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USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E from Nemesis
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Bud Brewster
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If I lived to be a hundred I'd never fully understand all the intricate work needed to make a magnificent model like this! Cool

The only way I could grasps the complexity would be to do it myself . . . and I'd have to live to be a hundred to get it all done! Shocked

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's all the difference between a pretty picture and a work of Art!
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trekriffic
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update... Main saucer shuttle bay observation/control room modifications...

So this is what I’m shooting for:

https://images.app.goo.gl/yDeKeFJM8wKR2h2j7

First I glued the photo-etch window frames in place over the clear plastic insert with CA. I used styrene rectangular rod to frame the windows so they will be recessed. After the glue cures I’ll add another thinner strip to the bottom piece of the frame before filing and sanding commences. Then will follow some puttying to fill in any gaps:



USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Shuttle Bay Window Framing by Steve J, on Flickr

Later...

After adding another layer of styrene rectangular rod around the photo-etch window frames I filed and sanded to a sharper angle resulting in a much more screen accurate look for the face of the shuttle bay observation/ control room. I’m pretty chuffed with how this turned out:



USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Finished Shuttle Bay Window by Steve J, on Flickr

Still some cleanup to do but she'll look even better with a coat of Mister Surfacer afterward:



USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Saucer Shuttle Bay Control/Observation Window Mods by Steve J, on Flickr

Darting here and there...

The forward upper saucer photon torpedo tube is glued into a recess carved into the second level above the main saucer hull directly above what will be the forward saucer fiber optic “spotlight”. I show spotlight in quotes since the actual illumination of the ship’s name and registry will come from the Raytheon Effect internally shining thru the hull plastic. The fiber optic light will just be there to sell the illusion:



USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Dorsal Saucer Forward Torpedo Tube by Steve J, on Flickr

Think I'll work on the impulse engines next...
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Steve, on behalf of All Sci-Fi's members, I want to assure you that we all enjoy the work you're doing on your fabulous models, as well as the masterful way you document it photographically, and the elloguent manner in which you describe your artistic endeavors. Very Happy

We hope you don't think that just because many of us haven't replied often means we aren't viewing your images and enjoying every word of your careful descriptions of the projects! Shocked

Steve, over the last fourteen years I've learned that All Sci-Fi frequently receives numerous "guests" — members who don't bother to log in, or ASF "fans" who've never bothered to join! Shocked

The number of guests each day ranges from 30 to 100+! Very Happy

This constant flow of visitors are enjoying posts like yours (and everybody else's) . . . but they don't post replies! Rolling Eyes

Steve, please rest assured that the small group of All Sci-Fi's active members are just a fraction of the total number of folks who stand in awe of your skills when they read posts like the one above!

Keep up the good work, sir. We honestly can't get enough of this stuff! Cool

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words Bud. Honestly, I don’t expect responses to all my posts. Star Trek model building isn’t everybody’s cup of tea after all. If my posts bring in new viewers to ASF that’s enough for me. Hopefully some will join eventually and become active members on the forum. That would mean a lot to me knowing how much effort you put into making this site a resource for all of us that appreciate great science fiction in ALL its forms.
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trekriffic
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Final modifications...

After closer inspection of Nemesis screen caps (and other online reference material) I realized the upper window framing needed to be about twice as thick as the lower window frame. The easiest way to do this was to sand off the upper “roof” panels and lay on a piece of styrene sheet before adding the panels back using more thin styrene sheet cut to the dimensions of the panels I had just sanded off. I also added a couple of narrow side panels to either side of the window framing that are visible when viewing the control room windows at certain angles off to the side. Afterward I puttied any gaps. Next I’ll give her a coat of Mister Surfacer:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Final Shuttle Observation Room Final Mods by Steve J, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The hull will be primed with Krylon Matte White. Here I’ve mixed up a batch of the enamel finishing coat paint which consists of about 95% MM Flat White and 5% MM Neutral Grey. I say 5% but it may even be less than that; it’s like a chef saying add a “dash” of grey. It’s not pure white but it may be close to Insignia White which I’ve heard has a slight grayish tint to it. I wanted a very light grey white and I think this will work. I want to be careful and not drown out the aztec paneling of which some are a very light grey:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Mixing the Main Final Hull Color by Steve J, on Flickr

Here’s a comparison of my custom final main hull color mix next to the kit plastic. You can see it’s much lighter;


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Hull Color Mix Comparison by Steve J, on Flickr

My custom mix as compared to flat white. Just a tad of grey:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Paint on a Stick by Steve J, on Flickr

Hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July, sounded like a war zone around here! Surprised Shocked

Anyway, that’s all for now. Stand by for further updates beaming into your personal communication device...


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The wonderful detail of your descriptions is both interesting and educational! I can now name three shades of white that I wasn't familiar with. Very Happy

The next time I pull several All Sci-Fi T-shirts out of the dryer, I'll study each one carefully to be sure they came clean and none of them are Insignia White or Krylon Matte White!

No sir, if they aren't 100% MM Flat White, it's back into the washing machine for another round of bleach and detergent! Mad

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