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Star Trek Klingon Bird of Prey . Star Trek Klingon Bird of Prey . This is the Klingon Bird of Prey for Star Trek. It wings can raise and lower and be in the three different configurations: flight, cruise and attack. I chose black because of part availability and when it was done I thought the black makes it look more menacing. It also make it harder to photograph. If you like it, please go to my Cuusoo sight and suprort it. They may make it a real product with enough supporters (and luck with licensing rights). This MOC is 20 inches long and nearly 30 inches wide with the wings in the vertical (cruise) position. With the stand it is 17 inches tall. I saw many cool versions of the Bird of Prey online and wanted to make one that lived up to the Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series. I tried making the model to be complete and to scale as possible. I used the AMT model I built many years ago as a guide. I made the MOC twice the size of the AMT model. The wings are two plates thick, including the red highlights under the wing. I have a few stud-less tiles on the tops of the wings that make the wings 3 plates thick in a few spots, but they were needed to insure the wings would not droop and warp near the ends. There are five 24-tooth gears that are part of each wing that are driven by the 8-tooth mates. I did not want too much pressure and torque to be applied to each gear because each wing is so long and heavy, so I spread it out over the five gears. The ship has many rounded surfaces and that presented many difficulties and required numerous solutions but I am happy with the end result. The dark bluish grey parts on the back are the cooling fins. Half attach to the hull and the other to the wing. This allows for them to slide through each other when moving the wings. The fins turned out thicker that I wanted, but the I was pleased with the shape and curve of them. The hull of the ship is made out of both stud-less and studded technic parts. The end result is a very strong (and very hard to modify). It took 4 to 5 months to build and now it is complete. There is a pop-up gear near the back that is used to adjust the wings. It takes about a 30 to 60 seconds to raise or lower the wings. I have the gearing so that it is really easy to turn the gear, but the downside is it isn't super fast. Let me know if you what you think. To view more images, go to my flickr sight


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