Today I'd like to present a new MINI model to you. It's from the Battlestar Galactica universe. The good thing about this ship is that it appears in both, classic (TOS) and reimagined (RDM) series, so that fans of both series may have fun with it. The Celestra is introduced as electronics ship in the classic series in the episode "Take the Celestra" (hence the topic title). In the reimagined series the Celestra play the role of a science vessel. The ship is not the most well-known one, so I think a reference image would be nice.
The ship design features lots of tubes, bars, support structure, and other details which make it rather hard to build. Especially difficult was the large horizontal front cylinder which has a large opening. The resulting construction is not simple and features much SNOT technique. I loved to use those old 1 x 2 x 2/3 with Studs on Sides. The middle trench is not a brick in height (3 plates), but instead 2.5 plates (one stud width). Further, several 1x1 bricks with studs on all sides are used like a zip lock.
For all images and instructions, see the BrickShelf Gallery: Mini Celestra on BrickShelf
The Celestra is part of the so-called Rag-Tag Fleet, following the last surviving Battlestar, the Galactica, of the Colonial Forces who struggle against the Cylon Empire. I'd like to present you also all the other ships of the affiliations which were just mentioned in the sentence before.
At this point, let me say thanks for your interest and time, and have a great week!
Colonial Forces: (images are links)
Rag-Tag-Fleet: (images are links)
Cylon Empire: (images are links)