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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 23 July 2010 at 10:37pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Of course! I didn't make the connection! You've mentioned a love for Space Battleship Yamato before, yes?
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Posted: 23 July 2010 at 10:49pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Yup!  

BTW, Rick Sternbach, at his late 1980's SDCC Trek panel, strongly denied that the destruction of the Galaxy-class USS Yamato was an in-joke or homage to the FINAL YAMATO movie...  ;)

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It's really amazing how many variations can be wrung out of that little kit. Ya can't stop with just one!
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Posted: 24 July 2010 at 4:40pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Some news from the Round 2 blog... 

First look at the test of the retooled Romulan Bird of Prey, and a rather embarrassing typo with the Enterprise-C repop decals.

EDIT - On a sad note, looks like it's been confirmed that the original AMT USS Excelsior molds were permanently altered to the Enterprise-B configuration.



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Posted: 31 July 2010 at 10:53am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Two more!

http://www.starshipmodeler.us/gallery14/gk_062810_const.htm

http://www.starshipmodeler.us/gallery14/gk_062810_entp.htm

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Posted: 02 August 2010 at 10:34am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Naked (Gray) Lady Alert!

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Nicely done Greg! 

I'm seeing a lot of blue color hues in those photos...  Is that from the camera, or just the way the lighting is interacting with the grey shading? 

Was the original production miniature painted grey, but ended up looking blue-ish due to optical processing?

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It's the lighting.

The color of the Enterprise is something that will be debated until the end of time, although the paint used on the FX model has been pretty much pinned down.

http://www.culttvman2.com/dnn/tabid/74/ctl/ArticleView/mid/4 08/articleId/7/Default.aspx

But, thanks to TV reception, optical compositing, and varying film stocks, the ship's on-screen look is all over the map--from gray to blue to white to green.

It's really amazing how many different colors work for people building scale models of the ship. Pretty much all them still look "right", somehow!

My preferred base color is Testors Gull Gray, which is a light gray color with a hint of green--just like the original model. And it's not too intense for the scale. Its appearance can really vary under different lighting conditions too--light gray, slate gray, green, blue, etc.



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Posted: 03 August 2010 at 11:11am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Not from Round 2, but it didn't take long for somebody to try and model the "Fifth Season" NX-01 [Link]

Now, let's see somebody do this with a 1/1000 PL 1701-Refit [Link]

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Posted: 03 August 2010 at 2:57pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I've been tempted.
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Posted: 09 August 2010 at 6:31pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I've been tempted.

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Look what just showed up at the SSM Store: [Link]

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Posted: 09 August 2010 at 11:22pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I saw it. Pretty neat!

There are only two issues I have with it:

1. From a purist standpoint--the damage added to the real model in the movie was purely cosmetic, and this set takes artistic license by creating actual holes in the model. More work than is needed for accuracy! Decals would be much easier!

2. From a practical standpoint--since I plan on doing the Refit and -A, doing yet another with damage would be a lot of work! I couldn't just be happy with adding the damage to a stock kit--I'd be compelled to put in a much work accurizing it as with the others.

Still, it would be fun! We'll see.

 

Oh, and I'll have some interesting photos to show here soon...

 

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