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Gulik2304 Oct 2016 8:17 a.m. PST

Here's my kit bashed/scratch built TOS-style Miranda class cruiser for Federation Commander. It's made from an ADB command saucer, nacelles from a Zocchi heavy cruiser, plasticard and greenstuff.

Brian Smaller04 Oct 2016 12:22 p.m. PST

Nice work.

Dynaman878904 Oct 2016 12:47 p.m. PST


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dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2016 4:23 p.m. PST

I agree WOW!!!

Home made decal?

Gulik2304 Oct 2016 4:31 p.m. PST

Thanks! The decals are from eBay, I forget where, but it's a ST movie- based decal set.

MacrossMartin04 Oct 2016 6:06 p.m. PST

Very neat! I've seen a lot of larger-scale TOS Mirandas that try too hard to be original, and thus lose a lot of the Miranda's shape. Yours is simple and elegant.

Do you run her with 'mega phasers' and four launchers in the torp pod?

JCBJCB04 Oct 2016 8:15 p.m. PST

Holy Toledo. That's incredible.

TheBeast05 Oct 2016 5:45 a.m. PST

Sorry, is it too late for me to say… WOW!

The saucer is metal?


Gulik2305 Oct 2016 10:19 a.m. PST

TheBeast--Thanks! and yes, the saucer is metal.
MM--she also has an offensive self-destruct feature! Usually I just run her as a light cruiser or heavy cruiser, or command cruiser--really, whatever will get her on the table.

trynda170105 Oct 2016 11:15 a.m. PST

Very nice indeed.

Like MacrossMartin said, you kept the basic design of the "Reliant" from Wrath of Khan, with simpler TOS design details.

Like you said MacrossMartin, when folk try and give their own interpretation of what a TOS Miranda class would look like, you get the "Copernicus" from the Star Trek: New Voyages fan film. It's a variation on the original Miranda design and a very nice vessel in its own right, but the upper hull becoming a torpedo pod in Wrath of Khan says to me the "Reliant" is not a refit of the "Copernicus" design.

Gulik23, one of the best TOS Mirandas I've seen. Plus, amazing mini kitbashing skills to boot! :)

Gulik2305 Oct 2016 12:37 p.m. PST

Thanks so much. One feature that defined the Reliant to me was the angled nacelle pylons, which many TOS-Miranda style ships are missing. To me they really give it that "hot rod" feel of the original Reliant.
Other than that I used various minis (an original (but sadly incomplete) FASA Reliant, one from Micromachines and one from Attack Wing) as a guide for size and proportionality, and generally tried to simplify the lines as best I could.

MacrossMartin05 Oct 2016 7:00 p.m. PST

'Offensive self-destruct feature'… I best they don't tell that to the crews before they sign up! :D

I rather like the pod on the Copernicus, trynda1701; reminds me of a hand phaser, and at least it addresses the question of where the navigational deflector goes. (It's a Doug Drexler design, too, and I have a lot of time for the talented Mr. Drexler.)

Mind you, I didn't like the sharp angle at which the rear of Copernicus' hull's corners are cut; looks rather like someone took a bandsaw to them!

I'm likely to have a go at a TOS Miranda myself, as part of my 3D experiments. When I do, I think people will compare my work to Gulik's benchmark-setting build!

trynda170106 Oct 2016 11:43 a.m. PST

Oh, don't get me wrong, MacrossMartin, I love the Copernicus design as well, to me it's just not the TOS class that gets refit into the Reliant/Miranda class! :)

Gulik23s' take however, that's more like it. As he said, take the basic "Reliant" design, and simplfy the details. Simple and elegant, like you said, MacrossMartin.

Again, Gulik23, nice work, Sir! :)

John Treadaway14 Oct 2016 1:24 p.m. PST

Nice work.

John T

Louie N14 Oct 2016 4:30 p.m. PST

Well done

Part time gamer02 Dec 2017 1:00 a.m. PST

Ok Im late dont care, its too cool not too.
Amazing! Like many, always loved the Miranda.

Man I'd love to read a 'step-by-step' write up on this. As for the 'roll bar', you mentioned an old FASA Reliant.
If Im not mistaken, I have one of those somewhere, IIRC the 'cross-beam' that supported the torpedo pod, ran straight across the aft section of the ship.
Im curious now, have to go see if I can find that mini.

Cpl final thoughts:
Ive always thought Saratoga light cruiser was another simple but sweet design (the Miranda w/out the 'rollbar')
And adding the pic of *your Miranda and the Fed Battlecruiser in the background. Touche'! Nice touch.

Gulik2307 Dec 2017 8:15 a.m. PST

Thanks! Not sure how many pics I have for a step by step but I'll see what I can post.

stumer07 Dec 2017 10:10 a.m. PST

…Or you might just get one of these?


Mutant Q09 Dec 2017 12:37 a.m. PST

I would think you'd want to get the nacelles from a Zocchi Federation Tug, but you did an excellent job.

Part time gamer14 Jan 2018 12:38 a.m. PST

Mutant Q
I would think you'd want to get the nacelles from a Zocchi Federation Tug, but you did an excellent job.
on that note;
Ive found that the Zocchi tug, to be Great ships for doing some customizing of my own.
Starting w that, I 'shaved down' the connecting boom that would be used to connect the container sections. I used this as my connecting point for the mounting stand.
Next I attached the nacelles to the underside of the 'tugs' saucer section.
To make the ship look a bit stronger less fragile, I attached a piece of wood about 1/3 from the end of the warp eng's., connecting the 2.

This of course was my own design, inspired by an old Reliant mini I have.
I call this a "Goddess class" light cruiser. Of course w less 'ship' (superstructure) it cant take the same damage as a Miranda Research or Saratoga class combat light cruiser.
I so wish I had the steady hand to make the Miranda hull from the tug.

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