Thursday, January 29, 2015

1/1000 Scale Excelsior NX-2000 Post 2

I've been testing the interior illumination Strip LED lighting in the saucer section. So far, so good.

Too bad the plastic has somewhat yellowed with the years. I might be able to neutralize that with a thin translucent blue glaze. I will experiment. I might also be able to reduce the yellowing by thinning the plastic more around the wind areas.

I placed a single forward facing white spotlight for the under hull area.

Testing out the lower level lighting in the new shuttle bay area and the cargo bay.

A quick test of the deflector without the clear piece placed in. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

1/1000 Scale Excelsior NX-2000 Post 1

As my resurgence of Star Trek modeling continues, I've started creating an NX-2000 version of the Excelsior. There were several areas of the kit that needed to be made accurate and other areas that need to be converted to make it the NX version.

These are some of the better reference pics I'm working with.

Now for the Model

First off 2 main differences on the NX version of the Excelsior compared to the STVI version the AMT kit represents is the rear implies crystal and the bridge. I'm int he process of resculpting these areas. The model will be illuminated and the actual crystal will be recast from a Round 2 1/1000 scale Reliant kit.

As everyone knows the lower cargo bay of the AMT model is the most inaccurate piece on the whole kit aside from the inaccurate slope of the lower hull. I'm in the process of building a new cargo bay based of reference pics from the Christies auction. I also used DLM replacement parts for the rear torpedo launchers and neck area.

The lower saucer / neck section of the AMT model was horrible and Round 2 fixed this error on the Enterprise B re-release. Here I did my best to simulate what Round 2 did. It needs some fine tuning, but it's almost there.

I used Paragraphix HD Blue LED Strips for the Warp Engine effects. I will only be illuminating the top of the nacelles, not the sides as in the Greg Jein model made for Voyager. I'm really happy with how the lighting effect in the nacelles is turning out so far. The diffused LEDs look like glowing warp coils.

The last major conversion area is the rounded window section behind the shuttle bay. I have no actual references of how it was illuminated in the Star Trek III, but I've seen some nice CGI renders where this section was blue; so I'm going for that effect here as well.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Refit 1/1000 Ptolemy Class

It’s been almost 2 years since I posted here. I took my regular hiatus from Trek Mdoels and have felt a resurgence lately. I broke down my mental barrier of “I cannot get into a another scale, 1/1400 is my only scale” and have moved into 1/1000 scale. So after the dust settled in my brain I freaked out and started setting up projects left and right. Now I have at least 5 1/1000 scale projects lined up.

Here’s my first project, a Movie Era Refit version of the TOS Ptolemy design.

Using Freebies from Vance’s Schematics at, I was able to create a diagram of what I want the refit Potemly to look like.

The core model will be a the 1/1000 1701-A refit with custom rear pylons and an elevated middle saucer deck with full shuttle / cargo bays. The deflector dish will be under mounted on the saucer and additional detail on the impulse and pylon areas will be cast from the 1/1000 Reliant kit.

Shopping List

Federation Models Fire Support Destroyer 
I will be using almost all of this kit in the conversion

Federation Models 1/1000 Movie Era Shuttlecraft. 
I want to display 1 open hanger deck in the saucer area with shuttles in it.

Federation Models 1/1000 Saucer Mounted Deflector Dish.
I will be illuminating this kit, so I will have to drill out the actual deflector and replace with a clear bit.

PNT Models Ptolemy Conversion Kit
This conversion kit is perfect for the cargo pod. I will be adding some additional detail and running lights on the pod as well.

Tena Controls 1/1000 Refit Light Kit
This is a really nice light kit for any movie era ship, check the video out, the deflector warm up is beautiful.

Paragraphix Brass etched detail set
I will mainly be using this for the warp engine and impulse grills, but the shuttle bay can be modified to be the interior of the cargo bay I mentioned above.

Acreation Models 1/1000 Refit Aztec Decals / Blue Version
I know this guy fell by the wayside, but his decals were the best on the market. Thankfully I scored a few sets of them in advance.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

S.S. Rocinante From the Vanguard Novels 1/144 Scale

I love the Vangaurd Novels and Love Cervantes Quinn's character.
I've had an itch lately to make the S.S. Rocinante in 144 scale and think I've cracked the code.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

TOS G5 Station Finished Video

Here's a quick video I put together to show the lighting effects on the station.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Cardassian Bok'Nor Freighter

This freighter featured in 1 episode of Deep Space Nine was one of many redresses of the Merchantman Freighter first seen in Star Trek III.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

TOS G5 Station Assembled Almost Done

The painting masks are removed, the main station pieces are assembled and some details have been painted. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

TOS G5 Station Painting Update

After a grueling week of applying Aztek Dummy vinyl paint masks,  I finally finished.