15 Jul 2018

Plastic Putty for plastic model kits

Plastic Putty for plastic modeling kits is absolutely necessary to fill some holes and gaps. For this it is important that the putty does not dry too fast, but also not too viscous. I've already tried a few and I'm always excited about the Vallejo Plastic Putty. This one is very supple and can thus be well lubricated in gaps. Above all, it does not dry too fast, so corrections are possible. It also has a small top for dosing the quantity.


The construction report for the Reman Scorpion Fighter clearly shows why Plastic Putty is indispensable for model making.

The Size of the Oberth Class - U.S.S. Grissom from Star Trek III

The Oberth class was a small Federation starship used primarily by Starfleet and civilian scientists alike, as a short range science vessel, from the late-23rd to the late-24th century. The ship class is named after Hermann Julius Oberth a German physicist and engineer.

  • 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). 
From the TNG episode "Hero Worship" we know that the Oberth class has two decks in the disc. This is the well to recognize on the MSD (Master Situation Diagram).

screenshot by trekcore.com

This information results in the following side view of the Oberth Class:


This results in a length of 168m for the ship.

The fact that the Oberth class has a standard deck height can be seen well on the USS Tsiolkovsky's corridor in TNG "The Naked Now" and at the bridge of the USS Grissom. If the ship was only 120.4m long (= 395ft), then it would have a deck height of only 2.9m. Thus, there would be no room for the Jeffries tubes. 

ILM Size Chart by Andrew Probert

The length of 168m is also much more plausible for a crew of 80 members.

10 Mar 2018

Size of the U.S.S. Kelvin - Kelvin Timeline

The alternate Timeline USS Kelvin NCC-0514 was a 23rd century Federation starship, under the command of Captain Richard Rabau.

  • 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).

As size reference I used screencaptures of the USS Kelvin from Star Trek (2009). The bridge set of the USS Kelvin was also used for the Kobayashi Maru test.

The height of the decks gives a length of 391m for the USS Kelvin.
Ortho by Meshweaver
The bridge has several small steps / podiums.
screencapture by trekcore.com
This length also works well with the size of the Shuttle Bay.
screencapture by trekcore.com

2 Mar 2018

Size of the new U.S.S. Enterprise - Kelvin Timeline

The Kelvin-Timeline USS Enterprise NCC-1701 was a 23rd century Federation Constitution-class starship, under the command of Captain James T. Kirk.

  • 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 screencaptures of the USS Enterprise from Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness:
screencapture by trekcore.com
Lt. Uhura (actress Zoe Saldana) is 1,69m tall. This results in a height of 2,45m for the corridor.
screencapture by trekcore.com
source imgur

With this information I have calculated a length of 466m.
source imgur


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).
screencapture by trekmovie.com
The only inconsistency is the oversized shuttle bay.

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