The USS Ares (NCC-1650) is a ship that we are introduced to in the short fan made film titled "Star Trek: Axanar - Prelude to Axanar". The USS Ares was the prototype of the Ares class and it was commanded by Garth of Izar during the Four Years War.
Whenever I build a TOS era (or in this case, a pre-TOS era ship, I often try to build one in TMP era style. This model is one such build.
You can read all about my original Ares build, as well as the second build I did of her by going to THIS LINK.
Ever since I built by USS Ares in 1:2500 scale, I've often wondered what a TMP era refit version of the ship might look like. I eventually stumbled across a picture someone had done up of her and finally gave in and attempted to build my own. As I did with my second Ares build, I made up a template and used that to help cut out the correct sized parts. My model is not an exact replica. I am not an expert scratch builder, so I had to make do with what parts I had on hand. I also noticed the my nacelles are not as long as the ones in the picture, however, in the end, I think she turned out pretty good. I may even attempt at making another one.
USS Ares (NCC-1650)
Ares Class Refit
1:2500 Scale AMT Kitbash
Since I had built this style of ship twice before, I was pretty prepared for the challenges of scratch-building yet another similar vessel.
And the first step was to make a template to allow me to easily size up the different parts of the ship. Thanks to modern technology, making templates for my 1:2500 scale parts was a breeze. I opened up Microsoft Word and then zoomed the edit screen to be the same size as the paper I would be printing on. I then inserted the picture and re-sized the picture so that the saucer section was as large as my physical piece. Save and print and I now have a template.
If you would like a copy of the template I made, simply click on THIS LINK.
And on to the build! I cut out the bottom of the saucer section and then "filled" it in with sheet styrene. I also cut out a majority of the bottom of the saucer section, and then remounted it to my sheet styrene. I was hoping to save the sensor dome and phaser banks.
Looking at my work the next day, I think that the sensor dome is now sticking out too far from the bottom of the saucer and will hinder the deflector dish. I had to carefully remove that with my exacto knife. I then cut out the sensor dome and glued that on to my modified saucer section.
After a nice long 3 day holiday weekend break, I made a bit of progress with the saucer section. After cutting out the template for the engine section, I used it to cut several pieces of sheet styrene. Unfortunately, I don't have the skill set to make the correct details on the top of the engineering section, so I used some various greebles from my parts box.
Home stretch baby! Dreaded nacelle mounting was completed and did some minor touch-up paining all over the ship.
This was a fun little project that re-challenged my building skills. I hope you enjoyed following along with my build of her.
As always, I hope you found this article useful and informative. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to comment below.
So for now, "Live long and prosper!!!"