15 Oct 2019

K'Tinga Class Studio Model - reference photos - part 2


The picture with Andrew Probert and the picture with Suzana Swansea show the model in the earliest condition I know. It can be seen well on the still existing Disruptor towers at the front edges of the underside of the main body. In the final version these are replaced by more complex illuminated parts.


From these photos you can also close well on the color scheme: The keynote of the green are gradations of Gunship Green. The keynote of the grey are gradations of Dark Seagreen with a touch of Gunship Green.

Here you get to the COLOR CORRECTED PHOTOS.

8 Oct 2019

K'Tinga Class Studio Model - reference photos - part 1


As a better reference for the painting of the Klingon K'Tinga class model in 1/350 I color corrected the photos from Michael Middleton. The Production Designer, John Eaves, shared high res versions of these images. This is the K’Tinga configuration in a prefinished production phase for Star Trek The Motion Picture. All the "old" photos had the same color temperature problem. Therefore, I have made the color correction.

Here you get to the COLOR CORRECTED PHOTOS.

13 Sep 2019

The size of the USS Edison - Hoover class

The Hoover class was a 23rd century Federation starship in service during the 2250s. Two ships of this class, including the USS Edison NCC-1683, fought in the "Battle at the Binary Stars" of 2256.

According the designer of the ship (John Eaves), the ship class was named after the US Air Force Pilot Bob Hoover.

  • 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.

This is the side view of the Hoover class:

schematic by Starship Collection
With a height of 3,0m per deck, the Hoover class has a total length of 430,25m.

If you use the official size of 356.3m, the ship would have a deck height of only 2.48m (including 0,5m for EPS cables,...). Just by the number of rows of windows in this class of ships, there are 30 decks. Considering this amount, the official size of the ship would be much too small.

24 Aug 2019

The size of the USS Buran - Cardenas class

The Cardenas class was a 23rd century Federation starship in service during the 2250s. The USS Yeager NCC-1437 fought in the "Battle at the Binary Stars" of 2256.
Gabrel Lorca was the commanding officer of the mirror universe ISS Buran NCC-1422.

  • 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.

This is the side view of the Cardenas class:

schematic by Starship Collection
With a height of 3,0m per deck, the Cardenas class has a total length of 440,7m.
This is one of the few examples where the official length of the ship coincides with the mathematical "real" ones.

7 Aug 2019

The size of the USS Kerala - Shepard class

The Shepard class was a 23rd century Federation starship in service during the 2250s. Several Shepard class starships fought in the Federation-Klingon War of 2256. (DIS: "Battle at the Binary
Stars")
According the designer of the ship (John Eaves), the Shepard class was named after American astronaut, Alan Shepard.

  • 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.

This is the side view of the Shepard class:

schematic by Starship Collection
The ship has 21 decks. With a height of 3,0m per deck, the Shepard class has a total length of 622,0m.

If you use the official size of 505.5m, the ship would have a deck height of only 2.44m (including 0,5m for EPS cables,...). Then a room height of 1.96m remains. Members of large species, such as the Kelpians, would then have considerable difficulty walking through the rooms.

13 Jul 2019

STAR TREK Size Comparison Charts - The Kelvin Timeline

Here is the size chart for the Kelvin Timeline with Starfleet vessels like the JJ Abrams Enterprise and the USS Kelvin. It also includes Spocks ship and the Starfleet Shuttles and Klingon ships.

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.

Here is a size calculation of the USS Enterprise and one for the USS Kelvin.

7 Jul 2019

The Size of the First Contact Borg Sphere

During the battle of Sector 001 the Borg launched a Sphere in order to travel back to the year 2063. The USS Enterprise-E destroyed the Sphere. The remains of this Sphere ended up in the Arctic Circle.
From ENT: "Regeneration" we know that the scientists calculated a diameter of about 600 m. This contradicts the concept designs of John Eaves. Borg Sphere: 1300 feet (= 396 m).

design scetch by John Eaves (johneaves.files.wordpress.com)
How was the size of the Sphere now implemented in the studio model?

For the calculation of the size I use a photo of the Borg cube at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis Star Trek exhibition.

Borg cube miniature used in 1996 film "Star Trek: First Contact"
Robert Scheer/IndyStar
From John Eaves design sketch we know that the edge length of the Borg cube is 9000 feet (= 2743 m).

  • Because the photo doesn't show exactly the front of the side with the opening for the Sphere, I transferred the edge length to the middle of this opening.
  • If you now set the height of the opening in relation to the edge length, you get a diameter of 503m.
  • The red circle shows the size of the Borg Sphere with 396 m diameter (as on the design sketch of John Eaves).


The space between the sphere and the opening also corresponds to the perception in the film.

screenshot by trekcore.com (Star Trek First Contact)
I've added that to my Size Chart for the huge ships.