Sorry to CRUSH YOUR DREAMS (hehe), but you'll be getting templates that act as a guide for pipe widths and bending. I'll post them here as I go along, so people can get a head start if they wish - but it might be a good idea to wait until the kits are in-hand, just so you have something to reference against.
Today is all about cleaning and cooking and prep for a Halloween Party, so I won't have any time to work on this until tomorrow. I'l have more pics then of course.
I also still have all my notes from the hands-on-with-calipers session I had with the original prop, so you'll also get nose gun brass width and length instructions, and length data on the Plastruct T rods for the engines! It should be the same as the MR Y-Wings, since we were held to that particular model for certain things, but it's good to reference the original specs.
I tried to get close to Pantone color codes with the deco, too - so you can maybe get close to the color on the Red Y, 30 years on. I assume it has shifted a bit, with exposure to light, dust, pot smoke, etc.
Hi Jason with regards to the Pantone paint. I always regarded the red y as being caboose red with a misted original base color. Perhaps the closest being tamiya insignia white over the obvious grey and black primer/ base coat. Although some of the refs appearing to be orange on color for the red markings we know without the flash they are obviously red. Just wanting you're thoughts on the color markings of the original I guess.
I just received the early casting of the new Y-Wing, in Red flavor™... it is a stunner. I do not say this lightly. It is a completely new beast from any thing that has preceded it, and absolutely DECIMATES the older kits and MR offering. I just washed the parts in warm soapy water, and will spend the next few days wrapping my head around this thing, so I can begin making the instructions for everyone. I'll be tackling the nest of piping first - it's gonna be the most tedious but also probably a very rewarding part of the build for a lot of you guys. My personal aim is to make this easy and concise, for builders from "this is my first resin kit" to "jaded old fart". I can't get over what Neisen, his team, and Salzo have wrought. It's... it's... full of stars....
Hey, it's wet and free of any hand oils!
Gort Roll Call for Red Jammer build team!
John Curilla, ILM equal pattern maker, vintage kit collector, greeble hunter, kit engineer
Dan Loes, vinatge kit collector, greeble hunter extraordinaire.
Jamie Farthing, pattern maker, kit collector, greeble hunter, kit engineer and Y wing Jedi master.
Isel Caro, kit collector, greeble hunter.
Steve Neisen, kit engineer, mold maker, casting, pattern maker, greeble hunter.
I hope Jason can show the effort on the build thread that went into this pattern... with it's accuracy and the attention we put in with the model maker in mind. It is a work of art.