Thursday, April 28, 2016

X-65 Class Prototype Attack Vessel

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I did a quick share of this ship back when I re-wrote my Eaglemoss vs. The World Article on the Klingon Bird Of Prey.  I had intended to do a full write up about it, but the project got forgotten until now.


I have always wondered what a ship like this would look like. When the Star Trek Modelers Group on FaceBook decided to have a Star Trek/Star Wars crossover contest, it seemed to be the perfect time to give it a try since she would be very X-Wing like in appearance. The class name in fact is what the original class name was taken from the T-65 name for the X-Wing.

I now present to you my Klingon X-65 Class Prototype attack ship.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bonefish Class

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IXS Advent Vista (NX-1168)
Experimental Quantum Slipstream Drive Ship
Bonefish Class
1:2500 Scale AMT & Bandai Kitbash
 
 
 
 

A while ago, the Star Trek Modelers Group page on Facebook held a build contest where the contestants had to build a ring ship.  This was one of my entries.


Harold White Class

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USS Venture (NX-999)
Harold White Class
1:2500 Scale AMT & Bandair Kitbash
 
 
 
 

This model was a grand little experiment in making a ring ship out of a non-model part.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

3D Print Kit Review: Tactical Game Systems 1:2500 MCS-7 Class Destroyer

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This will be my first official review of a 3D printed kit.  As is always the case when I write my reviews of a kit, I had some long conversations with the designer.  As a result, I came back with a TON of behind the scenes information.  In fact, there was so much that I decided to write a sister article to this one about the designing the actual model.  You can read that interview by following THIS LINK.

To start off this new type of review, we will first focus on the 1:2500 scale MCS-7 Class Destroyer from Tactical Game Systems.

T.G.S. Promo Mini-Poster

Dave who owns and operates T.G.S. asked me to point out that the model I'm working with is a PROTOTYPE.  So please keep that in mind when reading my review.

CD7 Class Battleship

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The CD7 Class Battleship is NOT my design, however, I did ask permission to build her.  I took the original build a step further by constructing a TMP era version of the ship as well.  I was then asked to help co-write a back story for her.


The CD7 class is based in the Mirror Universe and was originally conceived by Martin Shepherd over at the Star Trek Modelers Group page on Facebook.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Borodino Class

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USS Kutuzov (NX-2202) 
Borodino Class
1:2500 Scale Bandai and AMT Kitbash
 
 
 
 

I am a MAJOR Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers in the U.S.) fan and have always wondered if I could successfully merge the two universes together.  This was my attempt...

SeaQuest Class

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USS Seaquest (NX-666)
Seaquest Class
1:2500 Scale Bandai & AMT Kitbash
 
 
 
 

This may have been the first model build I shared on the Star Trek Modelers Group Facebook page. It certainly was my first original idea for mixing parts together to make a completely new design. This was a really fun ship to design and turned out better than I thought. And my kids and nephew thought it was pretty bad-ass. The paint job is blotchy as I was still learning a few tricks of the trade; however, given the back story for the ship, the blotchiness and uneven painting actually pays off. 


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Resin Kit Review: SciFi4Real 1:2500 Phase II Refit Nacelles

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This is going to be a bit of a different kind of kit review.  This particular review won't be about an entire model, but rather about parts that can make it MUCH easier to build a certain type of ship that never made it to the screen.


For those of you who don't know what this ship is, here is a VERY brief description.  When the powers to be decided to revive Star Trek after The Original Series had been off the air for a while, they had decided to go at it from the point of view that the ship was now on it's 2nd 5 year mission.  Planning ahead, they figured that the ship would have gone through some changes from when we last saw her.  They went and did some major discussions and eventually came up with this design.  They had even gone as far as starting to build an actual studio model for her.  Sadly, the series never came to fruition and instead, the producers decided to make the first movie.  The ship then underwent some more changes but that is for a different article.

The parts we are going to take a look at are from a company called SciFi4Real.  He has created some parts that I have been anxiously trying to find.  And that would be a pair of resin 1:2500 scale nacelles for the Phase II Enterprise.