The textures on the “stock” D7 are done. I wanted to do at least one that looks like the ship did (or should have) on the show. Unfortunately, the old studio lights and TV cameras really washed out the two-toned light green and gray paint job, making it look like it was light blue gray. (similar to what happened to the light blue tones on the Enterprise-D) Then, on the AMT model box art and TAS, they also had them looking light blue-gray, but this is how it should have looked. Since I didn’t have any good screen shots showing the colors, I used a picture of a second D7 they pulled from the original molds and (presumably) painted just like the one used on the series. Since it was a photo and lighting causes color variations, I tried to get as close to the original paint as I could. It’s close, but I will never know exactly what the color was without somebody who was there telling me. And, they might not even know, as the paint was likely mixed by hand 47 years ago. Also, different pictures had differences in what was green and what was gray, especially with the head details, so I did what looked right to me. The Klingon emblem and writing were done using Matt Jefferies’ original drawings of the markings, so those are accurate. Though, like the ship, the colors are as close as I could get them. (I guesstimated on those) Also, I eyeballed the placement (close enough.)
Anywho, here’s how she looks in what is my approximation of the original paint scheme and some weathering:
If I had to choose a Star Trek ship to be my second favorite after the TOS E, this would be it. I absolutely love this design and I’m glad I finally figured out how to build one. Of course, I took some liberties like adding an impulse glow and some running lights, but I’ve seen some bumps on that second molded ship I was talking about that looked like they could indicate running lights, so I put them where those were. Now that I have this version done, I’m going to do one with some raised wing-pattern markings, much like what Greg Jein did for his IKS Gr’oth model for the DS9 episode Trials and Tribble-Ations and the team at CBS digital did for the “remastered” version of The Trouble with Tribbles.