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Old Jan 31, 2013, 03:35 PM
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USS Enterprise B build

A friend of mine and I had talked about building a larger version of his first model based on the Paul Bradley plans made in 2009. I did this video on John's first flight and William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk, himself discovered the video and tweeted about it. Me and Shat are tight now.

Star Trek Enterprise RC plane (2 min 0 sec)


What we did was blow up the plans by 50% so the saucer section is 30 inches and total length is in the 4ft range. We are using a combination of 3 and 6 mm depron. But of course I didn't want to build the A model like John's so I did some research and decided to build the B model which appeared in the Star Trek Generations movie. I have never read about anybody building one. Built from the blown up plans on both Enterprises the saucer section and warp nacelles are the same but after that I started to do some freelancing to make it look close to the B. For power we are both using motors around 1300 kv, 40 amp esc's and 2200 mAh lipos.

I've built lots of planes and like to show up at the field with unusual stuff. I guess you could call this a plane but I prefer star ship. When my non-flying friends come to visit, they get a good laugh seeing what I'm building so it should be a fun build. I'll update this build log with images from the build. The goal is to have it leave space dock sometime in the spring when it warms up here in Wisconsin and we have nice soft areas to land on.

Oh, I almost forgot. The reason I've had more time to build is that I am in between opportunities looking for my next marketing gig so if you know anybody who is looking here around the Milwaukee area, here is the link to my Linkedin profile.
www.linkedin.com/in/danielpaulg/
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 06:44 PM
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USS Enterprise B build

For those of you who are not the hard core trekkers I have attached an image of the A model and one of the B model. As you can see pretty much everything aft of the saucer section is different on the B model.
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 10:29 PM
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Sounds like a cool project Paul. The B would lend itself well to a flat plate style of build pretty well. Have you seen my designs for the A and D... and a few other Spacecraft...

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=78981

I will be following your progress. If you need any advice I am always available.

Good Luck!
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Old Feb 01, 2013, 10:38 AM
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USS Enterprise B build

I love your stuff! Very affordable, looks like easy builds, and most important, they fly well. I have kept most of the templates that I had to make for the B build so maybe there's a kit deal to be made
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Old Feb 01, 2013, 11:10 AM
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B model is based on the Excelsior battleship class first seen in Wrath of Kahn. Very sleek, flat, shape that lends itseld to aerodynamics much better than any of the others except maybe C. It's not obvious from the artwork, but the saucer is totally different as well-- much flatter, and more of a rounded disk than a squared-off saucer. Also better for flying. (-:

C model is similar to B in a lot of ways, but has a larger saucer and better storyline behind it.

(I always like to be familiar with the history or story behind my "scale" models!)
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Old Feb 01, 2013, 10:28 PM
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If you really want to screw with people try this one.
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 08:05 AM
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If you really want to screw with people try this one.
I have found that there are not that many people that are Star Trek (or Star Wars, BSG, etc) Geeks AND RC modelers.

Most of my designs have very few people that have built them. Something obscure like a non-primary Starfleet ship would probably have Zero people that build it. I love that stuff though.

There are quite a few ships that i have "Almost" built that i doubt anyone even know about.

For instance i am eventually going to take another crack at the Defiant. I built and tested one a couple years ago but i had issues with stability. That one has always been my absolute favorite Star Trek ship even though DS9 was my least favorite ST Series.
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 08:37 AM
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[QUOTE=SGTalon;24009384]I have found that there are not that many people that are Star Trek (or Star Wars, BSG, etc) Geeks AND RC modelers.

Most of my designs have very few people that have built them. Something obscure like a non-primary Starfleet ship would probably have Zero people that build it. I love that stuff though.



I really like your stuff and will build a couple soon. I have enjoyed following your builds,
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 02:12 PM
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B model is based on the Excelsior battleship class first seen in Wrath of Kahn. Very sleek, flat, shape that lends itseld to aerodynamics much better than any of the others except maybe C. It's not obvious from the artwork, but the saucer is totally different as well-- much flatter, and more of a rounded disk than a squared-off saucer. Also better for flying. (-:

C model is similar to B in a lot of ways, but has a larger saucer and better storyline behind it.

(I always like to be familiar with the history or story behind my "scale" models!)
Boy not remembering seeing it in that movie. Just consider this one that I'm building B-ish
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 03:00 PM
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OK, so here's what I ended up buying for the build:

2 4x8 sheets of 6 mm depron to be used on the formers of the saucer section, engineering section and warp engines along with the supports.

1 4x8 sheet of 3 mm depron used for the outside skin of the saucer section and engineering section.

Lots of carbon fiber! 3 1/8th inch diameter 36 inch length to be used in supporting the saucer section. I also bought some 1/8th inch flat carbon fiber to strengthen the top of the engineering section and the supports for the warp nacelles.

1/8th inch ply to be used as the main frame. I had some laying around.

Spray 77

Foam safe CA glue

2 micro servos. Can't remember the exact specs but I had them left over from one of my planes which is no longer with me (not because of the servos) and much larger than the Enterprise.

Dynam Sonic 185 Outrunner Brushless Motor (1280kv) I chose this because I bought it by mistake and it should have enough juice to get the Enterprise flying.

45 amp ESC.

9x5 APC prop. This might change before the first flight.

2200 mah 3s lipo battery(s)

Felt tip marker to be used to outline the saucer section.

Blue and silver vinyl to trim the rest of the ship.

Pictures coming soon
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 03:16 PM
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Well duh Forgot one of the coolest things I'm doing, adding lots of lights. I'll have a list of what I got. Most of it was from Hobby King. Now there's a surprise
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 03:19 PM
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If you really want to screw with people try this one.
I like that model but unless you are really into Trek you wouldn't have heard of it since it was in only one episode of Next Gen. Looks really cool.
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 05:00 PM
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So it'd be a conversation starter You could tell them about the difference between the Probert Ambassador class and the lame model built for the show.
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 09:55 PM
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How big are you making this ship? 4x8 sheets of foam and a 45 amp esc? Sounds like it is going to be VERY big!
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Old Feb 03, 2013, 02:12 PM
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It will be. The saucer section is about 30 inched in diameter and when I measure front to back it comes to about 4 ft. It will fit in the back of my Pacifica but there won't be a lot of room for other planes.
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