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Klingon TOS D7 Battlecruiser-1/650 scale-WIP PICS ADDED

Post by trekriffic » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:55 pm

Still the most iconic badass villain ship in all of science fiction, at least in my opinion, the original Klingon Battlecruiser!
This is the 1/650 scale reissue by AMT which I just finished.
These pics were taken using my space backdrop and ambient sunlight from the garage door windows...


ImageIMG_3840 by trekriffic, on Flickr

ImageIMG_3839 by trekriffic, on Flickr

ImageIMG_3837 by trekriffic, on Flickr

ImageKlingon D7 by trekriffic, on Flickr

ImageIMG_3834 by trekriffic, on Flickr

ImageIMG_3833 by trekriffic, on Flickr

ImageIMG_3832 by trekriffic, on Flickr

ImageIMG_3831 by trekriffic, on Flickr

ImageIMG_3828 by trekriffic, on Flickr

ImageIMG_3827 by trekriffic, on Flickr

ImageIMG_3825 by trekriffic, on Flickr

ImageIMG_3823 by trekriffic, on Flickr

Hope you guys enjoy the pics! :D
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Re: Klingon TOS D7 Battlecruiser-1/650 scale

Post by TI4438 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:30 pm

Definately enjoyed!

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Re: Klingon TOS D7 Battlecruiser-1/650 scale

Post by trekriffic » Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:18 pm

I don't think I've posted these newer pics before so here goes. These are against a neutral backdrop.

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IMG_3892 by trekriffic, on Flickr

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IMG_3894 by trekriffic, on Flickr

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IMG_3898 by trekriffic, on Flickr

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IMG_3900 by trekriffic, on Flickr

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IMG_3905 by trekriffic, on Flickr

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Hope you guys like them.

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Re: Klingon TOS D7 Battlecruiser-1/650 scale

Post by Max Nex » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:37 pm

nice work !
the ones against the starfield background have a very classic look to them.

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Re: Klingon TOS D7 Battlecruiser-1/650 scale

Post by Steam235 » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:30 am

I agree the star field shots give me instant TOS nostalgia.

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Re: Klingon TOS D7 Battlecruiser-1/650 scale

Post by Bellerophon » Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:18 am

Trekriffic, there is more to this story.

Some may not know all you did to accurize this kit. Maybe it's asking too much for you to fill everyone in.
But isn't it all Klingon opera?

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Re: Klingon TOS D7 Battlecruiser-1/650 scale

Post by trekriffic » Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:15 pm

Bellerophon wrote:Trekriffic, there is more to this story.

Some may not know all you did to accurize this kit. Maybe it's asking too much for you to fill everyone in.
Well, if you insist, if anyone is interested, here are the highlights of the mods I made to the kit...

One thing I did was remove the chrome from the plated kit parts by soaking them overnight in this purple spray stuff called Super Clean which I found at Walmart:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12678982595/

I would end up painting them with Testors aluminum for a duller finish.

I wanted the opening in the bow to look more like this photo of the studio miniature:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12678982355/

The kit part just had a primitive looking spike in the tube so I turned a new one using brass rod:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679123253/

This image is a little blurry but you can see I added a small angled squarish bit to the mouth of the bow tube at the base of the spike:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679452834/

The tube was glued into one half of the command pod bulb using tube glue. Later I would pack epoxy putty halfway round it before gluing the two halves of the command bulb together:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679452664/

Tamiya putty was applied and sanded off later:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679452574/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679452464/

Later, after basecoating:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679443544/

The nacelles needed to be lengthened about 1/8" so I cut off the back section:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679454644/

I cut some plugs from .060 styrene sheet:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679122793/

I stacked two together for each nacelle and glued them on with Testors tube glue. In the image below you can see the "jelly bean" as some call it that sits in front of the bridge tower. I drilled holes and inserted rounded bits of clear red plastic rod where the "nipples" are. You can also see some of the modified parts for the bow deflector/sensor tube:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679453884/

After shaping with a file and sanding sticks I smeared the plugs with Tamiya putty:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679453494/

All seams were sanded and brushed with Mr Surfacer to fill in any minor surface scratches left from all that sanding and filing:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679453244/

The new longer nacelles turned out nice:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679120923/

The neck joint where the base of the command pod boom meets the front face of the engineering hull can be a weak spot so I wanted to reinforce it as much as possible by attaching the command boom to the secondary hull using brass rod and plastic tubing. The brass rod was inserted and glued into the base of the command boom using CA. Epoxy putty-the good stuff from Tamiya-was packed in to fill the cavity around the rod at the base of the boom. After the putty cured, the brass rod was inserted into the secondary hull opening. Reinforcing shim plates were stacked and glued to the back of the secondary hull opening on either side of the brass rod leaving a narrow gap between them and the plastic tube. A slotted retainer key was then pushed down tight between the shim plates and the plastic tube to lock in and form a very strong joint. The entire assembly was glued in with CA followed by a good brushing of Ambroid Pro-Weld:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679118943/

Later on, I decided I wanted to be able to insert a brass rod in the rear of the secondary hull (mostly to get rid of the stand for spray painting and to position the model for photographic purposes) so I mounted a brass tube into the hull:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12678977875/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679449484/

There was a bad gap between the hull and the corrugated "surfboard" on the underside of the neck boom which I filled with AVES. I had to sculpt the ridges:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12678976685/

The base of the neck after puttying, sanding, and a brushing with Mr Surfacer:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679116963/

After her first basecoat:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679442534/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679110613/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679442324/

Weathering isn't really a modification to the kit I suppose but you guys might be interested in seeing the process:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679109823/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12678967895/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679440704/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679108153/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679108653/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12678966505/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679107463/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679439174/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679439264/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12678965505/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679106373/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/12679106773/

For the rest of the picks (yes, there are more) visit my set on Flickr!:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] ... 905069137/
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Re: Klingon TOS D7 Battlecruiser-1/650 scale-WIP PICS ADDED

Post by Bellerophon » Sat Feb 22, 2014 3:02 am

Like I said, a lot more to the story! I'm pretty sure no one would figure out all that work you did to make the D-7 accurate, just looking at the pictures of the finished model.

And your pictures are fantastic. You achieved what I was trying to do 40 years ago when I built that same kit and did an awful job spray painting it, then hung it from the bedroom ceiling and photographed it with my Instamatic in front of a dark blue quilt (closest thing I had to a space background). Boy, that was fun, though! Maybe I'll find that picture someday.
But isn't it all Klingon opera?

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Re: Klingon TOS D7 Battlecruiser-1/650 scale-WIP PICS ADDED

Post by trekriffic » Mon Feb 24, 2014 5:04 pm

Bellerophon wrote:You achieved what I was trying to do 40 years ago when I built that same kit and did an awful job spray painting it, then hung it from the bedroom ceiling and photographed it with my Instamatic in front of a dark blue quilt (closest thing I had to a space background). Boy, that was fun, though! Maybe I'll find that picture someday.
I'd like to see that old picture someday too. I remember building the original kit with the GOW bulb in the command bulb. It had holes for the windows molded in and clear green inserts for the steps along the sides of the command deck and the little "nipples" on top of the "jelly bean" that glowed when the batteries under what I think is now referred to as the hangar bay were switched on. I'll say one thing for AMT, they didn't always make the most accurate kits but they hit the nail on the head with where to place the batteries and the hook for the fishing line so the ship hung level in perfect balance.
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