U.S.S. Defiant & Monitor by Bones McCoy

03-01-2016: The starship in the picture above looks like the U.S.S. Defiant, but it’s not: it’s the U.S.S. Monitor, another retexture by Bones McCoy! ;o)

It’s based on the descriptions of the U.S.S. Monitor in the novels “The Return” and “Preserver” written by William Shatner.

In those novels, the U.S.S. Monitor is a modified Defiant-class starship with a dark, microdiffracted carbon coated hull for extra stealth, sent on a mission to destroy the Borg homeworld…

I haven’t read the novels myself, but I’ve always found the Defiant a very cool looking ship, and it looks great in its Monitor colours too:

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Like before, Bones allowed me to share his retextured parts for those that want to build this new version, you can get them from the U.S.S. Defiant download post again: link

14-11-2009: You may remember I posted Bones’ retexture of the U.S.S. Defiant NX-74205 a little while back? Well, here’s a picture of it, by Bones himself: picture

And here’s another one, of the bottom this time! You can see the extra details in the textures that Bones added, but because the parts have stayed the same, you can still use Bill Perry’s redraw instructions to build it!

Thank you for retexturing and building a Ninjatoes’ papercraft model!

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Enterprise-D by Link

29-05-2014: This papercraft Enterprise-D in front of the neat “Star Trek: The Next Generation” background was built by Link Talbain as a gift for his mother, who is a big fan of the series! (if only all moms were that cool…!)

The paper model is quite tricky to build I think, because many of the parts are very small and thin: it took Link almost a month, and he says it literally made him sweat sometimes, but he feels very happy with the results. ;o)

As an extra finishing touch, Link painted the display stand gold, so it really looks like a real Star Trek logo (and because his papercraft Enterprise-D deserves it of course!)

He also made a several more pictures of the details of his papercraft Enterprise-D, but you can only see them if you’re his Facebook Friend (and believe me, they look just as good too!): Link’s Facebook Profile

Thank you for building a Ninjatoes’ papercraft model!

U.S.S. Defiant with LED lights by Shy

06-01-2014: The picture above shows a papercraft U.S.S. Defiant, built by Shy from one of the repainted versions that Bill Perry and Bones McCoy made from my original hand-drawn and water-coloured version.

But this one picture doesn’t tell the whole story: Shy built over a hundred paper models already, and despite having some problems buildings it, he wanted to make his papercraft U.S.S. Defiant light up with LED lights! ;o)

Have a look at these pictures with all the papercraft parts laid out, and the wiring for the LED lights:
picture 2 | picture 3 | picture 4picture 5 | picture 6

And here are a few more pictures with the lights activated in the end:
picture 7 | picture 8 | picture 9

The switch for the lights is on the stand that Shy made for his papercraft U.S.S. Defiant, here’s a link to the video he sent me showing me how it works: http://youtu.be/3hOt-E7T0ig

It looks really marvellous, don’t you think so too? ;o)

07-01-2014: Shy sent me some more pictures of the first “real” papercraft project he used LED lights in, a little diorama of a Battlestar Galactica Re-imagined Cylon Raider and Viper Mark II (from “Jay’s Box of Sci-Fi CardToys” I think?): picture 1

He made it as a birthday gift for his brother, with a light-up Battlestar Galactica logo in the middle of the styrofoam base, and of course, the little spaceships themselves have some LED lights too:
picture 2 | picture 3

The engines are illuminated (which caused a little bit of a problem because Shy couldn’t find any purple LED lights for the engines of the Cylon Raider; so instead, he used blue LED lights covered in red cellophane ;o) and of course the red “eye” of the Cylon Raider: video ! ;o)

Surprisingly, Shy didn’t think the trickiest part was building the paper models or all that soldering, but masking the interior of the paper models (with black tape and paint) so the light would only shine out where he wanted to:
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There are some things he learned to do a little bit differently on his newer models though, like that he doesn’t have to use cellophane, because the LED lights are bright enough to shine through the paper parts themselves, and he doesn’t have to use such thick wires:
picture 6

And a real learning experience was not to use too many batteries…! ;o)

Because although normally, the more lights you want to use, the more battery power you need, he found out the hard way that you do need to be careful not to use *too* much power…

Most of the LED lights he used needed 3.3 Volts to work, and 2 AAA batteries only have 3 Volts; but he used a 4-pack of them, which gives 6 Volts, and many of his LED lights burned out, so he had to replace them and solder in new ones from the inside which was very difficult… :o(

So he used resistors to lower the voltage, and he grouped together the blue lights and the red lights in parallel circuits (because they use different Voltages) so he can light up the whole spaceships! ;o)

So this was Shy’s first papercraft project incorporating LED lights, but as I said before, he already built many other papercraft models as well; if you want to see some of them, you can do so on his Behance portfolio: link ! ;o)

Thank you for building a Ninjatoes’ (and other peoples’! ;o) papercraft model!

Star Trek runabout, Star Wars TIE-fighter and TIE-interceptor re-vamps and Battlestar Galactica Viper Mk.II and Cylon Raider by Loenf

18-04-2013: Did you know that Loenf likes science-fiction movies and series? Well, maybe all the papercraft models he likes to build should have been a clue! ;o)

This time Loenf built the Star Trek Deep Space Nine runabout, more specifically, the repainted version from Paul McCool!

My originally model was drawn by hand and coloured with aquarel, and it was huge! ;o) Although the repainted version is the same size, Loenf printed it at half that size to make a smaller, 260 mm version: picture 2 | picture 3

And with all his experience as a modeller, Loenf also made a very neat technological looking display stand that really suits the model: picture 4 | picture 5

So yeah, what more to say? It’s a great job by both Paul McCool and Loenf! ;o)

30-11-2012: Here’s a surprise for you! (or maybe not so much, if you have been following Loenf’s papercrafting threads on Papermodelers.com: thread 1 | thread 2 ;o)

Loenf had already re-vamped and built my papercraft Star Wars TIE-fighter a little while ago, and he had promised to tidy up the templates he used and share them with the rest of us, but he also made a TIE-interceptor version: picture 1 !

Re-using the modular command pod and wing pylons and making two new wings, the result is really good I think: picture 2 | picture 3 ! ;o)

The TIE-interceptor is an updated version of the TIE-fighter, with more fire power, greater speed and higher maneuverability thanks to the dagger-like wings that also give it its extra menacing look…

Loenf put a lot of work into re-vamping my original, papercraft hand drawn TIE-fighter model and he did a great job so I’m sure you’ll like it! ;o)

The biggest difference in Loenf’s re-vamped models is in the wings, but he also simplified the cockpit interior a bit, and instead of making a movable top hatch, he made it so that you can simply glue it down.

Loenf didn’t re-draw all the glueing tabs, so don’t forget to cut your own! (or create your own method to join the parts together ;o)

You can get the parts and instructions to build Loenf’s re-vamped TIE-fighter and TIE-interceptor directly from my papercraft webpage in my original TIE-fighter post here: link

And Loenf also plans to upload the files to the Papermodelers.com and Zealot forums: link and link

(you need to be a member there to access the download sections on those forums, though!)

If you do decide to build it, Loenf would love to see the result! ;o)

Have fun building!

03-11-2012: If you already saw Loenf’s work on my papercraft Battlestar Galactica Viper Mark 2 and Cylon Raider, you will not be surprised with the great work he did on my papercraft Star Wars TIE-fighter too: picture

Unlike my Battlestar Galactica models though, the parts for my papercraft Star Wars TIE-fighter were all drawn by hand and coloured using aquarel.

But because Loenf wanted it to have a computer-made look, he did a lot of work re-drawing and re-painting all the parts on the computer first!

He also modified the wings a bit, making them a little thinner, and reinforcing them with some corrugated cardboard to increase their stiffness.

Not surprisingly, he did a great job, as you can see for yourself: picture 2 | picture 3

Loenf’s has also uploaded some more pictures of his re-drawn TIE-fighter (and lots more great papercraft models he built!) to his Loenforama site: link

Loenf also posted his re-drawn TIE-fighter pictures in the Paper Modelers forum: link (you need to be a member there to see the attached pictures, though)

29-01-2011: After his fantastic build of my Battlestar Galactica Viper Mk.2 model, Loenf now also made the Cylon Raider: picture 1

Here’s another picture of the two together: picture 2

He found the wings a little bit difficult to build, he says, but I think they look great now, and here are some more pictures to prove it! ;o)
picture 3 | picture 4 | picture 5

Update: if you want to see more pictures of Loenf’s Viper Mk.2 and Cylon Raider, you can visit his Loenforama website, with several more papercraft dioramas from series like Aliens, Star Trek, Star Wars and more!

14-01-2011: It’s his first build of this year, he says, but I’m sure Loenf has built “a few” paper models before…! ;o)

His Battlestar Galactica Viper Mk.II build looks simply amazing! Here are some pictures: picture 1picture 2

It was done by Loenf, and not only did he a fantastic job building it, he also modified the cockpit so you can look inside!

He used transparant foil for the canopy, and built the cockpit interior himself completely from scratch!

Here are some close-ups of the cockpit and engines:
picture 3 | picture 4

You can read a bit more about his modifications on PaperModelers.com, but you can’t view the pictures there unless you are a member, unfortunately…

Thank you for building a Ninjatoes’ papercraft model!

Star Trek U.S.S. Voyager by PinkieDraw

20-09-2012: A fellow Star Trek: Voyager fan from the Netherlands built my hand drawn papercraft U.S.S. Voyager starship!

I think PinkieDraw did a great job, but that’s not so surprising for such a creative person: just take a look at the drawings that she made in her DeviantArt gallery: link

Thank you for building a Ninjatoes’ papercraft model!

Star Trek runabout repaint by Neil

22-08-2012: The Star Trek runabout that Neil built, is actually the repainted version that Paragon made from my original, hand drawn one.

But Neil went even a little bit further than that: the runabouts are kind of the workhorses in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and one of their features was that they could swap out the middle-section of the ship, so that they could always bring the right tools for the job (although I don’t remember if they ever really used that feature on the show?)

Neil wanted to recreate that feature in the paper model, and he used magnets to do so! Unfortunately, the magnets that Neil used were just a little bit too weak, so only the cockpit is removable on his build.

But I think the idea is solid and with stronger magnets, it should work great! ;o)

For more pictures and to see how he did it, you can check out the post on his own weblog here: link

And if you want to see some of Neil’s other Star Trek posts and papercraft models he built, you can use this link: link

Thank you for building a (repainted ;o) Ninjatoes’ papercraft model!

Star Trek Deep Space Nine “Rubicon” runabout by Paul McCool

22-06-2012: What started as a digital repaint of my Star Trek Danube-class runabout, quickly became a big project with Paul not only repainting the parts, but also tweaking them to get the model exactly the way he wanted: picture

Some parts even took him several tries to get them *just* right (picture) and what’s more, he included markings for 14 (!) different versions! But there’s so much to tell about this repaint, you should really visit Paul’s Rosco Files weblog to read all about it: link

Parts and instructions to build your own repainted version are available here (together with my original hand drawn version) and on Paul’s own weblog here.

Have fun building! ;o)

17-11-2011: Paul McCool built my Star Trek Danube-class runabout “Rubicon” (picture) for a reason.

If you visited my papercraft Star Trek page, you might recognize his name: he repainted my Type-10 shuttlecraft “Chaffee” before, and now he is doing the same for my “Rubicon”!

As you can see, he built my original version first, and was surprised (shocked? ;o) to see how big it was (apparantly, it’s almost as big as the studio model! ;o)

And he’s not just repainting it, he’s doing a lot more than that! You can read up on it on his own weblog, The Rosco Files: link

It’s not quite done yet, but if while you wait you want to get an idea of what you can expect, have a look at the “Chaffee”: link

Stay tuned! ;o)

Thank you for building (and repainting ;o) a Ninjatoes’ papercraft model!