Romulan Warbird. No love for the design?

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  1. Jediguy

    Jediguy Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, I was looking around and realized that there just aren't many versions of the romulan warbird d'deridex class vessels that have been put out. Why is that?
     
  2. Delmustator

    Delmustator Sr Member

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    I actually have one of those NIB that I haven't had time to build. I like that version as it's in line with the Enterprise-D design.

    Size comparison..
    Scimitar, Enterprise-E, Warbird, Valdore
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    As for firepower, the Scimitar had multiple redundant disruptors, torpedo launchers, and shields. Picard called it a "Predator". Worf said "Gotta get me one of those!"
     
  3. JBReplicas

    JBReplicas Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    funnily enough I was thinking the exact same thing the other day, to my knowledge Ertl only ever released the smallish one with the 'Enemy Ships' 3 piece set, I would love a decent sized TNG Warbird
     
  4. J Scorn

    J Scorn Sr Member

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    as a kid i had a model kit of the warbird that was made by Ertl it was 1.3200 scale. in the 90's it was about £30 i think, i also had the 3 piece set with the ferengi ship, klingon BOP and the romulan warbird. none of the ships where ever in scale to each other.
     
  5. Blackbirdcd

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    Strangely I was just looking at one of these as a next-build. Love the Warbird, far more so than the Scimitar - which to me looked like a gigantic mess (no offense to the hard work John Eaves put into it, the Valdore was a far better and more Romulan design).

    The ERTL kit, while small, is a really great model. I have one I built up years ago (unpainted, needs better seam-work), and an unbuilt one still in the box.
     
  6. JMChladek

    JMChladek Sr Member

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    The design of the Warbird IMHO is a bit of an oddball. In one sense it is a very cool design with its bi-plane wings. But it is kind of strange and maybe a bit too stylized. If the Enterprise D seemed like a cruise ship, the Warbird LOOKED like one with how vertical its structures were and you didn't see any obvious weapon ports. Valdore being more understated I think did the job better as a ship of action that could pounce when needed. There are also some strange looking angles on the Warbird as well.

    I would say the biggest reason why you don't see more of these built is due to its paintjob though, which is almost monotone bright green. Romulan TNG ships are rather clean and have to be kept that way while the Klingons can be detail heavy with all the weathered accents and surface panels on them to pop out the detail. You can do paint effects on a Romulan, but they have to be kept rather subtle (like doing a proper Aztec pattern on a Federation ship so it doesn't end up checkerboardy) to look good and they don't read too well until you get close. At least the classic Romulans were cooler looking with the gray tones and the bright obnoxious orange and red bird on the bottom (I would love to see somebody try that on a TNG Warbird, if it could be done properly).

    I remember when Hallmark did the Warbird ornament for Christmas. So you had a green ship with green lights put on a green Christmas tree. It made the perfect camouflage (or the ship was cloaked)!
     
  7. Jediguy

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    Thanks for the input guys. I always wished to own a studio scaled warbird lol. But can;t find anything cept the ertl kit and the playmates warbird
     
  8. micdavis

    micdavis Master Member

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    Best ship design in all TNG, if you ask me.
     
  9. Monster Dave

    Monster Dave Sr Member

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    ^excluding the D, I agree.
     
  10. clancampbell

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    Yep, i agree with this too.
    When i saw the very first pic of the Warbird, i thought, "wow!!!! That's fantastic, original and inspiring!!!"

    Now if only Star Trek could sort out their "all over the place" ship scales....

    Rich
     
  11. Underdog

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    Looking forward to watching this build. I've got one finished and one in the box. I've thought about re-doing one of these for some time. My wife really likes the design of this ship.
     
  12. trekriffic

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    Built my AMT Warbird from the NextGen Adversary Set years ago. I painted it using a transparent pearl green overcoat. Did a few too many coats though so it ended up being more of a dark jade green. I still like it though. Here's a pic:

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Captain Finney

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    I think Andrew Probert was kicking around working with a modeler to come up with a kit of his 'concept' Warbird. While I appreciate the finalized design, I thought his first take on the ship, (with a vertical orientation as opposed to the standard horizontal) was extraordinarily innovative..And, scary. Reminded me of some massive scorpion or something. If anyone hears of a kit of that design actually getting produced, PM me...That's my Romulan "must have" :)
     
  14. trekriffic

    trekriffic Sr Member

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    You mean this design? I like it too.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Underdog

    Underdog Sr Member

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    Both are equally good, one can be a variation of the other.
     
  16. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    There IS a studio scale Warbird coming.... stay tuned!

     
  17. Underdog

    Underdog Sr Member

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    Woohoo!

     
  18. trekriffic

    trekriffic Sr Member

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    Sweet news! Personally though, I'd be happy with one in scale to the 1/1400 scale Round 2 Enterprise D.
     
  19. Blackbirdcd

    Blackbirdcd Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I've seen bits of it. It's HUGE
     
  20. Underdog

    Underdog Sr Member

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    Awesome! Hey Chris, tried to get ahold of you several times. BlackbirdCD right?
     
  21. Blackbirdcd

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    Yessir, blackbirdcd@gmail.com

    Cheers!
     
  22. timeslip

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    Update tonight. :) Get ready with a tissue near by.
    George :cool
     
  23. trekman1017

    trekman1017 Well-Known Member

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    How did you do those windows?
     
  24. Captain Finney

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    Nice build, trekriffic! And, yes..That Drexfiles pic is of the design I was talking about. Love that concept bird!

    An aside; I remember when TNG came out, I wasn't big on Andrew Probert's designs for Trek's future. I've grown to LOVE his style, and now appreciate the 1701-D as a tremendously innovative cocktail of angles and shapes..Took about twenty years for me to realize it, but that guy is right up there with Wah Chang, Matt Jeffries and Ralph McQuarrie..IMO.
     
  25. timeslip

    timeslip Well-Known Member

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    THIS is a Warbird! :love
    George
     
  26. Captain Finney

    Captain Finney Member

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    YEAH!!! Very cool pic. Okay..Can't leave us hangin' with that picture. Do tell :)
     
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  28. LMFAOSchwarz

    LMFAOSchwarz Sr Member

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    That is a neat-looking ship! The only downside to it that I can see is that it's height-to-width ratio wouldn't lend itself too well to a t.v. screen. In order to see the whole thing, the image of the ship would have to be quite small..:wacko
     
  29. wizardofthenorth

    wizardofthenorth Active Member

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    Umm...hello...want...

     
  30. timeslip

    timeslip Well-Known Member

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    Posting all the goodness in the Junkyard. :love
    George
     

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