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'Half the quadrant knows it. That's why their all learning how to speak Klingonese' __________________________________________________________________________________
Welcome to the SciFiantasy Build Tutorial of the Revell Klingon Battlecruiser D7.
For this tutorial, we will be using the 1/600 scale model of the Klingon D7 Battlecruiser issued by Revell of Germany. This scale model is meant to represent the Klingon Battlecruiser as seen in the original Star Trek series, though is more closely resembles the one built by Greg Jein for the Deep Space Nine (DS9) episode Trial and Tribbleations.
This scifi scale model build tutorial will take you, the viewer, through all the steps of building up the 1/600 Revell Germany, Klingon D7 Battlecruiser. Each video in the series will cover a topic, show what the end result should be and then walk you through, step by step, how to achieve the same results.
Topics covered are:
Part 1: hiding assembly seams by filling them with putty and sanding them smooth. Part 2: Lighting the windows using LED strip tape and how to solder it. Part 3: Making a mounting rod using off the shelf automotive brake piping. Part 4: Lighting up the engines with LED strip tape. Part 5: Installing a fiber optics and circuit board to add flashing lights Part 6: ___________________________________________________________________________________
ABOUT THE KLINGON BATTLECRUISER:
The most iconic enemy ship in Star Trek, the Klingon Battle Cruiser made its first appearance in the second season of Star Trek The Original Series. After his design work on the U.S.S. Enterprise, Star Trek art director Matt Jeffries was called upon to create the series regular ‘bad guys’ ship, the Klingon Battle Cruiser. He developed his design over a two month period, evolving and refining it through a series of sketches (as he had with the Enterprise). It was influenced by the shape of a Manta Ray, with Jeffries consciously creating a vessel that was “instantly recognisable as an enemy ship”. He wanted to make it look distinctly different from the heroes starships.
Unfortunately, budget restrictions meant that there were no funds available to build a studio model, so a deal was struck with the model company AMT. They were looking for a complimentary subject to follow up their U.S.S. Enterprise kit, which had become a huge seller. So, under Jeffries supervision, two 28” models were built. The first being used for filming, with the second used as a prototype to create the AMT kit. The model appeared as both Klingon and Romulan vessels throughout the original series.
Years later, when Star Trek was being developed for it’s first big screen outing ( ST: The Motion Picture), Jeffries original design was revisited. This resulted in the creation of a modified and much more detailed studio model (which was also later re-used in STVI: The Undiscovered Country). This version is known as the K’tinga.
A third version was created in 1996 for a special episode of ST: Deep Space Nine (“Trials and Tribble-ations“), to celebrate Treks 30th anniversary. For this special, Greg Jein built a new studio model of the original Klingon Battle Cruiser (now known as the D7). Although being based on the Jeffries model, it carried some of the details of the later movie version, therefore becoming a kind of ‘missing link’ between the D7 and K’tinga types.
Join us at SciFiantasy for our build up of the 1/25 Moebius Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Batmobile.
Our build up of the 1/25 Dawn of Justice Batmobile covers all aspects of the model build up from beginning to end, including advanced techniques such as LED / Fiber Optic lighting and Photo-Etch parts.
As well as the complete build up of the Moebius Dawn of Justice Batmobile, we've also included an out of box review by HDA Modelworx and a review of the Green Strawberry Photo-Etch set by our very own Kenny Conklin.
We hope you'll join us for our build up of the 1/25 Moebius Dawn of Justice Batmobile.
ABOUT THE DAWN OF JUSTICE BATMOBILE:
According to the Warner Bros. Studios lot, the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Batmobile combined inspiration from both the sleek, streamlined design of classic Batmobiles and the high-suspension, military build from the more recent Tumbler from The Dark Knight Trilogy. They were also inspired by the 1989 Batmobile. Designed by production designer Patrick Tatopoulos and Dennis McCarthy, the Batmobile is about 20 feet long and 12 feet wide. Unlike previous Batmobiles, it has a gatling gun sitting on the front and the back tires are shaved down tractor tires. The Batmobile elevates itself for scenes depicting it going into battle or when performing jumps, and lowers to the ground when cruising through the streets. The Batmobile appears in a flashback for Suicide Squad.
Classic science fiction doesn’t get much more “classic” than the original Star Trek TV series. This three ship set focuses on the three most popular ships ever shown in the television series. The classic U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 is included along with the arch rival ships Klingon D-7 Battle Cruiser and mysterious Romulan Bird-of-Prey. The Romulan Bird-of-Prey and Klingon D-7 are brand new tools and have never been available before in this scale as plastic kits. Thorough decals are included to provide surface details for each ship
"As of this moment we are at war...let's get this ship into the fight!"
Welcome to the SciFiantasy build of the 1/4105 Moebius Battlestar Galactica as seen in the 2004 Reimagined Battlestar Galactica TV Series.
This build will be slightly different in that it's a rebuild of an existing model and will be constructed with a high degree of accuracy.
One of the biggest offenders on the 1/4105 Moebius Battlestar Galactica is the 'step' where the 'gator head' meets the rest of the ship. Later in this build series there will be a tutorial on how to correct this.
The other issue with the model is how the armour is molded. Rather than having a point where it ends, it just 'merges' into the rest of the ship. This, we won't be correcting. Due to the scale it's a very time consuming modification to make for potentially little payoff.
As far as detailing the 1/4105 Moebius Battlestar Galactica we'll be applying a proper paint job, supplemented with a set of Acreation decals that provide the appearance of hull panels AND the detail between the 'ribs'.
The addition of a brass photo-etch set, by Paragrafix Modeling Systems, will address the inaccurate gun turrets. This will also add the internal ribs of the flight pods, as well as the window frames for the starboard flight pod/museum.
The final touch as far as detailing will be lighting. The ship will be fully lit using fiber optic strands for the windows, and LED light for the engines, flight pods, etc.