Scale = ~1/200
Length = 41.2 cm
Width = 34.8 cm
Height = 7.4 cm
hand made model of the Romulan Scout ship featured in the TNG
episode, "The Defector" is over 16 inches long. This
model cost almost nothing to make; the majority of it is sheet
plastic, and most of that was old signage from a retail store I
used to work at. In fact, if I were to rip open the wing panels
even now, there would be sale information printed on the
The Warp engines and the upper cockpit area are the only custom
cast resin on the model. detailing was scribed with the back of
an Exacto-knife. There were no kit pieces used in the making of
The model was built in just under a month.
plans were made from an old Starlog Star Trek Magazine article
which published a side and top view of the ship. The bottom paneling
was adapted from the small Romulan Scout Micro-Machine
The cockpit area was sculpted out of Play Doh and allowed to
dry. One half of one Warp engine (as right and left halves) was
carved out of wood on a belt sander. Ribbed Evergreen plastic was cut to the
shape of the warp grille.
A rubber mould was made of the cockpit and warp nacelle parts. A
fiberglass resin cast was made of the cockpit and four casts
were made for the nacelles. The nacelle halves to be attached to
the wings were Dremeled larger to allow the wing shape to fit
into the engine.
The basecoat is Testors Matte Beret Green. The airbrushed
weathering was done with Pale Green. The cockpit 'light' is
painted with Testors Fluorescent Saturn Yellow and the nacelle
caps and grilles were painted with fluorescent Signal Green.
The cockpit window is Microscale's Krystal Klear.
Battle damage was simulated with the Dremel tool and painted
Flat Black and Steel.
This model was my contribution to the MSFM 'Shoebox' Contest.
Romulan Scout model was awarded a theme award for best
scratchbuild at the 'Maritime Modelers Meet' Show and Contest
for 2001. The award is a wooden plaque.
(As a coincidence, the people at MMM used photos of a
scratchbuild winner of previous years on their plaques, in this
case, MSFM's own Ian R.!)