Cardassian Galor & Keldon class ships

Galor & Keldon together
Finished Galor & Keldon models side-by-side

So when I said I wasn’t going to be reposting old stuff, that wasn’t entirely accurate. For whatever reason, there are some things that I never got around to posting to my old site. I am going to drop a few of them in here – starting with the Cardassian Galor class ship, and its bulkier cousin, the Keldon class (from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine). I made these way back in 2008.

You can see the original Galor- and Keldon-class models at Memory Beta (here and here).

Galor Class

First up, the basic and more famous version. This ship first appeared in an episode of The Next Generation, although was a much more frequent sight in DS9. It’s quite a boxy design, but there are elements that break that mold, such as the protruding bridge module. This appears to have a sloping deck on the original model, which I have retained. Most people seem to try and ‘correct’ that detail, but my aim was to make this as accurate to the original as possible.

I remember getting quite stuck in with the texture job on this one. I made it as close to the original physical studio model as I could.

Keldon Class

This is essentially just the Galor with a few extra pieces attached. It only appeared in a handful of DS9 episodes, if memory serves. Although it doesn’t look totally ugly, I do think that it spoils the elegant simplicity of the original design. But since there are only additions to the model, there was no reason not to go ahead and create these extra parts.

And the Keldon with textures applied; again I had some good reference photos to work from, so this is pretty close to the original shooting model.

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3 thoughts on “Cardassian Galor & Keldon class ships

  1. some nice drawing there (something i can’t do)

    have a question, i have a Galor/Keldon master that was made for me some years back and has been sitting on a shelf in someone else’s shop (keep forgetting about it) and now am looking to get some work done to it (clean-up mostly).

    i have been trying to find good reference material for the ship and i only seem to find a handful of the same, small, low res pictures – do you have anything good reference material? i spoke to Rick and he says he doesn’t have anything other then the ones i found online. so i have been asking about for anything who has it on video if i could get some nice screen grabs so i can get this master finished.

    this master was made to the length of 481m but Rick said he worked it out to 370m

    have you ever done any drawing of what the hangar bays may look like?

  2. I only ever found mostly fairly low-res images myself (several from Starship Modeler, if memory serves). There were some taken of the model in plan view, which enabled me to get the proportions correct without the need for plans, but that’s basically it. I found that it was usually possible to discern details well enough by cross-referencing images.

    I think the model’s excellent paint job gives the impression of there being more physical detail than there actually is. Your best bet would be to track down Greg Jein, and see if he has anything more useful (I believe he was the one who actually built the original).

    Never even considered the hangar bays, sorry!

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