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Star Trek Model Kits: Interviews and Artwork with Trek Visionaries

posted by JamieH 11:43 AM
Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bob and I really value the input of the behind the scenes designers and craftsmen that had their hands in the creation of some of the best sci-fi out there. We’ve taken the initiative to contact people here and there that we feel would give some good insight into the subjects we are releasing as model kits. We think it is a good way to really give more content to our website to keep people check back once in awhile.

Bob recently interviewed Ryan Church, the designer behind the new movie Enterprise. We’ve also contracted him to do a box cover illustration for the kit when it gets released. Regardless of which side of the fence you fall on in the great debate over the ship, I think the interview does a good job of showing what went into the design and Ryan’s approved concept sketch seemed to capture more of what fans thought was missing.

It was my honor recently to interview Andrew Probert. It was kind of difficult for me because I can get star struck at times. I had to buck up and come up with some good questions and not sound like a newb. I’ve been exposed to Star trek my whole life. I knew the characters and the ships but not the names behind the effects and I knew a lot of the readers would probably be more “in the know” than I was. I did a little research by reading a couple other interviews with him and decided to focus on subjects we have coming out. I felt that approach might gain some new insight that modelers would find helpful as they sit down to capture some of the magic of the filming models. Andrew was very gracious and answered everything I threw at him. The interview can be found in the “articles” section of our website. I hope everyone enjoys it. Feel free to comment here to discuss it.

A little while after the interview, we came to the realization that the artist we had planned for our new box cover (me) seemed way too busy to get the art done in time. I had really been looking forward to painting the ship but I saw no gap in my schedule to do it in. While researching the green-cast strongbacks for our new 1/1000 Enterprise Refit, we were shown a section of an image by Andrew. It struck me that the image was a great angle of the ship and as usual was an awesome rendering. We would just need the ship itself, as the licensor requires us to use a certain background anyway. I offered up the idea to Bob that if I couldn’t find the time, maybe we should see if we could gain the rights to use that as our box art. I’ll tell you that at the time, I was BUSY (heck I’m still just as busy or more so) but I would have made the time (slept less) to paint the ship for the box. Opportunities like that only come along once in several life times. At the time though, I just figured if I couldn’t paint it, having a Probert illustration is actually better for everyone as more people know him than me obviously and I would still get my beauty rest. So we contacted Andrew and we agreed on terms to use the Refit image as seen in his print, “Past Reflections” (which is available on his website).

And the crowd went wild while I shed a tear as my opportunity to paint my favorite Enterprise for commercial use passed me by.

5 Responses to “Star Trek Model Kits: Interviews and Artwork with Trek Visionaries”

  1. crikerat says:

    I’m sure you’ll get another opportunity as you’ve done great work on other kits. But Probert’s image is stunning. It takes me back to when I built models as a kid and would cut out the box covers and make them posters on my wall.

    Great kit releases by the way. It’s going to be an exciting 2010.

  2. crowe-t says:

    I think it’s great that Andrew Probert’s image will appear on the box cover. When I was a kid I would cut out the box covers and put them in picture frames. If I can just get my wife to let me hang the 1/1000 Refit Enterprise’s box cover in the living room…

    Having Ryan Church do the box cover illustration for the new movie Enterprise makes sense. These box covers are now as nice as the kits themselves.

    I plan on building one of the new movie Enterprise kits as it appears in Ryan’s original concept drawing with the amber colored bussards and smoother hull. I still feel this is how the ship should have appeared in the film.

  3. eimb1999 says:

    Fabulous interviews with both Church and Probert. Obviously a no-brainer to incluide their original art on the box covers since they are the original designers. Nothing like getting things directly from the source, as it were.

    Jamie, I hope we all can get to see your painting of the Enterprise maybe in some other format somewhere… like maybe as a bonus poster in a future release? It’s always nice to see fresh art!

  4. Dry Dock says:

    That was a good Andrew Probert interview!
    Have you thought about models of the Travel Pod and the Work Bee also the Cargo-Train. This would go with Andrew Probert designs of the models in TMP.


  5. Alpha-8 says:

    Mr. Probert’s prototype Ambassador would be awesome. It would be interesting to see the pin-striping to the Enterprise he envisioned be included in the 1/1000 as optional decals.

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