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Captain Nikolayev’s Frontier

BolianAdmiralBolianAdmiral759 Torrance, CaliforniaPosts: 2,199Member
Hello, all…


So, a while back in Rekkert’s thread, when he was doing my U.S.S. Frontier interiors, someone had asked just what the Frontier looked like. The Frontier is a Galaxy-Class ship, built during the Dominion War. On DS9, we saw many Galaxy-Class ships, most CGI, some physical models, such as the U.S.S. Odyssey and U.S.S. Venture. The Odyssey was a standard TNG-era Galaxy, with a new Bridge interior. The Venture was also a standard TNG-era Galaxy, with new phaser strips placed atop the warp nacelles, lifted from the AGT future version of the Enterprise-D. However, there’s one other version of Galaxy-Class ship we saw on DS9 - an unnamed physical model with Dominion War war paint on its lower warp nacelles and surrounding the Main Shuttlebay deck and running down the aft neck and spine, ending at the aft torpedo launcher. This Galaxy was clearly an AMT/ERTL kit, painted, as the raised panel detailing of the model kit is clearly present in screen shots from the episode it is featured in, “Favor the Bold”. Behind-the-scenes photos also confirm that this ship is an AMT/ERTL model. Additionally, John Eaves has confirmed that the model in the BTS photos IS indeed, the ship used in “Favor the Bold”.


As you can see in those BTS photos, this Galaxy appears to have a black and gold Main Deflector Dish. The lower warp nacelles are colored Azure Blue. The saucer impulse engine housings and the ribs between the main nacelles and the ramscoops are colored Flat Zinc Chromate. According to the screen shot, the area surrounding the Main Shuttlebay deck and the aft neck and spine, appear to be either a medium-to-dark gray, or another color that looks that way, after all the post-production image and color processing and lighting.

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According to the DS9 Technical Manual, a number of Galaxy-Class ships were pulled from the internal structures work path, equipped with additional weapons, and launched with 65% of their space frame volumes empty. As this background fits the needs of the background of the U.S.S. Frontier in the story, I am choosing one of these “Favor the Bold” Galaxies to serve as the Frontier.


In the first story with the Frontier, “A New Beginning”, the Frontier Commission selects a Galaxy-Class ship as the platform for the mission ship, as the Galaxy-Class projects both strength and diplomacy. The class has ample weaponry, supremely powerful engines, the most powerful computer, and plenty of room and comfort for a full delegation of UFP dignitaries. It looks both regal and imposing. Rather than build a new ship, which would be time and resource consuming, which the war effort won’t allow for a ship of that scale, one of the wartime Galaxies was pulled off the line, and transported to Starfleet’s ASDB Seran-T-3 facility at Mirfak Station, where it underwent a full overhaul and completion of its interior sections. It is here where an Entomalian engineering team installed the loaned Entomalian transwarp slipstream drive engine for the mission, as well as a special gift - a compliment of 11 Entomalian neutron “smasher” torpedoes, a gift of the Entomalian government, via the Entomalian Ambassador to the UFP, and installed in the saucer section’s torpedo bay.


So, I will be using this thread to firstly, document my building of a replica of the “Favor the Bold” Galaxy model, using one of my own AMT/ERTL 1701-D kits, and custom decals. The screen-used DS9 model had TNG-era Starfleet arrowheads on it, but realistically, in-universe, the ship, as a Dominion War-era ship, would have the same newer Starfleet arrowheads as the Defiant, Intrepid, and Sovereign. My Frontier model will have the newer style, to make it accurate to the time period. My goal with my model will be to do it up as nicely as possible, while keeping as faithful to the screen-used model as possible. Think of it as if my Frontier model were a nice desk model in Nikolayev’s Ready-Room, on display. My other intention with this thread, is to give more background and specs on the Frontier herself, as well as revisit and update designs for both her interiors, and her assets, such as shuttlecraft and other auxiliary vehicles, etc. I’ll also post information and backgrounds of various members of her crew, as well as key aliens and other characters, etc. This isn’t a pure art thread, nor is it a pure story thread, which is why I’m placing it here. However, if a Mod sees fit to place it elsewhere, please do so. Also, any future work that Rekkert or anyone else does regarding the Frontier, or aspects of her story, will be posted here, in this thread, with appropriate credit(s) given to any artist involved. Think of this as an “encyclopedia” thread for everything relating to the Frontier and its story.


Stay tuned.


- BolianAdmiral
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  • BolianAdmiralBolianAdmiral759 Torrance, CaliforniaPosts: 2,199Member
    I’ve been posting the pictures from the post above in other forums and Facebook, in the hope that someone who worked BTS on the show may somehow have a photo of the top of the model, so that I can get a good read on just what color was used for those dark areas. So far, no replies.

    In the meantime, I’ve been gathering all the supplies and aftermarket assets I’ll need for the model. I have a set of aztec paint masks coming, I have a resin piece that provides the missing windows from just forward of the Captain’s Yacht, I’ve sent for multiple custom decal sheets, and I have two paint pens for the lifeboats.

    Stay tuned.

    - BolianAdmiral
  • count23count23297 Posts: 714Member
    to b honest, you could just make some assumptions. all the Galaxy models that were not the hero models in the TNG/Ds9 days were the AMT galaxy model kits of various scale. That was just a mold copy of the 4foot studio model. So you could use that information as a base and you're just after some more detail on the paint scheme, are you not?
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  • BolianAdmiralBolianAdmiral759 Torrance, CaliforniaPosts: 2,199Member
    Correct… I am trying to figure out exactly what color was used on that top darker section. You’re right that it’s one of the 1/1400 scale AMT/ERTL kits.
  • count23count23297 Posts: 714Member
    Try therpf forums then, they may have the right colour swatches for you.
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  • BolianAdmiralBolianAdmiral759 Torrance, CaliforniaPosts: 2,199Member
    Aye, I did post there… so far, no replies.
  • BolianAdmiralBolianAdmiral759 Torrance, CaliforniaPosts: 2,199Member
    So, I said this would be a multi-purpose thread, which would include some character bios from the story. Here’s the first.

    — — — — —

    Kimora Pren

    Kimora Pren is a Cardassian female, born and raised in the City of Leasath, on Cardassia Prime. From an early age, Kimora had a strong interest in engineering, and the technical arts and sciences. When she entered the Cardassian military, she obviously chose to work in the Engineering division.

    For the early part of her career, she worked on the station Kendok Nor, where she worked her way up from Operations Assistant to Operations Specialist. It was on Kendok Nor where she met her husband, Glinn Tolan.

    From Kendok Nor, Kimora transferred to the Galor-Class ship Leknor, where she served first as Chief Engineer’s Mate, and then Chief Engineer. The Leknor’s missions often took it into Entomalian space, for joint exercises with the Entomalian Navy. It was during this time that Kimora was exposed to Entomalian culture up-close and personal. She became fascinated with the technology of the Entomalian Empire’s newest vessels, the Feliz-Dat-Class starships, with their state-of-the-art engine and weapons technologies. She decided she wanted to transfer over to serve in the Entomalian Navy via the interspecies lateral entry program shared between the Entomalian Empire and the Cardassian Union. After a year on the waiting list, she was accepted to serve as Chief Engineer of the Feliz-Dat-Class vessel E.I.V. Enza.

    When the Entomalian Empire agreed to loan one of their transwarp slipstream drives to the U.S.S. Frontier, the E.I.V. Enza was ordered to have its engineering staff install it. As Chief Engineer, Kimora oversaw the engineering team’s efforts on the Frontier. Upon completion of the installation, Kimora was to remain on board the Frontier for the duration of its mission, to monitor alongside the Starfleet engineering crew, how the Entomalian transwarp slipstream drive was working, and help address any problems that may arise, while the Enza’s engineering staff returned to their ship.

    When the Frontier’s transwarp slipstream drive was sabotaged by the Changeling stowaway, Kimora, along with the Frontier’s Chief Engineer, made the confirmation that the transwarp engine had been completely destroyed, and that there was no possibility of ever repairing it - not without access to an Entomalian shipyard. After working around the clock for three days with the help of Kimora, the Frontier’s engineering staff was able to restore the native Starfleet warp drive into operation, and again get the ship moving at warp speeds, allowing the ship to leave the void of the Great Divide, and reach the Alpha Quadrant shore of the Andromeda Galaxy in the time of five months, at the maximum speed of warp factor 9.8.

    After all this, Captain Nikolayev decided to appoint Kimora Pren as an Engineering Advisor and Transwarp Systems Specialist. She routinely works with and assists the Frontier’s engineering staff, in their continuing efforts to somehow create their own new transwarp engine, which would allow the ship to return home to the Milky Way Galaxy. During their time together on the Frontier, Captain Nikolayev and Kimora Pren have developed a very close personal relationship, which has since become romantic.

    — — — — —

    Stay tuned.

    - BolianAdmiral
  • BolianAdmiralBolianAdmiral759 Torrance, CaliforniaPosts: 2,199Member
    So, the aztec masks I ordered for the kit arrived yesterday, along with two sets of the aftermarket decals I sent for. I still haven’t gotten any replies or information regarding the top side of that DS9 Galaxy model, so since I have two big D kits, I’ll do the first one up in the original TNG TV series 2-tone scheme. One thing I’d like to do, that I’ve seen others do, is use strong magnets to allow the two hulls to separate and join together well, without fear of the saucer falling off. I’ll need to find a tutorial on how to do this. Also, one thing I’ve noticed with pretty much all but one build I’ve ever seen, is that nobody has ever taken the time to model and detail the saucer section’s torpedo launcher. It’s a detail that’s actually molded into that part of the kit, to a degree, but nobody has ever really paid it any attention, or really detailed it out.

    Stay tuned.

    - BolianAdmiral
  • publiusrpubliusr289 Posts: 1,424Member
    Great work.

    I have some sad news…Winchell Chung of Atomic Rockets fame has cancer…I fear for his website
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