Next up in my photos of older models which I’m posting up, and further continuing the Star Trek theme, here is the USS Leeds of the Nebula class. This is a resin model of the Nebula which I bought forever ago and sorry I can’t remember which company made it.
The USS Leeds (NCC-70352) was a Federation Nebula-class starship that was in service with Starfleet in the late 24th century. In 2372, the Leeds docked at the space station Deep Space 9. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)]. The Leeds was the Nebula-class vessel seen during the DS9 opening credits in seasons 4-7. While the registry number and name are not visible in the appearances on screen, the model of the ship used has been photographed bearing these markings. Michael Okuda has stated that, during the credits sequence, the Leeds model appeared on screen with that label.
The kit is nicely detailed and includes the essential lifeboats and windows (unlike the Galaxy Class kit) which allow it to be painted up in a reasonably detailed way. I can’t say much about the building of the model as honestly I can’t remember much about it.
Continuing on with the photos of older models which I’m posting up, and continuing the Star Trek theme, here is the USS Sovereign of the Sovereign class. Obviously this is the ERTL kit of the Enterprise E which has been rebadged.
The USS Sovereign (NCC-73811) (also registered as NX-90201 and NCC-17454) was the prototype for the Sovereign-class starships in service to Starfleet in the 24th century. She was commissioned in 2372 as the first of her class.
The kit (unlike the Enterprise D kit) is reasonably detailed and builds into a nice model. It is a much later release and this is probably a reason for the greater detailing present on the kit. However, I did supplement the kit with a decal set (from Absolute Models, which I can’t find online anywhere anymore so maybe they are now discontinued). So the model itself was pretty simple to paint, using white spray can, and basically all the extra detail is through the decals. This includes the tops of the nacelles and even the deflector. I did muck up one of the decals on the underside but fortunately still had the one for the other side of the hull. So scanned this, flipped it over on the computer and reprinted it. But there is a slight colour difference between them which you can see (they are the dark decals on the saucer next to the main hull on the underside) but best rescue plan I could come up with.
Unlike the Galaxy class I didn’t recolour any of the windows in white, basically because they wouldn’t show up with the base colour being white.
The recent Brampton show gave me an opportunity to get some new photographs of old models, some of which I’ve not really posted previously.
So here is the 1:2500 scale Enterprise D by ERTL. This is a fairly basic kit and very little detail is moulded onto it and is a bit of a disappointing thing if built straight from the box with the decals that come with it. I used a set of decals available free from Starship Modeler (although I can no longer find it on their site, but contact me if you are interested in a copy as sure I have the source file) which included the windows and lifeboats and actually makes the model look half decent. The decals were printed out using inkjet decal papers and at the same time I did new markings for the USS Trinculo, which was one of the Galaxy Class ships present at the battle for Deep Space Nine in the episode “Sacrifice of Angels”. As inkjet can only print black I went over the decals with a white gel pen to colour in some of the windows.
Here’s a picture I found of it halfway through the decaling process.
You can also see the airbrushing on the hull which was done to break up the solid colour.
USS Trinculo: During the Dominion War, she was the flagship of the First Fleet, leading Task Force 11 under Fleet Admiral James Suvadine. Her commanding officer was Captain Sasha Kethali. After the war, the Trinculo was assigned to rimward exploration, based out of Bennu Station. (Ships of the Star Fleet, Vol. 4: Star Fleet Operating Forces.)
The decals were also supplemented from other sources including (if I remember rightly from Thomas Models).
I have subsequently got the more detailed sets of decals and will be using them when I do another of these (and there are several in the stash).
These two kits have been in their box for an age and deserved some attention when I rediscovered them up in the loft. I had left them previously in a built state but that was nearly 2 years ago. They were a bit dusty in the box and looked like a spider had got in and made it’s home there at some point as well.
I had started to do some painting on them and tried using the Games Workshop Badab Black wash on them, which was a disaster. So they had been reprimed and put away in shame. As I was going to be at the Brampton ShowI thought I’d take them along and see if I couldn’t get some painting done on them. Also the original review seems to be one of the most popular pages on this little blog, so thought there might be people wanting to see the final result.
So sitting behind the table I painted a few of the raised blocks in Games Workshop Iyanden Darksun for some contrast and a few panels in a lighter grey. This was pretty much playing it by ear and I hadn’t referred to any reference pictures, so this isn’t an accurate representation of the actual vessel as it appears on TV, but my own version of it using my own colours etc. The rockets all got a coat of Boltgun Silver and the ends had some MIG Pigments Plasma Burn applied to give them a bluish effect.
The whole model then got a comprehensive wash with ProModeller Black wash. I’d used this previously on the Star Wars hanger base I’d been working on for the show but this was the first attempt on an actual model. When you apply it the instant reaction is “Oh my God, I’ve ruined the whole thing” as it’s covered in a thick black mess. I’ll take a picture next time I use these washes to show what I mean. But a little work with a slightly damped cloth and the worst comes off and it all evens out. I left a decent amount of the wash in place around the raised block to give a lot of contrast and give a nice grimy appearance. Think it came out pretty well.
I decided late on to add some antennas to the X-303 (the small one) to make it link better with the follow on X-304. They aren’t there in the ship seen on TV and again this is just my take on what it might look like.
I applied the decals afterwards so they wouldn’t be hidden too much by the wash, they are tiny anyway so hardly notice. Then a coat of satin seal and the jobs a good one. Don’t know why it took me 2 years to get to that point as it was a quick job in the end.
The stand is the same as I used for the Moebius Galactica (or in my case Excalibur) model which is a magnetic acrylic picture block from Muji. Really like these and will probably use them a bit more I think. They are nice and heavy and inserting an image is dead easy. Look nice and modern too.
So here are the completed pictures.
And finally a little attempt to put them into orbit (which I should have spent longer on really, so it’s not very good).