The USS Grissom was designed and built for Star Trek II by
Industrial Light and Magic. The producers of the movie had requested a ship
that the audience could clearly recognize as different than the
Enterprise. The model also appeared in several later movies, as well
as The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.
This model was meant to be a quick project. As perfectionism prevailed,
it quickly turned into a large undertaking. The model is the Sci-Fi
Spaceship Miniatures Survey Class Vessel, an 11"-long vacuum-formed kit. The
details, including the warp engine grilles, the impulse deck, and the aft
sensor array were scratchbuilt. It is lit with LEDs, a total of 15. The
paint is Testor's Acryl, airbrushed. Decals were purchased from JTGraphics.
The panel lines were drawn on with 4H lead in a 2mm technical pencil. There
is light weathering applied to the model by way of chalk dust.
The model was difficult to build, and accurizing and scratchbuilding the
details was tedious. The project took a total of fifteen months of fairly
constant work to complete.
Awards: CAPCON2007 2nd Place Science Fiction: Major Conversions,
Scratchbuilt, and Vac-U-Forms.
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