FASA USS Ramses, NCC-4335 - Larson class destroyer

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FASA USS Ramses, NCC-4335 - Larson class destroyer

Postby Griffworks » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:46 am

Yet another FASA ship! This is the old 1/1000 scale, resin Starship Modeler Kit Factory conversion kit, released in 2005 for the Polar Lights TOS-E. This is the USS Ramses, NCC-4335 - a Larson-class destroyer No special reason for the name beyond itbwas on the original decal sheet and I thought it was a kewel sounding name.

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From Starship Schematic DataBase, specifically the Star Trek Scematics section

For my build, since I rarely build anything stock, I've done a few modifications. I decided that I wanted to add a different warp propulsion system. I had recently gotten a pair of Modular Models Endeavour-type nacelles in a trade, so decided to add one of those. I also added an Alternate Impulse Engine Type 3 from Millenia Models Int'l, a photorp deck from UGH! Models TOS Era Neck Pack was added directly underneath the warp nacelle mounting point, a thickened aft deck by adding sheet stock to both the dorsal and ventral surfaces, aft external door mounts. I also added a JT Resin B/C Deck.

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The LN-52 nacelles.

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Type 3 Alternate Impulse Engine from Millenia Models Int'l. Sadly, they're currently OOP.

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Type 3 Alternate Impulse Engine from Millenia Models Int'l. Sadly, they're currently OOP.

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Pieces / parts! The blue resin photorp pod is from UGH! Models.

I also thickened the warp nacelle pylons with some sheet stock added to the outboard surface. The stock pylons were just a bit too thin for my tastes, so I "fixed" them. And I decided to "build up" a Refit-type bridge by using a combination of Evergreen plastic sheet stock and Tamiya Putty for Models.

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Cutting and sanding sheet stock to-fit.

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On the left is a pylon with sheet stock laminated to the outboard surface. On the right the naked resin pylon.


After much puttying, sanding, puttying, sanding, a coat of primer, etc..., I started assembly. This, of course, wasn't nearly as straightforward or easy as it woulda/coulda been, requiring a little extra sanding-to-fit of parts, namely the pylon mounting points. I also added some U-channel and strip Evergreen stock behind the B/C deck. Maybe it's an expanded additional sensor deck or perhaps some additional doohickey to help with warp field stabilization.

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Here I added a sheet of plastic stock for the dorsal surface. Then mounted the Type 3 Impulse Deck. You can see the JT Resin B/C Deck that I added.

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Adding the extended bridge.

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I also added a JT Resin Alternate B/C Deck piece. And, of course, where I'm extending the bridge housing.

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Primed and sanded for the pylon mounting points. And, I added some venting/mechanical housing for the hangar deck space.

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Aft view showing the external doors for the shuttle bays / hangars.

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Next to her cousin, the USS Chicago, a Loknar-class Frigate.


More to come.
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Re: FASA USS Ramses, NCC-4335 - Larson class destroyer

Postby Griffworks » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:54 am

Primer coat is Tamiya grey primer for plastic and metal.

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Assembled and primed.

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Showing the inboard flush vents, impulse e Hines, and the photorp pod.

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i really like this profile shot, for some reason.

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Beauty shot.

Still haven't fully decided on a base coat color. Might go with AS-20 Insignia White (US Navy). Keep it in line with the same color I used on two other ships that are also sporting the LN-52 nacelles - USS Endeavour, NCC-1716,and USS Socorro, NCC-1231.

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Re: FASA USS Ramses, NCC-4335 - Larson class destroyer

Postby TrekMD » Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:31 pm

Looking good so far!
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Re: FASA USS Ramses, NCC-4335 - Larson class destroyer

Postby Tesral » Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:47 pm

Not a favorite, but you have done one good build.

Big ships are hand built objects. They get changes over their lifetimes. Ergo no two ships even of a class off the ways are ever identical. I like little tweaks.
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