Category Archives: Kurt Kuhn

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The Undiscovered Country

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country met me with mixed feelings. This would be the last we would see the original cast in their original roles all together in a film. That film was amazing! The Klingon Cruiser, a K’Tinga design that was made into the Chancellor’s Flag Ship was gorgeous, and intricate. We managed to build the very first replica of the model used in that film, and I thought I would add it to this fantastic scene with the Starship Enterprise on it’s Starboard side. I hope you enjoy it!

Below is the Blue Screen Photo used to create the above Composite.
Click on it to be taken to the full set of Blue Screen Photos of this model.


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Buck Rogers – Studio Scale “Traeger’s” Thunderfighter

This is a design worth drooling over. The standard studio scale Thunderfighter design was added to (by the model makers of Buck Rogers) in order to make what was considered to be an earlier version of the advanced Thunderfighter that were flown on screen by the Earth Directorate in Buck Rogers. This one was flown by Colonel Traeger. Often referred to as the “Happy Birthday Buck” fighter model, this is the world’s first known accurate replica ever produced of this model. We have seen many attempted before this that look quite amazing, but none that actually replicate it all… like artist Dan Gurmeretz did on this replica. Utilizing the damaged model of the studio scale Thunderfighter (SEEN HERE) that R.L. Bleecker built years ago (from a generational kit that was sold to me by Steve Neisen), we thought it best to use it for this design. The original Thunderfighter replica that R.L. Bleecker had built was badly in need of repair after being loaned to be shown, and shipped around with a company that would soon release the studio scale Thunderfighter replica. With that model ready to go, Dan set off with the additions needed to make it a true replica. It turned out beautifully.


ABOVE: Kurt Kuhn with the Studio Scale Traeger Thunderfighter Replica


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Surrender

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is a film I shall remember for my lifetime. It had many great things about it, and was the last we would see the original actors together in a film. One very memorable scene is after the Enterprise mysteriously fired it’s torpedo’s on the Chancellor’s Flagship K’Ronos One. We are the first to replicate the studio scale filming model, and as such… are able to replicate certain scenes in composite form…. This is the replicated scene where Captain Kirk must face surrender, lest causing a diplomatic incident, and war. I hope you enjoy it!

Below is the Blue Screen Photo used to create the above Composite.
Click on it to be taken to the full set of Blue Screen Photos of this model.

 


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Studio Scale Klingon K’RONOS One Replica

What can I say? I have dreamed of this piece for quite some time…. and I know many of you have as well.

Built from the amazing Richard Long studio scale Klingon K’TINGA kit (of which only 5 or 6 were produced), artist Dan Grumeretz took extra care to make sure this piece was as accurate as we could make it to be K’RONOS One. Utilizing the Jim Creveling photos of the actual studio model (Seen Here), Dan replicated the details that were not on the K’Tinga Kit. He modified the neck mating area, the Engine Nacelles, the Bridge, the rear…. just about everything other than the shape Richard amazingly created by hand. We even recreated the patterns for the photo etch, sending them out to a company that is unfamiliar with this art form… just so this would be a surprise to everyone… LOL. I asked Dan to place in full lighting…. including the navigation and blinking lights, and the Torpedo Bay which lightly burns… like the embers of a fire almost out… extremely nice to view. Even the wiring on the outside of the ship, going down the length of the neck, we replicated. One cannot really touch this piece as their hands or clothes may get caught on the many pieces of photo etch upon it’s hull….. it is everywhere! I asked Dan to replicate the splotches of gold painted on here and there to make this K’Ronos replica as ornate as the original. It is magnificent. Dan did a fantastic job…. as is his usual. Thank you Dan! And though he is no longer in this art form…. thank you Richard.

Photographing this was a real treat, albeit having a new setup, and the fact my eyes are not great any longer…lol. That stated, this is K’Ronos One, and my excitement levels are through the roof!

In my new photography area, my lighting is a bit challenged, yet I managed to get some good shots of this beast. I will endeavor to fix my lighting issues for the next piece coming up. Dust is also a bit of a challenge here… lol. Keep in mind that some of these are extreme close-up photos, and as such reveal tiny things that one would not normally see with the naked eye.

This was a joyous experience…. and I am so thrilled to have this in the collection here.

As stated above… Richard Long in no longer in this art form… and no longer produces anything within it. That stated… if one were to want a studio scale K’Tinga Kit…. one might try contacting NICE-N Model Designs. Word has it they have beautiful patterns and the ability to produce such a kit.

OH! I almost forgot. I am getting old…lol. Check out the two film composites I made using actual captures from the film, and the model in the blue screen photographs.


Above: Kurt Kuhn with the K’Ronos One Replica


Above: Dan Grumeretz (left) and Kurt Kuhn (right) with the K’Ronos One Replica

ENJOY!!


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Recreating “The Force Awakens” X-Wing Trench Run Scene

I must admit I miss doing this type of work. This was absolutely FUN!! Utilizing a screen capture from the Star Wars film “The Force Awakens”, I also utilized my Blue Screen photos of the Dan Grumeretz build of the 1/24 KORBANTH T-70 X-Wing that the character Poe Dameron flew in that same film.

ILM paved the way to do these type of things… and Photoshop is one of the tools that came from their excellence.

Below is the Blue Screen Photo I used to re-create this scene.
Click on the photo to be taken to the full set of Blue Screen Photos of this Model


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1/24 Poe Dameron BLACK T-70 X-Wing Fighter

The Black T-70 X-Wing turned out fantastic by artist Dan Grumeretz. To my knowledge, this is the world’s first 1/24 build to be completed and shown publicly. It was a pleasure to photograph, and now resides in the collection here for all to view.

This began life a few years ago with a Pattern being made by Artist Richard Long. A few years later Richard sold me the incomplete Patterns of which I in turn, gave them to the owner of KORBANTH Sabers Props & Models (Randy Johnson) to finish and create a kit from, that all may enjoy this model. Randy gave them to one of his Kit Makers, artist Mark Worley, and it was Mark that finished the pattern, adding details to it before making molds of it to cast kits from. Eventually the first kit came out of those molds. Because I purchased the patterns originally, I received cast numbers 1, 2 & 3 of this fine kit. What you see here is number 1 that I asked artist Dan Grumeretz to turn into Poe Dameron’s BLACK X-Wing Fighter. In the film “The Last Jedi” there was an addition to the rear of the X-Wing added…. a TURBO Booster Engine. Both Mark and Dan went to work to produce this excellent add on that we made interchangeable with the original by adding magnets to the part.

A beautiful job by all. I wish to thank Richard Long, Randy Johnson, Mark Worley, and Dan Grumeretz for helping bring this kit to life, and the public.


Above: Kurt Kuhn with the 1/24 Poe Dameron “Black” T-70 X-Wing

Model Information

Current Owner: Kurt Kuhn of Kuhn Global, Inc.

Build Artist: Dan Grumeretz of Grumeretz, LLC

Kit Offered By: Korbanth Sabers, Models & Props

Kit Pattern Work: Richard Long & Mark Worley

~Hours Vested to Final Display:  250

Total Vested Cost: $2,500 USD

Current Estimated Value: $2,500 USD

Current Appraised Value: $2,500 USD


Built to display with either The Last Jedi Booster Engine, or the original The Force Awakens look.


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August 19 & 20, 2016 Additional Weigh In!! Over 100 Pounds LOST!!

August 19 & 20, 2016

Week 014 – Days 092 & 093
August 20, 2016 is Additional WEIGH-IN DAY!

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Over 100 Pounds LOST!

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5/19/16 was my heaviest weigh-in at 413.8…so…

Total Weight Loss in this Program: 100.6 lbs

I cannot help smiling today….. I actually lost over 100 pounds! I am speechless!!

You may have noticed that I am entering multiple days on one post now. It is not because I am lazy, but instead because I am actively busy… AWAY from my computer! Sitting in front of this thing and forgetting about the world is a large part of how I became obese to begin with. Never again. Needles to say I will still be journal-ing that all may view the progress… and hopefully it may help someone, somewhere. I will log in every week, showing each day’s progress, telling a bit of that week’s experiences, and showing photos of the weight loss, or gain I am experiencing. I state gain knowing that when I begin weight training I will gain weight from the muscle I recondition to be as large as it used to be… which placed me at 225 pounds at my very leanest body building weight. Of course I do not plan to be that muscle bound again, but a healthy weight of around 215 or 220, with healthy looking muscle mass.. and not freaky. I will be happy at those weights.

You may have also noticed that I ceased logging my food intake. I am finding it important at this time that I be able to make choices in my food, facing the fact that I am an addict, and giving myself the chance to choose the right. I have been doing this for two weeks now… and I am succeeding. If you find yourself unable to do this same thing, please go back to the basics. Your nutritional intake must be healthy. Live within 1500 calories a day, yet burn thousands more with great effort in activity. This is something I will do the rest of my life… and I recommend it to all. Currently I am taking in about 1200 Calories daily… and I am living happy and great. It is possible to do so no matter what people tell you.

August 19, 2016 FitBit Stats:

22,867 Steps for 10.42 Miles and 5111 Calories burned. 6 Floors Climbed.

Last Night’s Sleep Recorded This Morning:

8 hour 48 min. Asleep last night, Awake X 3, Restless X 24

 

August 20, 2016 FitBit Stats:

24,822 Steps for 11.28 Miles and 6471 Calories burned. 5 Floors Climbed.

Last Night’s Sleep Recorded This Morning:

7 hour 22 min. Asleep last night, Awake X 1, Restless X 23

I took this photo with the first light of day on the morning of the 19th… during my walk.

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August 16, 17 & 18, 2016 Weigh-In Day & Walk Across America Report

August 16, 17 & 18, 2016

Week 013 – Days 089, 090 & 091
August 18, 2016 is the WEIGH-IN DAY!

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Additional Weight Lost This Week: .4 lbs

Total Weight Loss in this Program: 99 lbs

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August 16, 2016 FitBit Stats:

Back In Action!!

24,077 Steps for 11.15 Miles and 4717 Calories burned. 3 Floors Climbed.

Last Night’s Sleep Recorded This Morning:

7 hour 11 min. Asleep last night, Awake X ?, Restless X ?

 

August 17, 2016 FitBit Stats:

23,248 Steps for 10.61 Miles and 5879 Calories burned. 3 Floors Climbed.

Last Night’s Sleep Recorded This Morning:

8 hour 3 min. Asleep last night, Awake X ?, Restless X ?

 

August 18, 2016 FitBit Stats:

23,635 Steps for 10.76 Miles and 6169 Calories burned. 5 Floors Climbed.

Last Night’s Sleep Recorded This Morning:

6 hour 8 min. Asleep last night, Awake X ?, Restless X ?

 

 

Comparison Photos To Date:

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Walk Across America: We ARE The STARGAZERS!!

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Here is a photo I took on my walk, just before the sun came up…. it is the full moon lighting up the morning sky!

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August 14 & 15, 2016 Additional Weigh-In & FitBit Report

August 14 & 15, 2016

Week 013 – Days 087 & 088
August 15, 2016 is Additional WEIGH-IN DAY!

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Additional Weight Lost This Week: 1.2 lbs

Total Weight Loss in this Program: 98.6 lbs

 

August 14, 2016 FitBit Stats:

VERY Injured… Blessing Asked for & received. It is amazing how much the Father works greatness in our lives. I am now in weight loss mode again as my body is now acclimated back to food. I am smiling again about my efforts.

3,025 Steps for 1.41 Miles and 2734 Calories burned. 1 Floors Climbed.

Last Night’s Sleep Recorded This Morning:

? hour ? min. Asleep last night, Awake X ?, Restless X ?

 

August 15, 2016 FitBit Stats:

In Injury Recovery Mode

3,903 Steps for 1.81 Miles and 2857 Calories burned. 2 Floors Climbed.

Last Night’s Sleep Recorded This Morning:

6 hour 56 min. Asleep last night, Awake X ?, Restless X ?

 

 

FitBit Report:

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August 12 & 13, 2016 Additional Weigh-In

August 12 & 13, 2016

Week 013 – Days 085 & 086
August 13, 2016 is Additional WEIGH-IN DAY!

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Weight Lost This Week To Date: 7.2 lbs

Total Weight Loss in this Program: 97.4 lbs

 

August 12, 2016 FitBit Stats:

25,214 Steps for 11.74 Miles and 4906 Calories burned. 4 Floors Climbed.

Last Night’s Sleep Recorded This Morning:

7 hour 21 min. Asleep last night, Awake X ?, Restless X ?

 

August 13, 2016 FitBit Stats:

22,955 Steps for 10.68 Miles and 4581 Calories burned. 1 Floors Climbed.

Last Night’s Sleep Recorded This Morning:

6 hour 59 min. Asleep last night, Awake X ?, Restless X ?

 

 

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