The USS Mystic — a kitbashed starship from Star Trek

The USS Mystic

The USS Mystic

So one day I was looking at my model kit of the NSEA Protector, the starship from the fun flick Galaxy Quest, and realizing that, as much as I loved the movie, I really had no desire to build this model of the ship.

She's been known to make the kessel run in faster than 12 parsecs!

She’s been known to make the kessel run in faster than 12 parsecs!

I was thinking about putting it up for sale online, and had even thought about just throwing it out. But then I saw that I also had an un-built model of the USS Enterprise-C, from Star Trek, it gave me an idea.

Available for diplomatic missions, special rescue assignments and for slapping the crap out of the Romulans.

Available for diplomatic missions, special rescue assignments and for slapping the crap out of the Romulans.

Why not combine the two ships into one? Build the Enterprise-C, but give her the engines from the Protector. The result is the USS Mystic, a test bed that the Federation build for a completely new engine system.

The pool and spa areas are available for use to everybody...except the rotten Romulans.

The pool and spa areas are available for use to everybody…except the rotten Romulans.

Because it’s an experimental ship, it has the designation NX-3000. The USS Excelsior had NX-2000, so I thought I’d raise it by a thousand.

"Let's see what's out there..."

“Let’s see what’s out there…”

I like the new look. The Protector’s engine section makes this starship look like it wants to soar.

"To boldly go..."

“To boldly go…”

The lighted areas of the ship you see the in last two photos were ‘lit’ in Corel Photo Paint. –SF

Colonial One model kit — an out of the box review

The front of the box.

The front of the box.

Moebius Models released the new Colonial One model kit from the 2003 Battlestar Galactica TV series.

The back of the box.

The back of the box.

This was the ship that Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell) was riding in when the Cylons launched their devastating attack on the Twelve Colonies. It was just a simple starliner, a spaceship equivalent to an airliner.

A look at the parts on the sprues.

A look at the parts on the sprues.

When it was revealed that Laura was the last surviving member of the government, she became the president, and the starliner became her Air Force One (hence the in-series name Colonial One).

More parts on the sprue.

More parts on the sprue.

Colonial One was not a large vessel–at least not compared to the Battlestar Galactica. Colonial One could fit inside one of the Galactica’s flight pods.

The stand and a very small piece of the ship--both are in clear plastic, so I'm keeping them bagged so I won't lose them.

The stand and a very small piece of the ship–both are in clear plastic, so I’m keeping them bagged so I won’t lose them.

But, unlike the Galactica, the Colonial One could land on a planet. It had landing gear–which the model also has. Moebius has given you the option of building the model with the landing gear up or down.

The main body of the ship, still on the sprue.

The main body of the ship, still on the sprue.

The main body measures nine inches in length; it’s 1:350 scale, which actually puts it in the same scale as the 1:350 scale USS Enterprise models (the refit and the original ship) released a few years back.

Original artwork by the ship's designer.

Original artwork by the ship’s designer.

All in all, this is a nice little model kit that’s a must have for fans of BSG, as well as builders of SF ships. It even comes with a mini-poster by Richard Livingston, who created the ship. I’ll post pictures of the build soon.