AMT/Ertl kits 6619 (USS Enterprise-D) x 2, other kit pieces
Scale = 1/1400
Length = 53.2 cm
Width = 27.7 cm
Height = 7.4 cm
U.S.S. Mariner is a conjectural starship designed by my brother
and me as a transitional class between the Galaxy Class and
Intrepid Class. The model was built before Voyager's premiere.
All that existed for references were two photos. We liked what
we saw and asked ourselves what would lead Starfleet engineers
from the Enterprise-D to Voyager. The Pioneer Class is our
Decals are a mix of kit decals from the 1/1400 Enterprise-D and a set from Web Games.
This kit bashed model is constructed with parts from two 1/1400
AMT Galaxy Class models and a few parts from aircraft models.
The base color is Flat Gull Gray, phasers are Light Ghost Gray.
The main deflector dish is a custom flat dark red with copper
The warp grille is painted Mat Sky Blue with a Horizon Blue
overcoat. The Bussard collector and impulse engines are Gloss
Red, with the small grilles painted Zinc Chromate Yellow.
aft torpedo launchers are from the 1/532 AMT Reliant.
The area aft of the small shuttlebay between the impulse engines
is a piece cut from the
Enterprise-D main Shuttlebay.
The botanical garden at the rear of the saucer are two windows
from an aircraft kit painted Sky Blue.
The Bussard collectors are covered with a thin flap of styrene.
Putty was filled and sanded along the sides.
The black registry
on the underside of the nacelles and near the main shuttlebay
are decals from the AMT Runabout kit. The USS Mariner's registry
was chosen with those available numbers in mind, but as it was
designed prior to the Intrepid Class, it still had to
be lower than Voyager's registry of NCC-74656.
Ships of the
Pioneer Class are primarily named for Earth space probes.