Category Archives: Kurt Kuhn

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Kuhn Global’s – Buck Rogers – TimeSlip Creations Studio Scale (1/18) QUAD FIGHTER by Dan Grumeretz – Blue Screen Photos by Kuhn Global (Kurt Kuhn)

This has been a long time coming. We have had these amazing TimeSlip studio scale Thunder Fighter kits in our hands for years, and we were finally able to get to them. Dan made this one into the Quad Fighter in 2018 and I am just now able to get the Blue Screen Photography done in 2019. Things take a bit more time with me these days as my abilities become more challenging. I still have a blast doing so!

There are not too many of these studio scale Quad Fighters out in the world, as it takes some design and cutting skills to make them. Most do not make the interior for the 4 passengers, but Dan did! We have 1/18 Buck Rogers modified action figures in this miniature, with Buck flying it, Twiki and Dr. Theopolis in the front passenger seat.. and two very 1980’s Buck Rogers styled looking women sitting in the rear passenger seats. I believe one is a modified Amidala figure from Star Wars! LOL. Dan did brilliant work with this… as he always does. The TimeSlip kit was amazing as well. It was nice to work with a hollow hull, and the casts were crisp…thank you George. Thank you all who were involved… wonderful work!

I will soon be photographing the standard Thunder Fighters (both Buck and Wilma), and the final display will look amazing with the three in formation… with the Traeger studio scale Thunder Fighter (SEEN HERE) in pursuit.

Model Information

Current Owner: Kurt Kuhn of Kuhn Global, Inc.

Build Artist: Dan Grumeretz of Grumeretz, LLC

Kit Offered By: TimeSlip Creations

~Hours Vested to Final Display:  250

Total Vested Cost: $1,600 USD

Current Estimated Value: $2,000 USD

Current Appraised Value: $?? USD


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Museum of Science Fiction (MOSF) to Receive the Master Model Collection of Kurt Kuhn (Kuhn Global)

Presents

The Kuhn Collection

Washington, DC (Mar. 6, 2019) – The model collection of Kurt Kuhn, founder and owner of Modeler’s Miniatures & Magic, will be donated to the Museum of Science Fiction, the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum, beginning with a full scale replica of the USS Enterprise from Star Trek: The Motion Picture. This model will be on public display for the first time at the Museum’s annual convention, Escape Velocity, in May 2019 (for images of the collection, please see link below).

“This is the beginning of an amazing museum,” said Kuhn. “It’s the first ever replica of the model used in the shooting of the 1979 film, and after all of the work we’ve put into it, I can’t wait for the world to see it for the first time at Escape Velocity 2019.”

The replica Enterprise measures over eight feet long and four feet wide and features an automated light-up sequence identical to the scene in the film when the ship leaves drydock. The construction of this one-of-a-kind model required over 2,000-man hours and is valued at over $100,000. It will be the first of hundreds of pieces in the Kuhn Collection that will be transferred to the Museum over the next few years.

“We couldn’t be more honored that Mr. Kuhn has entrusted us with his incredible collection of replica models and props,” said Rachel Frederick, Museum Curator. “These master-level reproductions of the most iconic ships and vehicles from some of the most beloved science fiction films and television shows are indistinguishable from the original filming miniatures and truly works of art.”

Kurt Kuhn began model building at an early age and credits the original Star Trek television series for his love of science fiction. He has built, and overseen the construction of hundreds of models and props in his lifetime, many of them studio scale and near identical replicas to what was used on set during filming. These models include Cylon Raiders and Colonial Vipers from Battlestar Galactica, a wide range of Rebel and TIE Fighters from Star Wars, and numerous Star Trek vessels such as the Defiant, Klingon Bird of Prey, and Ferengi Marauder.

Mr. Kuhn has worked with many great industry artists, whom he highly credits for the creation and building of these fantastic miniatures. All of these artists will be named with each piece donated they had worked on for Mr. Kuhn. To name a few, this amazing list includes artists Dan Grumeretz, Marc Elkins, R.L. Bleecker, Mike Salzo, Steve Neisen, Jason Eaton, Rick Sternbach, Randy Cooper, Lasse Henning, Syd Mead, Richard Long, Dana Diana, Nick Sainton Clark, George Takacs, Randy Johnson, Mark Worley, Alfred Wong, Nicholas Sagan, Daniel Beck, and many, many more whose names will be displayed with the pieces they had worked on, or contributed to. The list of all involved is tremendous, and Kurt Kuhn is seeing to it that each of them receive the accolades they are deserving of.

These pieces will eventually be seen by millions of patrons of this amazing Museum, creating great imagination, and enhancing the art form with those people who would then begin to create their own art, or express wanting to have such items. “It shall lead people toward the art form, and increase business for artists who take on Commission works.” said Kuhn.

More information about Mr. Kuhn’s gift and images from the Kuhn collection is available here: https://www.museumofsciencefiction.org/kuhn-collection

About the Museum of Science Fiction

The nonprofit Museum of Science Fiction will be the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum, covering the history of the genre across the arts and providing a narrative on its relationship to the real world. The Museum will show how science fiction continually inspires individuals, influences cultures, and impacts societies. Also serving as an educational catalyst to expand interest in the science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) areas, the Museum uses tools such as mobile applications and wifi-enabled display objects to engage and entertain. For a full press packet on the Museum of Science Fiction’s vision and other information, please visit: www.museumofsciencefiction.org/presspacket

About Escape Velocity 2019

The Museum of Science Fiction and NASA are partnering to bring Escape Velocity 2019 to Washington, DC. The event is a futuristic world’s fair to promote informal STEAM educational activities within the context of science fiction using the fun of comic cons and fascination of science and engineering festivals. Escape Velocity 2019 seeks to make a measurable positive impact to boost informal learning on the more conceptually challenging academic areas. Escape Velocity’s mission is to attract young people to science, technology, engineering, art, and math by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational, and entertaining science festival in the United States using science fiction as its primary engine. Escape Velocity will achieve orbit on May 24-26, 2019 at the Marriott Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. For a full press packet on Escape Velocity, please visit: www.escapevelocity.events/press-media

 

 

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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

Model Information

Current Owner:Kurt Kuhn of Kuhn Global, Inc.

Build Artist:Dan Grumeretz of Grumeretz, LLC

Kit Offered By:NICE-N Model Designs

~Hours Vested to Final Display:  250

Total Vested Cost: $1,600 USD

Current Estimated Value: $2,000 USD

Current Appraised Value: $?? USD


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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!!

Model Information

Current Owner: Kurt Kuhn of Kuhn Global, Inc.

Build Artist: Dan Grumeretz of Grumeretz, LLC

Patterned By: Richard Long

~Hours Vested to Final Display: 650

Total Vested Cost: $15,600 USD

Current Estimated Value: $20,000 USD

Current Appraised Value: $?? USD


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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: $2,200 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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