U.S.S. Defiant NX-74205 Defiant Class


Model by Stephen L.


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AMT/Ertl kit 8255 (USS Defiant)

Model Specifications:
Scale = 1/305
Length = 39.3 cm
Width = 28 cm
Height = 5.8 cm

This is the prototype vessel for the heavily-armored and heavily-armed warship designed to engage Borg threats to the Federation. It was designed and constructed at Mars' Utopia Planitia Yards under the supervision of Lt. Cdr. Benjamin Sisko.

This kit was built with no modifications.

The airbrushed paint job was almost entirely masked with MicroScale's Micro Mask liquid. It gave very clean and thin edges. As the Defiant kit had no scored deflector lines, this was a very helpful masking method.
The hull basecoat is Model Master Light Ghost Gray. Other major hull colors are Dark Ghost Gray, Medium Gray, Intermediate Blue and Sand. The nacelle grilles and navigational deflector are Mat Sky Blue with a coat of Horizon Blue. The impulse engines and Bussard collectors are painted fluorescent Fire Red.

The red striping is all from the Defiant decal sheet but in some areas they were cut to more closely match the filming miniature.
The yellow RCS thrusters are decals cut from a large yellow marking from a truck model kit.

The underside white windows were Dremeled to round shapes to correct the notches molded into the kit.
The second starship Defiant was constructed in Mars orbit under Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Sisko and officially launched from the Antares Ship yards.

Photos and artwork by Stephen L.