Oddball Models

 

It should be painfully obvious by now that most of the Star Trek models I've collected over the years have been in one constant scale - 1/1400 scale, to be precise. However, even the most die-hard scale enthusiast slips occasionally, and finds himself with a model that just doesn't match the rest of the ships on the shelf. These are a few of my shameful scale indiscretions. Enjoy!

 

 

This is one of my favorite non-1/1400 scale models: an out-of-production USS Defiant resin model. This piece was originally designed by a company that went out of business before more than a handful of these kits got out the door. I consider myself extra-lucky; I was actually gifted a copy of this model after it went off production. This model is a one-piece resin "kit" that measures 8 inches in length, making this kit somewhere between 1/590 and 1/740 scale (depending on which size you choose to call your Defiant). If you look at the warp engine cowlings, you'll see why this is such a favorite model of mine: it has been seen and signed by Avery Brooks and Michael Dorn - the two best known commanders of the Defiant during its stint on Deep Space Nine. I know the molds for this ship still exist; it would be great if this model reappeared on the market one day! The last picture shows the Defiant as it compares to my next oddball ship - a large scale Jem'Hadar.


 

This one is also an out-of-production model: a resin Jem'Hadar fighter that was originally built for the now-defunct Viacom store in New York. This was going to be part of their Starships line that would be prepainted cold-cast sculptures. This model measures about the same as the aforementioned Defiant, but isn't in the exact same scale. They're close enough to display, however, and make a good-looking team on the shelf. The model kit itself was molded in two pieces: the main hull and warp engines were cast as one part, and the back shell was a separate piece. Many people have confused this with the WARP miniatures kit, but it's slightly smaller and more accurate than the WARP kit -- plus it's not cast in that annoying brittle resin that warp so loves to use!


This is the old Nova Hobbies 1/650 scale Daedalus class model. This OOP kit was built in scale with the original AMT classic Enterprise model. The kit itself is simple enough: the main hull was cast as a solid piece, with the warp engine/pylon assemblies separate and two little nacelle spires to attach to the end of the bussard collectors. The spires, as you can see here, have long since gone the way of the Dodo. I deliberately painted this Daedalus to give the appearance of an old, very weathered, beaten-up ship. The Nova Hobbies model was discontinued when the 650-scale Enterprise became scarce; however, with the reappearance of the kit on store shelves has made me consider bringing this model out again. Email me, and if there is enough interest, I'll dust the old master off!

 


The next kit on the oddball scales list is another one-off mystery ship. This model was designed, like the above Jem'Hadar fighter, for the Viacom store in New York. I was gifted a copy of the model before it was shipped off to who-knows-where. This Romulan Bird of Prey is roughly 12 inches in length, and designed much like the Starcrafts' 1/1000 scale BOP: a main hull, two warp engine/pylon assemblies, and separate engine domes. The bird design on this model is a sticker that has obviously seen some wear and tear throughout the years. It's peeling off in places, faded through in others, and is desperate need of replacement.

 


 

These may just be the "Oddest" models of my oddball collection: a pair of 1/1400 scale NX-01's painted up in some decidedly non-starfleet liveries. This started with the M&M ship seen below, as a gift for my sister in law who is an unapologetic fan of M&M's, NASCAR, and Star Trek Enterprise. The model came from Thomas Models, the decals were hand (well, computer) drawn on CorelDraw, and the paint was some mystery yellow rattlecan. I even found the sponsors on the side of the real car, and added their artwork to the sides of the NX's warp engines. She loved it, and it still commands pride-of-place in her NASCAR display cabinet to this day.

A few years after that, she approached me with a request. Could I build another one of these models, but outfitted with the Coca-Cola logo? "Sure," I thought. A quick trip to Ebay for the model, a trip to the computer for the decals, and the Coca-Cola-prise was born. I'm especially pleased with the white swoop across the top of this model - it was completely done by hand with white decal film.


 

The Vulcan Lander seen in Star Trek: First Contact enjoyed a brief stint as a limited run plastic display "toy" for the Star Trek: Communicator Magazine. This is very nicely detailed for a toy; presumably taken from the CGI files that gave us the on-screen product. At some point I want to take the engine vents (warp engines?) and paint them yellow-white asseen in the film. It's not a model, but it's a great-looking display piece of a very unique subject!


The last of the Oddball models I have is an old one: a Macro Trek "Assimilator," more commonly known as the Borg Cube. This is a smallish model, roughly 5 to 6 inches per side, and each side is the same. The model was made from a Macro Trek original casting, smelly polyester resin and all. I got this kit from an originally built model that I had to take apart and rebuild due to panel damage. The panels were warped, but this was easily treatable with hot water. Polyester resin is more prone to heat damage than polyurethane is, so it was no real surprise. The challenge for this kit is in the paint job, and the original painter of this model did a fantastic job. I tried to keep as much of his original painting as possible when I rebuilt this. The model was painted with a number of dark washes and lighter drybrushing treatments to achieve some depth....a feat in such a small scale. He also used different colors - greens, browns, and reds - airbrushed in random areas and then washed down with the base coat to complete the look. There's only two photos of the model here....come on, it's a cube. You've seen one side, you've seen 'em all.

 

   

 

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