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STAR TREK MODELS

Star Trek has been a longtime, favorite passion of mine for model building. I have been building Star Trek ships since I was 6. Even though many of the kits that you purchase appear to lack detail out of the box, persistance, hard work and some time can really bring a model to life. This page shows some of the work I have created with those models, and one of my own creations.

TOS Bridge Science Station | Vulcan Shuttle | Klingon Bird of Prey | USS Voyager

The SCIENCE STATION

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Another view with Tribbles
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CImage: Close up view of the Science Station. Note the planet in the scanner/viewer.
Image: Two pictures from an eye level view of the Science Station

This is a scratchbuilt, 1/6 scale replica of Mr. Spocks Science Station on the bridge of TOS Enterprise. It is made entirely out of sheet styrene. There are over 100 LED's, 30 of which are connected to timing circuits and blinkers to flash in sequence and random. Overall backlighting is provide by two flourescent bulbs. The 'scanner' is backlit as well, with a planet and readouts in it. There are even the little 'floppy disks' in the disk tray uner the library computer! Eventually, I will add a small motor to the spinning computer display, and update the square displays to show an outline of the Enterprise. I used the old 'technical manual' as a reference. This model won Peoples Choice at StarCon 98 and IPMS Grand Junction 1998. It is also shown here from Wonderfest 2002, where I added a bunch of "TRIBBLES" that invaded the bridge!

The VULCAN SHUTTLE

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This is from a Picture taken at Wonderfest 2000 by John Lester of Starship Modeler.

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This is the AMT/ERTL Kit. It is highly detailed. Used references from the box and 'Star Trek Mechanics' book. There was some contention on the color, but it appeared the actual studio model was light gray. They 'gold' look was studio lighting. I used model railroad lenses for the navigation lights. Panels were painted on with 3M post-its, and light weathering was created with chalk pastels. This model won a 'Bronze' award at Wonderfest 2000.

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The Klingon Bird of Prey

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Image: Top Picture is the BOP from the "Star Trek Experience" in Las Vegas, bottom is my model.

This is the AMT/ERTL Kit. It was detailed from studio model reference photos. The paint scheme is taken after the 'HMS BOUNTY', as seen in Star Trek IV. The 'Bounty' is painted on the port side belly. Weathering was accomplished with chalk pastels and rust paint. The Klingon ship writing on the wings is hand painted, no decals here.

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The USS VOYAGER

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This is the AMT/ERTL Kit. It was detailed from studio model reference photos. Model railroad lenses were used for the navigation lights. This was the kit with the 'extra' decals. Panels were painted and airbrushed using 3M post-it notes.

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