Today, Round 2 Models announced that a Star Trek 1:350 K’t’inga model kit will be released. The ship is based on the one shown in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
“We have been working with Charles Adams for well over a year now on this project,” said Round 2 Models in their announcement. “He has supplied the CAD model for the basis of the ship. Steve Neisen is also consulting on the add-on model kit bits that were used on the original filming miniature. Jim Small is also involved in the development and will be building our publicity model. I have been discussing with Charles the possibility of writing some guest blog entries about the ship to share some of his years-long research into the model.
“The photos show the mock-up (prototype) of the kit and it needs a little bit of explaining. The factory has been working over Charles’ CAD work and adding details that he would have supplied as model kit parts on his own studio scale model. We sent kit parts to the factory to scan. In some instances they used scans and in some cases, they tried to rebuild them from measurements. In some cases you can’t tell the difference. In some cases you can. Our partner factory in China recently took their annual holiday for Chinese New Year and did their best to get the mock-up to us before leaving for their break. They were up against the ship date with some details needing adjustment and with minimal engineering to fit the parts properly together. No locator pins, etc. This was a freshly printed rapid prototype and they had no time to test fit or make adjustments, so I’ve been doing my best to cobble it together. have no fear of gaps and obvious glue bombs. All will be revised well before production.”
The model kit will cost “around $100,” and Round Two Models plans to put out a light kit for it. If all goes well, the model kit will make its debut in September.
For Klingon fans wondering about a Klingon Kronos One version from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, plans for that are in the works, provided that sales of this model go well.
For more information, head to the link located here. Note that the photos are prototypes only.