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#96818 Built 1/1000 USS Defiant

Posted by Jay K on 22 May 2020 - 10:20 AM in Ertl / AMT

Just a quick update, as a lot of time has passed!

I've managed to buy two of them, from New York. I couldn't find any in the UK, which caused me to near lose my mind at the thought that I might have missed my chance, but nah, all good. Overall cost (including shipping/customs) is going to be around £10 more expensive than if I'd bought ONE kit over here, crazy. Anyway, I've been doing a ton of research in preparation for making the first one, which will just be a static model (to be used as a toy/frisbee, etc lol). I want to try and make this as accurate to the filming miniature as possible, not to a super-anal degree in terms of matching the colours exactly, but as close as possible. As I won't be starting for a while, I thought I'd share a few things I've discovered in the time since I was last around here:

First of all, there's now some fantastic aftermarket extras for this kit. Most notable are aztek dummy's mask set (something which has made me decide to not use the aztec decals that come with the kit, at least not for solid colour):





Secondly, a company called Green Strawberry have made a photo-etch set together with some additional resin parts. These include the INTERIOR of the nacelles (delighted by this!), and even the shuttlebay, which is amazing at this scale, but won't be something I'll be taking advantage of:



The additional resin parts for the nacelles will allow for amazingly accurate lighting, which is something I'll be doing with the second kit (once I've got the lay of the land with the first one). I'll be going to town with the second one, big plans mainly centred around things like can I fit a small rechargeable battery inside, that could be charged wirelessly? All dreams at the moment obviously, but with the things I've seen during my research, the possibilities for things like that are there nowadays.

The final thing, and this concerns the first one I'll be building (static), is something that caught me off guard, and is honestly jaw-dropping in terms of why haven't we seen companies do something like this ages ago (Prometheus, I think you'll love this dude):


It's a paint powder that makes glow-in-the-dark paint. It comes in several colours, but I linked to the blue one above as it's immediately clear how amazing this stuff could be. However, here's two examples of trek ships (Defiant being one) made by a guy on reddit, that use this paint to incredible effect. Just to be clear, these models are not lit by LEDs, it's just glow-in-the-dark paint. Also notice how these shots are taken in a lighted environment:




The spotlight effect on the Yeager's registry details made my jaw drop!


You'll see a few odd colour choices he's used (green pulse phases, yellow port lights on the Sabre), but that's down to him using the green lit paint. The good news is that a pink shade is available already (should help make red), but the guy who makes the paint is working on a red shade, amongst others.


So yeah, tons of exciting stuff. When I start the first build, I'll make a progress thread here. Won't be for a while yet, but I can't wait to get started. :)


EDIT: Randomly, I'd LOVE to see someone make the Excelsior with that lit blue all over it.

#96817 Deep Space Nine Doc “What We Left Behind”

Posted by Jay K on 22 May 2020 - 02:40 AM in SciFi news.

What a fun documentary (I just watched it). I guess I never realized how poor a view the fans and execs had of DS9. I'll be honest.. I was slow to adopt it... I pretty much missed the 1st two years... and I came in year 3... and then year 4 when it really took I was hooked... I stayed up late nights to watch re-runs of seasons 1 & 2 to coach up.


Of course these days you can stream it all... and they are right! DS9 is very well suited to serial streaming.


Until DS9... I would half-heartedly watch even TNG... in other words I wouldn't schedule anything around it... but with DS9, once I was hooked it made me a fan to tune in a watch every episode of every series.... until recently. I passed on Picard after the two seasons of DISCO. I guess DS9 was the show that made me a super fan... DISCO was the show that seems to have ended it... Sadly, with the death of both Auberjonois and Eisenberg the story line they came up with would require new actors. 

DS9 was the 'I'm now a trekkie (TNG) so I'll catch every episode of this' (I was seven when DS9 started), and yeah, very glad I did! :)

Regarding Picard, I wish I'd passed on it (gut told me to), but the allure of seeing him, Riker and Troi again pulled me. Just my opinion, but it's already been emptied from the recycle bin in my brain. :/

As for the DS9 S8 storyline, yeah that's a shame, but I suppose if it was ever expanded upon, it could be reworked to something along the lines of:


#96777 Deep Space Nine Doc “What We Left Behind”

Posted by Jay K on 10 May 2020 - 07:12 AM in SciFi news.

Massively late to the party with this (life just gets in the way sometimes). Truth be told, I'll hold my hands up first of all and say that I found it online somewhere, simply because I needed the distraction right now, combined with the realisation that I actually forgot about it in the first place. My shame (on both counts), but only temporarily, as I need the blu-ray version of this as soon as possible. Far too tired and drunk right now to mooch online for it, I'll do that tonight, but yeah, wow.

We all have those shows that are special to us; whether it be because we grew up with them or any other myriad of reasons, but DS9 is that show for me. For years I couldn't choose between it and TNG, but purely speaking for myself, I finally feel fully able to admit that I love it so much more than any other iteration of Star Trek. I know that's patently clear for all to see on this forum, especially over the years, but away from here, and even within myself, I've always been conflicted by the fact that DS9 is the Star Trek show that wasn't about actual exploration, and in fact centred around a massive conflict in its latter seasons. However, as they so eloquently put across in the documentary, the show is an exploration of one's inner self (and I'd argue society as a whole), as opposed to a fictitious galaxy.


The remastered HD scenes are breathtaking (jesus, will we ever see it fully upgraded, and in 16:9 as well - what an amazing treat it was to see that), the in-jokes were wonderful, as were the music and interviews. It was everything I wanted and more, and also, I have to be honest, everything I feared it'd be as well. The writer's room...shit. I now want to see that story so much, it was a wonderful tease but truthfully, a genuinely painful one (for a number of reasons, not least because I really dislike all the current iterations of Star Trek, and I was immediately gripped by the things they were discussing). I wept throughout the whole thing, but I had to pause a few times, mainly on the writer's room parts that mentioned Nog and Odo, now obviously a lot more sombre.

I honestly could go on and on (Max Grodénchik singing that version of Heart in San Francisco, Andrew Robinson is amazing, the line Ira says regarding Section 31 - it was in the latest film at the time but screw it, it's our creation, that had me almost shouting yes out loud, and the closing song from the Trek Rat Pack!), but yeah, needless to say this is a must-watch for all trekkies, and an amazing love letter to the fans, and was just what I needed right now. I can't wait to get the blu-ray to see the extras. And start work on that model kit I just bought last week, which now has a great photo etch upgrade set that I'm going to get to make sure it's a true studio replica. :D

#96560 2020 Toy Fair

Posted by Jay K on 16 February 2020 - 11:02 AM in Everything else.

Maybe DST will show us that TNG phaser thats been in development for the last 5 years!!


Well it's going to light up and make sounds, so maybe we should let them have another 4 years before we kick up a stink! :D

#96528 New Star Trek Series starring Patrick Stewart

Posted by Jay K on 31 January 2020 - 08:35 PM in SciFi news.

Star Trek to me was always about showing humanity as having moved on from how we are today, whilst using the troubles of alien races to highlight problems that are relevant and current to our present day situation. To see this aspect gone (something I dearly loved about Star Trek), makes for painful viewing to me.



Extended thoughts:


#96396 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Posted by Jay K on 12 October 2019 - 03:06 PM in Playmates


#96177 Star Trek - The Official Starships Collection

Posted by Jay K on 17 June 2019 - 06:36 AM in Everything else.

22cm according to the website. I was considering getting it to put it next to the DST E, but it's apparently too small (1:2111 whereas the E is around 1:1500). That wasn't the only reason, it just would've been a nice bonus. It looks gorgeous in the hi-res images they released this week.

#96161 New Star Trek Series starring Patrick Stewart

Posted by Jay K on 13 June 2019 - 06:12 PM in SciFi news.

It wasn't Midnight Edge (at least, not on the usual channel), it was offered to me on my PS4 youtube app as well. Not only does he mention that above (don't remember the Frakes bit, but I think I read that elsewhere anyway), but apparently Kurtzman is no longer in charge or something? I'll see if I can find it by tomorrow.


EDIT: Just in case you go looking (I'm off to bed right now, sorry), it was a guy with a beard and beanie hat on, looked like it was in his bedroom?

#96088 New Star Trek Series starring Patrick Stewart

Posted by Jay K on 24 May 2019 - 05:31 AM in SciFi news.

Firstly, I've got my fingers crossed that this will turn out half decent. At the very least, I hope they'll have some nice Federation ship designs (no bridge windows please!). However, if the Enterprise having been lost with all hands is the reason he left Starfleet, then I hope it's something that Q can resolve. I enjoy enough shows that are dark and depressing without one of my all time favourites being turned into that. I don't think there's a single person hoping his former crew/family won't turn up at some point.


Fingers crossed.