Since I can’t seem to stay focused on any of my open projects right now, I figure it’s time to start a new one. 😉 Since I enjoyed (in a hair pulling way) building the Klingon D7 late last year and earlier this year, I decided to do another Klingon Battlecruiser. I briefly toyed with doing the “D6” from Star Trek: Axanar, built by the incomparable Tobias Richter, but I decided to instead go with the D6 from The Starfleet Museum, by Masao Okzaki and others. This ship has been on my “to build” list for ages, so I decided to finally do it.
In some ways, I actually prefer this ship to the D7, at least from a modeling standpoint. I decided to do the main hull and wings as all one unit, like I did with the D7. This creates that smooth transition from the “body” to the wings, which I love. Also, it really allowed me to match the parts up better than I could doing them separately. The “body” doesn’t have as many curves as the D7, making this much easier to do. The “head” is also simpler in parts, but I also made sure I had things flowing the way I wanted them, so a few mods were necessary. However, I didn’t stray too much from the plans. I also had to pick which view I wanted to match things up with, or go somewhere in between. Like most 2D schematics, there are variations from view to view, but that’s to be expected. After all, if it was easy to draw something in 2D from multiple angles and have it match exactly, everybody would be doing it. 😉 Also, there are a few parts where I pretty much just had to do my own thing with the shape, since there’s no bottom view, (like the bulge on the bottom of the “head”) but that’s not an issue. Another thing I like about this design is that the impulse section is in the top thing, the shuttlebay is underneath. The D7 has both of those elements in that top thing, even though a lot of people incorrectly put the engines underneath. (that’s the K’t’inga, not the D7) So, long winded explanations aside, this is where it stands right now:
Once I’m done with this one, I’ll probably do some more of Masao’s Battlecruisers. I prefer his Battlecruisers to the ones from Enterprise. I think the Bird of Prey and especially the Raptor from that show were great, but I don’t think Battlecruisers got a good representation. First, we saw the K’t’inga in Unexpected. (not even the older D7, it was the K’t’inga) That was wrong on so many levels. What is worse is that John Eaves designed a fantastic Ent-era Battlecruiser, but the dimwits in charge didn’t think it had enough windows. So, they decided instead to use the K’t’inga, thinking we wouldn’t notice or care. (apparently, they don’t know Trekkies) After that, the D5 appeared later, towards the end of Season 2, and was used again in Season 4. While it’s a nice design, the really weak thing about the D5 is that it appeared in the episode Marauders (from earlier in Season 2) as a deuterium tanker. A tanker! All they did was remove the tanks to make it the D5. Just think about this a moment: Are we really expected to believe that the Klingon Defense Force allowed one of its mighty warships to be converted into a tanker? I don’t think so. So, anyway, that’s why I prefer Masao’s Battlecruisers.