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Personal logo Bravo Six Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2019 6:48 p.m. PST

I'm working on some of the excellent 1/7000 scale minis from Arbron Imagineering on Shapeways and I'm going for a darker grey, Kelvin timeline look on all my Fed ships. Something about Kirk's designs just "scream" that color scheme to me. From my observations from both the Kelvin timeline ships and the new stuff from ST Discovery, the nacelle glows all seem to be blue now. I guess gone are the days of the old TOS orange glow? Actually in hindsight, everything seems to glow blue these days.

Any thoughts?

StarCruiser13 Aug 2019 9:04 p.m. PST

Yes – depressing, isn't it?

Since almost all movies and TV shows seem to have a blueish tint, I guess they all decided to "go with the flow" (mindlessly, as always).

Stryderg13 Aug 2019 9:12 p.m. PST

Paint it whatever color you desire. The only people that will see it will be the spaceships behind you.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2019 9:57 a.m. PST

I blame Cherenkov…


Lion in the Stars14 Aug 2019 10:38 a.m. PST

As for painting the glow, start by painting it white. Then use fluorescent paints for the glow color. Fluorescent paints are very thin and don't cover well, but that's fine because you want the white to show through.

Try Vallejo Model Air fluorescent paints.

Personal logo Bravo Six Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2019 7:40 p.m. PST

Thanks gents. Much appreciated.

Fergo11314 Aug 2019 9:23 p.m. PST

When I first started collecting Star Trek mini's for ACTA Star Fleet I looked around the interwebs to see how others painted their Nacelle glow and didn't see any blue then. I wanted my ships to look distinctive on the table and so chose to paint the necelle's blue (plus it looked cool).

Anyway, that was years before the Bad Robot movies and so I claim copyright! :)

Kirk Alderfer29 Aug 2019 1:18 p.m. PST

"I'm working on some of the excellent 1/7000 scale minis from Arbron Imagineering on Shapeways and I'm going for a darker grey, "


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