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Polar Lights Models: Klingon K’t’inga test shots are coming!

posted by JamieH 4:49 PM
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

It is great to see all of the attention our new Star Trek: the Motion Picture 1:350 scale Klingon K’t’tinga model is getting. Folks have been oohing and ahhing over the photos of the new mockup we showed off at Wonderfest. Test shots are shipping and they should arrive by the weekend. I just wanted to share a small teaser and fill you in on what we’ll be sharing in the next couple weeks.

Jim Small is our go-to buildup guy. He is a consultant on virtually every sci-fi kit we put out. As usual, I am super-busy and Jim is willing to share his progress on the test shots and buildup as he works on it. So we will be posting his progress here and simultaneously (give or take a few minutes) on his Small Art Works Facebook page. He’ll get more in depth with it than I would be able to do anyway.

I might pop in to show photos of my test build. I also hope to squeeze in some time to discuss the color research we’ve done on the ship and share some of that… and maybe even get some help or feedback on finding some specific paint colors to match. More on that soon (hopefully).

But now… more of these…

And some of this! (from our friends at the factory) It is getting real, folks!

18 Responses to “Polar Lights Models: Klingon K’t’inga test shots are coming!”

  1. Andrew L. says:

    Oh man! I cannot wait for this! It is turning out soon good! I already have it pre-ordered along with the light kit. I will probably play the opening Klingon battle music while working on it!

  2. Todd Morton says:

    Holy Katinga!

    Look at that wonderful beast! You’ve done it again Jamie. I can’t say enough about how fantastic you guys at Round 2 are. Just sayin!

  3. George W Belknap says:

    She’s really coming together. I think I’m looking forward to this kit as much as I did the 1/350th TOS Enterprise. That one by the way was one of my Grail kits and it did not disappoint. The K’tinga looks like it will be as much fun to build. Can’t wait until this Fall.

  4. EjIMBo says:

    WOW!! That is looking FANTASTIC!!!

  5. Gene Davis says:

    Wehave a dedicated facebook group: Polar Lights 1:350th scale Klingon / K’Tinga / Kronos 1 ONLY tips n tricks –

  6. Michael Dudek says:

    Good to see it is coming along nicely. I’d like to see some details of the lighting kit too, before it ships. I’d imagine something its going to be similar to the 1/350 TOS Enterprise, that was engineered to the kit and as little actual electronics work as possible.

  7. Frank Wire says:

    I was already sold on this kit… This is welcome icing on the cake. The test shot from the factory looks great – not perfect, but REALLY nice.

    Really looking forward to the painting/color matching discussions!

    Jedi Dade

  8. Fleetyard says:

    I can’t wait…

    @ JamieH: Will there be a Qo’nos-One conversion kit?

  9. Robin says:

    How can I get in on this?

  10. Peter says:

    Question about making the molds: if R2 tells the factory to make a few minor changes, can they make changes on just the affected pieces and leave the rest of the tooling as is? Or do they make the minor changes in a CAD sort of file, and then “print” entirely new molds?

    • JamieH says:

      It is a bit of a case by case basis. Some adjustments can be made by working the tooling as it sits. If something major has to change, a portion or an entire surface area of a tool might get remade. When we say “tool”, we are really talking about an assembly of several parts that will stay together when loaded onto or unloaded from an injection machine. When a portion of a new tool needs to get remade, we are only remaking one portion of the tool. Sometimes some parts are engineered so that they are isolated to their own inserts so they can be swapped out of a tool.

      CAD machining generates the electrodes that are used to burn the tools, but the tools themselves might only get adjustments via CAD after they are finished. Modern molds are produced through the EDM process. Plug that term into a search engine or youtube to find a lesson in how our tools actually get made. The factories usually go through the step of adjusting their CAD work for our approval to demonstrate their understanding the degree of what needs to be changed regardless of the method they use to make the change.

  11. Don GAffney says:

    Well, guys, you def made up for the vaporware Galileo. This is my grail kit. This is the kit Ive been wanting you to do for years. Between this and Qonos 1 I will be happy (any news on that?). any idea of Qonos 1 will be a whole new kit or an ‘upgrade kit’ similar to what JT Graphics did for teh K’Tinga?

  12. Alan Hamby says:

    Round 2, I ask for one thing, like the “parts pack” you make to allow anyone to build the 1/350 TOS Enterprise into the Pilot, 2nd pilot or series ship. How about a Qonos 1 parts kit to convert the KTinga ship. I know the photoetched parts would be a lot of effort BUT you have done so well on all the rest that being able to build both ships to add to my Star Fleet ships would make the world a better place.
    Any chance of such a kit?

  13. Tom Rice says:

    I am in the process of building the Polar Lights Klingon Ktinga 1/350 scale battle cruiser.
    began by repainting using a Aztec Dummy masking kit, which worked great. I am now putting the sub assemblies together . I have encountered a problem connecting the neck to the main body. the locator pins align the neck correctly, but no amount of force
    (short of breaking the model) will make the parts close together. Has any one else encountered this problem. I have looked elsewhere in the net with no luck finding a solution.
    Tom Rice

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