7 Feb 2020

Klingon K'Tinga Class - The Neck

After the details of the head section were finished, I took a closer look at the neck.

The small plate on the bottom can only be seen in The Motion Picture. During the later upgrade to the Qo'noS One, it probably fell off and was no longer replaced.

The narrow rods at the top of the neck section are no longer in place on the Qo'noS One. For the K'Tinga I added it with spring steel wire.

At the rear neck (to the main body) was missing a wide strip on either side. I added it with plastic.

I have also adjusted the two small detail areas to the studio model. The now white parts were previously whole blocks. Now, like the original, there is a gap so that you can see inside.

31 Jan 2020

Klingon K'Tinga Class - The Head

The K'Tinga-class battle cruiser was a primary class of warship in service with the Klingon Imperial Fleet in the late 23rd century and with the Klingon Defense Force in the mid-to-late 24th century (Qo'noS One-configuration).

The design of the Klingon K'Tinga-class, premiering in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, was based on the D7-class, created by Matt Jefferies for Star Trek: The Original Series, which was itself based on the manta ray in both shape and color.

design sketch by Matt Jefferies

I bought a while ago the Klingon K'Tinga class plastic model kit in 1/350. It's a very accurate and large kit - the whole ship is 61cm long when assembled.
Almost all surface details of the studio model are implemented on the miniature.


In order to make the spaceship as accurate as possible, I have collected some reference pictures of the studio model.
K'Tinga Class Studio Model - reference photos - part 1
K'Tinga Class Studio Model - reference photos - part 2

The photos of the Qo'noS One helped me in particular to detail the head.
Qo'noS One - K'Tinga Class Studio Model - reference photos

Basically, it is just a few small details that are missing from the model.

But some are so distinctive that they shouldn't be missing. 

I replaced the rod with one made of spring steel wire.

That the two plates on the underside of the head are missing is quite striking. However, on the K'Tinga class they have the same color as the hull. Therefore, the makers probably didn't notice it. On the Qo'noS One they have a different color.

Unfortunately, the details on the corrugated strip from the bulb to the head were also missing. However, this is difficult to see on the reference photos. The pictures of the Qo'noS One helped me a lot.

10 Jan 2020

The size of the Vulcan ship T'Pau - Apollo class transport

The T'Pau (NSP-17938) was a Vulcan Mahl'kom group Apollo-class transport that was in service with the Vulcan National Merchant Fleet in the mid-24th century. T'Pau was named in honor of the Vulcan matriarch T'Pau.
  • The premise for all my deck calculations: a deck is 2.5m + 0.5m for EPS cables, power cables, ... = 3m height for a deck. 
  • My calculations follow a purely mathematical approach. I do not compare bridge modules or disk heights with each other. I always pull in decks based on the rows of windows and then calculate a physically plausible room height.
schematic by Eaglemoss collection (external form corrected by FLEETYARD)

The ship has 8 decks.
After calculating the decks, this results in a length of 184m.

auction photo by julienslive.com
The scheme in Eaglemoss magazine is not entirely correct. So I modified it. With the help of the auction photos of the Tosk ship (later modification of the T'Pau for Deep Space Nine) and the original profile drawing, I was able to reconstruct this type of ship.

The entire deflector area under the ship was missing. I also added the lower holder of the ring and the golden area at the lower front of the ship.

schematic by Rick Sternbach (Profiles in History Hollywood Auction #14)

The ship was later destroyed by a Romulan warbird to prevent the crew of the USS Enterprise-D from taking custody of it and the Romulan troops aboard (TNG: "Unification II").
In this fly-by scene with a Romulan warbird you also get a good impression of how small the ship is.

screencapture by trekcore.com (TNG: "Unification" Part II)

3 Jan 2020

Vulcan D'Kyr Class - Coloration Part 3

Of course, the preliminary work from Coloration Part 2 cannot be the end result. For a realistic look of the aztec pattern of vulcan ships, a more metallic component was now missing.

I used this effect to get a speckle look.

So that the speckle effect doesn't look too intense and artificial, I diluted copper with Glaze Medium (Copper 77710 - 50% + Glaze Medium 50%). This makes the lower hull color shine through.

As a second effect, I added a little German C. Black Brown 70822 to the DARK RED mix from Coloration Part 2. This gives the Aztec pattern more depth.

The windows are painted with Pale Sand 70837.

For the grooves and all lines I used German C. Black Brown 70822. 

27 Dec 2019

Vulcan D'Kyr Class - Coloration Part 2

In order to realize the details on the vulcan D'Kyr, I took a closer look at the drex files CGI model.

I identified three different basic colors of platings:
  • Dark Red 70946 (30%)
  • Red Leather 70818 (20%)
  • Red Tail Light German (Panzer Aces) 307 (40%)
  • Glaze Medium (10%)
  • Dark Red 70946 (30%)
  • Red Leather 70818 (40%)
  • Red Tail Light German (Panzer Aces) 307 (20%)
  • Glaze Medium (10%)
  • the DARK RED mix (30%)
  • + Neutral Grey 70992 (30%)
  • + Track Primer (Panzer Aces) 304 (30%)
I applied these basic colors to the corresponding areas using the orthos of the CGI model. Everything is hand painted. By adding Glaze Medium, the color on the model lies very smooth. This way you don't see the brush stroke.

In order to simulate an active Warp drive in the ring, I chose a light blue color combination:
  • Glossy Black 70861 (15%)
  • Silver 70997 (35%)
  • Field Blue 70964 (25%)
  • Blue 70925 (25%)
I painted the raised details in the Warp drive with the same color mix + more Silver.

For the powered down Warp drive of the DSRV (Vulcan Rescue Ship) I used the same color mix.

21 Dec 2019

Nova Class - USS Equinox - The Decals

I bought JT-Graphics Decals for the Nova class. These are not for beginners! They are very thin and can tear quickly if you are not experienced enough to apply decals.

When I had already applied some of the decals for the Nova class, I noticed that the decals for the sensor arrangement behind the bridge do not fit into the recess. So I filled it up.

First I always apply a thin layer of matt varnish and then I put the wet decal on it. Then I slide the decal into its final position and pat everything dry. After drying, I apply a thin layer of matt varnish over the decals. This seals everything and protects the decals from UV radiation (fading and yellowing).

Qo'noS One - K'Tinga Class Studio Model - reference photos

Here you can see the reference photos in the final state of the Qo'noS One studio model. Originally shared with Kurt Kuhn in 2008, and shown on Modeler Magic back in January 2009, (Courtesy of Jim Creveling, through Mark Dickson).

Here you get to the COLOR CORRECTED PHOTOS.