This ship has been on the drawing boards for years. What I finally wound up with was an attempt to build an SR-71 Blackbird with warp nacelles that didn't look like an SR-71 with nacelles. I think the end results speak for themselves. One of these pictures was acquired by laying the model directly on the bed of my scanner.
|I roughed this out on the instructions for the SR-71's decal diagram. I then sat down and started fiddling with the parts to the actual model. I started by removing about an inch and a quarter from the middle of the fuselage. I then removed the original engine housings in an effort to make room for my new wings. The wings were cut out of 3 plys of think cardboard in an effort to give them strength. After they were inserted, I then braced the model in an effort to get an upward slant to the wings.|
|After the wing assembly was dry, I decided that more aft detail was needed. Using what was intended to be the outboard halves of the Blackbird's engines, I glued the pieces directly to the fuselage. This formed kind of a rear stabilizer detail. I then put the photon tubes that were left over from a Reliant kit into the forward end of this assembly. The rear was filled with styrene in an effort to form the impulse engines.|
|The pointed nose normally found on the Blackbird was shortened and beveled slightly in order to form the navigational deflector. It was then filled with a combination of cardboard and white glue in order to get the "dish" effect I was looking for. The original cockpit was sanded off and a new one was painted on. As a last construction step, the nacelles from an old Enterprise-D kit were added to the tips of the wings. The model was then puttied and filled. I gave it a base coat of white and then added details by hand as I saw fit. With the exception of the Starfleet banners, which were salvaged from the Reliant's decal sheet, all other markings were hand painted.|
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