Deep Space Exploration Ship, Early 23rd Century

This project started out as a tongue-in-cheek "Pre-Kirk-era ship" spoof, but I was surprised that the finished product came out looking like a reasonably legit starship! (if I do say so myself :^) ). The Reeses is made out of parts of several model kits: The engineering hull is the Polar Lights reissue of the old Aurora Dick Tracy Space Coupe turned around backwards. The saucer section is the new Polar Lights Jetsons' Car body turned upside down. The bottom of the saucer is covered over with a sheet of Evergreen sheet styrene. The lower domed section is the clear stand from the original release of Ertl's Darth Vader's Tie Fighter. The neck is a 1/2" Evergreen styrene tube fed thru holes drilled in both hull pieces. The tube goes all the way to the stern for support. The last element was the warp nacelles. They're simply the solid rocket boosters from Lindberg's Space Shuttle kit. The support pylons are each two pieces of 1/4" tube surrounding 1 pice of 1/4" square stock. I was planning on puttying them into a solid strut, but I liked the look as is. The bussard domes and "tailpipe" inserts are the magnetic cups from the space coupe. The bridge is a tire from some old airplane model dug out of my scrap box. The sensor domes top and bottom are actually the correct domes from an old AMT Enterprise model that bit the dust. The dome over the stern is the police light from the Space Coupe. Piant: Testors ModelMaster Light Sea Gray with RLM 02 sections. Weathering was done with medium gray pastels. The decals are homemade on an Alps 5000 printer. The windows are also decals.

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Oh yeah, the name.

There was a series of commercials for Reeses' Peanut Butter Cups a while ago. It involved two people bumping into each other, one with a chocolate bar, and one with a jar of peanut butter. One yelled "Hey, you got chocolate in my peanut butter!" and the other yelled "You got peanut butter in my chocolate!" Then they each tasted their individual mess and realized they had something good. Thus was supposedly born the Reeses Peanut Butter Cup.

Well.... "Hey, you got Jetsons in my Space Coupe!!!" It was a natural.

As for the registrey number - NAR has been occasionally used on Trek for a non-Starfleet exploration vessel. Hence the "SS" rather than "USS." 208? That's the nearest state highway. What, it's supposed to be clever?

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