Posts Tagged ‘star trek


Happy Birthday Mr. Nimoy

Star Trek Momento

USS Defiant update

Progress on the Defiant

I forgot how hard it is to install this many lights and sound effects, switches and run it all down a tunnel to the base where the board resides. A Tenacontrol board at that. It has three plugs on the board that easily disconnect in case the board ever has a problem to easily replace it. Never put your board inside the model.

I just taped the model together for a look. I did a lot of simple tricks to get things to light up without removing or drilling out parts of the model as other have done in the past. 

I also used Don’s Light and Magic parts. Just wonderful products he makes.

The coloring on the model is all taken from the studio model and this will be roughed up, scratched and weathered to match the studio model. I don’t like my models to look like toys with pristine paint jobs, they just lack scale and life.

Video will becoming and I’ll get into more of this then. This model has lots of push button lighting effects and sounds that my client wanted. Now I say client because I’m not getting material money and a pat on the back along with social media kudos for building this model. When you get an actual profit for all your hard work, experience and expertise then you can call it a clent build.


What I’m doing now and why

It’s been awhile since I have written much here. This has been mainly due to my lack of interest in social media and current events.

Without getting too political or at least trying not too I couldn’t be more disappointed in the human race. Those of you that use your common sense don’t need me to tell you exactly what I’m referring too but as one example, I have observed that for all the Star Trek fans I have encountered you’d think they’d had listened to Gene Roddenberry’s message. But they don’t.

As a race, the human race, we all came together, stopped being nationalists, stopped war among ourselves, and became a global brotherhood that reached to the Stars. That was and is his message. One I concur with.

I made a film and book about my life experience and the amazing things that happened to me and it went without as much as a whisper. Very few wanted to see a film “about that stuff” that was honest, on the level and truthful. They wanted sensationalist entertainment. They wouldn’t even watch it for free.

I spent 2 years of my life working on the film and in my opinion we made a good film, one that many who have had this experience with the unknown praised the film for.

But the rest, in fact the entire so called “UFO Community” turned their backs because I didn’t give them what they expected and dared to be forthright. We dared to break outside of their little paradigm of fantasy and to say they are not aliens, “But Something is There.”

The trolls on Facebook and the other social media sites and even YouTube just so disappointed me I didn’t need it in my life anymore. As it was after coming forward about my experience with the paranormal it cleared out my facebook page into salience.

This was robbing me of precious time better spent doing the things I love such as spending more time with my family, writing, painting, sculpting, and my hobby (I love the most) of model flight.

Recently I have been building larger and larger planes, Sailplanes to be exact. I got rid of the “War Birds” and jets. I guess I’m just tired of violence and war and the planes remind me of it.

Something snapped in me and I wanted to soar the skies in silence. No more loud motors breaking the silence of the sky. I wanted that Zen that only soaring can deliver. Maybe it was the expression I stumbled over, “If flying was the language of man, soaring would be its poetry”.

I started with the scratch built Aquila and it was love at first site when I flew her the first time. But it didn’t stop there. I built larger models. The bigger they are the better they fly.

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I’ve started getting into aerotowing which is how we fly the larger planes. Like their full size counter parts they are towed to altitude by the tugs, once released we catch thermals and climb and fly sometime for hours before landing.

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I’ve also taken up freeflight modeling again. There’s just something building a stick and tissue model that’s so relaxing. And the payoff is going to a peaceful grassy field in the country, winding the rubber band engine and letting it go into the sky.


They fly on their own without the aid of sophisticated technology. It was the way actual full sized airplanes were born. That jet you fly in to go see your family or visit other parts of the world all started with that little model and would have never existed without it, not to mention the pilot flying it or the engineers that designed it. It all started with model flight.

Although I’m still doing client builds of models, some visual effects for clients my real interests are purely selfish. I’m 66 years old not 26. There’s so much art still I want to do and the odd short film and or documentary. In fact I’m starting on a doc about my hobby.

I’m currently working on art and sculpture for my first art show later next year. I’m writing my life’s story that includes my career.

Time moves quickly and I need to use every moment wisely and social media, self promotion and making videos about life at the studio isn’t using my time wisely. The views were low, I was lucky if I got 300 views and I was never in it for the money anyway which is why I never monetized.

So as always I will post work I have done here and talk about it. Out of all the so called friends on Face Book and other sights few have come over to the blog and that’s fine. But it does speak volumes.

I’ve posted a couple of videos that really share with you the beauty of my hobby and why it’s so important to me. I hope that you can appreciate and enjoy them as much as I do.

This video is beautifully done and explains visually what a tug is and how these sailplanes fly.

Be sure to watch the flight at the end of the above video. It’s why I like this hobby so much.


Another 66inch Enterprise Build

I’m happy to report that the last 66 inch scratch built USS Entreprise we built for our client Jerry Renolds has arrived safe and sound at his Texas residence. He has proudly displayed it along side his Enterprise D at the hallway entrance to his home theatre.
I am honored and thank Paul Butcher and John O’Leary for their help on this build which has to be the best ever in several builds of this model. It’s always nerve racking to ship and gem like this. The crate next to the Charger should give and idea of the size of the shipping package.
I need a drink or two to celebrate. Jerry thanks so much for the contract and the Honor. And you guys thought I didn’t build models anymore. Read it and weep.


SNG Daily 8-13-14

It was Wednesday today at SNG studio. First up I sculpted two sets of Vulcan ears today for Glenn Campbell and Tammy Klein. They are about half way there to being ready to mold.

Got some more digs in on the Skydiver. Got the guns mounted on the Sky. I had to make up the gun barrel bells. I got a bunch more painting done and those oval holes in the forward part of the diver. Remember they had to be blended in which is why I re did them.

Tomorrow I hope to finished topside so I can move on to the bottom. I am dancing from project to project as we have so many. But soon there will be lots of work going on for the movie.

The reason for all the pictures of the ears is to show the process of the sculpting. This week’s SNG Studio Episode 5 shows in the video an entire ear sculpture in one take.

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SNG Daily 7-23-14

The Enterprise may not look much different to you from yesterday but there is one small difference. It’s done!
I managed all the other edge windows. 10 Forward is quite evident now. The officer’s lounge was a joke. They made these little round impressions in the deck for them. I carved in my own and made them the right shape. You would think as many times as that classic shot has been seen in the opening credits of TNG they would have got that right. But they didn’t.
She has a nice thick semi gloss clear coat on and the decals look painted on now. Based is finalized. All the phaser banks have been painted titanium gold. And the copper deflector is now copper with some Alclads. Last of the light leaks are fixed. Oh and the nacelles have had another coat of copper on them too.
We will get some beauty pics this week against green screen to play with and off she goes to her home in China Monday. On to the Skydiver!
















SNG Daily 7-22-14

Ok here it goes. I get all the rest of the decals on in record time. I say to myself, “Steve you can clear coat it tomorrow. You’re done.” Then I look at the Christie’s auction photos of the D one last time and it hits me. Where is 10 Forward? In fact where are all the fraking windows that line the saucer leading edge?
I check the model and the L.E. no windows. Not one even scored into the hull. I look at the lower section and it has them. But they are all over the map. Uneven. So I look at endless pictures of the D and get a feel for the windows. I mark them all on the top side L.E. of the saucer with a fine sharpie. I do the same for the lower saucer section.
Then using my special tool I proceed to scratch away the windows so some of them glow. But on the edge all they do is chip the paint and it’s not pretty. I get what I consider to be a less then thrilling job done and move on to the top section. This time there’s no scribes to scratch within. Horrible. Just awful.
What to do, sitting there in the darkened room. I look at the table and the tools there and one of my rat tail files jumps out at me with its sharp edge. I take it to the edge of the saucer and file. Bingo a perfect window and no chipping. In less than an hour the entire top saucer leading edge is done.
So tomorrow I’ll clean up and the lower saucer edge and do the same thing. I also started the few windows on the engineering section. You guessed it, AMT has no windows there either. Me fix.
She looks done in these pictures and she will be tomorrow. Honest.
















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SNG Daily 7-18-14

It’s been a busy weekend.  The Enterprise D finally has all the corrections done and the orange painted on the nacelles along with that coat of acrylic gloss clear for applying the decal. Don’t worry gang once the decals are on she gets a matt finish clear.

We are looking at Decals will take a day maybe a bit more and she’s done. We are looking at Wednesday for a finished model.

The skydiver has all her panel lines and they are all sanded down and smooth. Next up on Monday we cut a few drains and holes open and we can pain a base coat of a sort of gold brass color on. By the end of that week it’s my hope to have a paint job on her. Then we wait for the internals to arrive before I can finish her off.

It’s my hope to finish off both models this week coming up so Mary and I can get into full swing on the Movie project. We need to finish client projects first.

The opening on the new show is a temp. We have a more involved and more creative version on the horizon.

More on Monday!


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March 2021

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