Romulan Warbird from Star Trek: The Next Generation by Martin Schultz

Romulan Warbird from Star Trek: The Next Generation.  AMT Kit, 1/3200 scale.

This is one of the three ships from the AMT Star Trek 3 piece Adversary Set.   I started this kit soon after it came out something like 20 years ago.   The fit and finish of this kit was so bad it ended up back on the shelf  for 16 years until I finally made the push to get it done in 2008.  Built out of the box with lots of airbrushed effects, weathering and more windows than I can count.

The windows were drilled out and filled with black or yellow oil paint to look dark or illuminated.

The feather patterns were masked and painted with lighter and darker shades of the base color based on hints from the video How to Build Science Fiction Models from Video Workbench (  The interior surfaces were done before the top and bottom were put together since they are impossible to get to after assembly is complete.  There is now a set of decals to do the feather pattern available from the Starship Modeler website (  ).  Weathering was done with oil paints.

The copper radiators were an idea I got from a photo of the DS9 Romulan shuttle that was posted on the drexfiles site ( They were painted with Testor’s Burnt Iron metalizer and highlighted by dry brushing with copper oil paint.

The engines were painted Transparent blue and then backed with bare metal foil.  In this photo they look illuminated due to the fill flash angle.

This model won a Bronze award and Best Out-Of-The-Box award at Wonderfest in 2008 and a Premiere award at the 2009 IPMS National Convention.  Thanks go out to KSM club member Jim Fox for these photos.   Here is a link to the in progress photos

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  1. Martin says:

    I don’t recall what size I used offhand.  It may have been a #80.  

  2. Stephen North says:

    Hi, really like the look of the build. I’ve got a ‘bird to build myself, and was wondering what drill bit size you used for the windows? (hope you don’t mind, but I was inspired to do something similar in terms of windows and radiators for my build? Thanks

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