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I am in the process of scratch building a Tholian ship from TOS Trek. A few years ago I did the shuttlecraft Galileo with the engine effect similar to the Enterprise (I know it's not accurate but looks great). Also I have done the Aurora from the episode "Way to Eden" and the Tholian ship which I'm finishing up now.


 

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Here is a video I took when I was finishing the thing up. This will give you some idea of the engines although I must say this really does not do it justice. The model (if I recall correctly) is about 22" long. I sure wish I had known about this site before I built it. I drew all of the plans myself mostly derived from whatever photos and screen-caps I could find. Anyway, here is the video:
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Thanks, yes from what I remember this is what I did for the shuttlecraft lighting. I used cold cathode for the back impulse engines. I used 6 warm white LEDs for the interior of the cabin. For the engine effect I used (if I remember correctly) a 24 rpm gearhead motor similar to the ones here:
http://www.73.com/a/0184.shtml

EDIT: Actually this is the exact motor I used although I bought it someplace else (and for a third of the price!):
http://www.surplustraders.net/speci...th=200&img_height=95&img_alt=PORTESCAP MOTOR
The motors themselves were great. They were reversable so they were perfect since the nacelles rotate in different directions.

In each engine I had 6 LEDs. Four orange LEDS which stayed on continuously and 2 additional tri-colored LEDs (red, blue & green) which go through a pattern. I did end-up having to play around with masking some of the LEDs to get the lighting right. Because of the cold-cathode everything is run off of a 12v DC system connected by a 1/4" plug like the MR Enterprise. It's nice because you can just lift the ship off of the stand; no hard connection.

I guess that's about it.
 
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