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    Feb 14, 2017, 2:00 PM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #51

    Thank you for the compliments. The flat rectangular panels near the "V" like shape F-15 landing gear parts on the top surface of the rollbar is from the 1/35 scale Tamiya 20mm Flakvierling gun. It's one of the floor panels turned upside down. And the piece in front of the sensor dome is from the 1/35 scale M2A2 Bradley. The part is on the TOW missile launcher optics. I just identified that part a couple of days ago. I hope that helps you out. As soon as I receive my M2A2 kit and get that part added to my Centaur build I will be posting a few new photos. Good luck!
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    Feb 15, 2017, 2:43 AM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #52

    Thanks for that, started looking up M2A2 kits today already. If it's not too much trouble I'd love to see some close photos of the "neck" joint. I'm interested in seeing how the roll bar joins to the saucer. I'm worried about cutting away the torpedo pod to join them.
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    Feb 15, 2017, 6:46 AM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #53

    Unfortunately, cutting away a good portion of the top of the rollbar weapons pod will be required. I will post some photos of that area to show what I did to achieve the look required. Stay tuned. Also, you will have to cut away some of the rear main hull under the impulse engines to get everything to fit correctly.
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    Feb 18, 2017, 12:56 AM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #54

    Great thread. Love the work being done here. I may have a go at this ship. I've got one question, though. In the thread Steve mentions a 1/32 scale fighter "Those items are from the 1/32 scale F-15 E Strike Fighter" but doesn't mention which manufacturer. I went looking at kits on Ebay, and I thinks it might be the Revell version of the F-15 E in 1/32 scale. Can someone confirm. Thanks.

    -emojo5
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    Feb 18, 2017, 8:09 AM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #55

    Thank you for bringing that to my attention, emojo5. I had forgotten that I looked that up and it is the Revell version of the 1/32 scale F-15 E Strike Eagle. Sorry for the omission. Here is a picture of the box cover for this kit...

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    Feb 18, 2017, 1:57 PM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #56

    I finally got the last piece of this build from the 1/35 scale M2A2 Bradley kit today. Here are some pics with it in place, as well as several showing how I cut down the rear of the primary hull under the impulse engines, and how the Reliant weapons pod was cut up. Also a pic of the bottom of the rollbar showing the F-15 main wheel halves in place. Click on the pics for a larger view.
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    Feb 18, 2017, 2:25 PM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #57

    This makes me wish I'd kept all those old trek kits as i had a Reliant and an excelsior. That's some amazing detective work IDing the parts.
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    Feb 19, 2017, 5:51 AM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #58

    Thank you Wes. It has taken 12 years to identify all these parts and "greeblies". I'm happy to have found them all. Next to do is to paint it and finally connect the two main parts. Stay tuned.
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    Feb 19, 2017, 11:11 PM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #59

    Oh WOW! This is awesome!!! I guess I have some kits to buy haha. I did take one liberty and made the Klingon engine parts symmetrical with each other.



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    Feb 20, 2017, 7:15 AM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #60

    Your build looks great! If you still have the large scale Maquis model, you'll need a short sensor strip, like the ones on top of the main hull, to add in the recess in front of the Weapons pod/secondary hull. You will also need three Enterprise-B "Dekoids". After that you'll need the 1/32 scale F-15 Strike Eagle and the 1/35 scale Bradley. Those two kits will supply you with everything you need that's missing. Good luck.
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    Feb 21, 2017, 8:24 AM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #61

    Looking good!
    This was probably the only Franken-fleet ship that actually looked like it was a proper Starfleet design
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    Feb 21, 2017, 5:04 PM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #62

    I agree Angelus. Most of the other Franken-fleet ships look out of place in the Starfleet family of ships.
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    Mar 1, 2017, 8:01 PM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #63

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    Some new pics of the USS CENTAUR and USS STARGAZER.
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    Mar 13, 2017, 6:44 PM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #64

    Finally got the two main parts of my Centaur glued together. I also got a stand for it. Still have some work on that to do. Here are some pics of the ship on the stand.

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    Mar 25, 2017, 5:04 PM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #65

    Looking great! Amazing detective work on the last donor kits - I just got in my F-15, one more to go and then I just need the overtime to wind down at work so I can work on it!
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    Mar 27, 2017, 10:44 AM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #66

    Thank you, Barnstormer. I do hope you can find some time in the near future to work on your model of the Centaur. I'm hoping for some warm, dry weather, to come this way so I can finally do some painting of my model. Looking forward to viewing your build!
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    Mar 27, 2017, 4:16 PM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #67

    I'll have some work to do removing the out-of-date/inaccurate parts cleanly, and I know I was still working on the seams of the rollbar-pod - I'll have to revisit that now that we have a better understanding of how that mounts to the saucer to make sure that it's still viable.
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    Mar 28, 2017, 2:50 AM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #68

    When it comes to mounting the saucer onto the rollbar/weapons pod, I did basically what Adam did with the original, I kept cutting away the back of the saucer under the impulse engines to fit the shape of the weapons pod, and cut down the sides of the weapons pod to fit the area under the impulse engines. The front of the weapons pod needs to be sanded flat until it is level with the top of the photon torpedo launchers. Should you do this, you will notice that the photon torpedos will launch right into the bottom of the saucer hull. That is how the filming model is set up. Adam told me that he made the second version of the Centaur so that the photon torpedos did not have that issue. So depending on how you want your build to look, plan ahead before doing the modifications to the saucer hull and weapons pod. I wanted my build to look like the filming model, so that is how I built mine.
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    Apr 12, 2017, 10:44 AM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #69

    Since my last post I got some model putty and filled a few gaps that needed covering. The following photos show where I filled those gaps. One place, between the impulse engines, I used some scrap plastic to fill in where on the studio model they used putty. That is my one main deviation from how the original build was done.
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    Apr 21, 2017, 10:44 AM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #70

    Here are a few pics showing the top bottom and side view of my build. Need to get started on painting.

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    Apr 21, 2017, 1:07 PM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #71

    Admirable! I did some work last weekend on removing the out-of-date/inaccurate parts, still mired in that stage.
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    Apr 22, 2017, 7:56 AM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #72

    You must have used a stronger solvent based glue than I did when adding parts. Most of the inaccurate parts on my build literally "popped off" using a standard modelling blade or a chisel blade. Good luck!
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    Aug 6, 2017, 3:00 PM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #73

    This is beautiful! One of the best and most accurate builds of the original "Buckner" configuration I've ever seen. Can't wait to see the final product.
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    Aug 6, 2017, 6:51 PM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #74

    Thank you very much, Gebirg. Believe it or not, I am building a second original "Buckner" Centaur. As accurate as the first build was, this second build is going to be even more accurate. I know it sounds weird to build another Centaur, but I do like the look of the ship.
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    Aug 6, 2017, 8:34 PM - Re: Star Trek USS Centaur studio scale #75

    I feel ya on that. One of my favorite DS9 kit Ashe dresses designs too. Eventually I would like to make one exactly like this and I definitely plan on using this thread as a primary resource. I have some of the kits required. Just need an original AMT Reliant and an old K'Tinga, but I prefer to live vicariously through yours right now because it is very much dead-on to the original.

    Are you going to paint it in the high-saturation colors that the original was done or something a little more subdued?

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