Unboxing The Delta Flyer *Star Trek Starships Collection*

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

RIP Alan Thicke

Actor Alan Thicke has died at the age of 69. Thicke, known for his role as the likable father on the ABC television series Growing Pains, died from a heart attack on Tuesday. His son, Grammy award nominated-singer Robin Thicke paid tribute to him on Tuesday evening, calling him the ‘greatest man I ever met’ and ‘always a gentleman.’ Robin Thicke told The Los Angeles Times his father was playing hockey with his brother, 19-year-old Carter, when he suffered a heart attack. Alan Thicke and Carter had reportedly been at the Pickwick Ice skating rink in Burbank at the time.

Thicke was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada, the son of Shirley “Joan” Isobel Marie (née Greer), a nurse, and William Jeffery, a stockbroker. They divorced in 1953. His mother remarried to Brian Thicke, a physician, and they moved to Elliot Lake. Thicke hosted a Canadian game show on CFCF-TV in Montreal called First Impressions in the late 1970s[6] and the Saturday morning celebrity game show Animal Crack-Ups in the late 1980s. In 1997, he hosted a television version of the board game Pictionary. In the early 2000s, he hosted the All New 3’s a Crowd on the Game Show Network. Thicke had a successful career as a TV theme song composer, often collaborating with his then-wife Gloria Loring on these projects, which included the themes to the popular sitcoms Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life. Thicke played Jason Seaver, a psychiatrist and father, on the family sitcom Growing Pains. When the show began, Jason was moving his psychiatry practice into the home to be closer to the family’s children while the family matriarch Maggie, played by Joanna Kerns, resumed her career as a reporter. Growing Pains debuted on ABC in 1985 and ran until 1992.

Thicke was married three times: His first marriage, to Days of Our Lives actress Gloria Loring, lasted from 1970 until around 1984; they had two sons, Brennan and Robin. He started dating actress Kristy Swanson when she was 17 years old in 1986 and got engaged to her two years later when he was 42. He married his second wife, Miss World 1990 Gina Tolleson, on August 13, 1994, and had a son, Carter William Thicke, before their divorce was finalized on September 29, 1999. In 1999, he met Tanya Callau in Miami, where he was a celebrity host and she was a model. They were married from 2005 until his death.

Unboxing The TOS Era Romulan Bird Of Prey

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.

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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.

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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”

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After the Romulan-Klingon Alliance of 2268, the Bird-of-Prey was largely supplanted gold viagra 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.

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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.

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Well I hope you liked the photos. Unfortunately, I lost the video of the unboxing but will put up the closer look video soon.

4 For 4 In The DC Verse

OK, so who else is a fan of the DC universe in the television series? I find that I like the tv shows a bit more than the movies, though the Wonder Woman & Justice League movies coming up next year will surely balance the tip more towards the movie side of things. Though I did like Batman vs Superman to be honest, compared to Man Of Steel, it was waaay better. But for me the 4 tv shows – Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl & Legends Of Tomorrow – really are among my favourite shows to watch of all time. Though I feel that The Arrowverse is more what they are referred to as the movies aren’t connected to the series.

Which I think is a shame! Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl in particular are awesome casting with Legends also hitting the top marks in that department (but I shall mentioned a few things later). They have memorable characters and even if the plots and storylines seem more tv friendly they do have their darker moments as well. And this post is in particular as this coming week, starting Monday, we have a storyline that will span 4 days and the 4 shows in which the heroes will come together to fight an invading alien force. The story will start off with the ending moments of a Supergirl episode on Monday, move onto The Flash where the storyline takes off, then continue on the Arrow before concluding on Legends Of Tomorrow.

Invasion!” sees all of the main cast members for each series appear in at least their own series, with Melissa Benoist appearing as Supergirl across the entire crossover. Multiple actors and characters from previous Arrow seasons also return to reprise their roles in the Arrow episode, as it is the series’ 100th. All three episodes in The Flash, Arrow & Legends will be titled as “Invasion”. Things look very exciting indeed with an alternate timeline also in place in Arrow and something about a shocking secret related to Flashpoint is revealed and suddenly no one is sure who they can trust.

I am tempted to wait till Friday and watch them all back to back after I have downloaded them all. I guess I will wait and see.

RIP Ron Glass

Ron Glass, a prolific TV actor known for playing Ron Harris in the sitcom “Barney Miller” and Shepherd Derrial Book in “Firefly,” has died. He was 71. The actor’s rep confirmed the death to Variety, but had no further details regarding the cause or location. Glass was born in Evansville, Ind. and went on to study drama and literature at the University of Evansville. He began his career in Hollywood in episodes of “Sanford and Son,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “All in the Family” in the early ’70s.

In 1975 Glass found his breakout role in “Barney Miller,” set in an NYPD station. His character was a dapper and ambitious intellectual, obsessed with launching his career as a writer. The role earned Glass a Primetime Emmy nomination in 1982 in the supporting actor category. After “Barney Miller,” Glass would go on to star in 18 episodes of the 1982 “The Odd Couple” remake “The New Odd Couple” as well as making guest appearances on “The Twilight Zone,” “Family Matters” and “Murder, She Wrote,” among other shows. In the late 1999 he appeared on two episodes of “Friends” Ross Geller’s divorce lawyer, Russell.

The science fiction community knows him best as Shepherd. cheapest credit In 2002 Glass joined Joss Whedon’s cult favorite “Firefly,” playing a spiritual figure with a mysterious past. Glass would also reprise the role in the 2005 movie “Serenity.” He was also in an episode of “Star Trek Voyager”. Glass was still a regular face on American television as recently as 2014 when he appeared in an episode of “CSI.” That same year he appeared in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” as Dr. Streiten. Glass never married. He was a member of the Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization.

Unboxing The Klingon Augment Ship

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

RIP Robert Vaughan

Robert Francis Vaughn, an American actor noted for his stage, film and television work died on November 11th at the age of 83. His best-known TV roles include suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; wealthy detective Harry Rule in the 1970s series The Protectors; and formidable General Hunt Stockwell in the 5th season of the 1980s series The A-Team. In film, he portrayed quiet, skittish gunman Lee in The Magnificent Seven, Major Paul Krueger instant cash flow in The Bridge at Remagen, the voice of Proteus IV, the computer villain of Demon Seed, Walter Chalmers in Bullitt, Ross Webster in Superman III, and war veteran Chester A. Gwynn in The Young Philadelphians which earned him a 1960 Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

In more recent years I remember seeing him BASEketball (1998 ) and in an episode or two of Law & Order : SVU. Vaughn married actress Linda Staab in 1974. They appeared together in a 1973 episode of The Protectors, called “It Could Be Practically Anywhere on the Island”. They adopted two children, Cassidy (born 1976) and Caitlin (born 1981).[16] They resided in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

(November 22, 1932 – November 11, 2016)

Unboxing The Vulcan D’Kyr Type Ship *Star Trek Starships Collection*

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hope you liked the pics and now enjoy the unboxing video!

Unboxing The SS Intrepid *Star Trek Starships Collection*

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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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”

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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.

Unboxing The Klingon 22 Century Klingon Bird Of Prey

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.

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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.

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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.

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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”

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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.

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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.