Archive for May, 2009



20
May
09

the valiant #546 DS9

segmented crown engine version

segmented crown engine version

bridged crown engine detailed version

bridged crown engine detailed version

here are some schematics created by Gilso

here are some schematics created by Gilso Thanks Gil!!!

more fine work from Gilso

more fine work from Adam Heinbuch

the final stubby version

the final stubby version

Way back in the 1990’s there was a fun little show on TV called ST, DS9. It was a time when big hand built models from plastic, wood and steel were constructed to be filmed on a motion control stage,,, Wooo-WEEEE that all  seems so long ago!!! because of the huge cost factor to make and shoot a model the call for new ships on DS9 were far a few between. For the final seasons of the show there were a few calls for a handfull of new ships to be created for a few choice episodes,, who would have thought that in just a few years forward you would have single episodes with as many as 5 to six new ships filling the screen like flys on a cows butt!!! HAAA! So with that here is the super big daddy dominion battleship called for to challenge the crew of the tiny Defiant class ship “the Valiant” the ship went thru a few small changes but kept it’s overall mass and shape throughout the illustrated process!! here are the sketches that were developed plus some very nice schematic and size charts from Brad and Gilso’s web pages.  here are the links to both of their sites. and also the link to the mighty Ex-astris-Scientia page that is awfully darned cool,!! very nice site and full of very accurate scales and definitions to the various ST vehicles!!!

http://www.strekschematics.utvinternet.com/fleetchart/domfleet/domfleet.html

http://home.comcast.net/~ststcsolda/other/dominion/battleship/battleship.html

http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/articles/dominion-battleship.htm

This one comes courtesy of Brad's page!!!

This one comes courtesy of Brad's page!!!

19
May
09

I’m back from kentucky!!!

Yeager himself flew this baby!!

Yeager himself flew this baby!!

the last of the rocket planes

the last of the rocket planes

the X-10, my fav of the X planes

the X-10, my fav of the X planes

WOW!!! the X-5

WOW!!! the X-5

the lethal X-3 stiletto

the lethal X-3 stiletto

Well I just got back from Kentucky and have had my fill of fried chicken and sweet tea!!! Really need to hit the gym now!!! Wonderfest was a great as always and the show reached record attendance, and model entries in the great modeler contest counting into the 500’s, I Got a lot  of laughs when I read the comments to my “end of the blog” prank and especially liked being cussed out in bad Chinese!! HAAAA! Sorry for the scare but couldn’t pass up a good joke!!! Went to the Air force flight museum in Dayton on the first day there, and saw so many incredible planes and rockets!! This museum was so amazing and have to go back for more next year,,,,, got lots of pics from both the museum and the convention, and  I’ll put up a few everyday this week..   Met a lot of great folks and venders that make some awesome model and figure collectibles. I’ll start posting those as well with links to the venders that had everything for those looking for that hard to find kits. Deg and his brother Greg hung out with My friend Nelson and I over the weekend and had a lot of good fun, food and laughs!!  Just to much fun.  So with that said I have to get to work but here are some treats from the show. Enjoy,  and happy Tuesday

this was THE most beautiful model of the X-15 I have ever seen.  Superb painting and modeling skills seen here!!!

this was THE most beautiful model of the X-15 I have ever seen. Superb painting and modeling skills seen here!!!

this was a huge extremely detailed model over at the Martin Bower table

this was a huge extremely detailed model over at the Martin Bower table

a way cool entry in the show!!!

a way cool entry in the show!!!

Frank holds one of the ST creations at his booth..

Frank holds one of the ST creations at his booth..

here are a couple of beautiful orion kits from the Starship modeler booth.

here are a couple of beautiful orion kits from the Starship modeler booth.

the some from the ST shuttle series

some from the ST shuttle series

here are some of the entries from the SCI-FI/Mecha table

here are some of the entries from the SCI-FI/Mecha table

some beautiful busts kits from the dealer room

some beautiful busts kits from the dealer room

awesome model kits from Yeager's First Contact armada

awesome model kits from Yeager's First Contact armada

this was an unbelievable entry!!! the ship floated freely above the base via a brilliant magnetic set up. Quite impressive amount of engineering.

this was an unbelievable entry!!! the ship floated freely above the base via a brilliant magnetic set up. Quite impressive amount of engineering.

the Hawk from Space 1999

the Hawk from Space 1999

this is Robert on the left and the other Robert is on the right, These guys had a great vender booth set up and is called AMP or Avery Model products. these guys put out some awesome kits and have a beautiful Star destroyer in the works!!!

this is Robert on the left and the other Robert is on the right, These guys had a great vender booth set up and is called AMP or Arvey Model Products. these guys put out some awesome kits and have a beautiful Star destroyer in the works!!!

13
May
09

SORRY but no more blog!!!

Howdy all!!! first let me say thanks for all the fun we have had here on the blog!!! I had a great time chatting and getting to know all of you over the last month or so and I have a lot to be thankful of and for!!! Due to work and wonderfest, the blog will have to end,,, So Sorry for the bad news and short notice but just can’t keep up the pace…. well that is until next Tuesday when I get back in town,,,,then I’ll start blogging again!!!!!! Heeee-Heee have a great weekend end everybody!!

13
May
09

the lost ships of episode 003, Fight or Flight

 

here are the two alien vessels from the episode. the smaller ship was the cargo hauler and the larger was the rescue ship

here are the two alien vessels from the episode. the smaller ship was the cargo hauler and the larger was the rescue ship

 

in scale to one another

in scale to one another

 

details for the cargo containers and engines of the hauler

details for the cargo containers and engines of the hauler

 

003, episodical ship scale chart

003, episodical ship scale chart

the bad guy

the bad guy

 

some ship details, very reminiscent of the sona architecture

some ship details, very reminiscent of the sona architecture

 

the hull drill details and a blue line of how it's deployed

the hull drill details and a blue line of how it's deployed

 

detail of how the ship docks with magnetic embillicals and the hull drill cuts in the center of the mounts

detail of how the ship docks with magnetic embillicals and the hull drill cuts in the center of the mounts

more details of the foot and nose of the ship

more details of the foot and nose of the ship

 

 

 

Rodney's golf bag served as reference for the drill housing

Rodney's golf bag served as reference for the drill housing

 

wow somebody is selling these!!! anyways here is a better reference to the Caddyshack Golf bag!!!

wow somebody is selling these!!! anyways here is a better reference to the Caddyshack Golf bag!!!

Episode 003 was a big first episode after the pilot and it set the pace for multiple ship shows. It has been so long since I saw this stuff that I don’t recall the names of the races or the names of their ships,,, Damn it Jim I’m an artist not a librarian!!! Anyways I am sure that those that no of these facts will put them up for us!!! Thanks in advance to the all knowledagble ones!!! What was called for in this one was a cargo ship in distress, a bad guy ship who drills into smaller  vessels and cocoons their crews,. a rescue ship, and the drilling mechanism. all of this was great fun to work on Jim Martin was on the show and provided the designs for all the disgusting alien devices that the bad guys tortured the crew with,,, Jim really came up with some evil drawings of bodily fluid extraction pumps and hosed ship interiors!!! Some way wicked work by the master!!! the ships were just fee hand designs, no real reference for the designs except for the drill mechanism,,, I had just recently saw Caddyshack again,,,,probably for the 147th time and Rodney Dangerfields golf bag came to mind as to be the basis for the drill bit housing. Borrowing from the Vulcan Lander’s landing pads from First Contact, a retro design came forth as the magnetic docking clamps. lots of fun things to work on and notice the engine exhaust on the drawing of the bad guys ship top view,,,,, Yes again direction was an issue with ONE of the men in charge!!!! HAAAAA!

from the world famous Jorg comes these great film grabs!!! thank you "J"

from the world famous Jorg comes these great film grabs!!! thank you "J"

belly view

belly view

come-n to getcha

come-n to getcha

 

the drilling rig

the drilling rig

ready to cut the cheese,,, hold your nose!!!

ready to cut the cheese,,, hold your nose!!!

a nice high shot

a nice high shot

 

coupled with the NX

coupled with the NX

nice beauty pass

nice beauty pass

 

on the deck of the cargo ship

on the deck of the cargo ship

a nice view of the cargo ship

a nice view of the cargo ship

nose view of the rescue ship

nose view of the rescue ship

 

the high noon shot

the high noon shot

DRAW,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, YOU LOOSE PILGRIM!

DRAW,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, YOU LOOSE PILGRIM!

12
May
09

Steve Burg and Daren Dochterman

 

steve's cover page

steve's cover page

 

a piece from Burg

a piece from Burg
fanburgtastic

fanburgtastic

 

 

 

WOOOOOOOO-HOOOO

get ready for a big treat!!!

I Finally found Steve Burg’s page!!!  Next to Ryan church, and Ron Cobb, My next favorite artist is Steve Burg. Steve is a quiet genus that lives to create beautiful masterpieces such as you see here!  Steve , Daren and Myself all started working in Hollywood in the mid 80’s, It was such a different time and it is so awesome to see how both Steve and Daren have so excelled in their careers, Such a massive amount and talent comes from these two minds and I am always awe-struck when I get to see their work. If you have time be sure to browse both of there sites and get ready to be blown away!!!  http://www.steveburg.blogspot.com

http://blog.darendoc.com

 

a glimpse of the future

a glimpse of the future

12
May
09

thanks

Hey all thanks again for stopping by and leaving all the links and fun comments,,, So very sorry i haven’t had a moment to respond so I put a quick header at the end of yesterdays posts. I’ll try to catch up with everything soon,,  Carlene is getting hopefully her last big Chemo today and thanks again for all the prayers for her.

12
May
09

it’s mishmash day!

 

Here is the Ron Cobb Record jacket that Dan O'Bannon had in the 1970's. Dan was convinced because of this piece that Cobb was to be the one to design the Dark Star

Here is the Ron Cobb Record jacket that Dan O'Bannon had in the 1970's. Dan was convinced because of this piece that Cobb was to be the one to design the Dark Star

 

building the T2 tank in my old garage,,, HAAA a real garage kit!

building the T2 tank in my old garage,,, HAAA a real garage kit!

the head and shoulders

the head and shoulders

wheel base

wheel base

 

my gosh I once had hair.. posing with the finished piece in obviously not the garage, HAAAARRR!!

my gosh I once had hair.. posing with the finished piece in obviously not the garage, HAAAARRR!!

ready for some huntin -n- killin

ready for some huntin -n- killin

 

The Arkham Asylumback in the day this was all you needed to have to get a approval to build a model,,,sometimes!

The Arkham Asylum back in the day when a quick sketch was all you needed to get a approval to build a model,,,sometimes!

 

we used jewelry bits and every Dungeons and dragons character for the details and gargoyls

we used jewelry bits and every Dungeons and dragons character for the details and gargoyls

 

Madame insanity shown here was pulled from the model just before filming,, the reason for was never explained!!! this piece was sculpted by the world famous Clark Schaffer

Madame insanity shown here was pulled from the model just before filming,, the reason for was never explained!!! this piece was sculpted by the world famous Clark Schaffer

more details

more details

the finished model on set

the finished model on set

 

here are two of the big models from Top Gun Getting ready for display at Planet Hollywood.

here are two of the big models from Top Gun Getting ready for display at Planet Hollywood.

Well it’s another way out of control day so here is a non themed mishmash accumulation of just some stuff to see and enjoy back from the old model days.

 

Have a great Tuesday

the shooting minature set up at the Paramount theater for the DVD showing of the Motion Picture!

the shooting minature set up at the Paramount theater for the DVD showing of the Motion Picture!

12
May
09

Ryan’s Enterprise goes collectable

 

view 1

view 1

one proud bird

one proud bird

view 2

view 2

here is the set up crew to give her some scale

here is the set up crew to give her some scale

 

 WOW it is a new Star Trek all around, Great to finally have a big beautiful kit/display model come out along with the release of the film,,, For the model collector who likes models of the Enterprise it usually is a long wait to get anything and even then end results are not that great…. the best models always come from the garage kit world and That must be where the boys at Quantum have their roots. Their site listed above really displays some awesome replicas and beautiful collectable pieces. I for one am very glad they got the Star Trek license because they now how to do a model right. I saw this piece on display and took about 80 pictures of it,, It was in a case during the day and the reflections were maddening but with a little photoshop they’ll be able to post. Ok be sure to visit the QMX page and see all the other goods they put out,,, If only I was rich!!!!!!

11
May
09

wow!!! what a weekend

 

the big "E" under construction

the big "E" under construction

Well the weekend was long and just got back on line!!! Thanks Deanne for filling in for me and there are a lot of comments and great reviews here!!! I skimmed them briefly and I was glad to see few negative reviews of the film,,, I was thinking that if there weren’t any than the brainwashing formulas added to the drinking water would have been truly working. Lots to talk about but no time today,,, I’ll try and get to everything as the time will allow!!! Have a great Monday!!!

11
May
09

inspection pods from Enterprise

 

 

 

the first pass

the first pass

 

the 4X4 off road pass

the 4X4 off road pass

mike Okuda's hatch design

mike Okuda's hatch design

more from engineer Mike okuda

more from engineer Mike Okudaslightly different and has the newly installed okudahatch

 

With the Okudahatch view

With the Okudahatch view

 

the simpler version,,,,No more off roading for you little fella!

the simpler version,,,,No more off roading for you little fella!

These are the little inspection pods from the pilot episode of Enterprise. To recapture the big VFX magic that we saw in STTMP The art department was asked to recreate the service pods to fly above the Enterprise NX-01 to not only give her some scale but to show her off to the audience. The first pass of the pod was a little boxy unit that had about 10 minutes worth of time put into it. Herman Z walked by and said that we were going to reuse the Phoenix Capsule from STFC so we can start redesigning around that nose cone shape. the next version is the heaviest of designs with a lot of 4X4 accessories to give it a more rugged, industrial look. Mike Okuda was busy working on a very nice docking and hatch sequence which took the best from NASA and mixed with his own imagination came up with the following designs and details of how the coupling system works. The next sketch shows how Mikes designs were incorporated with a small pull back on the heavy detail.  The producers felt that the big off road lights were a bit much so we pulled them back to a bare minimum as well as the exterior detail. This was modeled over at Eden by the CG wizards and I’ll need to double check but I think this one was done by Lee. below are some grabs by the brilliant Jorg!!! Thank You Mr. internet Wizard

 

pod view

pod view

 

pod view 2

pod view 2

pod v 4

pod v 4

pod v5

pod v5

 

pod v 7

pod v 7




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