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This article shows a step-by-step guide on how to model a Koensayr Manufacturing BTL Y-Wing Starfighter straight from the Star Wars Universe!
Step 1: Materials
Materials in this project includes varying sizes of wooden popsicle sticks. Tongue depressors were specially useful for wide pieces and wood stirrers you can knock off at your local starbucks were used for smaller pieces like the Y-wing's engines.
Varying toothpicks can be used for the much smaller pieces like the Y-wing's blaster and ion cannons.
Wooden spoons were used for the round exhaust nozzles.
Step 2: Tools
Tools used in this project were basic cutting and wood carving tools. An olfa precision art knife was used but an x-acto with no. 11 blade would do nicely.
A moto tool proved invaluable for basic shaping and finishing. Particularly handy were the drum and disc sander attachments and various shapes of wood cutting bits available for dremel hand tools. Be careful in using the moto tool since you'll be shaping some really tiny parts!
White glue was the only adhesive necessary for the project. Since white glue dries soooo sllooowwwwllyyyyy, plastic clamps were necessary to hold pieces in place.
Finally, a pair of nice tweezers was used to handle and mount small parts to the much larger pieces.
Step 3: Search for schematics
Schematics available from the internet provided the pattern to shape the major parts of the Y-wing. Keyword for google images : Y wing schematics. Download an image and scale and print a copy based on available materials at hand. The widest popsicle stick (or wooden tongue depressor) must match the widest component in the schematics. In this case, the popsicle stick must not be wider than the y-wing's main fuselage.