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USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E from Nemesis
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trekriffic
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Components for powering the display base for lighting:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Base Wiring Up by Steve J, on Flickr

After drilling a hole thru the wooden base, wires from the aluminum display tube are fed into a slot routed out in the underside of the base for soldering to the power jack:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Display Base by Steve J, on Flickr

12V DC power is plugged in and the ship lights up as it should. She’s fully masked. One more going over with the alcohol wipe and she gets primed:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Light Check with Base by Steve J, on Flickr

Before final alcohol cleanup I have her a close inspection with the magnifier headset. I was glad I did as I found a few small spots that needed carving or more cleanup, mostly dried putty in the margins. Stuff a digItal camera would notice:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Pointing Her Up by Steve J, on Flickr

Got these at Michaels craft store years ago and forgot about them. Found them and they worked great! I could not have done some of the smaller parts and detail work without them:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Magnifying Headset by Steve J, on Flickr

Parts with detail I don’t want getting buried under the primer coat are brushed with liquid mask.
Looking at all the crap still on the surface before final cleanup... it’s truly amazing how many sins a good coat of primer will cover up:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Liquid Masking by Steve J, on Flickr

I don’t want the primer coat to cover up all the detailing on the stern spine Photorp launcher so I gave it a coat of liquid mask. It will probably be brushed with the final color at the end just before decaling begins:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Liquid Masking by Steve J, on Flickr

Next... reworking the aft ends of the nacelles.
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Bud Brewster
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If you ever wonder why you don't get many replies to posts on the model threads like this one, it's for the same reason that people are always quiet and attentive during a fascinating lecture being delivered by a wonderful artist! Smile

As you mentioned to me on the phone recently, this thread alone has 11,632 "views". I think that speaks volumes, Steve! Cool

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trekriffic
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot Bud!

I finished reworking the aft ends of the nacelles. Now have to look at the framing around the bussard collectors and decide if I need to do any rework there (sigh).

Reworking the aft ends of the nacelles...

So this what I’m shooting for:


Nemesis E - CGI Image - Aft Upper Nacelle Detail by Steve J, on Flickr

This is how rough they looked AFTER cleanup. This will get the same rebuild treatment as the other side...


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Reworking the Aft Nacelles by Steve J, on Flickr

Scribed plastic sheet will replace the grills on the aft ends of each nacelle. I’ll build a new frame around and on top of the new grill sections:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Reworking the Aft Nacelles by Steve J, on Flickr

After removal of old grills and gluing in a new grooved styrene grill piece, I’ll lay styrene strips around the edge of the grill section to complete the rework:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Reworking the Aft Nacelles by Steve J, on Flickr

After laying on styrene strips, the framing of the port grills is complete. Note that the sides of the nacelles gently slope upward so the grill openings are not straight sided trapezoids either. I noticed this in the CGI images:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Accurize and Cleanup Fore and Aft Nacelles by Steve J, on Flick
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Steve, while reading your well-written description of the careful enhancements you're making, I had a mental image of Michelangelo looking over your shoulder and listening carefully to your description of how you were creating your masterpiece.

And Michelangelo was nodding sagely, he said, "Good, good . . . your attention to detail is admirable, Stefano! Now I think I'll go back and take a look at the Sistine Chapel one more time to be sure I haven't overlooked anything." Cool




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