14 December 2013

UES Constellation Complete

16 September 2013

A new 1:1000 project

Well, I decided to take my old 1:1000 refit that I had experimented with last year and do some work on her. She isn't named at the moment, but she is a TOS/TMP hybrid.

This is a very ROUGH stage... revision.

12 September 2013

Plastic Surgery on a Starship

Some photos of my recent starship plastic surgery.

The short of it - the starboard pylon was sagging and the nacelle was canted inboard. I used sheet styrene and Plastistruct to brace it up and fill in the gaps.

Unfortunately, one of my kids seems to have gotten a hold of the camera, and several images are missing.

11 September 2013

Introducing the UES Constellation

Behold... she still needs fitting out, but she's been launched from the builder's yards.

31 August 2013

TOS Shuttlecraft - With a Twist

Those of you following my modeling work know I have been working in an alternate universe of late. Here is the Clare, #1 shuttlecraft of the UES Constellation in my United Earth Interstellar Confederation universe. The model is the AMT original series shuttlecraft (25th Anniversary pop of the kit) and the decals (except for the windows, impulse engines, and door button which are kit originals) are custom to my specification by JDecals.

The upper hull is Testors silver, the lower hull is Tamiya IJN gray (Sasebo Arsenal). Nacelle forward caps were painted white and then dipped in Tamiya clear orange. Nacelle aft caps were brushed with Tamiya metallic gray. Highlights on the nacelles and underside are in Tamiya copper and bronze.

The final clear coat is drying now, and tomorrow it will get hung up in my daughter's room. More pics will follow at that time.

30 June 2013

New Model Project - Star Fleet Cutter

Well, I have two new modeling projects on the bench. The first is the following cutter spacecraft. She's entirely scratchbuilt... can you guess what supplies I used?

18 June 2013

Detail of the United Earth Interstellar Confederation Logo from the Kongo Build

Because I figure folks might be curious, here is the artwork that JDecals reproduced for me for the side of the Kongo build. The center part of the emblem is taken from the spacesuit patch in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The graphic manipulation was done by Masao Okazaki.

17 June 2013

Modeling Project - UES KONGO

This is the Polar Lights 1:1000 Constitution class kit. I had originally intended to paint her in Motion Picture era colours, but my test was a disaster and I shot her with Testors gloss silver instead. The bussard collectors are Tamiya clear orange with a hint of clear red mized in. Most of the dark gray decals are Tamiya metallic gray.

Decal-wise, the windows (which I admittedly went a bit crazy with on the lower saucer) are from the kit, as are several of the greeblie detail decals.

The energized warp coils, is from the JTGraphics kitbashers set, and the impulse engine is a combo of one of his decals and one from the kit. The gangway hatches also came from his sheet, as did the subspace antennae (triangles on the bottom saucer) and the pylon vents.

JDecals provided the custom pennants, registry numbers, and name, as well as the United Earth Interstellar Confederation 'meatball' logo just aft of the bridge dome.

Now, just to be a jerk... I didn't use a single drop of decal set... most all of the decals, and most especially JDecals' custom ones, went down utterly smooth as silk.

She still needs two more shots of clear coat and then she'll be done.

Enjoy the pics...

All original material (C) 2007-2010 by Father Robert Lyons.

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