior dimensions paradox I wrote about earlier. The troop hold is shorter in length, shallower. There is clearly no space between the side door and arch for the fold-down seats…

(Also, the power reactor is covered by a shielding panel, or the animators neglected to put in the circular design of the power reactor.)



The animators also corrected the continuity error with the window, as you see here at the lower-left…



Again, note the interior where the arch and side door meet -- no room at all for a fold-down chair! :)



Guess who are in the pilot seats: Saw and Two Tubes!



Some exterior shots of this U-Wing in Star Wars: Rebels…









 
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My sister bought this for me. I have absolutely no interest in this thing. I never even bothered to watch the movie.

Oh well, up in the attic it goes.
 
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okay so I am very late to the party but does anyone know what the scale is of this ship? I am trying to work out it's scale based on a screen shot of a u-wing parked outside yavin base next to an x-wing. The length of an x-wing is known (12.5m) so the best I can make out is that the u-wing is 20m long.

Another way to look at it is the x wing fuselage is longer than the u-wing.

Any other pics out there of these ships next to each other?
 
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Just got the U-wing @ Wal-mart; it was on clearance for $20. So, if you haven't already gotten this & want it, you may want to check your local Wally World.

This is a GREAT vehicle. I had no intention of getting it before seeing it for this good price, but now that I opened up the box & put this together I am very impressed. It's a large vehicle, and has some interesting features re: the Wings coming outward, etc. I also don't mind the Nerf missle feature, though I know some may not like this. It's definitely got a Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon retro "vibe", and fits right in with the other vehicles in the SW universe.

My only beef is that though the figure is decent (at least as much as it can be @ 5POA), the laser pistol doesn't fit into the holster too well. But, that's not a big deal since I got this set mainly for the vehicle, not the figure.
 
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Just got the U-wing @ Wal-mart; it was on clearance for $20. So, if you haven't already gotten this & want it, you may want to check your local Wally World.

This is a GREAT vehicle. I had no intention of getting it before seeing it for this good price, but now that I opened up the box & put this together I am very impressed. It's a large vehicle, and has some interesting features re: the Wings coming outward, etc. I also don't mind the Nerf missle feature, though I know some may not like this. It's definitely got a Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon retro "vibe", and fits right in with the other vehicles in the SW universe.

My only beef is that though the figure is decent (at least as much as it can be @ 5POA), the laser pistol doesn't fit into the holster too well. But, that's not a big deal since I got this set mainly for the vehicle, not the figure.
I never got this because I thought it looked significantly under-scaled. I mean, there's no cargo area, is there?
 
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I mean, there's no cargo area, is there?
Nope, it's mostly taken up by the cockpit space. However, it's pretty much in-scale to Star Wars 'Command' figures, those plastic army men sized line that hardly sold. I got those sets for cheap anyways to make a decently scaled diorama. :)
 
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Correct. There is no cargo area re: this U-wing, and it is underscaled re: what was seen in the film. However, this is no different than most SW 3.75" vehicles - very few are to scale. And, I still think the design is fantastic.

Also, the sale price was decent - especially considering it had been going for so much more when the toy originally came out.
 
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Just got the U-wing @ Wal-mart; it was on clearance for $20. So, if you haven't already gotten this & want it, you may want to check your local Wally World.

This is a GREAT vehicle. I had no intention of getting it before seeing it for this good price, but now that I opened up the box & put this together I am very impressed. It's a large vehicle, and has some interesting features re: the Wings coming outward, etc. I also don't mind the Nerf missle feature, though I know some may not like this. It's definitely got a Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon retro "vibe", and fits right in with the other vehicles in the SW universe.

My only beef is that though the figure is decent (at least as much as it can be @ 5POA), the laser pistol doesn't fit into the holster too well. But, that's not a big deal since I got this set mainly for the vehicle, not the figure.
I'm surprised you still found them. I haven't seen one in my local Walmart in ages. I did get one earlier this year on their website and a 2nd one during the TRU closing for a decent price. I like it even if it is under-scaled. I like the fact that it's basically a Star Wars Black Hawk helicopter of sorts. I got 2 because I hope to one day customize one of them by weathering it. I recall seeing someone add longer wings that are more proportional to the ship. Not sure if I will get that fancy with it though.
 
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I'm surprised you still found them. I haven't seen one in my local Walmart in ages.
It looks like I got one of the last U-wings @ my local Wal-mart. I was there a couple of weeks after I got it & there were none left. In any case, I'm glad I was able to find it @ that price.
 
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So with the announcement of Disney Live Action TV; R1 Rebel Spy spin-off, I imagine the U-Wing will be getting more attention...

http://www.theforce.net/story/front/Diego_Luna_Returns_As_Cassian_Andor_In_New_Rogue_O ne_Spy_Thriller_Series_For_Disney_Streaming_Servic e_182398.asp


So what are the chances of the U-Wing getting a re-release, without the "nerf" element underneath - leaving room for a bigger more accurate 2-seat cockpit and canopy view out the bottom., and an actual (although minimal) troop-transport area with a sliding door underneath?

Has Hasbro ever revisited a vehicle to actually make it more show accurate?




 
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For sure Hasbro has revisited vehicles. I'm thinking about X-wings, Tie Fighters, Snowspeeders, etc, etc... They cold make it a little bigger to cram in a 2 seat cockpit and an adequate cargo area for troops. Of course not true action figure scale, but something a bit more than what we got the first time. I hope they take a 2nd stab at it. This vehicle was love at first sight for me. :wub:
 
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