9 Feb 2018

The size of the U.S.S. Discovery from Star Trek Discovery

The USS Discovery NCC-1031 was a 23rd century Federation Crossfield-class starship, under the command of Captain Gabriel Lorca.

  • The premise for all my deck calculations: a deck is 2.5m + 0.5m for EPS cables, power cables, ... = 3m height for a deck.

As size reference I used a promotion picture of the USS Discovery:

picture by CBS
schematic by Eaglemoss
schematic by Eaglemoss
With this information I have calculated a length of 521m.

The size of the ship is also reflected in the size of the bridge, which extends over one and a half decks (a human is between 1.80 and 2.00 meters tall). Commander Michael Burnham (actress Sonequa Martin-Green) is 1,64m tall.

screencap by trekcore.com
foto by fotographer Caitlin Cronenberg

4 Feb 2018

The size of the U.S.S. Shenzhou from Star Trek Discovery

The USS Shenzhou NCC-1227 was a 23rd century Federation Walker-class starship, under the command of Captain Philippa Georgiou. (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello")

  • The premise for all my deck calculations: a deck is 2.5m + 0.5m for EPS cables, power cables, ... = 3m height for a deck. Starfleet ships have 4m (3m deck high + 1m Jeffries tube).

This is the side view of the USS Shenzhou:

schematic by Eaglemoss

With this information I have calculated a length of 375m.

The size of the ship is also reflected in the size of the bridge, which extends over one and a half decks (a human is between 1.80 and 2.00 meters tall).

foto by Aaron Baiers

2 Jul 2017

Reman Scorpion Fighter

This is the design sketch of the Reman Scorpion Fighter from Star Trek Nemesis. The Remans are seen for the first time in Nemesis and I love the design of this ship because it looks Reman but is significantly influenced by the Romulan design.

As labeled on the Polar Lights package the scale of the model is truly 1/32. The Fighter is 18,8cm long when it is assembled. This results in a length of 6,01m in 1/1.
design scetch by John Eaves (trekcore.com)




The kit itself is very accurate and nicely detailed. Nevertheless, there are some serious errors which I have corrected:
  • I replaced the bow and detailed it according to the original 
  • the seats I have given a pad 
  • the landing gear is designed after the original 
  • I have extended the struts



27 Jun 2016

Romulan Warbird - Kit Review

This is the Romulan Warbird resin kit in Studio Scale from Timeslip Creations as seen in Star Trek The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.

Here is my size report of the Romulan Warbird. The reason why I bought the model is that the studio scale corresponds to 1/1400.
  • kit contains 43 parts
  • you can light up the model because it is hollow
  • very detailed clear Warp engines
  • no deflector part
  • no Romulan Decals

 main body parts are hollow

top part of the Warbird with AMT USS Enterprise-D saucer

details of the bottom part of the Romulan Warbird


 

 

19 Jun 2016

Romulan Shuttle - Kit Review

This is the Romulan Shuttle resin kit in 1/72 from Bad Azz as seen in Star Trek Deep Space Nine "In The Pale Moonlight".

(Box Art) JT-Graphics.com
  • The kit includes 23 highly detailed parts.
  • The main body of the Shuttle is hollow casted so if you like you can insert a Romulan cockpit.
  • If you want to light up the Shuttles engines it is necessary to cast the Warp engine parts in clear resin.
  • You can pose your Shuttle with extended or retracted landing gear.





I don't like the Decals because the Romulan text font is not very exact.

Bad Azz Romulan Shuttle Decals    -     real Romulan Text Font
AMT Starfleet Runabout with Romulan Shuttle 

12 Jun 2016

Klingon D-5 Class - Coloration

The Klingon D-5 Class has an light greenish gray base coat.

screenshot by trekcore.com (ENT "Judgement")
I used Vallejo Model Air Gunship Green 71014 (50%) + US Light Grey 71045 (50%).


For the armor plates I used a mix of Vallejo Model Color Gunship Green 70895 (70%) + Glaze Medium (30%).


In my next step I used a rough bristle brush to speckle the plating with Vallejo: Gunship Green 70895 (33%) + US Dark Green 70893 (33%) + Pale Sand 70837 (33%)

detail of the speckle effect for Klingon D-5 Hull Plates
screenshot by trekcore.com (ENT "Augments")



For the "radiator grill" I used Vallejo Panzer Aces Dark Rust 302 and Light Rust 301.


Dark parts and shades are painted with Vallejo USA Olive Drab 70889.



5 Jun 2016

Klingon D-5 Class

John Eaves created the Klingon D-5 class. It is an advanced design of the Klingon Tanker from ENT "Marauders".
design sketch of John Eaves

As seen in Star Trek Enterprise - this is the Klingon D-5 resin kit from Starcraft in 1/1400. It's a perfect detailed kit with very small parts and 15,5cm in length.

My only change was to cut the mounts of the braces.