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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 02 February 2020 at 4:09pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Iím not on Pinterest.

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But...neither am I. Yet I can still see it. Huh.

 

Okay, then, here's an alternate link:

https://imgur.com/CVdf16o

 

And an aftermarket set designed for the same kit, but with graphics from the same designer:

https://www.vcshobbies.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/p-9997 -PGMS-184-1.jpg

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Review of the shared Enterprise/Reliant Aztec decal set:



Looks pretty much in the same ballpark as the previous releases, although itís unfortunate that Round 2 has, in recent years, been offering the ďwallpaperĒ decals as a separate item in order to keep the actual kitsí costs down. The original issue of the 1/1000 Refit came with the hull paneling decals, but the Reliant did not. Now, neither kit comes with them, and if you want the decals for one model, you have to get them for both.

The basic markings which come with the Refit kit do look to be an upgrade, though, since they include 1701-A markings for the very first time (...those were previously only available in a generic Constitution class decal set offered by Round 2). The damage decals are neat, although Iím not yet sure if theyíre just generic, or are film-specific. It looks like the specific damage from TWOK can be accurately replicated if one so desires, but not necessarily the damage from the later films (particularly, the patched-up damage from TSFS).

Having already gone all-out on my own Refit model, last year, I donít really see a need to pick up this new iteration. Building entirely new model(s) from scratch just to replicate the damaged variants from TREKs II, III, V and VI is a little too obsessive-compulsive, even for me! I have a lovely Refit, destroyed Refit, and 1701-A, and those must suffice. On the flipside, I still have an unfinished Reliant (thatís just been sitting around with a first primer coat) to get back to working on. 
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Posted: 05 March 2020 at 11:21pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Jaw-dropping. He even replicated the electrical wiring and unfinished detailing of the port side of the model. And this is the 1/1000 (11Ē long) kit!

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Posted: 06 March 2020 at 11:52am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Technically this is accurate, since the external wiring IS visible in some shots.
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Yep. The earlier Smithsonian restorations tried to hide and clean all of that wiring up, but the 2016 restoration put everything back as closely as possible to the state the model was in at the time it was last filmed, in 1967. Including the wiring running along the side of secondary hull!
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Started an interesting little projectóusing a spare 1/1000 Refit Enterprise kit to depict the original Richard Taylor version of that design, as first built and seen in early publicity photos and merchandise. There are notable differences in the Bridge B/C deck structure, the lower saucer sensor dome, the photo torpedo tubes, and the markings, to say nothing of the ship being positively covered in red pinstriping. 

The model was altered into its final configuration after a water leak damaged the Bridge piece, and also after Doug Trumbull came in and decided to have the self-illuminating spotlights added to the design.

Construction is essentially finished, with only the tedious process of seam-filling remaining. However, I may have to wait a bit to continue, since this upcoming book might have some new photos and information on this early iteration of the TMP ship:



Meanwhile, I also started construction on that 1/1000, production-style TOS Enterprise Iíve been trying to build for 17 years. Just that and the Excalibur left to go.

...however, I had a moment right out of Donnerís SUPERMAN, the other day, and found the 1/350 TOS kit ďcallingĒ to me from my closet. As some will recall, my build stalled a few years back due to difficulties with dampening the sound from the rotating engine fansí motors. Now, however, my skillset and experience have expanded to the point where I think Iím ready to jump back in. Iím rethinking the electronics from the ground- up, and the time-gap has also provided a lot of useful new information on the 11í filming modelís finer details, thanks to the 2016 NASM restoration.

So, Iíll be using the 1/1000 build for color tests while working out the problems with the 1/350 model.


Havenít done too much on the modeling front lately because Iíd been working on a replica of a PHASE II phaser pistol, which turned out nicely. 

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Posted: 03 June 2020 at 9:34am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

IT IS ALIVE!!!!!
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Posted: 03 June 2020 at 10:12am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

(Insert snarky comment about pronouns here.)


And STAR TREK is not. But, yes, alive it is. The models are life. The models must flow.
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Looking good. Still no interior, unfortunately.

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I have a Hallmark shuttlecraft that satisfies my needs in that direction.
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Posted: 11 July 2020 at 9:27pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Still debating picking it up, myself. Iíll probably wait and see what the aftermarket has to offer in terms of upgrade/interior parts.

Of course, Matt Jefferies was never fond of the design, which was a necessary compromise in to allow for the on-set mockup to be built affordably (nice, cheap, flat sheets of plywood vs. all of those expensive curves seen in Jefferiesí shuttle concept art). But Iím still fond of the design, because...TOS! And there is a certain charm in the boxy simplicity of it.
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Finally received STAR TREK- THE MOTION PICTURE: INSIDE THE ART AND VISUAL EFFECTS. Itís a beautiful book thatís full of rare artwork and photos, and is an excellent look at the production design of that troubled film.

The chapter on the Enterprise redesign does indeed feature a few useful images of the early iteration of the studio model, which will help me with my own build.

And, by sheer coincidence, David Shaw recently revealed his version of that design, using the old 22Ē AMT model as a base.



Also, Iíve recently gotten into 3-D modeling and 3-D printing (for a very special, non-TREK-related project), and I may just use that new skillset to generate a part or two for this build (such as a more detailed impulse engine crystal to replace the inaccurate one which comes with the 1/1000 kit).



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