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

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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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Kurt Kuhn

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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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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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Studio Scale USS Defiant NX-74205 Replica

When Richard Long began his pattern work on this amazing model years ago, I felt lucky to be on the list whom would get this piece. Today, I know I am lucky to have one as only 3 were made according to Richard, and what you see here is number 1 of those 3 made. After Dana Diana (DANAMAGIC) laid up the fiberglass for this piece, (also casting the resin pieces needed from Richard’s patterns), Richard then a basic build and paint up of it in time to be seen at 2013’s Wonderfest. After it’s successful debut, Richard brought it home and I assigned it to artist Dan Grumeretz to continue work on it, adding the lighting, windows, extra details and painted markings. While some of the markings are decals, some are also painted on. Since this is a smaller Starship, utilizing fiber optic for the windows would not work for it’s scale, so Dan used clear acrylic rods for the even lighting of the windows…. somewhat like what fiber optics accomplish. Dan also did the red vinyl tape job for the stripes, finishing it for display here at Modeler Magic. I thank all artists involved, including Doug Drexler for assisting Richard with the design in order to get the shape and markings correct. I am very pleased with the result of this replica.

Kurt Kuhn with the studio scale model for size comparison.

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:  500

Total Vested Cost: $14,600 USD

Current Estimated Value: $25,000 USD

Current Appraised Value: $?? USD


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1:350 Star Trek The Motion Picture Klingon K’Tinga (Photo Set 2)

Earlier I had shown the first photos I took of this 1/350 Klingon K’Tinga (SEEN HERE). I had been unhappy with how they looked… and truth be told I am not entirely pleased with these I show you all here today either. Never the less,.. here they are. This model was the very first Klingon K’Tinga in 1/350 ever created to be in scale with the Polar Lights Enterprise Kit. This one IS actually #1 of those kits, and it was patterned, made into a kit, built and painted by it’s creator, artist Richard Long. This model was a long time coming for everyone that was a fan.  The only workable model of the K’Tinga that was released before this 1/350 REL Kit was the AMT/Ertl.. which was a much smaller kit that was not exactly correct in shape. The REL kit reigned for 10 years, with not as many made as many would have guessed. This one is very rare. That stated, in 2018, Round 2 Models announced they built a digitally accurate model to The Motion Picture K’Tinga, and that a 1/350 plastic kit would soon be released of it under their banner. Model builders around the world are smiling. Not that this model had anything to do with that, but I can state that this is the exact model in that scale that began the craze for what will be made…


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1:72 Naboo Royal Starship #1 (A New Hope Era)

This 41 inch long piece was mastered by Richard Long. Because there was no great way of replicating the chrome finish we viewed in The Phantom Menace, we chose instead to do what Star Wars A New Hope did in showing older designs that were nearing the end of their operational lifetime. Thus this Naboo Cruiser is supposed to be the Episode 1 Royal Cruiser, but now old and tattered decades later, losing is shiny luster. This one was the first in a very low number produced. This piece now resides in the Hector Rosales Collection in the USA.

This piece has a 2016 Modeler Magic appraised value of $4,000 USD

2008-02-23_KG_NOOBIAN-015BS-1AB2016Kuhn Global Blue Screen Photos of the Royal Naboo Cruiser (A New Hope Era) by Kurt Kuhn


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1:350 Romulan Bird of Prey #2 in Romulan Green

This was mastered by artist Richard Long. He made me two of them so that this second one could be done in a paint scheme that was green in order to match what was shown on the TV series Enterprise. The first one of the two was the actual studio looking paint scheme of grey, which I gave to my friend Harry Hernandez.

This piece has a 2016 Modeler Magic appraised value of $3,800 USD

2008-02-22_KG_ROM-BOP-008AB2016Kuhn Global Romulan Bird of Prey – Blue Screen Photos by Kurt Kuhn


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1:350 Star Trek The Motion Picture Klingon K’Tinga (Photo Set 1)

Mastered by artist Richard Long, this was the very first replica of this model in a larger size, and was to scale with the Polar Lights USS Enterprise Refit kit. The paint was replicated as close as possible with the reference available (as new reference is always showing up). Notice the spot lights on the engine housing that light up the Klingon symbol on the hull’s wing area. For it’s size… this is masterful. This was Richard Longs’s 1/350 K’Tinga Kit Cast # 001.

This piece has a 2016 Modeler Magic appraised value of $4,000 USD

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2008-01-31_KG_K'TINGA_SET1-000AB2016Pictured above: Kurt Kuhn used this model to recreate the Klingon Opening Battle Scene
from Star Trek The Motion Picture.

 


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Star Trek TNG & DS9 Studio Scale Ferengi Marauder – Cast 1

This piece began as a cast from the original Star Trek TNG model patterns given to artist Richard Long to clean up for casting. The shop that sent it to Richard, (John Eblan’s shop), agreed to allow Richard to cast what he cleaned up, then sell a build to me in order to get Richard paid for the venture of doing so. What is extra memorable about this is that I actually made this deal with Richard while I was in Rome, Italy with my family on a business trip in which we were able to see the Pope at the Vatican. It is funny how we remember things we acquire. Richard did a magnificent job in his fix of the original in order to cast and build this piece. This would later go on to be shown in the Hector Rosales Collection in the USA.

This piece has a 2018 Modeler Magic appraised value of $25,000 USD

2007-10-26_KG_SS-FERENGI-001B-1AB2016Photo of Kurt Kuhn with the Ferengi Marauder

 

 


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Star Trek PHASE II (Early TMP) Klingon D-7 from Scott Alexander, Painted by Richard Long

This Studio Scale Klingon D7 was replicated from the “never done” Star Trek Phase II series, then found to be the early paint scheme of the Klingon ships intended for The Motion Picture. These specific D-7’s were the precursor ships to the TMP K’Tinga in the fact that they had PAINTED panels instead of the raised panel armor seen in Star Trek The Motion Picture in 1979. Obtained from Scott Alexander, artist Richard Long painted this piece from an original 1966 Studio Scale D-7 cast keeping the original Phase II (Early TMP) paint scheme so that the original idea remained true to those never seen models. It is the ONLY one known to exist today! These photos were once again a lighting test for other models. It’s paint is actually flat based, yet looks shiny with this initial lighting test. I never went back to shoot this model again. It is currently on display here.

 

Here is a photo of the Phase II Studio Model… (CLICK HERE to SEE MORE)

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This piece has a 2016 Modeler Magic appraised value of  $7,000 USD

 

2007-10-12_KG_D7-PHASE2-000B-1AB2016Kurt Kuhn with his Phase II (Early TMP) D-7