Phoenix and Washington D.C. weren’t the only spots to get your geek on last weekend. Star Trek was represented loud and proud at Wonderfest 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky over the weekend. Learn more about this scale modeling and collectibles convention and get an update on Round 2’s plans for Star Trek models over the remainder of this year after the jump.
WONDERFEST AT 26
The 2015 installment of Wonderfest was the twenty-sixth gathering of scale modeling enthusiasts from around the country to gather in Louisville, Kentucky. Tens of thousands of model kits and collectables from virtually every science fiction, fantasy, and horror franchise were available, as well as real life military and aviation models. In addition, guests from various franchises were involved. While the principal guests this year were not related to the Trek franchise, members of the cast and crew of Star Trek: Phase II/New Voyages were present, screening their most recent release, “Mind Sifter”.
UPDATES FROM ROUND 2 ON TREK MODELING
Round 2 Models, the official domestic licensee for Star Trek scale models, was present at Wonderfest, sharing some of their upcoming releases. In addition to the Romulan Bird-of-Prey due out in June, several other items were in evidence.
First, a line of miniature display stands to accompany the Cadet Series of 1:2500 scale models is now shipping to hobby shops. These stands are single piece stands, sold in a pack of 3, and molded in glossy black plastic. While they probably won’t be able to hold the weight of, say, the Enterprise-C, -D, or -E in 1:2500 scale, they should work well with all the TOS and Movie era ships, as well as the Defiant and Galor class kits currently available.
Second, a new series called Ships of the Line is due out this summer. These models are fully painted and detailed, and only require a few snaps to produce a nice 1:2500 representation of some of Star Trek’s iconic ships. Four vessels are being offered out of the gate: the Original Enterprise, the Defiant, the Reliant, and the Klingon Battlecruiser from the movie era. All four include their own display stand. These would be perfect for young children who have never built a model before.
Third, Round 2 is re-releasing the long out of production 1:537 scale Cutaway Enterprise. Other than a slight re-engineering to allow for the use of the standard Polar Lights dome base, no significant changes have been made to the physical model itself. This kit should be shipping over the next few months to hobby shops.
Finally, the major news out of Wonderfest this year is that Round 2 is working on a release of the USS Excelsior in 1:1000 scale. The Excelsior was originally released in the early 1990’s, but the molds were modified when the Enterprise-B was kitted in conjunction with Star Trek: Generations. As such, Round 2 will be re-engineering the kit. They hope to include options to build the ships as seen in Star Trek III or in Star Trek VI, and to improve several highly inaccurate parts of the kit. No firm release date was given, but the hope is to have it shipping by Christmas. This news is sure to please scale modelers who have been looking for the Excelsior to return to the catalog for many years.
MODELING ON DISPLAY
Many Trek fans shared their modeling skills in the Amazing Model Contest. An entire ballroom of the best in vehicles, figures, dioramas, and other models kept attendees’ attention raptured for hours on end. Several amazing Star Trek builds were present.
New Voyages Special Screening
As a special Trek treat, the cast and crew of Star Trek Phase II was on hand at Wonderfest for a meet and greet plus a special screening of their newest episode Mind Sifter.