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Friday, April 8, 2011

While I'm at it...

To stay focussed, I decided to take a break... and build another model. Apparently, there is some sense in that - time usage gurus say focusing on smaller projects aids work on the main project - I think it just reflects an inability to stop when the momentum gets going.
Strictly speaking, the Ajax production has not asked for this model, but I thought that it would be fun to build and that they will probably end up using it anyway. So, I present the K-7 Space Station.
This model originally appeared in the TOS classic, 'The Trouble With Tribbles' and was then recreated by model maker extraordinaire, Greg Jein, for the DS9/TOS mash up, 'Trials and Tribble-ations'. I have one of the original AMT kits for this one, but like the previously mentioned shuttle model, it is rather inaccurate. From Memory Alpha - 'The K-7 was based on a model for a real-life space station/moon base proposed by Douglas Aircraft as early as 1960. Intended to be housed in the top stage of the Saturn 1B or Saturn V rocket, it was designed to deploy like an inflatable balloon'.




So armed with the model, the original concept, shots of Greg Jein's re-creation and Prologic's excellent model work on Foundation3D, I have made a start on my own model.



More to come...

Ajax Update...

Spent my annual couple of weeks in purgatory getting all the paperwork ready for the Australian Tax Office and the mental marathon that is my yearly tax return. That is now out of the way, so back to the work at hand...
Quite a few updates to post.
Firstly, the shuttle...




Modeling complete. Markings and livery added. Looking pretty good at this point. I am in two minds as to whether to texture it or not - the original miniature does not appear to be significantly weathered, so it may well do as it is.

The Ajax... Quite a bit of work done here. Textures tweaked, details added, extra lighting and glowing phaser emitters. Word from on high is that 'they' would not change a thing. Looks like it is pretty much ready to rock and roll. Will need to apply the changes from this version to the Pilot versions as well.