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About Tarkas

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  1. What he said! This ought to be a monster -- but if it lives up to its current promise, a fantastic model. Could we please have some details of the build -- what's in it, what you've done so far with what, etc.? Inquiring minds would love to know.
  2. The shuttle on the left-hand side is from the first movie -- appropriate, as this variant of the Enterprise is the movie version -- and, IIRC, was also seen in the fourth film picking up the crew of "HMS Bounty" from the sea after the BoP crashed in San Francisco Bay and released the whales. The other shuttle, on the right, is the type seen in the fifth movie -- and yes, it is rather TNG-ish to look at.
  3. The manufacturers are doing it on the cheap. There are plenty of 50th anniversary models, but they're just re-releases of old kits, possibly with new decals and paint schemes. This kind of makes sense from an anniversary marketing point of view -- build the same kit you/they did 50 years ago -- but given the limitations of every kit that's been released since the 60s, it's not very satisfying for those of us who would like an accurate model without resorting to major surgery and custom 3D printing. Unfortunately, space is a niche market, or so the kitmakers say, so the odds against new toolings are pretty high. Of course, if they'd done it right the first time, we wouldn't have the problem, but they didn't, and they haven't revised the kits over the years -- also on the grounds of cost -- so we're stuck with what is available. Shame, that.
  4. Have to agree. It does look great. I only have one question: which Angel is in the cockpit? My best guess is Rhapsody -- am I right?
  5. My, Grandma, what big teeth you have... Seriously, that looks good. I suppose it'll lose a bit of impact when painted, but it certainly is an improvement on the original doors. Nice work.
  6. Is there going to be anything else? I presume they're not going to produce full-size memory banks, etc., so without any further info, I'm wondering what's going to be in kit other than the lighted eye...
  7. Um, guys, you do realise that this kit is from the 2003 remake, not the original series, don't you?
  8. Nah, it's just that it comes from a rarely-encountered species not native to this planet. It's a bit of an acquired taste...
  9. Oh, that is niiiicccce.... A very snazzy-looking SPV if I ever saw one. Only thing it could possibly need is a couple of figures standing around -- or sitting in the extendable chair, maybe even with their weapon drawn. Isn't there an episode in which one of the Captains is in a gunfight while sitting in a seat, using the SPV's armour as cover?
  10. I think some wascally "creature" has stolen it; that's why he's so angry. And yes, he looks very good -- angry, but good.
  11. Well, his website says that his online shop is closed. Apparently, he had a stroke and his right-hand side has been affected; so, as much a shame as it is (I wanted some decals from him, too), I don't think you're going to have any luck. JBOT Decals appear to be gone for good.
  12. That's Soup Dragon (unless you were making a pun ).
  13. My latest package in the post is a real blast from the past -- the subject, not the kit, which isn't very old at all. It's the Starduster from one of the earliest (1962-4) TV SF cartoons, Space Angel, courtesy of the perople at Fantastic Plastic. I loved the series as a kid, far too many years ago, and I'm really glad to have a kit of the hero spaceship. I'd put up photos of the box and its contents if I could figure out how to do it! It must be possible, but every method I have tried has failed miserably. Still, you can look at the kit on the FP website here. My kit has rather more flash than their illustration, but that's hardly surprising, and it shouldn't take too long to clean up. No (obvious) signs of bubbles or pinholes, so the flash is the only casting flaw -- I hope! I'm looking forward to making this one, and it's about as simple as you can get, even for a resin kit.
  14. I'll go you one better... er, weirder. I showed both Scott and Alan video clips of the Schlieren wave patterns around their respective Thunderbirds at supersonic speeds...! I think they were both impressed and baffled at the same time, but I suspect that they were used to that. Oh, and it was in the Cold War Exhibition hangar at RAF Cosford. RIP, Shane. You will be sadly missed.
  15. It really depends on how much you want to get into it. The original Aztec pattern on the large Enterprise miniature for the first movie (ST:TMP) used 5 or 6 different shades of pearlescent paint in a highly complex pattern, plus a number of other colours for things like the secondary hull strongback and details around the upper primary hull, main deflector and engines. You can find (or buy) details of the Aztec pattern and even paint masks -- I know, because I've got them -- but it's a very complex and time-consuming job to recreate what Paul Olsen did. Later Aztec patterns weren't as complicated, and even the Big E got a re-paint after the fun and games of ST III and IV. The idea was to reproduce something like the Olsen paint scheme, but with less hassle -- and, I suppose, cost; Paul really did go to town originally, but that's what he was asked to do, and he did it very well. To this end, interference paints have been used, as have varying shades of grey with a glossy overcoat. They all work more or less well, so there's not a single, simple answer. As regards references (including paints) , I can only suggest that you look at sites like this one and CultTVman's, and/or YouTube, for articles, videos and build threads describing what people have done on their builds, and also what the original SFX people did when making the models in the first place, and then decide what you want to do. I can recommend Paul Olsen's book Star Trek: Creating the Enterprise if you want to go the whole hog, but I warn you, it's not gonna be quick.
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