Starcrafts 1/1400 scale Miranda class

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Starcrafts 1/1400 scale Miranda class

Postby novahobbies » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:59 pm

For those who saw the Phobos thread, you saw a quick snap of the ship I am building alongside it -- the Miranda class resin kit from Starcrafts. I've had one for a while which you can see here, but I've been itching to redo all my movie era kits with some more interesting aztec patterns. So I just decided to buy a new kit.

I downloaded the pendragon decals and rescaled them to fit this kit. This worked for SOME of the decals, but not many. Much of the work you'll see here is a mish-mash of his decals and my work that was completely redrawn. For instance, the decals for the bottom of the hull had to be redone almost 100% because the grid he used didn't match up at all to the resin lines of the Starcrafts model.

Here we are getting started!

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Now the decals for the rollbar were beautiful...almost perfect with no modification. The decals for the actual photorp pod, though....not so much. I made it work. :-)

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Here it is as a size comparison to the Phobos photorp pod. Did not realize how much smaller the phobos' pod was.

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The saucer top is getting close....

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Saucer bottom needed a lot of work re-drawing and resizing.

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At this point, I started in on some of the actual kit decals. Here's that Knox class that may or may not ever get built sitting next to the Brattain, looking all sad and lonely in her primered state.

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Notice something wrong here?

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I didn't, obviously, since I happily slapped that decal on the ship. Thankfully some eagle-eyes gent on Facebook noticied it was mispelled. "But it's supposed to be mispelled," quoth I, getting ready to argue the screen accurate "Brittain" vs "Brattain" that we all know. Turns out he did too. "I know that," he responded, "but your decal says USS BrittIAn. The I and A are transposed."
Well, sh*t. So it is. So I had to redraw that decal. And I figured, what the heck....let's return this ship to the name she was SUPPOSED to have. Ladies and Gents, I give you the USS Brattain:

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Here;s where I am right now -- pinstriping. Lots and lots of pinstriping.

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And that's it for now! There's not too much left to do on this kit. I have some detail painting to do, a bit of weathering, and that's about it. Pics will be updated as I move along....
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Re: Starcrafts 1/1400 scale Miranda class

Postby Tesral » Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:01 am

Looking at some nice work here.
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Re: Starcrafts 1/1400 scale Miranda class

Postby Kratok » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:19 am

Nice to see some posts in the 1400 section.

Nice work. I'm holding off on some of my Reliant kits a bit longer, hoping that the Excelsior wallpaper decals are doing well for StarCrafts, and that he releases the Enterprise-A and Reliant decals at some point in the future.

But I love what you have done here!

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Re: Starcrafts 1/1400 scale Miranda class

Postby novahobbies » Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:31 am

This turned out to be a good decal weekend for both ships. My eyes hate me, but I'm happy with the results so far. The Brattain had a lot of detail painting that had to be done...much more than I originally thought, but hey, that's how it goes. The Luna didn't need hardly anything so it balanced out. Here she is with detail painting about halfway done. I've used Duck Egg Blue, Light Gray, Haze Gray, and Sea Blue-Gray for my accent colors here and there. Here she is with much of the detail work wrapped up, but I'm still messing with the deflector crystal:

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Deflectors cleaned up a bit and the light blue top is looking better. I went in with a black wash to weather some details in those shuttlebay equipment trenches. Also, you can see in this picture that I used an officer's lounge for the B/C deck on this kit. Why did I? Well, I'll tell you.

My model, my decision. ;-) I like the way it looks. And it fits.

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More black washes bring out the details in the beautiful photorp area. Also, since Starcrafts' kit has indented exhaust vents in the rollbar, I used a thinned black to get that picked out as well.

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And final assembly begins....

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Getting down to the wire. Need to start thinking of a good stand. I don't mind the standard "model-on-a-stick" convention, but I prefer the stand to be, at the very least, pertinent to the model it's displaying. Like the Crusader here.
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Final pictures should be this week. WOOHOO! The first two models of the year....and it only took me a year to build 'em! :lol:

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Re: Starcrafts 1/1400 scale Miranda class

Postby novahobbies » Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:45 pm

We're done. Just needs a base and a clear coat. Hope you like!
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Re: Starcrafts 1/1400 scale Miranda class

Postby SKO » Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:13 am

novahobbies wrote:We're done. Just needs a base and a clear coat. Hope you like!
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Wow that’s good stuff

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Re: Starcrafts 1/1400 scale Miranda class

Postby novahobbies » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:33 pm

Thank you kindly. I'm trying to decide how I want her based up. I bought a square wood plaque from the local craft store last night. Somewhat tempted to do the "Eyes in the dark" thing that Troi was floating though. Otherwise I may do a space scene with that binary star system the Brattain was stuck at. Anyone remember the name of the star system? I tried googling it and did not see it.

As the floaty-Troi scene was a bit hokey, I'm leaning towards the binary stars. The theme still follows.

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Re: Starcrafts 1/1400 scale Miranda class

Postby mophius » Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:48 pm

novahobbies wrote:Thank you kindly. I'm trying to decide how I want her based up. I bought a square wood plaque from the local craft store last night. Somewhat tempted to do the "Eyes in the dark" thing that Troi was floating though. Otherwise I may do a space scene with that binary star system the Brattain was stuck at. Anyone remember the name of the star system? I tried googling it and did not see it.

As the floaty-Troi scene was a bit hokey, I'm leaning towards the binary stars. The theme still follows.


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