In 2344, the Enterprise C responded to a distress call from a Klingon
outpost at Narendra III. The Romulans had attacked the outpost and in
the ensuing battle it was destroyed and the Enterprise C captured.
Having captured the Enterprise intact, the Romulans proceeded to analyze
it to determine the current state of Federation technology and
disposition of Federation forces. Having determined that the Federation
had fallen behind the Romulan Empire in weapons technology, the Romulans
decided that the time was ripe to attack.
Using the Enterprise C as a template, the Romulans proceeded to
construct over a dozen replicas of the Ambassador-class vessel. These
ships were then sent across the neutral zone and used to confuse the
Federation outposts while fleets of Warbirds laid waste to the
Federation fleet. As the war progressed, the ships were integrated into
special infiltration teams that used their Federation construction and
warp signatures to camouflage themselves. The tactic proved effective
through the early months of the war and aided the Romulan fleet in many
of the decisive early victories. By the time the Federation had fully
realized the ruse, the Romulans were already winning the war.
The ship depicted here is one of the infiltration units that survived to
the later period of the war when the pretense of being Federation ships
had been dropped and they received a properly Romulan paint scheme.
This is the 1/2500 Enterprise 1701-C kit from AMT. As a cadet series
kit, the base construction was relatively simple, with only a bit of
sanding and light putty necessary to build the kit.
Painting was done staring with a base of RAF Dark Slate
Grey. The warbird emblem and accent painting was done using Dark
Green. The warp engines and main deflector dish were done using Pal
Green and Sublime Green. Finally the windows were all drawn in using a
Pigma Micron 005 black pen. All painting was done by hand and all
paints were Model Master Enamels.
Image: Top view