Been working on this resin Excelsior class ship on and off and it’s nearly done now.
The USS Repulse was the only established operational Excelsior-class vessel still sporting a four digit registry number in the 24th century, suggesting she was a close contemporary of the 23rd century original USS Excelsior and thus one of the oldest vessels of the class still in service.
The USS Repulse (NCC-2544) was an Excelsior-class Federation starship that was in service with Starfleet in the late 24th century. This ship was commanded by Captain Taggert in the 2360s. Medical officer Katherine Pulaski served aboard this vessel before she was transported by shuttlecraft D’Alison (Repulse shuttlecraft 10) to her new assignment, the USS Enterprise-D, in 2365. In casualty lists received by Deep Space 9 around 2375, the Repulse filed reports of many officers being missing, wounded or killed as part of an operation with the Ninth Fleet during the Dominion War. Continue reading 1:2500 Excelsior Class→
I was given this little kitbash by a friend and so I can’t claim to have come up with the design itself. It is a cut down saucer from the 1:2500 set coupled with nacelles from the Constellation class kit which was released by Futura (quite cheap at one point but pricey now). So a simple little build essentially and one that had sat in Mark’s stash for quite some time.
So decide to make a start on Cap last night, who is the 4th character going into my Avengers scene (with Thor, Iron Man and Hulk). And actually got a huge way through him. Assembly (as with all these Dragon kits) was a breeze and there was just one small seam I wasn’t quite happy with and filled in before priming. Paints are Vallejo all hand painted. Looks a bit of a mess at the moment because just blocking in some colours and some messy washes on the gloves and boots. Just trying to get them to a ox-blood leather look.
Finally got delivery of my newly released Enterprise from the new Into Darkness movie (having been held at the post office for a week) and initial impressions are very favourable. Looks like a really nice model from Revell who have clearly thought carefully about what the model builder might want to do and have produced a nicely sized model.
Box art is pretty standard and nothing too exciting. It is marked up as the Into Darkness Enterprise and represents the Enterprise as it is for the vast majority of the film and not in the final scene.
Well this certainly turned out to be one of the easier builds I’ve done for a while and his nice chunky size makes him a really nice piece on the shelf. Not quite finished yet but pretty close.
So Hulk first got a coat of a dark olive green on his body, which I did to try and match up to the movie a bit. This was followed by a dark wash in the recesses. While this dried off I gave his trousers a coat of purple which had been darkened up a bit.
The next day I started drybrushing him to bring out all the detail. The trousers got a heavy drybrush with the original purple (ie the undarkened one) and then a light brush with a lightened version of the same purple. His body and legs had a similar treatment with the original olive green and then a lightened version of it for the high points.
The mouth was painted up with red and the teeth picked out in white. The whole thing was knocked back with some washes. Might add a little more wash inside the mouth yet. Hair is straight black, and might add the lightest drybrush with an extremely dark brown. I’m rubbish at eyes and haven’t quite got them right yet. Basically did the whites and then added some black (as his eyes are really small and dark). But his right eye just isn’t right yet. So will work on that a little bit more.
So here are some pictures. Taken at night so quality isn’t that good.
Had a short hiatus on the Iron Man kit (small update on that so have added it to the last page rather than starting a new one) while I get some new solder to finish off the lighting aspects, so decided to have a quick assembly on the third of the kits which are going to form this scene which is Hulk.
There are only 5 parts (head, torso, trousers and 2 legs) so assembly is pretty simple. Just needed to heat up the parts in a little warm water to get them to pop together.
I’ve been rather lapse in not updating my build of the Dragon Iron Man kit and that’s basically because I haven’t done anything on it for a little while. So thought that as time was moving on so rapidly (and with 2 more unstarted Avengers to complete my scene) I really should get back to this build.
So have actually gone backwards a bit and stripped off some of the parts from the top half as I now want to get the bottom half primed and painted. So the final leg has been done and the cable run through the bottom of the shoe. I had hoped to run it down a hollow tube instead of the solid one provided in the kit but I couldn’t find anything in my stock materials box which would work. So rather than delay further I’m going with it separate and will hide it with some debris in the final scene.
I’m a little worried that some of the panel lines aren’t very good and will need filing in but will get some primer on and decide then.
So next step is to get that primer on, then some silver and then the top layer of candy red. Will then pick out the details of the silver and gold parts afterwards.