Every good story needs a good villain, and the Klingons have always been pretty good villains. While the Federation may be only interested in exploring strange new worlds (and hooking up with the local babes, let’s face it), the Klingon Empire is having none of that. Just try to enter the neutral zone and you’ll be staring down a few of these bad boys. This is the Klingon Battle Cruiser, by builder Ben "Spaceship!" Smith, it’s here to blow you up. Qapla'!
For those who don't already know, that's Klingon for "Success!" And that's what my pal Kevin J. Walter must have exclaimed when he finally finished this awesome Bird of Prey. It's his all-time favorite spaceship, and the project took him six years to complete. The goal was to have it finished by the end of the year for the Star Trek 50th Anniversary. Just in the nick of time, Kevin, you old Targ!
When I was fresh out of high school an old buddy of mine and I moved into his parent's rental house here in town. We had no furniture, no money and no clue, but we were pretty happy. Our nightly ritual at 11pm was to grab a Klondike bar, plop down on our crappy couch, and watch a classic episode of Star Trek. It was really the first time I watched it on a regular basis, and I became a fan. Now whenever I see images from the classic series, like this wonderful pair of mini ships from derjoe, I can't help but think back to those simpler days.
What fun is a starship without an enemy to fight? Builder Riskjockey thought the same thing apparently, and has paired up a classic Klingon Battlecruiser to go with his excellent Enterprise he completed last year. The scale of these is so appealing, they're just begging to be swooshed.
OK, tell the truth, you glanced at this pic and thought for one fleeting, optimistic moment it might be an official UCS set didn't you? This is a seriously big, beautiful ship from ~The Steads~. I really wish LEGO would have gotten the rights to Star Trek, instead of a certain other brand of bricks. Maybe then we would have gotten something this cool.