16 Nov 2018

Reman Scorpion Fighter - Coloration

The Reman Scorpion Fighter has a black base coat with a greenish translucent touch.



To create this special color effect, I first sprayed the model black (Model Air Black 71057).
The green shimmer on the black hull is called interference effect. Here, the color is not only transparent, but also interacts with the base color. The darker the base color, the stronger the effect.

Star Trek Nemesis DVD Documentary (trekcore.com)
By the way: For the first time on Star Trek, these colors were used for the studio model of the Enterprise Refit.
There are special airbrush colors on the market. In this case I bought Aero Shine turquoise (28914).



For the interior I used Model Air Gunmetal 71072.
For the buttons on the LCARS I have used:
- White 70951
- German Yellow 70806
- a mix of Intermediate Green 70891 (50%) + German Yellow 70806 (50%).

The leather seats are painted with Model Color Glossy Black 70861.



I used Model Air Steel 71065 for the Disruptor Cannon.


Because this looked too blank, I wanted a more naturalistic effect. I used the Speckle Effect with a mix of Model Air Gunmetal 71072 (50%) + Steel 71065 (50%).


I painted the bluish light on the back of the wings with Model Color:
+ Field Blue 70964 (25%)
+ Glossy Black 70861 (15%)
+ Silver 70997 (35%).


15 Nov 2018

Starfleet black badge - Section 31

Recently I bought the magnetic insignia black badge seen in Star Trek Discovery.

screenshot from DIS Season 2 trailer (trekmovie.com)
This Starfleet Division badge is a exact replica of the uniform insignia worn in Star Trek Discovery. The design taken directly from the screen-used hero prop.


28 Oct 2018

The size of the USS Clarke - Malachowski Class

The USS Clarke NCC-1661 was a Malachowski class Federation starship operated by Starfleet during the mid-23rd century. It was destroyed in a battle against a Klingon fleet at the Battle of the Binary Stars in 2256.
  • 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 from the 24th century have 4m (3m deck high + 1m Jefferies tube) because from the 24th century the Jefferies tubes are located between the decks. Before, they were installed "behind the walls", like side corridors.
schematic by deg3D.biz
The ship has 9 decks.
After calculating the decks, this results in a length of 269,3m (without Jefferies tubes).

Using the 24th century Jefferies tubes the ship length would result 359,1m

20 Oct 2018

STAR TREK Size Comparison Charts - The Delta Quadrant

Here is a chart with the Delta Quadrant ships seen in Star Trek Voyager.


PS: A special thank (and all copyright) for the picture material to: John Eaves, Drex Files, Star Trek Fact Files and Star Trek The Magazine, Starship Collection Magazine and The Light Works.

Klingon Vor'cHa Class

The Vor'cHa class attack cruiser had its debut in Star Trek: The Next Generation's fourth season episode "Reunion" and got a new color scheme for Deep Space Nine.


The ship was designed by Rick Sternbach.

design sketch by Rick Sternbach
Recently I bought the Klingon Vor'cHa class plastic model kit in 1/1400. It's a very accurate kit - the whole ship is 34,5cm long when assembled.

Almost all surface details of the studio model are implemented on the miniature.


On st-bilder.de there is quite passable reference material from the studio model of the Vor'cHa class. Especially the pictures of the bottom were very helpful.

 


To detail the kit, it was necessary to add some small plastic strips. The kit itself is very fitting, so that it was not much plastic putty needed to fill in the gaps.




At the Warp nacelles I missed most of the details.




The back of the radiator block I have completely replaced because the parts were not accurate.



At the "neck" some plates were missing.


At the "head piece" I have detailed only the front elements.



The bottom was the most estensive building part. Here were some details that were not included in the production of the model kit. Presumably, because those were the parts that could be removed on the original studio model to get to the wiring.



15 Oct 2018

The size of the USS Europa NCC-1648 - Nimitz Class

The USS Europa NCC-1648 was a 23rd century Federation Nimitz class starship operated by Starfleet under the command of Admiral Brett Anderson. In 2256, the Europa was one of the nearest Federation starships sent to rendezvous with the USS Shenzhou‎ following contact with an unidentified Klingon vessel during the Battle of the Binary Stars.
  • 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 from the 24th century have 4m (3m deck high + 1m Jefferies tube) because from the 24th century the Jefferies tubes are located between the decks. Before, they were installed "behind the walls", like side corridors.
schematic by Starship Collection

After calculating the decks, this results in a length of 522,7m (without Jefferies tubes).
Using the 24th century Jefferies tubes the ship length results 696,8m for the USS Europa.

The Starship Collection magazine specifies a length of 383,3m. This seems very small due to the many windows of the USS Europa (25 decks). The decks of the ship would only have a height of 2,2m, if it were 383,3m long.
screenshot by trekcore.com (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello")
With this small length, the shuttle bay would shrink as well.
screenshot by trekcore.com (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello")

20 Sep 2018

The size of the Cardassian Hideki class

The Hideki class was a warp-capable multipurpose starship used by the Cardassian Union's military during the late 24th century.

The Hideki class was originally designed as a small Shuttle. 
design sketch by Jim Martin

screencapture by trekcore.com (DS9 "Profit and Loss")
Later, the Hideki class was used as a attack ship. Visual Effects Supervisor David Stipes has stated that an overall length of 500 feet (150 meters) was generally used onscreen. The Deep Space Nine Technical Manual gives us a Length of 85,78m.

Distances can be measured by means of the physical laws of optics.
For that I have made a calculation using the vanishing point in the screenshots of the Dominion battles.
With the help of the red lines, I have chosen two corner points on the Galor class, which are exactly opposite. Where the lines intersect lies the vanishing point.
To calculate the length, the yellow lines (starting from the vanishing point) must run to the bow and stern of the Hideki class. The Hideki class should be almost at the same angle and elevation to the Galor class.
The yellow lines now mark an area on the Galor class. This area is the length of the Hideki class, if the ship would fly directly above the Galor class.
screencapture by trekcore.com (DS9 "What You Leave Behind")
I made another measurement from a differen episode to confirm my result.
screencapture by trekcore.com (DS9 "Sacrifice of Angels")
If you extend the marked areas of the Hideki class to the position of the Galor class (484m length) with the help of lines, you will get a length of 140,2m for the Hideki class in both measurements.

foto by max.klanky.com