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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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Blue 7 Studio Scale (1/24) X-Wing

This beautiful piece was built from a cast kit that has original lineage back to the PYRO Models used in 1977’s STAR WARS. Cast obtained from Scott Alexander of Atomic City Models, this piece originally began life as a closed wing version of RED Leader, painted by Scott Alexander himself. I had not seen any closed wing X-Wings made before this time… though there may have been some somewhere. Sadly, Red Leader had a bit of an accident, and then was sent to artist R.L. Bleecker to re-build. Robert took this closed wing X-Wing and made it amazing as he changed the red stripes to blue… just as the original models began life as. We had yet to see anything past Red 6 in wing identification, so Robert came up with what you see here… a solid block to indicate up to 6, plus a single strip to make it Blue 7. Again, nobody had done anything past Red 6 at that time, which made this highly unique. Then there was the fact he made the stripes blue… which again nobody had been doing at that time. Soon after we found some photos of the Red 12 studio model, and it’s markings. Robert also made the R2 unit have a clear dome, with a Pilot at it’s stick that could possibly be Lando Calrissian? It is for you to decide!

Fantastic work all the way around. It was a blast to photograph back then (2008). Never the less… this stands on it’s own as a great display.

I would like to thank both Scott Alexander and Robert Bleecker for their excellence in bringing this to life. Especially R.L. Bleecker for his great imaginative skills.

Above: Kurt Kuhn with the Studio Scale BLUE 7 X-Wing

 

Model Information

Current Owner: Kurt Kuhn of Kuhn Global, Inc.

Build Artist: Re-Build by R.L. Bleecker

Cast Offered By: Atomic City Models

~Hours Vested to Final Display:  250

Total Vested Cost: $1,000 USD

Current Estimated Value: $2,000 USD

Current Appraised Value: $2,000 USD

 


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1/2 Studio Scale (22 Inch) SS Botany Bay

This beauty was patterned by Film Writer & Producer, artist Scott Alexander. Through his banner of Atomic City Models, Scott (also known as Captain Cardboard), made this a kit for all to enjoy! I had to have one being that I had just acquired TWO 1/2 studio scale USS Enterprise kits from artist Steve Neill, and this would be the perfect companion to one of them. I gave this project to artist R.L. Bleecker, and he made it come alive. Painting it as having panels, Robert made this piece resemble the digital model utilized in the HD re-make of Star Trek the Original Series for Blu-Ray viewers. What a beautiful piece this is!


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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