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Friday, March 4, 2011


Here are some images of AMT/Round 2 model's 1/537 scale U.S.S. Reliant from Star Trek the Wrath of Khan.
From Memory Beta"

The USS Reliant (NCC-1864) was a Federation Miranda-class medium cruiser in service to Starfleet in the 23rd century. (ST roleplay module: Starfleet Operations Manual)

The Reliant was originally built as a Anton-subclass research cruiser. On reference stardate 2/1410, the Reliant was ordered to the Morena shipyards for a refit to Mk IV Anton specifications. While the ship was being dismantled for the engine refit, Starfleet Command decided to mount a different engine configuration unto the Reliant than was included on other Mk IV's. Due to this change, several external design changes had to be made, and Starfleet decided to make the Reliant the prototype of a new subclass: the Reliant-subclass. Following the extensive refit, the Reliant reentered service on stardate 2/1509. (TOS reference: Federation Ship Recognition Manual)

By the late 2270s, the Reliant was under the command of Captain Clark Terrell. In 2281, the Reliant proceeded to the planet Halka after learning that they had been attacked by the Orions. Lt. Commander Pavel Chekov led a landing party to the surface and learned that a local boy named Lojur took up arms against the Orions, and was subsequently banned from his village by the Elders. Chekov took pity on the boy and beamed him aboard the Reliant. (TLE novel: The Sundered)

In 2284, the Reliant was detached from active service and assigned to assist Dr. Carol Marcus and her Project Genesis team find a suitable uninhabited planet for testing. In 2285, Terrell and Chekov beamed down to a planet they believed to be Ceti Alpha VI. When they discovered Khan Noonien Singh and his followers, they discovered that they were, in fact, on Ceti Alpha V, and that Ceti Alpha VI had been destroyed.

Using Terrell and Chekov, Khan took control of the Reliant and marooned the crew on Ceti Alpha V. After engaging the USS Enterprise and inflicting heavy damage, Khan took the Reliant to the Regula 1 Space Laboratory where he captured the Genesis Device. A cat-and-mouse game with the Enterprise in the Mutara Nebula led to the Reliant being crippled. At a distance of +4,000 kilometers, Enterprise warped out-as Reliant was ultimately destroyed by Khan's detonation of the Genesis Device inside the nebula. (TOS movie: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

Following Khan's defeat, the Enterprise traveled to Ceti Alpha V and recovered the surviving members of the Reliant's crew. From there they were safely transported to Starbase 12. (TOS comic: "The Wormhole Connection")

The Aztec decals for this model were downloaded from Starship Modeler's web page.

Here is the trailer from Star Trek The Wrath of Khan.


William said...

Nice! I just bought the Round 2 Reliant the other day and your model inspires me to work on it - as soon as I finish about 30 works-in-progress.

What do you print your Aztec decals with? All I have is an Epson inkjet printer and haven't had much success printing decals. It works well for paper model parts, but when I try to print decals, they usually come out smeared and unsatisfactory.

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks William - I use a HP Deskjet F4480 Scanner/Printer.
It prints a beautiful decal but it sure loves to dine on toner.
When you print off the decals make sure to print in full colour. They're multi coloured and quite pretty when you get up close to them.

Pat Tillett said...


Warren Zoell said...

What? Only one exclamation point Pat? ;o)

Anonymous said...

Oh damn that's nice. A work of art I would say.

Wrath of Khan is such a good movie.


Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Dave - It's one of my faves as well.

PhilG said...

Beautiful! I started on the AMT R2 Reliant a couple weeks ago. Taking excruciating time w/ the paint, but will probably end up nowhere near your end product. Question: how did you decide on your paint scheme? Specifically, what blues did you use? The duck egg the kit calls for is woefully light for my taste, and the intermediate blue, although nice, is sort of dark. Yours are bright & striking without being garish. Nice job!

Warren Zoell said...

I know what you mean PhilG. What I used was Testors 1108CA light blue (the little square bottles) and lightened it with a flat white to suit my taste.

Anonymous said...

What specifically did you decide to use for the base coat? I am assuming white primer with classic white for the base but I'm not sure.

Warren Zoell said...

I used Testors oil based white.

Martin St-pierre said...

where do you take the decal because on the starship modeler web site he don looke the same because on the starship modeler version you dont have de windows

sorry for my english im french

Warren Zoell said...

Martin - The windows I created myself on Photoshop.

Martin St-pierre said...

ho ok cool you did a great job hi like, whats is the brand of your decal sheet because a have this model but hi dont want to pay for de decal set by amt 30$ its a high price for decal and its the first time for me to make my homemade decal..

Martin St-pierre said...

and im really true sorry for my english lol

Warren Zoell said...

The decal sheet I used was made by Testors.

Martin St-pierre said...