Pre-Original Series Aliens

 

The Romulans have been fascinated by the predatory avian theme for hundreds of years, as evidenced by the recurring Bird of Prey motifs on many of their ships. The earliest known instance of the "Bird of Prey" was from a chance encounter by the crew of the NX-01 in 2152. The ships seen in these early years represented a design aesthetic that seems to have disappeared in favor of cleaner, simpler lines for a hundred years or so, but have reappeared in the latter half of the 24th century. Ironically, the ships from the 22nd-century would appear to fit in seamlessly with their 24th-century counterparts.

The reason for this is, of course, modern film techniques and different show artists. "Enterprise" was filmed 40 years after the original series, and we as an audience were apparently deemed too attention-defecit to be expected to pay attention to the cleaner, simpler lines of the old-style ships. Despite those bitter verbal meanderings of mine, I have to admit that I like this design. This model is built from the 1/2500 scale Gizmotron kit - which due to a scale miscalculation on the show producer's part, makes the ship look more at home with the rest of my 1/1400 scale starships.


 

The Raptor was the first truly original Klingon design seen in Star Trek: Enterprise. This was designed to be a very small strike ship, smaller even than a Klingon Bird of Prey! Once again, there has been some issue with the concept of scale regarding this ship, but the size of the docking port along the command pod suggests a very small vessel. The comment made on screen about the ship being crewed by 12 people (an homage to Sulu's line regarding the bird of prey carrying a dozen men, to be sure) also implies a smaller size than the CGI chart provided by the FX company. A vessel of roughly 100 meters is more reasonable, and more supported by onscreen evidence. Regardless of the ship's size, the Raptor class sported an impressive array of weapons, including heavy disruptors and photon torpedoes.

This is my Nova Hobbies 1/1400 scale version, with wing decals applied and a heavy dirty wash added to grunge the ship up. The model was built so that the more detail-oriented individual could add the wire wing braces using stiffened thread, but I never got around to detailing that feature out on my own copy.

     

The Surak class Vulcan Cruiser was a refreshing change from the standard "hull-pylons-nacelles" design ethic that most of the Star Trek ships adhered to. This ship was designed by Doug Drexler to be something different from any ship seen before. That being said, however, there is a definite correlation between this design and the artwork seen in "The Motion Picture" representing a very early ringed Enterprise ship that was supposedly a passenger liner of some kind.

The Vulcan Cruiser seen here went through a number of different design phases throughout the show. This model is the Nova Hobbies 1/1400 scale kit of the starship as seen about halfway through the series, the smooth-hulled variant that was built for closeups. This ship, like all the others on Enterprise, has had some questionable size limits ascribed to it, from as small as 350meters to as large as 600+ meters in length. Although the Sh'raan may indeed be this large, the Surak is likely smaller -- somewhere between 450 to 550 meters. The engine details were taken directly from the CGI filming model, and reproduced as decals that lay down over raised detail. This is a simple kit to build, but somewhat difficult to display, as the best balance point to display this model also happens to be the connecting point between the ring and the main hull.

 


The T'Mur class scout cruiser is a smaller Vulcan design intended to be used as a research vessel within known Vulcan territories. This ship boasts the familiar ring style warp engine, but the weapons and defensive facilities onboard are much reduced compared to the larger Surak and Sh'raan class cruisers. This is the first ringship put out by Nova Hobbies, with an assembly design identical to its larger cousin. This is definitely a non-canon design that was based off of early on-screen evidence.

 

   

 

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