Y-Wing Saber – A For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the BTL-A4 Y-Wing Fighter

Hello Everybody, today I have a saber based on a famous starfighter that was a multi-role spacecraft and very durable. This space ship was the equivalent of the famous A-10 Warthog fighter/bomber aircraft of the American military – both could take a beating. Anakin Skywalker had a Y-Wing fighter during the Clone Wars but his was brand new and looked much more streamlined due to the panelling and armour plating – whilst the Y-Wings we usually think of look much more skeletal as most of the bodywork was scavenged or lost. You will have seen Y-Wings during the original trilogy movies, especially during the two Death Star battles.

You can clearly see that this version of the Y-Wing has seen some action…and you can easily see how the ship got it’s name. The fuselage and cockpit forming the stem of a letter “Y” whilst the engines stretch out to form the arms. Now I can’t remember what I was doing that inspired me to model this as a saber but I did and I think it’s about time I revealed my Y-Wing Saber….Gallery Time…..

I started at the front with the cockpit section – seemed a good idea. As this was going to be a saber I didn’t add the two small laser canons in the nose as they would get snagged up as you tried to handle the blade. The rest of the cockpit is there and looks fairly close, including a small laser turret at the rear (the gun barrells being able to be folded down out of the way). There is “Greebling” details on the side to try and replicate bits of mechanical parts where panels are missing. The long thin neck section is the handgrip and is adorned with some pipework and brackets to again represent possibly fuel lines etc (these are a little more flush with the fuselage so don’t get in the way and provide a bit of grip). Following further down the hilt we get to the main structure which acts as the switch section for the hilt. I added a lit activation switch disguised as part of the pipework (the junction fixture). If you zoom in REALLY close you can even see the bolts that I modelled to hold the plumbing in place! The main blade’s emitter is situated at the rear of this fuselage section and is flanked by the engine outriggers that house the secondary blades. There is more Greebling details on the main fuselage and on the outriggers. A close-up of the panels can be seen in the last image,.

Now this saber is based on a spaceship so I should really show you how it looks in space, so here are a handful of “in flight” images!

Well, it sorta looks like a Y-Wing and I like the engines and the side blades. With the elongated neck section the Y-Wing takes on a sort of Trident shape but I feel it is still recognisable.

Now that just about wraps up this homage to a workhorse spaceship that helped save the galaxy more than once. But it isn’t quite the end of this post…I have some news of new arrivals! This week I received a present or two, first I got a few new NERF blasters so I can keep practising my sharpshooting (Safely)….and if you look closely at the picture….you might see a saber…

Yes I have succumbed and got some blasters or two, the Nerf Havok Fire EBF-25 and the Volt SD-1. The Volt is a single shot pistol that you load a dart, pull the orange drawbar to cock it then pull the trigger to fire, Simple. The Havok Fire…well that’s a beast! It is loaded by using a belt of cartridges – each with a dart in – and when in full automatic mode it fires all 25 darts in about 3-4 seconds! The rest of the blasters you may have seen in my previous posts. And the lightsaber? That is absolutely amazing… a gift from a member of the saber forum I use who liked my designs so much and thought I contributed to the community that he wanted to give me the saber. He read comments that I hoped to pick one up and he had a spare so gave me it . It is a Qui-Gon Jinn replica made by Ultrasabers but the member upgraded it a bit. I will do a full article showing the new blasters and saber very soon.

But I am now nearing the end of this post and I’d like to say a big thank you for checking this Y-Wing inspired saber out. I have much more coming up in future posts (as you can see^) so I hope you will return to see those posts too. Whether this is your first visit to FTSabersite or you are a regular thanks so much. I am now going to practice my target shooting at some cardboard cutouts! Till next time….

“Y-Wing Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the BTL A4 Y-Wing Starfighter seen in Star Wars Clone Wars and movies. The saber is designed and modelled by For Tyeth in Blender 3D and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2022. “Y-Wing”, Star Wars and all other names, logos, images and related materials are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

7 thoughts on “Y-Wing Saber – A For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the BTL-A4 Y-Wing Fighter”

  1. Hi FT
    I think that you should expand your blog to a few sci-fi models as well as Sabers. Your skill level is clearly beyond just sabers. That’s just my opinion. There are so may custom items you could do.
    I love seeing just how far your design skills have progressed in the last couple of years. You started modifying other people’s art, you are now creating your own bespoke designs, and you clearly have the skills to expand your portfolio. I Hope I’m not speaking out of place.

    1. Your comments are very kind Neo and very good ideas. I may soon be expanding the topics I cover on my blog as I am finding it hard to keep up with Star Wars content due to all the new shows and movies are on Disney+, to which I can’t afford a subscription. As a result I haven’t seen The Mandalorian or any of the new stuff. Branching out to cover other franchises might be the way to go. Thank you as always.

  2. Nice work, as always.
    I’d love to fire some saber bolts into poo-tin. Maybe fly the BTL-A4 Y-Wing Fighter up his asp.
    I’m so upset!

    1. Hi Resa, I don’t want to sound like I want more war but if the Y-Wing did exist it would help the oppressed people to fight back. In the movies the Y-Wing is a multi-role vehicle that could dogfight and drop munitions.
      However from what I have seen on TV the real life state of the conflict looks as if it is going to be entrenched warfare and very drawn out.
      I hope I’m wrong….
      Thanks Resa and keep up hope.

  3. Cool design for one of the classic vehicles from the OT, and the shape lends nicely for a saber. I loved the Kenner toy version packaging which showed Admiral Ackbar in the cockpit (as they never made a Y-Wing pilot figure like they did for the X, B and A Wings). The Kenner die cast version is really cool. It’s a good-looking ship!

    1. Hi TVTA, couldn’t agree more – I think the great aircraft designer R.J. Mitchell who designed the Supermarine Spitfire said if it looked right it would fly/operate right. And the Y-Wing just looks so rugged and dependable – even more so when you see later stripped down versions without the bodywork.

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