USS Defiant (DS9) 1:400 scale (finally...)

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Cybergrinder, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

    Ok, I've talked about it allot and finally have started building the Defiant!

    Before anything more is said,

    Huge thanks to Revell-fan, who helped me countless times in the unfold, cleanup and general design of the model.

    Thanks also to ThunderChild, for kind permission to use his supports from the "Micro" :) version of the same ship.

    I sourced the model from (starfleet command 3) and was labelled 9of9Defiant. I tried to mail the creator for permission but the mail bounced. :(

    Now, I'm not the best with Sketchup (in fact, I think I swear at it more...), so please be gracious, I know there are some overlaps on the unfold.

    I'm going to upload to the resource section once I'm happy with the overall build

    So without further ado; here's some pics of the model in Taldren model viewer

    defiant rear.jpg defiant top.png

    And the reference pics for the additional detail (aka greebles)

    USS_Defiant_firing_phaser_cannons - top greebles.jpg Defiant_USS_Defiant05.jpg uss-defiant-nx-74205.jpg

    And, the unfold it's self!

    USS defiant.png

    It comes to 11 pages, with greebles and supports. Now, where did I put those pictures of the build....
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  2. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    I don't need to follow this thread because I already know that the result will be gorgeous. :cool:


    Naw, come on, just kiddin'! I'll BE following this one! :D:D:D:):):):D:D:D

    If you need some help to get rid of the intersections in SketchUp, just PM me! ;)
  3. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

    ;) Thanks, may still take you up on that!
  4. vipers7

    vipers7 Member

    I am a fan of that ship...and of your thread of course:):):)
    Looking forward to read from you...:D
  5. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

    So, I found the build pictures :)

    Here's a very messy shot of the pages


    I started on the underside of the hull and hit the first overlap/double issue. The "dome" that is below the bridge appears on the flat sections and has parts for the proper build. I decided to build over (& not cut out) the "flat" section, primarily from a strength perspective.

    Bottom of the hull greebled and the dome assesmbled and glued in place

    As you can see, the vents/radiators/grill thingies are also duplicated at the back of the hull, again I'm going to glue directly on for strength. I do need to add tabs to the "pop-up" piece that will be glued on.

    As you can see as well, the wife's manicure scissors are still in a "borrowed" status ;)
  6. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    There aren't enough decent models of this ship. This looks like a winner! :)
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  7. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

    I agree Zathros, it's kind of like the "middle-child" of the star trek ships (it's there, but no one really gives it any attention), always overlooked for the Enterprise (all versions) Voyager & the Klingon ships. It got even harder after Zosho's download links have gone :( I regret not downloading it when I had the chance.
  8. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    I fully agree. Great start, CG! :)

    BTW, what's that R2 on your desk? Is it from the SF papercraft gallery?
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  9. vipers7

    vipers7 Member

    As you mentioned, the level of detail is great:):):) I can't wait to see the finished model :hungry::hungry::hungry:
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  10. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

    Yup, R2 is from the SF paper gallery, 3PO is Uhu02's model. I think I've built this R2 about 4 times! it was one of the first I built (being an easy build) then I left it on my desk at work. Beeg mistake as everyone played with him after I left for the day & needless to say, he got messed up very quickly. :(

    I then built one for a friend, didn't learn form my mistake & built another one for the desk at work (different department, I thought they were better) who also got trashed. Version 4 was build at home & stayed with his counterpart. :)

    hehe, did anyone notice the lego 80's astronaut? :) (my old stuff that the kids are now playing with, please note I did not say which kids.... ;))
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2014
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  11. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

    Ok, I worked on the sides/bottom of the hull over the weekend;

    Got the inner panels and the detail that runs from the "dome" to the nose attached. Slight overlap here, but I just cut the curve away.


    There we go!


    Next came the sides that curve up to the upper hull.


    All going pretty straight forward so far...


    I added the panel with the impulse engines just to get a bit of shape to the hull


    So, there we go for now, will start on the upper hull when I get chance :)
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  12. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    WOW! This is a great update!!! :) One suggestion: If you work with thin rims (up to 1 mm) it might be easier to laminate the part to a piece of card till it has the desired thickness and to attach the rim to the edge of the card (or to skip the rim and paint the edge with water colours or pencils). ;)
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  13. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

    Thanks for the tip RF, will bear it in mind :) I was going over the unfold & I think the warp nacelles are "closed" (i.e.: once complete there will be no open sides). I think I might do these next & cut into the hull (very carefully, of course) to get them to fit...

    Let's see what happens over the weekend!
  14. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    So in other words, you are designing the nacelles as boxes. Good idea; that will make them very stable. :)
  15. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

    ;) Of course, this now means that all the supports that I had ready are more or less useless now. :( ah, well, back to the drawing board (literally) ! ( My teacher would be proud! 21 years out of school I still remember!) :vulcan:
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  16. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    I believe this will be the "Defiant" by any other attempts will have to measure up too. :)

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  17. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

    It was a busy weekend and I didn't get much done, but...

    Starboard warp nacelle! (only the front) and yes, I should have had the flash off :( (sorry, really bad pics)

    I'm not completely happy with the way the "bussard collectors" came out.:banghead:

    The dilema I face now is how to get this attached to the hull once complete. The white you see is where the hull overlaps. I need to keep the curve of the hull and join the nacelle. Some interesting "surgery lies ahead....
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  18. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

    Ok, so had to rework the starboard nacelle a bit, but here it is;

    The edges are a bit rough at the front, that's were the re-work happened, also didn't feel like rebuilding the warp nacelle form scratch (this a beta build, after all...;))


    IMGP0614.JPG IMGP0613.JPG

    So there's the starboard one, almost done with the port one;

    And I just had to try a test fit :)

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  19. THE DC

    THE DC Member

    This will be cool.

    What's your estimated size, when completed?
  20. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

    Thanks DC, it should be around 21-22cm in length. I used the Voyager that I recently completed as reference.

    That model turned out to be 43cm. I then referenced the two ships in Memory Alpha with has Voyager at 340m and Defiant at 170m.

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