Late 24th Century - Deep Space Nine and Voyager


The Defiant Class was built as an answer to the perceived Borg threat following the incursion at Wolf:359. This ship was built as a fighter, plain and simple. The powerplant installed in Defiant class starships are as large or larger than those installed on Galaxy class starships. Their hulls are equipped with ablative armor, a defensive measure that was deemed far to costly on larger ships. Phasers were improved as well, with new pulse-style phaser emitters that delivered a greater energy impact on contact. Furthermore, the Defiant herself became one of the few Federation Starships acknowledged to operate a cloaking device; in this case one that was on loan from the Romulan government in exchange for intelligence from the other side of the wormhole.

The models seen here are the Nova Hobbies 1/1400 scale resin kits. This kit in turn was developed from the Hallmark ornament, with changes to the nose and rear decks to give it a more accurate profile. Decals are the standard stock markings, with some new developments for the engines, exhausts, etc. The "Valiant" model was given a new shark mouth decal, something I'd wanted to do since I saw the Defiant development patch in the DS9 tech manual.


The Gallant Class was developed in tandem with the Defiant class following the years after the battle at Wolf: 359. This design was originally proposed and discarded as a possibility for the Defiant class project, but it was picked up soon after for its perceived combat effectiveness. The Gallant class boasts "off the shelf" hardware that is incorporated into new hot swapable hull sections. This new method of field repair reduced drydock time for any given starship. Impulse engines were housed in external blisters along the side of the hull: if one was damaged, it was simply replaced and the ship was free to return to active duty. Phaser modules, deflectors, even warp engines were designed with this philosophy in mind.

The model pictured here is the 1/1400 scale Nova Hobbies kit. The design was a discarded concept sketch by Jim Martin when he was originally designing the Defiant. Something about the shape of the hull caught my eye, and it became one of the first scratchbuilds I completed. As you can see from the last picture here, I envisioned it as a smaller vessel that operated in groups, most effectively with a Defiant class starship as backup.

The Intrepid class starship was one of the test ships that had variable-geometry engines designed to avoid damaging subspace. This new design style never caught on, as only a few Intrepid class ships were ever seen. The most notable Intrepid class is, of course, the USS Voyager.

The model seen here is the Alliance version of the 1/1400 scale Voyager. This is a solid resin kit that is based off of the Monogram version. The Monogram kit had some major flaws that have been corrected in the Alliance copy. I included an excellent (albeit tiny!) 1/1400 scale Delta Flyer and speed boat shuttle in this kits display stand.


The Nova Class is a 24th century planetary scout, meant to fill the roll of the Grissom class from the previous century. This class starship boasts large sensor pallets on the upper and lower sides of the primary hull. Presumably these sensor suits can be more easily swapped out for mission specific modules. The design of the Nova class may have stemmed, like the Gallant, from the Defiant class pathfinder designs. Although there are some similarities in the bridge structures, it is clear that the Defiant must have evolved quite a but since its pathfinder days.

The model is a one-piece 1/1400 scale kit. In a clear case of "art imitating life," the Nova class USS Equinox was indeed designed from a small topside only drawing of a possible Defiant class Pathfinder vessel seen in the back off the DS9 tech manual. It's an interesting little design, and worked perfectly for the writer's needs concerning a small, beaten up ship for that particular Voyager episode. I chose to paint this kit a lighter color than my usual TNG models, and it received a duck egg blue main hull with details picked out in shades just slightly darker than the base coat. The decals are all stock; if I ever repaint this model I will go with JT Graphics decals.




The Prometheus class was an experiment in "multi vector assault mode," a way to make a single ship more effective in combat. As far as we know, there was only one prototype made.

The idea of a single ship being able to magically transform itself into multiple equally powerful copies is a fanboy pipedream brought on by too many reruns of old "Transformers" cartoons. The idea is ludicrous, and plays off poorly on screen as well. Any good engineer will tell you the problems inherent in trying to design three separate craft that should be able to fit seamlessly together. That being said, it's hard to deny the "cool" factor of the Prometheus design. It's fast looking and aggressive, and the 1/1400 scale resin model captures the feel of this ship flawlessly. The three-part design literally clicks into place, and doesn't require any extra tooling to hold the parts together. The stand was based off of another stained pine plaque, with an excellent MSD by Jose Ralat.