Thursday, January 3, 2013

KBoP, Part 11

Previously on Klingon Bird of Prey...

With the end of the Fall semester and the holidays, I was a bit distracted from this project. And I was kind of sick of it and started preparation for some other projects, like a 1/35 Sd.Kfz.6 halftrack and scratchbuilding a 1/1400 scale Golden Gate Bridge. But on New Year's Day I got back to work on the Klingon Bird of Prey. I did it because I thought I ought to, but once I was at it my heart leapt with joy. This is a fun project!

I've finished boxing in the landing gear bays and detailing and painting them, but they'll have lighting in them before the hull is closed up. I've also been starting the painting of the exterior. I'm not trying to replicate any particular filming miniature or onscreen KBoP, just making it look good to my eye with a layered brush job. The painting/weathering style is partly based on armor modeling, and partly on railroad modeling, since those are the two types of modeling with the most extreme weathering. I want to make this ship look like the Klingons would never have come up with the idea of a car wash.

Here is the engine lighting effect with the mini Christmas lights temporarily installed.
Here is the lighting effect of the panel next to the door at the top of the boarding ramp. It's lit with 0.25mm fiber optic, and a small board of LEDs I soldered up. Green and yellow are in parallel and flash, and a red LED is in series with them so it lights up if either of the others does. The flashing LEDs have nearly the same frequency and go in and out of phase, which gives the effect a little visual interest.

Next time: more lighting...


  1. Did you forgot to mention that you have "sound effect" for the ship too? Ok, it's background noise:D
    Good job on the lighting effect.

  2. I just noticed on some of the studio model shots that the ramp faces forward. :/

    1. You're right, the original studio model has it facing forward, but to the best of my knowledge, the sets always have it facing to the rear, and that's how the Round 2 reissue of this kit has it. If you want to see a lovely build of the KBoP model with a forward-facing ramp, check out Nostromo's thread about it on the Resin Illuminati forum.