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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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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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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.

As Michelangelo nodded 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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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The raised center strip underneath runs across the slanted aft end and across the top:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Accurize and Cleanup Fore and Aft Nacelles by Steve J, on Flickr

Forward nacelle panels and around the main deflection crystal are cleaned up.
I’ll do the same for the starboard side:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Accurize and Cleanup Fore and Aft Nacelles by Steve J, on Flickr

You can see the sloping profile of the aft upper nacelle end in this photo. I had to file and sand the hull to get the gentle curve I wanted:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Accurize and Cleanup Fore and Aft Nacelles by Steve J, on Flickr

After final cleanup with alcohol wipes and a few shots of Krylon Dark Grey primer:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- In Primer by Steve J, on Flickr

After airbrushing the first basecoat:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- First Basecoat by Steve J, on Flickr

This time a few drops of Model Master medium grey was added to the airbrush mixture:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Second Basecoat by Steve J, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Now you've put me in the mood to watch a Star Trek double feature! Gee, I wonder what would go together well . . . Confused




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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some more in-progress pics...

More of second basecoats...


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Second Basecoat by Steve J, on Flickr

More masking...

The secondary hull and warp,engines are slightly darker aft of the saucer separation arc. There is an even darker set of panels flanking the aft end of the strongback oval which has been masked off for painting:


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

Test look with grill...

The medium dark grey I used for the trim on top of the nacelles looks almost the same color as the dark grey primer I used on the photo-etch grills. A good match:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP-Nacelle Upper Grill Test Look by Steve J, on Flickr

Colors used on this build so far...

The large bottles are...
On the left, the secondary hull, nacelle pylons, nacelles, and ventral saucer light grey enamel;
and the slightly lighter upper saucer and nacelle accent, very light grey.
The small plastic containers (pots) are, from left to right...
Two pots of the upper nacelle trim (around the blue glowing grill) medium dark grey, the second pot is just thinned down.
The pot on the right is the color I used for the medium grey panels on the strongback.
There will be more shades to come I’m pretty sure.


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Shades of Grey by Steve J, on Flickr

Accent colors...

I decided to brush paint the various greys using thinned enamels using Tamiya tape and a liner brush:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Nacelle Accent Painting by Steve J, on Flickr

A darker grey variant of the secondary and nacelle hull color was used on these panels. I may lighten them a bit once I can see the contrast with the secondary hull lighter grey after de-masking:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Strongback Accent Painting by Steve J, on Flickr

Light test after unmasking. I like how the fiber optic “porch” lights turned out:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Saucer Shuttlebay Unmasked by Steve J, on Flickr

The lower saucer flood masking tape is removed and cleaned up:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Lower Floodlight Unmasked by Steve J, on Flickr

A few spots to clean up in the corners but otherwise this turned out pretty well:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Lower Flood after Unmasking by Steve J, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The upper floodlight masking tape is removed and cleanup begun on the edges. It will be interesting to see how this looks once the aztec decals are on:


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

Did a little sanding around the edges to eliminate any paint ridges. An aztec decal will cover the whole area including the floodlight:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Unmasking and Cleanup by Steve J, on Flickr

Video!

The model is partially unmasked. Still have to unmask three bussards, the tops of the nacelles, impulse engines, the deflector dish, and some of the running lights. The floodlights on he saucer will be mostly covered by aztec decals.The aztec wallpaper decals mean I could have been sloppier with the paint but I can’t work that way so... I have spent hours pointing up and fixing very small imperfections; mostly cleaning up small bits of putty that must have stuck to my fingers then stuck to the model unnoticed until later or reshaping some of the window ports.
Seems like overkill maybe but the camera will show up any mistakes; mistakes which could spoil the illusion of a real starship that you are trying to create:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- In the Dark Video by Steve J, on Flickr

Stand by for more exciting transmissions!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm sure the folks in the other forums which are devoted to model building are enjoying the progress reports you're posting as much as we are! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More reveals...

I scribed around the edges of the bussard masks with a #11 exacto blade before peeling off the tape:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- All Bussards Unmasked by Steve J, on Flickr

Deflector dish unmasked...

The tape was really stuck down tight but I eventually got the edge to come free to peel it off.
Then I cleaned the face of the dish with alcohol.
I’ll try wrapping the rim of the dish (which protrudes from the hull about 1/32”) with copper tape before I attach the photo-etch brass grill to the clear plastic face of the dish:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Deflector Dish Unmasked by Steve J, on Flickr

The brightness of the deflector dish will be toned down quite a bit once I glue the photo-etch grills in place.
Should still be bright enough though:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- More Unmasking by Steve J, on Flickr

I’ll leave the tape around the saucer rim until I start decaling the upper saucer. Keeps the edge clean while I work on the rest of the ship decals:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- More Unmasking by Steve J, on Flickr

I do like the look of the bussards, reminds me of lave churning although the effect is static for this model:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- More Unmasking by Steve J, on Flickr

Sort of looks like the model box cover:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- More Unmasking by Steve J, on Flickr

Here's a quick video:

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

Unmasking continues. Still need to uncover the impulse engines and upper nacelles.

Stay tuned for the next episode...

Disaster Strikes!
Surprised
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

trekriffic wrote:
Stay tuned for the next episode...

Disaster Strikes! Surprised

Wait . . . what! Shocked

You've definitely got our attention!

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