U.S.S. Antares

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U.S.S. Antares

Post by ReyDawg » Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:12 pm

U.S.S. Antares

Hello all,
Here is the Design Anomaly Antares-Class Freighter (DA-2507).
The U.S.S. Antares arrives with a cargo full of trouble: Charlie Evans.
The beige resin was easy to clean up with little flash and one or two bubbles that needed filled. I used Deluxe Materials Perfect Plastic Putty (BD44) to fill small holes and cracks.

The kit contained six pieces: primary hull, upper and lower cargo holds, two nacelles, and a command/crew pod. The kit also contained a hemispherical base and a clear rod to hold the completed vessel. I assembled the model after light sanding and reshaping. I washed the pieces in Woolite in cold water and lightly scrubbed with an old toothbrush. I primed with three light coats of Tamiya Fine Surface Primer L (Light Gray, #87064), from the spray can.
Starboard view of the Antares.
I top coated the entire model with three light coats of Tamiya Insignia White AS-20 (US Navy), from a spray can.
Port-ventral view of the Antares.
I picked out details, using three different brands of paints. I painted the raised plates and the indentation around the command pod and primary hull Model Master Light Sea Gray (#4759). Other details—such as the command and ventral decks and engine details—are painted PolyScale Light Ghost Gray(#F5050376). The Bussard collectors are painted Tamiya Color Metallic Brown (X-34) over Model Master Interior Black (#4767). I painted the deflector dish Model Master Steel (#4679).
Port-forward view of the freighter.
I covered the entire model with a homemade sludge wash of medium gray. I allowed it to sit for about a minute and removed the excess. After drying, I used a slightly moist brush (with distilled water) and lightly touched the model's surface in swirls and straight lines. I also added more sludge wash in specific places for more wear and tear. I top coated the model with Model Master Lacquer Overcoat Clear Lusterless (Flat) (#1260), three light coats.

I applied one coat of Future by flat brush and allowed it to dry for one day. I used kit decals and those from Gizmotron T.O.S. Starship Decals (#GMT 004) and PNT Models Hull Graphic Decals (#4069), cutting them to the edge of the ink. I applied a total of 28 decals, and I used the black windows decals that came with the kit. I placed a caduceus on the aft portion of the lower cargo hold. In my universe, the Antares hauled medical supplies to a colony at some point in its career. The decals responded well to Model Master Decal Solvent #2145. The majority of the decals were held with a pair of micro-tweezers in one hand and cut with a pair of decal scissors in the other.
"We are non-combatant and hauling medical supplies."
I brushed another clear coat of Future after decal application. After drying for two days, I sprayed Model Master Lacquer Overcoat Clear Lusterless (Flat) (#1260) in two light coats.

The final model is darker than the typical Federation fleet vessel, and the freighter's surface looks well-used. I finished the vessel by adding red, green, and white navigation lights: Tamiya Color Clear Red (X-7), Clear Green (X-25), and Model Master Acryl Gloss White (#4696).
Top view of the freighter, showing navigation lights.
I named the ship USS Antares, NCC-501 after the vessel seen in the remastered TOS Star Trek episode, Charlie X.
The U.S.S. Antares, NCC 501
The Greek term Antares literally means rival to Ares (planet Mars in color). Also designated Alpha Scorpii, it is the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius. Because of its bright red color, Antares is also called the heart of the scorpion. On average, Antares is the fifteenth brightest star in the night sky.

This model is another little gem from the fine folks at Multi-Verse Models. Compare the size of the ship with the quarter. This ship paints up into an attractive TOS vessel. I had a fun and relaxing time completing it. I now have a ship that can be escorted and protected by a destroyer.
Compare the size of the Antares with the US quarter.
Please enjoy the images. Any comments/suggestions are welcome.

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Re: U.S.S. Antares

Post by TrekMD » Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:35 pm

Wow, very nice!
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Re: U.S.S. Antares

Post by slawton » Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:21 pm

Really well done! I also appreciate the very thorough description you provided. I have 1 of these gems myself -- hoping I can build it half as well as you.
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Re: U.S.S. Antares

Post by Tesral » Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:15 pm

Very nicely done little gem. The Insignia white has become my go to as well.

And *AS20* Insignia White (U.S.Navy) = XF-2:10 + XF-55:1

It works a complete match as the AS20 has no bottle equivalent..
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Re: U.S.S. Antares

Post by andyh » Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:03 pm

Excellent. I’ve always wanted one of these. Fantastic build!


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Re: U.S.S. Antares

Post by Gmeister » Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:10 am

Looking good love the shading

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Re: U.S.S. Antares

Post by Griffworks » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:01 am

She turned out lookin' great! I've got two of these in 1/1000 scale that I need to get started on. I want to build one stock, the other as a RoboFreighter from TAS.
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