I while back I obtained an older cast of Starcraft’s 1/1400 Nova-class. It was badly painted and just a little beat up. Not only was the paint chipping off all over the place, it was totally the wrong color scheme! Thus I began my first rehab project. Cleaning the thing was a bit more of a breeze than I thought it would be. Some careful scraping here, a little brush with thinner there and viola! A mostly clean ship…well, clean enough anyway.
During my search for reference pics I came across the pics of a revamped Nova-class seen in Star Trek Online. Friggin cool. I just watched the episodes of Voyager that featured the Equinox and really wanted to do something a little more than a straight build and battle damage didn’t seem like enough.
So for this rehab project I cut off all the phaser banks, lifeboats and sensor strips and filled in all the windows. I then added a few thruster greeblies here and there and a couple of torp launchers for the heck of it. THEN I replaced those old phaser banks with Cheetah Productions Phaser strips (available at the SSM store). They are REALLY detailed compared to the original sculpt and fit like a glove. Most of the smaller ones had to be trimmed down but they take to that like a fish to water.
No windows then if they were all filled in?? Wrong! Based on the images from the STO website, I redrilled some windows in some of the same spots as the old ones. Now they are all circular ports. No raised lifeboat detail?? Correct! I will instead be using JT Graphics 1400 scale triangular lifeboats. As for the base coat, I’ve updated the standard light ghost gray in favor of a more metallic look. This upgrade will feature a nice blend of the original base with a bit of aluminum and steel mixed in.
Pretty soon this thing will be done and be the toast of the town! At least until the inter-spatial anti-matter aliens show up…