Thursday, May 26, 2011

The launch date approaches...but not yet


































I've traded sleep for working on the Enterpise, and I don't regret it! She's coming along fast and furious now...hoping to have the ship fully painted by the end of next week. The ship is lumpy in a few places, but the overall feel and profile rings true for me. Any ideas on how I should display the final model? I'd like to come up with a novel base, but I don't want to drill any holes in the finished model.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

More progress on the 'Prise!



















































Bussard Ramscoop!! Those two words alone are enough to make me love Star Trek. Anyway, more progress on this beast...this build is beginning to border on obsession...when I am not working on it, I am thinking about working on it, and I have lost a considerable amount of sleep as sacrifice to this build (the other lovely people in my life are more sane and sleep what is required, which is the time I use to build really big paperweights like this). More puttying and sanding awaits me, but at least I am beginning to work on the funner and finer details. I have a bit more done on this than what is pictured here, but the basic progress as shown in these pictures is pretty close. Many more hours await me, but I must admit that this really is a blast to make...it really is a dream come true. I actually have a distinct memory of making little Enterprises out of bristol board or cereal box cardboard when I was ten (when I initially really got into Star Trek...a time when I thought "Encounter at Farpoint" was sheer genius, though even I knew there was something amiss with Star Trek V). Anyway, more to come.







Thursday, May 19, 2011

A rare post about work

Check THIS out.

Working in a public library can be a strange adventure. As time passes, I realize how important and challenging the library realm really is, and how poorly that was reflected in my formal education. What was lacking in the classroom is beautifully summed up and elegantly illustrated in the above link. If you are a lover of the library, you will no doubt recognize so much of what is touched upon by this series of illustrations. If you feel the library is a relic of the past, and a useless leech upon the public purse...well...I don't know what to tell you other than you're dead wrong. And the above link is proof of how wrong you are.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Enterprise Update

























Another day, another few pictures of this great white whale slooowly coming together. The way I see it, if I can make this thing not look like a piece of crap when all is said and done, I'll feel prepared to take on a lot of different modeling subjects. This has been a very challenging build. As you can see, the nacelles and primary saucer hull are starting to fill in and take shape.

Monday, May 2, 2011

More work in the shipyards...












































Slowly, the Great Bird's great bird is coming together. The hangar bay, sensor dish housing, and initial surfacing of the secondary hull are in place. This build is far more ambitious than I initially thought...and I'm a little scared. The last picture is for scale...that's the AMT Enterprise that I built in preparation for this big scratchbuild...the kit has an overall length of about 18", and mine is double that.