Original Series Era Federation

 

The Grey Lady herself, modeled in 1/1400 scale by StarCrafts. This resin model has been through the mill. For more on her rebuild, click here to be taken to the On the Bench page that details her rebirth. This classic design never gets old to me! The last picture has a comparison shot between the StarCrafts Enterprise and the Johnny Lightening Romulan Bird of Prey, a toy that scales out just about exactly as 1/1400 scale.

 

The Coronado class is a non-canon fan design taken from the pages of the Ships of the Star Fleet, Vol. II manual. This through-deck cruiser replaces the traditional sensor/deflector array at the front of the secondary hull with a second set of space doors for the shuttlebay area. The secondary hull was also given a deeper profile to accommodate the additional support structure a shuttlecarrier would need. Since much of the shuttlebay room took up valuable engineering space, an additional deck superstructure was added to the back of the primary hull to house the needed engineering facilities that had been displaced. The profile of this ship remains very similar to the Constitution class, and the Coronado's warp dynamics are only slightly less efficient than that vessel.

This model was based off of the Starcraft's TOS Enterprise, with additional parts mastered for the secondary hull. For more on her build, see the Bench page for her construction. The display base was an oak-stained display round, with the ship emblem scanned from the Ships of the Star Fleet book, then colored and applied as a decal to make it look like a wood-burned image.

 


 

The USS Federation is a Dreadnought design taken from the original Franz Joseph Technical Manual. These ships were massive for their time, and equipped with more firepower, heavier shielding, and (thanks presumabely to the third nacelle) enjoyed a slight speed advantage over all other mid-23rd Century Federation starships. All these improvements certaily must come at a cost, and we can safely speculate that the power requirements of these vessels limited their operational range considerably.

The model in question here is the new StarCraft's 1/1400 scale resin kit. I gave it an extensive buildup review in my blog, so I will refrain from repeating myself. The stand is my standard pine round plaque, this time painted in black laquer and with a UFP logo and ship information sealed to the top.

 

Here is a scout ship almost straight from the Franz Joseph Technical Manual....the Saladin class starship USS Pompeii. Although not officially canon, schematics of this class starship were used in Star Trek The Motion Picture, and audio during the beginning of the film reveals a number of ship names invented by Joseph as background radio traffic. The FJ designs flew in the face of Rodenberry's original mandate that "warp engines always be presented in pairs", however that has since been refuted by on-screen evidence of both one- and three-nacelle starships.

This model is built from pieces taken from the Starcrafts TOS Enterprise model. Since Starcrafts molded the neck in place with the saucer, this build took about 15 minutes to complete. I ignored some of the changes the Franz Joseph blueprints suggest, such as turning the flux chillers to face the bottom of the ship, for the convenience of finishing the model quickly. There is now a kit of this vessel available through Starcrafts on the Federation Models website.

 


 

The Ptolemy class tug, one of the Franz Josef designs from the original Technical Manual, was an interesting semi-modular take on transport in the 23rd century. While the idea looks visually appealing, the idea of using components from ships of the line for something as simple as tanker runs between systems is a little silly.

The model is a resin and PVC Starcrafts kit. I used a different PVC length, as the one in the kit seemed short to me, and I supplemented the kit with custom decals for the saucer grid and tank pennants.


Finally, a few brief shots of the TOS fleet as they exist right now. The tug USS Egeus is almost ready for launch; look to this space soon for a new ship!

 

   

 

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