Nebulon-B Frigate

Custom 3D print (1/500)

The Build

This is the finished rebuild of Nicholas Sagan's 1/500 Nebulon-B Frigate. It was originally 3D printed from his own 3D model. Unfortunately, it shattered during shipping to a buyer. So, Nicholas asked me to repair it. I have several blog entries that discuss the process and the headaches that ensued.

A Nebulon-class Headache - Here's the initial post/rant about how difficult it is to repair a 3D-printed ship. There's something about that plastic that lends itself to shattering.

Priming the Frigate - Here's where I talk about the final details and the initial primer coat. Afterward, I found a lot of small cracks that I had to go back and cover over.

The Frigate Continues -  Here, I'm covering the final priming and painting. Also, I talk about using index cards as quick airbrush masks to make streaking effects.


Originally an Imperial ship, the EF76 Nebulon-B Frigate served many armies as an escort and special operations cruiser. After Rebel strike teams liberated several of them, the Frigate became a mainstay in the Alliance Navy as its primary cruiser. Subsequently, Imperial admirals would often lament on destroying so many ships they already paid for.

The EF76 was primarily a communications ship, featuring several long-range antennae above the bridge. However, the Frigate did sport a modest armament of lasers and turbolasers. Still, it relied mostly on capital ships and its own speed during battles.

The Rebels used their “liberated” Frigates mostly as portable bases of operations, particularly leading up to the Battle of Yavin. Later, the Alliance modified many of these ships as medical stations for wounded, one of which treated Luke Skywalker after his encounter with Darth Vader.


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