Romulans!!!

 

There's not much on this page right now, but with luck, more Romulan goodness will be coming soon.

 

 

The Ravenstar Models Starfire class is a fantastic non-canon design that was meant to be a medium cruiser in the late 24th and possibly early 25th century. You can find more on its construction here.

Small for Romulan design standards, the 350 meter-long Starfire class cruisers were nevertheless loaded with an impressive array of offensive and defensive weaponry. It seems clear that these ships could operate in many different combat arenas. Its advanced cloaking device was an improvement over the cloaks of the D'deridex class warbirds, and compensated for many of the perceived flaws in that system. The Starfire class also boasted a new "active stealth" system that was used in combat. This system didn't attempt to hide the vessel; rather, it was an active jamming and tracing system that rendered enemy targeting systems incapable of achieving a solid weapons lock on the ship. In addition, the Starfire class was equipped with a large complement of torpedoes, capable of delivering a wide range of warheads. It is clear that these ships would be a threat worthy of attention in the post-Dominion war era of Romulan political reorganization.

 


The Valdore style warbird was seen in Star Trek IX. Two of these massive ships showed up to help our heroes on the Enterprise dispatch the pesky young bald upstart who fancied himself some sort of pale-skinned Reman messiah. It is unclear whether these ships were supposed to represent the next phase of Romulan technology; that is, if these graceful green goliaths were meant to replace the TNG Romulan standby, the D'deridex class warbirds. What IS clear, however, is that the Romulan design philosophy of "intimidation through size" is still going strong. These ships, though smaller than the D'deridex class, are massive in their own right, with a wide wingspan that manages to be aggressive and graceful at the same time.

This is the Ravenstar Studios 1/1400 scale model. I have detailed much of its build on the Bench page, so I won't repeat myself here. Needless to say, the sheer size of this model was simply awe-inspiring. I sold this kit a few years ago, and I don't mind admitting it -- I still miss it. It was a blast to build, and it certainly got noticed by even non- sci fi individuals who came in the house. Granted, there are few of those in my family. It's part of our standard screening questionnaire.

 


 

I promised myself I would show you the good, the bad, and the ugly when I displayed these models. This one is definitely a candidate for the bad or the ugly. Here is a D'deridex class Romulan warbird built from the original release back in 1989. I remember distinctly bugging my mother to take my 13-year-old rear end out to the hobby store so I could get this set. The paint was some green flake Testor's rattle-can color, and the model was put together and painted within the space of 4 hours, I think. No regard to seam lines, no concern for sprue marks....the model was slapped together as quickly as my pubescent hands could build. Somehow this model has managed to survive more moves than I care to remember, and is still part of my collection to this day. I think that, for this reason alone, this model deserves to be broken down and reworked into a model worthy of the moniker "Warbird."

 

 

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