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Kuhn Global’s KORBANTH 41″ Blockade Runner KIT REVIEW – Photos by Dan Grumeretz

Every so often a kit stands out more than the rest. In early July 2019, KORBANTH released a kit of the 41 inch Blockade Runner… which is a RE-POP from the original amazing Chris Kelley kit from years back. Korbanth purchased the patterns and molds late last year, and as recently usual, they came through my place here for inspection before going to Randy Johnson to produce under the Korbanth banner. That stated, this kit is NOT exactly as it was originally made… it is BETTER! Randy took the patterns and molds to artist Mark Worley, who made the original patterns even better by adding additional detail, and making it better to assemble. Then Mark made new molds, and cast the nearly perfect kit that I show you today. I was lucky enough to get the very first cast made from those molds that you see in the photos below. First, I must say that I am very impressed at the cast quality! This feels almost like a very fine and expensive plastic injected kit. Artist Dan Grumeretz agrees with me that the details are absolutely crisp, and there are little to no bubble remnants anywhere on this kit. There are a few, but not many at all. I asked Dan to take these photos for me as I have had little time lately, and I wanted to make certain you all could see the quality I witnessed as I held these parts in my own hands. As I stated before, Dan is right with me in agreement on the quality of this kit being amazing. As usual in my reviews, nothing has been touched up in any photo. They are shown in their original high resolution state in order that you may zoom in and see things even more than I may see with my naked eye. The color difference you see of the bridge, and other parts, were from photographing the parts on a white backdrop. A camera lighting thing. All in all, and again, this is a very impressive kit!
I already have two beautiful 41″ Blockade Runners that artist Ray Lawson II built for me from the original Chris Kelley kits. This new build will be shown here, and on the Kuhn Global site for all to see. It will be a fantastic addition.
I want to thank Chris Kelley for making such a fantastic kit, Randy Johnson for acquiring it and selling it again, and Mark Worley for making it even better than before! Thank you Dan for taking these photos for me. Outstanding work all!
Kurt Kuhn
Kuhn Global Incorporated
Modelers Miniatures & Magic

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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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