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Resin Klingon Bird of Prey
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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 01:45 AM UTC
Here is a view of the Birds in formation with the 1/350 BoP below:

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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 02:59 AM UTC
Thank you David, I appreciate it!
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Posted: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - 03:23 AM UTC
wow, you've done an amazing job with that Klingon BoP, thanks for posting the build log and showing us your work in progress shots!
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Posted: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - 02:37 AM UTC
The business end of the Bird of Prey.....

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Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 09:53 PM UTC
Thank you, I appreciate that!
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 09:10 PM UTC
It finished up real nice
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 07:38 PM UTC
Here's a pic of the 1/350 Bird of Prey on the Enterprise saucer:

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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 07:36 PM UTC
What's next? Northern Lights' 1/350 USS Enterprise which I'll be building as the USS Lexington (NCC-1709). Here's a picture of the saucer section on top of the big Bird of Prey.

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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 10:59 PM UTC
Probably about as done as I'm going to get it for now....

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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 10:53 PM UTC
Here's a low-light pic that shows the main cabin lighting...

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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 10:40 PM UTC
Here's a head-on picture with the big bird and its 1/350 little brother:

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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 03:00 AM UTC
Still a work in progress but it's never too late for suggestions or recommendations to make a better end-product. Please share any ideas you may have. Thanks!
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 02:08 AM UTC
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 01:00 AM UTC
Smoothing out the Bird's feathers with a whole lot of dry-brushing in order to convey the water color-like appearance used by the studio on the Star Trek III Bird of Prey that went on to become the USS Bounty. Also started weathering and adding some light battle damage to the wing hinge plates:



Still a lot of work to go.....
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 09:40 PM UTC
As you can see, there's still a lot of painting that need to be done but I thought I'd try a portrait using the camera on my phone:

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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 09:34 PM UTC
....and again with the lights off:

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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 07:56 PM UTC
Since everything worked as planned (which rarely happens), I bundled the wiring and ran it inside the pedestal. Here she is side by side with the repainted the AMT 1/350 Bird of Prey:

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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 07:52 PM UTC
Now that the Bird is mounted, it's time to test the wiring and lights - again:

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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 02:27 AM UTC
Here's how it all comes together: one Bird of Prey on a stick!



There's still a lot of painting and wiring to do but I was beginning to doubt I'd ever get this far, so I'm a happy camper.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 02:24 AM UTC
Here are the components I used to attach the Bird to its perch. There is enough surface area to spread out the stress across a fairly wide surface and the U-bolt at the bottom locks into place with the fan's original brass retaining pin:

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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 02:20 AM UTC
Here's a close-up of the mounting point. As you can see, it can tilt which is perfect for photo sessions and was designed to have wiring run through it. Being made 90 years ago, everything is made from heavy gauge steel or cast iron.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 02:15 AM UTC
Originally, I hadn't given that much thought to how I was going to mount this beast. With a weight over 10 pounds and not owning a machine shop, I was forced to get creative - again. I went to the Home Depot and found nothing that would work and was starting to worry. I put a lot of time and effort into this project and it was looking like it would never get off the ground! Of all places, I found my answer in an antique shop. I found an industrial pedestal fan from the late 20's with a burnt out motor that weighed even more than the Bird of Prey. Here's a pic of the stand after I removed the old motor:

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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 07:15 PM UTC
Here's a picture of the Bird of Prey's impulse thruster lights.



Next step, mounting this Bird on its perch.
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 02:53 AM UTC
So what's next? You guessed it, light check. This time with the room lighting off to look for "light leak". There are areas on this model where the resin is an inch thick and places where it's thin as an egg shell. As you can see, lights coming through the windows and not shining through the walls of the ship. The coat of black plasti-dip on the inside did the trick.

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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 02:45 AM UTC
Finished lighting, wiring and painting the main fuselage. The wings are heavy and will need a central support to ensure they stay put. I created a brass laminate spar that runs through the hinge blocks and fuselage that will do the trick. The assembly was fitted, then glued together. The assembly below ways more than 10 pounds!