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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 27 October 2015 at 9:45am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Looks like Round 2 will be rereleasing the 1/1000 AMT/ERTL
Excelsior, with new, optional parts to build either the NX or NCC
versions of the ship.

My own Excelsior build has been on hiatus for quite some time, so
I may have to grab one of these repops and start over, assuming the
moods have been tweaked to make them more accurate.
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...so, I'm nearly done with the hero communicator and phaser, and am
hard at work on the hero tricorder.

On a related note, I also recently snagged another Art Asylum/Diamond
Select toy phaser, so as to repaint it in more accurate colors. I figure it
would be a fun piece to bring to the Vegas con, next year.

Oh, and I managed to get a Wand Company phaser remote control for
the reasonable cost of $120, thanks to a ThinkGeek coupon code. I'm
charging it as I type this, and look forward to playing around with it and
seeing how the electronics work. Comparing it to both the AA/DST
phaser and my new hero build has been interesting. They're all slightly
different in terms of shapes and proportions. The Wand replica, of
course, is scanned from the last surviving hero prop, but I daresay that
I actually prefer the look of my own hero build.

So...yeah. I may have a bit of a phaser addiction.


Anyway, these side-pieces will make excellent companions for the
1/350 model. I'm feeling very guilty that I haven't been working on the
Big E, but I must follow the whims of the modeling gods who whisper to
me.

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Posted: 08 November 2015 at 1:36pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

very cool progress Greg! The model gods told me to paint Storm Troopers.

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Posted: 16 November 2015 at 2:18am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Update from Round 2 on the upcoming Excelsior reissue. The new parts look very nice, and much more accurate than the original release. 

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Posted: 28 November 2015 at 11:40pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Coming right along on the hero tricorder. Shouldn't take too much
longer, hopefully.

And, I'm hearing the faint siren-song of the 1/350 Enterprise...
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Posted: 09 January 2016 at 6:46pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

That Excelsior looks fabulous. Looking forward to see ing more progress. I've made no progresson anything at all. 
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Posted: 09 January 2016 at 10:34pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I've had delays--first, the business of the holidays, and now, a nasty
cold. Getting close to finished on the landing party set, and when done,
I'll ease back into the 1/350 model.

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Well, I now have full-hero versions of the three classic TOS props! I'll
post some photos and video after I get a chance to take some in
daylight. A long-held dream come true, to be sure.

Now, I'm turning my eye back toward the 1/350 kit, and the motor noise
problem that made me take such a long break in the first place.
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Posted: 26 February 2016 at 10:54pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Update on the Excelsior reissue:



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Joe Boster wrote:


Think of all the possibilities of being able to just buy a Saucer section.

This really makes me want to get back to lighting my 1/350 TOS. 

Greg and others, what have you all been working on in the past 9 months?

 I opened a comic and game store and have put several models that I had bought out on the floor, Including reliant. After watching ENTERPRISE I want to buid the "refit" NX with the secondary hull. That is probably the biggest thing I missed about there not being a season 5. 

To open the store I had to rent out my old hobby room, so I have to figure out where all the parts went for project I was in the middle of. 

I liked the pre-decorated kits when I saw them at Hobby Lobby.  1/350 Klingon BOP? I've really been out of the loop modeling-wise. Interesting how ruts are formed. 

Hope this can be a vibrant thread again. 
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I picked up the smooth saucer. It'll save a lot of time, in terms of filling the gridlines. My 1/350 project is still in a holding pattern, since a lot of info about the original filming model is still coming out (and Gary Kerr is publishing his definitive history of he model and its restorations in SCI-FI & FANTASY MODELER magazine), and because I'm still working to solve the problem of noisy nacelle motors.

In the meantime, I've slowly been working on my 1/1000 scale fleet. Built a few more Constitutions, and have only a few more to go (Exeter, Intrepid, Republic, Excalibur, and the production-era Enterprise). Still have any number of other models to do, after that, such as a resin K'Tinga, the reissued Excelsior, etc., etc.

I'll have to post some photos of my most recent builds, when I get a chance. Just recently finished a Franz Joseph-style Dreadnought.
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Posted: 18 February 2017 at 9:01pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

That all sounds fantastic Greg! Looking forward to seeing your work. 

I have decided to let go one the 1/350 refit. and building a second 1/350 TOS. 

I was thinking about geting a smooth saucer and cutting it up and crashing it on the surface of a planet. 

Bought an Eagle from Hobby Lobby, but I sold it to from my store before I got a chance to mess with it. 
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Posted: 20 February 2017 at 10:56pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

My recent 1/1000 builds:


Hood: (This particular build comes from an original-issue Polar Lights kit, with the incorrect white-fill for some of decal markings, like the "L"s in front of the impulse engines. I decided to use 'em, to provide the model with a slightly different look,)


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Liking that TOS-style Reliant, Greg!

I've taken to the idea of sort of mashing that up with the TNG Nebula configuration with a smaller AWACS-type saucer riding above and behind the primary hull.  Reminiscent of the early Jefferies designs where the secondary hull was on the dorsal side.
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Posted: 21 February 2017 at 9:58am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

I think it would be neat to do a kitbash depicting one of the early, proto-Enterprise Jefferies designs--the same basic shape, but with very different details (like, say, the "nosecone" instead of the sensor dish on the front of the secondary hull).
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Have you considered a 3D printer?
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There's one of the small frustrations of my life! Apparently Strata does not talk to 3D printers!
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Posted: 21 February 2017 at 12:23pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

very nice stuff Greg! 
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Posted: 22 February 2017 at 10:34am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

I'm not a Strata user, so I don't know how complicated this possible solution would be.
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Posted: 25 February 2017 at 12:33am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

AT LAST!!!



And an in-depth video review:



I think I gotta get this. Looks to have a few minor accuracy issues, but it looks like a solid kit. 
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Posted: 25 February 2017 at 5:36pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Very nice! I What kit does not have minor accuracy issues? Maybe we can get a plastic one day...
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Managed to gather some extra funds (I turned in my last few years' worth of loose change--$100 worth!), and received the PHASE II kit, today.

Purely judging it as a garage kit, it's excellent. Aside from some warping of the connecting dorsal on the secondary hull (which I fixed by dipping it in boiling water, then straightening it), the castings are all quite lovely and detailed.

However, the kit suffers greatly when it comes to accuracy. Thanks especially to David Shaw's tremendous research (and gorgeous study model) of the PHASE II ship, there's an abundance of information available to create a very accurate model. To say nothing of Matt Jefferies' actual blueprints and other drawings having been publicly available for years. There's really no reason to get it wrong, at this point.

Unfortunately, this kit cuts corners in certain places, and suffers from the all-too-common problem of retconning TMP design elements into the PHASE II design. Overall, I'd say the kit is about 70-80% accurate. Certain details are missing/wrong, but none of the problems should be insurmountable. The most substantial work will involve the warp engines, impulse engines, connecting dorsal, and navigational deflector dish. All things considered, the kit is still an excellent base for an accurate PHASE II model, and a much easier starting point than kitbashing the 1/1000 TMP and TOS kits together.

The decals, while nice, are 95% useless to me, as they are not accurate to what the PHASE II ship would likely have used. They're more like a mix of TOS, TMP, and NuTREK markings. Fortunately, David Shaw created some excellent decal art for his 1/500 study model, and I've already scaled it down to 1/1000 and printed it onto decal paper.

This should prove to be a fun project, but it's gonna take some work. It'll be a nice change of pace, though. I've fallen quite in love with the PHASE II design, after seeing Shaw realize it as a physical model. Jefferies' drawings and the photos of the studio model being constructed don't really do it justice.


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Started working on the PHASE II model. Been reshaping and modifying parts to make them more accurate. 
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Hello all,

I know this is a thread for the model building side of Star Trek fandom but I would like to show a couple of images of starships made for Star Trek Online that I really liked.

All these designs were made for the expansion "Agents of Yesterday" that was created to celebrate Star Trek's 50th Anniversary.

They all share the 23th Century theme and I think they were all made by Hector Ortiz

I really like some of the new Klingon and Romulan ships he made such as this Klingon D5 done in TOS style.

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I think it would make have made a good addition to Star Trek and it looks even better than its Enterprise era countepart. Ironic actually.

Here are some images of the Klingon D9

Link1 Link2 Link3

And here is a new Romulan design made for the 23th Century, it shares some elements with the D'Deridex class.

Link1 Link2 Link3

Hector Ortiz also made a couple of very nice looking 23th Century Starfleet vessels.
I don't mean it bad for the guy but I like his TOS era ships in general a lot more than the new designs he made for the Online's 25th Century or the variations on existing classes.
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Posted: 15 March 2017 at 3:27pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Still working on the PHASE II model, and having a great time with it. There are, unfortunately, a lot of little inaccuracies, despite Jefferies' blueprints and such being publicly available, so it's taking awhile to get all of that taken care of.

Seeing the model in primer, it's abundantly clear that THE MOTION PICTURE redesign is essentially Jefferies' design, but with different "skin" and reworked detailing. The basic proportions and shapes are identical. The PHASE II design really is that missing transitional step between the series and the movies.
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I know this is a thread for the model building side of Star Trek fandom but I would like to show a couple of images of starships made for Star Trek Online that I really liked.

They have a Gerry Anderson feel about them.

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