The USS Intrepid –a kitbashed starship model

The Intrepid, the most intrepid of ships.

The Intrepid, the most intrepid of ships.

I have a new Star Trek kitbash model done. It’s the USS Intrepid.

It originally had four engines on the back; I closed up the center engine section to create more leg room.

It originally had four engines on the back; I closed up the center engine section to create more leg room.

It was originally an Enterprise-B model kit, but I got rid of the secondary hull and the neck and put the main warp engines directly under the saucer.

The 'Fins' on the engines can be used to scrape the paint off of any enemy ships.

The ‘Fins’ on the engines can be used to scrape the paint off of any enemy ships. Just kidding.

I used the model’s shuttle bay section by putting it on the bottom of the saucer. The piece that goes behind the shuttle bay entrance is a piece from my spares box.

I also built a handy stand for the ship.

I also built a handy stand for the ship.

The “radar” dish in the back was also taken from the spares box–it’s from a larger scale USS Enterprise. I also moved the torpedo launcher to the top of the rear superstructure, so the ship will have some added punch.

The Intrepid races to put out another "fire" that's sprung up.

The Intrepid races to put out another “fire” that’s sprung up.

I imagine this ship to be a specialized, short range craft that could do longer range missions if required. –SF

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

My scratch-built/kit-bashed Klingon Ship

Back about six or seven years ago, I decided to take the plunge into scratch-building model kits with this ship.

Klingon warship, circa mid 22nd century.

Klingon warship, circa mid 22nd century.

The main body is a plastic pill bottle, the neck was taken from parts from a 1/48 fighter (I think it was the transmission).

The base was also scratch-built

The base was also scratch-built

The front hull, along with the main engines and the superstructure on top of the main body were all scratch-built by me.

Apoxie sculpt was used here, as well as some bits and pieces from the parts box.

Apoxie sculpt was used here, as well as some bits and pieces from the parts box.

I was trying to create an early version of the Klingon warship that might have been seen in Star Trek: Enterprise. It looks a little rough–I would now use something other than a bottle because it was made of soft plastic–but it still holds up nicely.

Steer clear of the exhaust!

Steer clear of the exhaust!

And that big red impulse drive engine on the back? That’s a cap from a deodorant container. Always use whatever you got on hand!

Qapla' man!

Qapla’ man!

The USS Seer–a starship with a big dish

The USS Seer "sees" you.

The USS Seer “sees” you.

I reworked a 1/1000th scale model kit of the USS Enterprise into the USS Seer, a long range scanning vessel that can pick up stuff from really far away, thanks to the big dish on its back.

No tribbles allowed.

No tribbles allowed.

I cut off the neck between the saucer section and the lower body, and then lowered the pylons to the twin engines so that they stuck straight out. I figured the dish would be so powerful, that the ship that carried it would be reconfigured so its normal operations wouldn’t interfere with the dish.

We can hear the flapping of a butterfly's wings...from across the galaxy.

We can hear the flapping of a butterfly’s wings…from across the galaxy.

Since I dropped the saucer, there was no room for the regular deflector dish, so I placed it on the edge of the saucer itself.

To boldly eavesdrop where no man has eavesdropped before….

To boldly eavesdrop where no man has eavesdropped before….

I figure this was used during the Prime Kirk era.

The USS Charleston: a new Star Trek ship

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They recently released a 1/1000 scale model kit version of the USS Reliant from Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan. I bought it, and being the sort of weirdo that I am, I couldn’t just build it right out of the box.

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The Reliant has two engines that hang below the main body, but my ship, which I call the USS Charleston, only has one.

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I also added several of what looks like solar panels on the ship. They are actually very sensitive sensor equipment, which enables the ship to pick up communications and scientific data from very long distances. The giant array on the back is the main sensor dish. The other smaller dishes are on the hull itself.

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This vessel has seen its share of controversy. The Klingon and Romulan Empires both accuse the Charleston–and the other ships in her class–as being spy ships designed to steal information from them without even crossing their boarders.

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But the Federation denies all charges of spying. The Charleston is strictly a science research vessel, nothing more. And the fact that a third of her crew is made up of members of the elite spy organization Section 31 has nothing to do with anything….

The USS Dauntless

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I completed another model kit, this one a kitbash of the Enterprise-C.

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The Dauntless is my third model of this class vessel, and I always painted the hull white. This time I decided to paint it in Winter Blue, which shows up in all the pictures as…white. Go figure!

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She’s a heavy cruiser meant for boarder patrol, spacestation defense, and all around scout-class vessel.

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With twin torpedo launchers on both ends of the saucer, she can deal with any threat that comes along. Lean and mean. Just how it should be.

Star Trek Enterprise NX-01 Refit Ship

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I was in the mood to just build something straight out of the box, so I built this NX-01 model kit from Star Trek: Enterprise.

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It’s a small kit, but still nicely detailed. There’s a new secondary hull underneath the saucer section. The series took place about a hundred years before the Kirk era, and this new design is supposed to reflect moving towards that result.

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I decided to make a “scene” with the ship by blackening out the background and drawing in stars. And presto: instant outer space scene.

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The USS Chatham on patrol

I build model kits to sell, and recently I built a Star Trek starship for a client that required me to use one of the engines from a USS Reliant model that I had in storage. This worked out well, but it left me with a starship kit with only one engine. What to do? I did this:

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She’s the USS Chatham, a single engine short range starship that’s built to protect planets or spacestations.

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I was pleasantly surprised at how easily this ship adapted to being a single engine vessel. I took the torpedo bay from the Reliant roll bar section and placed it on the forward saucer.

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She can’t stand up on her own, so I slapped together a U-shaped stand out of styrene sheet.

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The Chatham goes to full warp as she investigates reports of a Klingon raider ship in her sector.