Star Trek: DS9:- Karemma Merchant Ship - micro build log

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  1. linweseregon

    linweseregon Well-Known Member

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    This one has been in my "To Do" pile for weeks so it's time to get it built before my furry Doomsday Machine gets to grip with it. I started with a Drex File from Ex Astris Scientia, shrunk it to 50% and pasted a few copies on my sheet so that 2.5 could be fitted across an A4 page. I also stretched some sections in MS Paint where curves were involved. I printed a page on 200gsm and another on copy paper (just in case). This is the starting orthographic:-
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    I chose the plane with the most surface area to act as a base; the red line below shows the plane I chose:-
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    This gave me an upper and lower face to start building on:-
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    This needed to be bulked up so I added a strip incorporating the curves to the top and two central strips to the bottom:-
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    Next, I concentrated on the undersides of the 'sleds', the protrusions under the hull and a mount for the weird-shaped thing at the back. None of the views in the ortho's showed the mount so I used some artistic licence:-
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    That done I cut pieces for the sides and top of the 'sleds':-
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    The sides were sections taken from the elevation and stretched to increase their height. The elevation was flipped to obtain the starboard pieces. Once these were glued I moved onto the upper hull, sled mounts and the ventral fin at the front:-
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    This left me with the aforementioned weird bit - the reason I've been putting this one off for so long. In the end it went together surprisingly easily:-
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    Et viola! A 1 3/4" (45mm) long Karemma merchant ship waiting to be mounted :)
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    I'll probably write a more in-depth set of instructions in my blog. This is a bit rushed as it's after 3am and I can hardly keep my eyes open... ;)
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  2. spaceagent-9

    spaceagent-9 Right Hand Man and Confidant

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    I never saw this one, but I like it!
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  3. D-WHALE

    D-WHALE Utopia Planitia Engineer

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    this model was on my list, but i had no time to create one, and now i have an other model in work! Maybe i should change the priority if i see this good build :rolleyes:
  4. linweseregon

    linweseregon Well-Known Member

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    @D-WHALE The Karemma ship is one that should be relatively straightforward to design - if you can design a D'Kyr you can design anything! - there are only four awkward curves to 'worry' about; two at the front and two at the back of the main hull structure.
  5. D-WHALE

    D-WHALE Utopia Planitia Engineer

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    well it´s a bit more than some curves, but i guess i´m on the right way for a work of 3 days ;)
    I know now, why i had never started this ship: the resolution of the ortho pictures are very low! this was also an early post in Doug´s blog! his latest posts/pics had a higher resolution!

    BTW. the D´Kyr was an easy model against this thing what i had now in work (interrupt for the Karemma) rendertest1.jpg
  6. linweseregon

    linweseregon Well-Known Member

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    @D-WHALE It's looking smashing so far :). Another advantage of making micros is that even low resolution pics come out great when they're downsized ;)
  7. D-WHALE

    D-WHALE Utopia Planitia Engineer

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    update for you! with some pre-textured parts rendertest2.jpg
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  8. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    @D-WHALE This is coming along BEAUTIFULLY!!!
    With some of the texture that you have (already) added, it looks like it will be fun to add additional greebles. Then again, all of your work is TOP NOTCH!!!
    I am looking forward to seeing how this turns out!!!
  9. D-WHALE

    D-WHALE Utopia Planitia Engineer

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    i´m done with the virtual model, now comes the "funny" part rendertest7.jpg rendertest8.jpg
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  10. linweseregon

    linweseregon Well-Known Member

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    @D-WHALE It's absolutely stunning Marko, a superb piece of work :)
  11. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    After seeing these last two renderings, it looks like it will be a very fun build!
    You are doing a GREAT JOB on designing this model!!!
  12. Taek

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    I never saw this one, but I like it! Can't wait till you are done with
    unfolding:p good luck!.
  13. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

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    Linweseregon and Marko, you guys have really brought this ship to life. Linweseregon, your build technique is very interesting and effective! Marko, your reputation for fine models precedes you. :)
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