The Romulan drone ship was an advanced experimental attack starship described as a marauder and developed by the Romulans in the 2150s. At least two prototypes of the vessel were built. The starship itself was a modified Romulan Warbird, with its propulsion systems and command circuitry largely identical to the typical Romulan warship of that era. The bridge consoles were still present when Trip Tucker and Malcolm Reed were able to gain access to the bridge. It was quite small in comparison to Enterprise NX-01. The vessel was designed to be remotely controlled from Romulus by an Aenar pilot as chief among its many modifications. The drone ship was controlled from an operations tower in the Romulan capital by the Aenar pilot, who was forced to pilot the warship against his will. Two Romulan officers oversaw its operation, as it was of special interest to the Romulan Senate.
The ship’s bridge was dominated by a large subspace transceiver to receive its remote orders from Romulus. The interior was confining and cramped, with bulkheads exposing data cables at various points throughout the ship. Because of its lack of crew, much of the ship was devoid of a life support system. In addition, the drone ship featured an auto-repair system that allowed it to correct damage sustained during combat.
The vessel was a formidable adversary in combat. Its weapons were very powerful for its time, inflicting major damage on its targets. Its ability to self-repair proved an asset during battle, where damage could begin to be corrected almost immediately. Without the need for inertial dampeners to protect a crew, the drone was much more maneuverable than the average manned vessel, capable of dodging photonic torpedoes with deft barrel rolls.
In 2154, the Romulan drone ship was given the task of destabilizing potential political alliances between Earth, the Andorians, and the Tellarites. It was equipped with an advanced multispectral emitter system which, when activated, allowed the ship to assume the appearance of nearly any other vessel. The drone ship’s disruptors used tri-phasic emitters, which could mimic the weapon signature of a wide range of other ships, from Andorian particle cannons and Tellarite disruptors to Starfleet phase cannons.
Using these unique abilities, the drone ship threatened to provoke a war between the Andorians and Tellarites, first by destroying Andorian commander Shran’s warship Kumari in the guise of a Tellarite vessel, then by attacking the vessel carrying the Tellarite ambassador, this time posing as an Andorian warship. The Romulans later threatened to draw the Humans, and potentially their allies the Vulcans, into the conflict, when the drone destroyed a Rigellian scoutship while mimicking the appearance of the starship Enterprise.
Ultimately, the drone ship’s presence may have caused what the Romulans had hoped to avoid: an alliance against them. The appearance of a common enemy united the Andorians, Tellarites, Humans, and Vulcans, who attacked the drone and eventually forced it to withdraw to Romulan space. The Romulans subsequently launched a second drone ship, which was used in combination with the first to attack Enterprise. Both drone ships were destroyed when Jhamel, an Aenar, used Enterprise’s telepresence unit to interfere, asking the pilot – her brother, Gareb – to stop his attack. Realizing his sister was on board the ship he was attacking, Gareb was strong enough to overcome the Romulans’ control, and had the two drone ships attack each other, destroying one and enabling the Enterprise to destroy the other, thwarting the Romulans’ attempt to destabilize the region.
Unfortunately I lost the unboxing video, a common issue with me these days now that I am shooting a lot more videos than normal. Anyways, I hope u like the pics and the closer look video.
Today I met my daughters for lunch. Ok, not my real daughters. These are two young ladies who I had trained at the office and were in the same company as me, until they quit back in April of 2016. But they are very close to me and I am close to them. Their names are Gopika and Athira.
They are 24 and 23 years old and because of the age difference they jokingly called me daddy and the name stuck and now that’s all that they call me. I was made fun of and teased at the office like crazy because of these two but it was all fun. Even for me too, even though I would get red with embarrassment and blush! But I love them as they love me. Even their family know that I am called daddy – much to my even more embarrassment.
We met at 12pm for lunch at Center Mall. First we sat and talked for a while then I treated them to pizza at Pizza Hut and later ice cream sundaes. Around half the people in the mall thought I really was their father because these two would loudly call me that!
At the entrance. I was talking to these girls when this hot chick passed by. When they saw me looking at her , they loudly started saying “Daddy, daddy”! That chick turned around and looked at us and I was standing there with egg on my face. Hehehehe, all in a day’s work for dad.
The Hideki-class was a warp-capable multipurpose auxiliary craft used by the Cardassian Union’s military during the late 24th century. The class was used as an attack ship, a patrol ship, and a shuttlecraft. Smaller than Cardassian patrol cruisers, these ships could typically carry three to five occupants. The ship was considered approximately equivalent to the Starfleet Danube-class runabout, but equipped with heavier armament giving it sufficient striking power to operate in fleet actions.
In 2370, a disabled Hideki-class shuttle was tractored into Deep Space 9 after having its engines completely disabled and its life support systems were operating on reserve power. Although its pilot, Natima Lang, claimed they were damaged in a meteor storm, it was clear to the Starfleet repair crew that the shuttle had been hit by Cardassian disruptors. It was determined that it was attacked by a Cardassian warship, which later arrived at DS9 to arrest the shuttle’s crew. However, this was not allowed, and following repairs, the ship was able to slip away from the station unnoticed with help from a cloaking device installed in its central engine core by Quark.
Later that year, Cardassian colonists living in the Demilitarized Zone utilized modified Hideki-class shuttles, equipped with Galor-class phaser banks, to protect their colonial interests. Two of these vessels attacked a Federation merchant ship, but were deterred, and ultimately destroyed by a fighter operated by the Maquis. That same year, one of the stories Elim Garak told Doctor Bashir to explain his exile from Cardassia, involved Garak ordering to shoot down a Cardassian shuttle with escaped Bajoran prisoners on board, but unfortunately, also the daughter of a prominent Cardassian official. During the Dominion War, the Hideki-class was frequently seen escorting larger Galor-class destroyers. Ships of this type were also occasionally seen on independent patrol routes prior to the outbreak of the war, especially near the Demilitarized Zone along the border with the Federation.
In 2375, during the waning days of the Dominion War, members of Rusot’s terrorist cell acquired a Cardassian shuttle with up-to-date security protocols for use to transport Rusot, Damar, Elim Garak, Kira, and Odo to the Cardassian repair facility in the Kelvas system. The designation of “pursuit vessel” may also refer to this class, as Gul Dukat described Cardassian pursuit vessels as being years ahead of Danube-class runabouts in “The Maquis, Part I”. Based on the encounter between Evek and Miles O’Brien, this observation is inconclusive, but plausible, at least based on their appearances in the Dominion War. The Star Trek Encyclopedia states that the name Hideki was chosen in honor of Yukawa Hideki, who first postulated the existence of the subatomic pion. Models of the Hideki-class have been released as part of the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection and Star Trek: Attack Wing.
The following specifications, which describes this vessel as a Cardassian fighter, comes exclusively from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual:
Production Base: Cardassia Prime Orbital Three Assembly Facility
Type: Strike fighter
Accommodation: 30 plus flight crew
Power Plant: One and possibly two M/A warp systems; one or more impulse systems
Dimensions: Length, 85.78 meters; beam, 60.14 meters; height, 12.43 meters
Mass: 120,000 metric tonnes (est.)
Performance: Warp 9.5 (observed)
Armament: Four or more spiral-wave disruptors; one medium aft disruptor wave cannon; possibly other weapons
Additionally, according to the Technical Manual, “One interesting note about the Cardassian fighter is that the basic platform seems to have been adapted from that of the USS Defiant, particularly in the forward hull notch, bridge morphology, and aft hull assembly. Starfleet is of the opinion that some classified design documentation may have been compromised.”
All in all a pretty compact yet tough looking ship design. Though for the longest time I wasn’t interested in getting this model, once I got it I like the way it looks on my shelf. Hope you like the pics and now here is the video. Enjoy!
Now for a ship or shuttle I must say that is so awesome, unique and iconic that it could have an entire show based around it. I am talking about the Delta Flyer. The Delta Flyer was a specially designed Starfleet shuttlecraft constructed by the crew of the USS Voyager in the Delta Quadrant in 2375. The vessel was designed to handle environments that would be too hazardous for a standard shuttlecraft and to be slightly larger than the average shuttle, the crew having acknowledged that standard shuttles were of little use in the increasingly hostile and unexplored Delta Quadrant.
The vessel was a blend of Starfleet and Borg technology, designed in collaboration between B’Elanna Torres, Tom Paris, Tuvok, Harry Kim, and Seven of Nine. It featured a warp-streamlined tetraburnium alloy hull, retractable warp nacelles, parametallic hull plating, unimatrix shielding, and a Borg-inspired weapon system, including photonic missiles, most of which were Paris’ conceptions. For aesthetic reasons, Paris designed some of the flight controls to resemble those from the holodeck simulation of Captain Proton; when Tuvok complained, Paris explained that he wanted to feel the ship and that he was tired of tapping panels. But to Paris’ disappointment, the addition of dynametric tailfins was denied by Tuvok. Instead of having the usual two pilot stations, it had several command stations.
The idea to design a larger, more efficient shuttle than the cramped class 2 shuttle was first given to the Delta Flyer’s designer, Lieutenant junior grade Tom Paris, by the former Borg drone Seven of Nine in 2375. Captain Janeway later authorized the craft’s construction, which was led by Paris, in order to retrieve a multispatial probe that was lost in the atmosphere of a gas giant and in danger of being stolen by the Malon. The Malon began work on a shuttlecraft also, and finished theirs before the Flyer was complete. When the Malon sent out their shuttle, the Flyer was deployed early, despite a flaw in the vessel’s structural integrity. The Flyer was successful in retrieving the probe, but a hull breach started to occur. B’Elanna Torres designed a makeshift device that deployed a temporary force field, successfully containing the breach.
The Delta Flyer’s second mission was to infiltrate a Species 8472 terrasphere. Paris, Kim, and Chakotay took the Flyer out to investigate the terrasphere. When the undercover Chakotay was revealed, Voyager rendezvoused with the Delta Flyer. The Delta Flyer encountered near-destruction in its third mission when it got caught in an ion storm and crash landed three kilometers under rock on a class M planet. Life support began to fail and Paris, Samantha Wildman, and Tuvok did not believe they could be rescued. The Voyager crew was able to dig through the rock and locate the Delta Flyer. The crew and the Flyer were beamed aboard. In early 2375, Voyager was equipped with a quantum slipstream drive and used it in an attempt to return to the Alpha Quadrant. The Flyer, piloted by Chakotay and Kim, rode the slipstream ahead of Voyager in order to chart the slipstream and send appropriate phase corrections to Voyager. Unfortunately, the drive proved unstable and nearly caused Voyager to lose structural integrity. Fortunately, a Harry Kim from an alternate timeline where the ship had been destroyed, was able to transmit a phase correction directly to Seven of Nine’s Borg implants which shut the drive down. Use of the drive was then abandoned until it could be better understood.
A few months later, the Delta Flyer was used to go underwater on The Waters of the Moneans. The Flyer was able to take large amounts of stress, entering great depths of water. It was even able to reach the core of the ocean which was quite deep underwater. This core was actually a large containment field generator. During a mission where Voyager crew stole a Borg transwarp coil, Seven of Nine was captured by the Borg. The coil was installed on board the Delta Flyer, for which it was used to proceed to the unicomplex to retrieve Seven. When Kathryn Janeway beamed into the complex, she was stuck there with Seven when the Borg Queen activated a dispersal field. Seven was able to disable the Queen’s interface to the collective and the field was deactivated. With Janeway and Seven retrieved, the Flyer proceeded back to transwarp and returned to Voyager, pursued by the Queen’s diamond; they were briefly forced to transfer power from life support to the shields during the pursuit to give themselves the necessary shield strength to reach the exit point before they were captured.
When Voyager encountered a graviton ellipse, the Delta Flyer was sent in to locate the Ares IV command module, which was lost in the ellipse in 2032. The crew of Tom Paris, Chakotay, and Seven of Nine examined several artifacts trapped in the ellipse before finding the command module. While the Flyer attempted to tractor the module out of the ellipse, the ellipse was hit by a dark matter asteroid. The Delta Flyer was severely damaged and Chakotay was injured. Aboard Voyager, B’Elanna Torres devised a method to use an ion distributor from the Ares IV to repair vital components of the Flyer. Seven beamed to the Ares IV module where she located the distributor and downloaded the sensor data and logs of the Ares IV commander, John Kelly. She returned to the Flyer with the distributor and Kelly’s body. The distributor was connected to the Flyer power systems and the shuttle was able to escape before the ellipse returned to subspace. During a period of shore leave on Voyager, Janeway took the Flyer to a nearby planet in the Norcadian star system. When Seven and Tuvok were kidnapped by Penk, Voyager engaged in battle with his vessel. Penk was able to disable Voyager, but Janeway arrived in the Flyer and was able to disable Penk’s signal antenna, forcing Penk to lower power to his ship’s force fields. This allowed Seven and Tuvok, along with several other competitors held hostage aboard the ship, to be rescued. Janeway and the Flyer returned to Voyager.
Well there’s more info about the Delta Flyer so I guess I will save it for the closer look post & video. Anyways I hope you like the photos and here is the unboxing video.
As far as classic alien ships goes, this one is probably the most famous and the most gorgeous looking one (atleast as replicated here cause we did see very little of it in TOS). And rightly so! This one is the Romulan Bird of Prey as seen in Star Trek The Original Series. Or 23rd Century Romulan Bird Of Prey if you so choose to call it and Eaglemoss has gone a splendid job in giving us a model.
The Romulan Bird-of-Prey was a type of space vessel that was in service with the military of the Romulan Star Empire during the latter half of the 23rd century. Gaining its name from the bold pattern of an alien bird’s feathers painted on the ship’s ventral hull, the Romulan Bird-of-Prey was the successor of a 22nd century counterpart of similar design.
The Federation Starfleet first encountered this vessel in 2266, when a single ship of this type crossed the Romulan Neutral Zone and attacked several border outposts, destroying them utterly. The USS Enterprise responded to the alert and engaged in a tense game of cat-and-mouse with the intruder for more than ten hours, before the Bird-of-Prey was destroyed. (TOS: “Balance of Terror” The Romulans later used larger numbers to patrol their border with the Federation in force. Typically during an incursion, one Bird-of-Prey would bring a starship out of warp with a plasma torpedo to allow the ships in its battle group to attack the target en masse. When the Enterprise violated the Neutral Zone on the orders of Commodore Stocker in 2267, it was ambushed by a squadron of ten Birds-of-Prey. (TOS: “The Deadly Years”
After the Romulan-Klingon Alliance of 2268, the Bird-of-Prey was largely supplanted by the more massive and more versatile Klingon D7-class battle cruiser, although some were used in concert with the D7s. (TOS: “The Enterprise Incident” Information on this class of starship was assimilated in 2375, by the Borg drone One, from the database aboard USS Voyager. (VOY: “Drone” Remarkably similar in design to contemporaneous Federation starships, the Romulan Bird-of-Prey was designed with a sole primary hull configuration.
Grey in color, with its namesake bird design painted on the hull, the Bird-of-Prey was essentially a saucer with parallel warp nacelles mounted port and starboard of the main body. The aft of the ship was designed with a raised “fin.” (TOS: “Balance of Terror”, etc.) Although incapable of matching the Federation’s Constitution-class starship one-on-one, the ship still featured several technological advances that were previously unattainable to Federation science: the first practical invisibility screen, and the massively powerful plasma torpedo. This class of starship had a single forward torpedo launcher. It also carried a number of nuclear weapons. With these combined abilities, the Bird-of-Prey was able to strike its enemies at will, practically undetected and unchallenged.
Well I hope you liked the photos. Unfortunately, I lost the video of the unboxing but will put up the closer look video soon.
Yesterday evening we had a gala time with two dogs in the apartment. My cousin sister Shalini and her husband Mukund recently adopted a Golden Retriever named Bubbles. The pup is now 6 months old and they drove from Mumbai all the way to Cochin, with stops at relatives places in Pune and Bangalore. They brought the pup over to my place.
She’s great around humans and I loved her. Apparently she is the star attraction at their apartment and in the two places they stayed enroute to Cochin. Kids were asking to play with her all the time.
My sister brought her pug Barfi to my place so the dogs can meet. Now Barfi, although 4 years old, is a bit smaller than Bubbles and seemed to be scared of her barking and the bits of growling so we kept them separate for a while and on their leash.
Soon however the pup calmed down and it was all cool enough for them to be close by. But both dogs were drained from all the excitement after an hour or so.
Here is a ship which I couldn’t remember from the series as being a stand out but looked amazing as a model and then did the research and watched the episodes it appeared it again just to see it. So I did and I just had it have it. I am talking about the Klingon Augment ship as seen in a couple of episodes of Star Trek Enterprise.
Laneth’s starship was a type of small warship in the service of the Klingon Empire under the command of a Klingon Augment, Lieutenant Laneth. It was armed with disruptors. In 2154, Laneth’s starship attacked and destroyed a Rigelian freighter that kidnapped Phlox from Earth. The Klingon ship then transported Phlox to the Qu’Vat colony.
Later, Laneth’s starship engaged Enterprise NX-01, which was analyzing the freighter’s debris. During the engagement, a boarding party was dispatched, and planted a computer virus on board Enterprise. In the process of the raid, one of Laneth’s crew members, Marab, was captured while attempting to return to his ship. In the final draft script of “Affliction”, Laneth’s starship was described as “a small, sleek alien vessel.” That description was followed by a bracketed note which pointed out, “Although we don’t know it, this vessel is a new type of Klingon ship.” “Affliction” teleplay writer Mike Sussman once remarked, “The reason that ship exists was because we wanted to hide the fact that the people beaming aboard Enterprise were Klingon.”
This configuration of Klingon ship, which is similar to a 22nd century style of Klingon Bird-of-Prey, was designed by John Eaves. When the Klingon Augments’ ship first appeared, it wasn’t meant to look recognizably Klingon at all, so as to initially conceal the identity of the ship’s Klingon crew members. As a result, Eaves was asked to make the vessel seem as if it might be Klingon without looking too familiar.
Because there had been so many Star Trek productions and associated spacecrafts by the time Laneth’s ship was designed, giving it a completely new look was challenging. “It was kind of like I had writer’s block. I didn’t know what other shapes to do!” John Eaves exclaimed. He began the design process by drawing three rough concept sketches. One of the illustrations, showing quite a familiar Klingon design with wings and an extended neck, was immediately rejected for looking too familiar. Another of the designs demonstrated a style that was much smaller and more compact, while also resembling Goroth’s starship from ENT Season 2 offering “Bounty”. The design of this vessel was thereafter influenced by John Eaves reacting to his “artist’s block” by heading to the Paramount mill, which was somewhere new and different for him to look for inspiration. He later recalled, “They had this long level that bowed in the middle – you’d hang it on a string and it would give you a floating level – and that was where the shape for this ship came from.”
So there you have it, not too much background information – infact I don’t think we see the inside of the ship much during it’s appearances in the two episodes. So I hope you enjoy the pics and here is the unboxing video.
And it’s now time for a friendly alien ship that looked awesome on screen. I just wish the model could have been as awesome but it’s still good and I am happy to have it in my collection. As seen in Enterprise only, I am talking about the Vulcan ship the D’Kyr type or class!
The D’Kyr-type was a type of Vulcan starship operated by the High Command during the mid-22nd century. Some of these vessels were given the designation of combat cruiser in the 2150s. In 2154, a number of these starships were present at the Battle of Andoria, carrying out the ill-wishes of then – Administrator V’Las, which included not only attempting to invade Andoria – but almost going to war with Earth by trying to destroy Enterprise NX-01.
Later that year, several of these combat cruisers were incorporated into an Andorian-Earth-Tellarite-Vulcan fleet, consisting of 128 ships, combined to create a sensor grid formed to detect a Romulan marauder that threatened to destabilize the entire region. In the mirror universe, Vulcan rebels utilized this class of vessel to engage the Terran fleet in 2155, and were among the rebel ships that attacked the ISS Avenger.
The outboard plan of the Vulcan combat cruiser’s design consisted of a flattened, conical shaped hull that flared out and around the circular warp nacelles and coming back together at the aft section of the ship, where the impulse engines were placed. Ships of this class were armed with both photonic and particle weapons, as well as deflector shield technology. Particle beam emplacements include a forward emitter, two ventral emitters, and two aft emitters. In combat, these vessels were superior in firepower to Starfleet’s NX-class and nearly comparable in firepower to the Andorian battle cruiser. This class was inferior to a force of three Tholian starships, and in the vessels utilized in the mirror universe were significantly inferior to a single Federation Constitution-class starship.
This class was capable of traveling a hundred light years in a few weeks. (ENT: “Future Tense” When the warp drive was not in use, the ship’s annular-warp nacelle was dropped into the vertical position; when the engines were powered down, or preparing to launch its auxiliary craft, the nacelle was folded horizontally into the primary hull. D’Kyr type starships had at least thirteen decks. The bridge for the D’Kyr-type included a panel where the commanding officer stood when speaking over the comm. Starships of this type were equipped with a large shuttlebay (part of which was located on deck 7) that spanned from bottom to top of the mid-section of the ship, just in front of the warp-ring area, and the auxiliary ship that docked inside the warp ring. Vessels of this type were usually equipped with at least two shuttlecraft.
Hope you liked the pics and now enjoy the unboxing video!
Here is one ship which I almost didn’t remember despite watching Enterprise 3 times. It’s one of those things that skips your mind unless you are looking for it or if your imagination is captured by it. Yet, now this design and class of ship is a big favourite. It’s also a ship that seems to complement the hero ship of that series, the NX-01 Enterprise or the NX class. The SS Intrepid, also known as UES (United Earth Starfleet) Intrepid, was an Intrepid-class United Earth Starfleet light cruiser starship in service during the mid-22nd century, under the command of Captain Carlos Ramirez.
The Intrepid, first ship of its class, entered service around the year 2153. (ENT – Rise of the Federation novel: A Choice of Futures) In April 2153, the Intrepid and two other starships came to the rescue of the Enterprise (NX-01) when it was attacked by a Klingon Bird-of-Prey as it entered the Sol system. (ENT episode & novelization: The Expanse) In 2154, the Intrepid was part of a fleet of starships that welcomed back the Enterprise to Earth following its successful mission in the Delphic Expanse.
In 2156, the Intrepid was part of a war game in which a shuttlepod from the Enterprise penetrated the warp detection grid in the Sol system, displaying the weakness which had been exploited by the Romulans in other systems. The Intrepid was also part of the United Earth Starfleet armada that retook Berengaria VII from the Romulan Star Empire on April 2. (ENT – The Romulan War novel: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing) In October that year, Captain Bryce Shumar was in command of the Intrepid. The Intrepid helped taking the half-finished hulks from the Utopia Planitia shipyard to a hiding place. On October 10, Admiral Mindar led ten Romulan warbirds into the Battle of Sol. The Intrepid hemmed in several ships behind Mars. A total of six Romulan ships were destroyed, the remainder retreating. The Intrepid suffered major damage and returned to Earth on impulse power. Starfleet Command had recalled Crewman Terry Stiles, the Intrepid’s chef, because he was the last surviving member of the Stiles family in service. Unfortunately, Crewman Stiles died in the battle before the order could be carried out.
In 2159, the Intrepid along with Enterprise and Republic escorted a supply convoy in the Vorkado system where they were attacked by a Romulan ship. In the ensuing battle the Intrepid and the Republic suffered severe damage. Among the few casualties was Captain Ramirez. (ENT – The Romulan War novel: To Brave the Storm) By 2161, the Intrepid had been succeeded in name by the Intrepid (NX-07). (TNG novel: Indistinguishable from Magic)
In an alternate timeline where Earth was successfully destroyed by the Xindi’s superweapon, the Intrepid was one of the few Starfleet vessels to survive the attack and subsequent Xindi attempts to wipe out the rest of Humanity. Along with the Enterprise and one other Starfleet ship the Intrepid escorted the last surviving six-thousand Humans to the Ceti Alpha system and patrolled the system once a colony had been established on Ceti Alpha V. In 2165, Captain Malcolm Reed was due to replace Ramirez as commander of the Intrepid, but was killed while aboard Enterprise when the Xindi attacked. The Intrepid was also involved in the battle, and was severely damaged, with its port nacelle severed. (ENT episode: “Twilight”
If you look at the ship it;s like a cutaway of the NX class, which in a way makes the Intrepid class the Nebula class of this era. Awesome looking design and it’s a good model. Hope you like the pics and enjoy the unboxing of the SS Intrepid.
Now here is a firm favourite of mine ever since I first saw this beauty on tv back in the early 2000s. During the mid-22nd century, the Klingon Empire operated a type of small warship known as the Klingon Bird-of-Prey. This class is one of the earliest class of starships encountered by Earth Starfleet during the early 2150s. The first encounter occurred on the outer perimeter of the Sol system in early 2153. Starfleet, however, had known of the existence of these ships as early as late 2151.
This Bird-of-Prey design was revamped over the next two centuries, and was used to represent several different variations of this class that were collectively known under the same name. Comparable in design to its sister classes, the Raptor-class scout and D5-class battle cruiser, the exterior design of the Bird-of-Prey utilized the same basic avian design, including vaguely feather-like hull plating on its wings. The bulk of the ship’s overall mass was incorporated in the aft section of the ship. The bridge module was located on a bulbous forward section, which was separated from the aft section by a relatively thin ‘neck’ that attached to and flared into the aft portion which swept down below the main body, forming wings.
Located on the caudal section of the ship were the ship’s shuttlebay, impulse engines and two warp nacelles. The port and starboard nacelles were directly connected to the extreme upper aft section of the ship, perpendicular to the impulse engine. (ENT: “The Augments”, “Divergence” The offensive arsenal of the Bird-of-Prey was rather impressive, for the time, as the ship possessed at least eight forward disruptor banks, including a twin pair of neck-mounted disruptor cannons, a pair of wing-tip mounted disruptor cannons, and a 360º rotating turret containing twin belly-mounted disruptor cannons. The class was also equipped with dual photon torpedo launchers, positioned fore and aft, and defensive shields. (ENT: “The Expanse”, “Borderland”, “Cold Station 12” This class, however, had minimal aft weapons.
Prior to the refitting of Enterprise, one Bird-of-Prey was more than a match with the NX-class; however, it was unable to repel three older Earth vessels at one time. After Enterprise was upgraded, it was nearly an even match with the Bird-of-Prey. (ENT: “The Expanse” This class of Bird-of-Prey could outgun an Orion Interceptor, two to one. (ENT: “Borderland” This class of vessel was equipped with tractor beam technology. It had one emitter located on the underside of each wing that, when used in conjunction, could be used to manipulate a ship to its belly docking port. (ENT: “Borderland” Unlike the Raptor class, this class of Bird-of-Prey was equipped with escape pods. The Bird-of-Prey’s escape pod hatch was also located on the belly of the ship. (ENT: “The Augments”
One major flaw of the Bird-of-Prey’s design was found at the nape of the ship’s neck and primary hull; a direct hit on the main plasma junction, located above the sensor array, could disable the entire power grid. (ENT: “The Augments” The shuttlebay was located on the extreme aft of the ship, directly below the impulse engines. It was large enough in capacity to store a Denobulan medical ship. (ENT: “Cold Station 12”, “The Augments” Like the Raptor-class scouts of this era, live food was kept aboard these Birds-of-Prey in the targ pits, presumably adjacent to the galley.
Located in the “head” of the forward section of the vessel, the bridge, which was plated with dispersive armor, was one of the most protected sections of the ship. (ENT: “The Augments” The configuration of the Bird-of-Prey’s main bridge shared with many features found in contemporary designs. In the front of the bridge, against the forward bulkhead, was the ship’s viewscreen. Directly behind the viewscreen, near the center of the bridge was the captain’s chair. Directly behind the captain’s chair, was the entryway to the bridge, with two manned consoles located on either side of the doorway. Along the perimeter of the bridge were several stations, each designated for a specific task.
Here is an alien vessel I rarely thought about until I saw that Eaglemoss has released a model of it. At first I was like, it’s not high up on my list of ships to get. Or anywhere near the middle of my wish list either. When I saw pics and review videos of the ship I wanted to get it and also I was able to get it from an eBay seller at a very low price.
Nausicaan raiders were vessels employed by Nausicaan pirates during the mid-22nd century for raiding freighter routes. These vessels were armed with forward and aft plasma cannons and possessed primitive shields. Although their weapons were considered formidable to a Y class freighter, Nausicaan raiders were outmatched by NX-class starships, whose spatial torpedoes were capable of piercing Nausicaan shields. This type of vessel was described as “small” and “fast.” The bridge of a Nausicaan raider was scripted to be “dark,” although the final version of the room clearly features large, colorful wall panels. Also, the offensive and defensive specifications of a Nausicaan raider were scripted thus; “Medium yield plasma cannons. Simple (TECH) shielding,” where the word “tech” was later to be replaced by a more technical term. In the episode’s final version, this became, “Fore and aft plasma cannons,” and a less direct reference, immediately thereafter, to the craft having shields.
Even though Nausicaan starships had never before been portrayed, inspiration for the forthcoming design was taken from how Nausicaans themselves had been established as typically behaving; due to their thuggish nature as belligerent troublemakers, their vessels had to have a fittingly threatening and aggressive appearance.
Illustrator John Eaves began designing the Nausicaan vessel by sketching out a variety of basic shapes. “I just threw a whole bunch of stuff together,” he stated. These initial sketches included a design concept for a Vulcan ship, which Eaves had drawn earlier. The same ship layout, with blade-like curves, gave Eaves a design direction, which he expanded upon in the other sketches. As he became increasingly more inspired, Eaves felt the look he was aiming for was somewhere “between the bottom of a shovel and a manta ray.” The producers approved one of the initial illustrations as the final version, a configuration Eaves likened to a manta ray. “On this one, they chose a ship right off the first pass [….] It was a busy show, so I didn’t get to flesh it out a little bit more, but I didn’t need to.”
Lead CG Artist Pierre Drolet took Eaves’ illustration and digitally turned it into a three-dimensional model. Drolet incorporated some of his own ideas into the design, shading the Nausicaan ship with an earthy color scheme, and added detailing such as the forward plasma cannons. All these finishing touches helped give the ship its highly sought-after aggressive look. These vessels could presumably travel faster than warp 1.8, the maximum speed of the Fortunate, for them to be able to constantly locate, track, attack, and raid said vessel over an extended period of time. Issue 30 of Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection lists the Nausicaan fighters as having a maximum speed of warp 2 and a length of 90 meters.
So that’s the little information we have on the Raiders. I think it’s a neat design and manta ray look is just awesome. Hope you like the photos and now enjoy the unboxing video.
Thinking of going for a movie this upcoming long weekend. I do watch quite a few movies at home every month as well as catch up on my currently showing tv series and I do have to find some time for rewatching stuff as well. So while my choice for a relaxing weekend will still be watching movies from home, I do like going to theatres. This is strange for me because from 2005 till earlier this year I never went to theatres at all. 11 years after being a guy who went for most English language movies that came out in Cochin, I just stopped going.
Back in February of this year I went for Deadpool with my buddy and I was hooked. Now I want to go for as many movies as I can. I plan to go for the big films, the action/scifi/superhero/horror stuff and some big budget other genre movies too. I was going for atleast 2 a month since March but last month I didn’t go for any at all. I missed a few films which I will catch on dvd or bluray later in the year. But I want to go for one this weekend. And I only go to either Cinepolis in Center Mall on MG Road or the PVR in Lulu Mall.
Cinepolis is closer, much closer to me than Lulu PVR. It’s two stops away and also their VIP section is awesome. Sure the price is higher but they have recline seats and amazing comfort. Watching movies in recliners is awesome. I just love the VIP lounge area and waiting there is not tedious at all.
Lulu’s PVR is a bit further away in Edapally and especially with the road work and Metro work going on it can be a task to get there; worse is coming back especially if it is in the evening after 6pm. They don’t recliners and they don’t have a VIP section but their theatres are good. Though the choice of seats is not as comfortable as Cinepolis and those cip holders are a disaster waiting to happen as it is so low on the arm of the seats.
What about the popcorn? Head to head it is a tough choice. I will usually get a Pepsi (in PVR) or Coke (in Cinepolis), medium size always. The small / regular isn’t that big and the large is ridiculous – I will be peeing all the time if I drink that. And the one time I did order one, I couldn’t finish it even after the movie ended. But the popcorns are amazing – my pick is the Caramel popcorn in PVR & the Cheese in Cinepolis. Both are awesome but I do find that the caramel one is very light and easier to finish. Either way you can’t lose.
So where will I go this weekend? Wait and see!
A nice quiet weekend spent mostly at home. I came back home a little later than my shift on Friday but couldn’t get to sleep for a long time for no reason. I kept waking up as it is. Anyways, I had some quiet time planned for myself as I was alone at home. Saturday morning I woke up at 7 am and drank the first of my two morning coffees and ate a simple sandwich of white bread and cucumbers before showering and getting dressed. I hailed an Uber to take me to Gandhinagar where the self-service BevCo is located.
I also wanted to try the SupplyCo first which is right next door but they seemed to have less stuff than BevCo and also they didn’t have any cans so I went to the BevCo. They didn’t have an beer cans either but I ended up buying 5 650ml bottles of beers – 2 Carslbergs, 2 British Empire (a beer I have never tried before) and a Miller. I also bought a 600ml of Smirnoff’s Apple vodka and went to the counter and paid. My Uber was still waiting for me and he dropped me back home. And it wasn’t a high charge at all so this is what I plan to do going forward once a month.
I was back in my apartment 10 minutes before noon as the drive is not far and I took all of what 10 minutes inside BevCo. I put my beers into the fridge (although I had to keep one on the counter as there wasn’t enough space) and my vodka in a cupboard and changed my clothes. I then ordered a large cheese & bbq chicken pizza from Dominos and had to wait a while as I was out of the guaranteed area for the 30 minutes delivery. The pizza took about an hour by which time I was hungry so I had already bought some snack from the local grocery store / tea shop as I was starving by then. By 1:45 pm I had half my pizza and a beer before watching part of a movie and then fell asleep for an hour.
Evening coffee was followed by EPL football and a beer with the rest of the pizza for dinner. Then I watched some tv show episodes and went to sleep by 1am. Sunday I basically had only buns and coffee.
Right, onto one of my fav alien, one of my fav Klingon ships. The 22nd Century Bird of Prey – the predecessor to the later 24th century Bird of Prey which is more famous.
During the mid-22nd century, the Klingon Empire operated a type of small warship known as the Klingon Bird-of-Prey. his class is one of the earliest class of starships encountered by Earth Starfleet during the early 2150s. The first encounter occurred on the outer perimeter of the Sol system in early 2153. Starfleet, however, had known of the existence of these ships as early as late 2151. This Bird-of-Prey design was revamped over the next two centuries, and was used to represent several different variations of this class that were collectively known under the same name.
Comparable in design to its sister classes, the Raptor-class scout and D5-class battle cruiser, the exterior design of the Bird-of-Prey utilized the same basic avian design, including vaguely feather-like hull plating on its wings. The bulk of the ship’s overall mass was incorporated in the aft section of the ship. The bridge module was located on a bulbous forward section, which was separated from the aft section by a relatively thin ‘neck’ that attached to and flared into the aft portion which swept down below the main body, forming wings. Located on the caudal section of the ship were the ship’s shuttlebay, impulse engines and two warp nacelles. The port and starboard nacelles were directly connected to the extreme upper aft section of the ship, perpendicular to the impulse engine.
The offensive arsenal of the Bird-of-Prey was rather impressive, for the time, as the ship possessed at least eight forward disruptor banks, including a twin pair of neck-mounted disruptor cannons, a pair of wing-tip mounted disruptor cannons, and a 360º rotating turret containing twin belly-mounted disruptor cannons. The class was also equipped with dual photon torpedo launchers, positioned fore and aft, and defensive shields. This class, however, had minimal aft weapons. Prior to the refitting of Enterprise, one Bird-of-Prey was more than a match with the NX-class; however, it was unable to repel three older Earth vessels at one time. After Enterprise was upgraded, it was nearly an even match with the Bird-of-Prey. This class of Bird-of-Prey could outgun an Orion Interceptor, two to one.
This class of vessel was equipped with tractor beam technology. It had one emitter located on the underside of each wing that, when used in conjunction, could be used to manipulate a ship to its belly docking port. Unlike the Raptor class, this class of Bird-of-Prey was equipped with escape pods. The Bird-of-Prey’s escape pod hatch was also located on the belly of the ship. One major flaw of the Bird-of-Prey’s design was found at the nape of the ship’s neck and primary hull; a direct hit on the main plasma junction, located above the sensor array, could disable the entire power grid.
Like the Raptor-class scouts of this era, live food was kept aboard these Birds-of-Prey in the targ pits, presumably adjacent to the galley. Located in the “head” of the forward section of the vessel, the bridge, which was plated with dispersive armor, was one of the most protected sections of the ship. The configuration of the Bird-of-Prey’s main bridge shared with many features found in contemporary designs. In the front of the bridge, against the forward bulkhead, was the ship’s viewscreen. Directly behind the viewscreen, near the center of the bridge was the captain’s chair. Directly behind the captain’s chair, was the entryway to the bridge, with two manned consoles located on either side of the doorway. Along the perimeter of the bridge were several stations, each designated for a specific task.
I hope you like the pics I did of the model. It is smaller than I would have liked it to be but it is done very well. And ofcourse below us we have a video unboxing of the ship. Enjoy!