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SFMA Big Spring Build Contest => SFMA Big Spring Build Contest 2014 => Topic started by: InsaneFinn on February 28, 2014, 10:32:43 am

Title: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on February 28, 2014, 10:32:43 am
So here's my entry. I hope the Finnish text on the phone doesn't confuse you. ;)

I might not be able to start this build on this weekend as my boss asked me to do some more building on 1/1 icebreaker as the ship goes to test drive on Thursday morning and there's some work which needs to be done before that. But at least then I might have bit longer weekend, so I can start drilling some windows. After March I have plenty of time to do model building as after that icebreaker is gone there's a few months off the work as the next ship in line is so late.

The aftermarket stuff are on their way... I think as one of three items bought from same eBay seller at the same time is marked as shipped and two others aren't. I have to contact seller if they aren't in the same package. If I succeed on finishing this ship in time this will be first Enterprise which gets to finished even though this is the latest in the collection and I have four other builds in (very slow) progress and four more yet to start. :D

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/3ca3cs6ut4h8a4q/P2281448.jpg)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E
Post by: dlots1701a on February 28, 2014, 10:59:02 am
good to go Finn and i want your phones wallpaper
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E
Post by: InsaneFinn on February 28, 2014, 11:24:24 am
good to go Finn and i want your phones wallpaper
Found it from Zedge app :D
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E
Post by: Armandodlc on February 28, 2014, 02:02:30 pm
I want that wallpaper also
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E
Post by: billski on February 28, 2014, 02:13:20 pm
Good luck on build your Big E, its a great looking ship
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E
Post by: The Model Dude on February 28, 2014, 03:23:53 pm
I like the look of this ship, so I will be enjoying the progress that you make on her.  I wish you fun and success, with the build and the contest!   8)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E
Post by: AnythingSciFi on February 28, 2014, 04:09:15 pm
You guys can have the wallpaper, I'll take the girl!

New release E, nice!
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E
Post by: fumblethumbs on February 28, 2014, 04:19:45 pm
Finn, doesn't your boss know that you have a
very important model build to do??  ;D ;D

Good luck and have fun!!  :)

Oh, and I'd like a piece of that paper too please!
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E
Post by: InsaneFinn on February 28, 2014, 10:35:44 pm
Finn, doesn't your boss know that you have a
very important model build to do??  ;D ;D
I could have done that, but since i get bit over normal weeks pay when going to work on weekend so this is obvious choise. And this will help on funding of my model building.  8)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E
Post by: Lufty on March 01, 2014, 02:33:00 am
good to go Finn and i want your phones wallpaper

I'll second that motion!

GL on the build, AND the icebreaker! ;)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E
Post by: InsaneFinn on March 01, 2014, 05:22:22 am
I thought I made a  build thread about Enterprise E... oh well, here you go. http://www.zedge.net/wallpaper/10165645/supergirl/  ;D 8)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E
Post by: Armandodlc on March 01, 2014, 04:36:06 pm
Got 'er!
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E
Post by: RE202 on March 01, 2014, 04:45:39 pm
I thought I made a  build thread about Enterprise E...

It's still a model thread...  just a different kind of model.

;)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: 3rdplacetrekkie on March 04, 2014, 12:49:47 am
you guys are crazy!
Way to go Finn! good luck with your build!
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on March 08, 2014, 01:57:32 pm
Small update. Today I started drilling windows and I can now see, that this is gonna take a while. Two hours and two 0,3mm drill bits broken I have gotten only this far.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/t7rlwq2mhbga6c7/2014-03-08%2021.25.31.jpg)

I know 0,3mm is bit small for these windows, but that is only a good thing so I got room to clean the windows when I get that stage. On the bussard effect I have found some code for Arduino, which might suit on my needs with some modifications. Also I might get some more work done on this model on my job hours, since rest of the ship I got fire guard duty, which means sitting on the bridge alone and doing nothing, except if fire alarm goes off and then I'll notify shipyards fire department where the fire alarm went off. Other than that there's not much to do, so I though bringing my Enterprise to work and try to get some work done on that :D
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: billski on March 08, 2014, 02:09:29 pm
Good start its slowly slowly with windows i am afraid but you will get there
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: jguard68 on March 08, 2014, 02:14:56 pm
It took me a while to realize what kit you were building. I was too busy looking at your phone's wallpaper. Slow and steady wins the race, especially cutting out all of those windows. It will look amazing when lighted.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: wolf 359 on March 12, 2014, 10:36:16 am
Good start and I have one to build.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: big game nerd on March 14, 2014, 11:20:41 am
Looking good so far.  Yep, opening windows is a slow process, but well worth it
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on March 22, 2014, 10:21:19 am
New update. I switched to 0,5mm drill bits, which are good for these windows and it's amazing how much that 0,2mm more affected on endurance of the drill bit. I drilled a lot more with one 0,5mm drill bit than five 0,3 drill bits. Though I'm not sure if that bit was actually more of the quality stuff. I can't remember where i got that set, which had few different sized drill bits the other ones was ordered from China :) Too bad that there was only one of each sized drill bits, and now the 0,5mm bit is broken. I know I have somewhere 10 pieces of cheap Chinese 0,5mm drill bits, but I can't remember where. I did order more drill bits in two varieties, which other ones were bit more expensive, but not too expensive. If I didn't got the fire guard duty at my work, I might not have been able to start this until month later. Now I can do some drilling in peace during work hours and there's nobody around to disturb my drilling :D

Anyway here's the current situation. Upper saucer is about 70% drilled after spending somewhere over 10 hours of drilling. However moving to that 0,5mm drill bit did improve my drilling speed and if I can find the rest of my drill bits I might be able to finish the upper saucer on Monday and hopefully with some luck I can get rest of the windows drilled. Then I have to clean those windows a bit before washing part and applying the light block painting.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/u7h5ozaheniqryb/2014-03-22%2016.43.21.jpg)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: fumblethumbs on March 22, 2014, 12:03:57 pm
You have the patience of a Saint Finn!!  :)   

Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: sabreuk on March 22, 2014, 12:53:38 pm
good luck with this buddy im getting there with my soverign build so I can relate to the issues you are going to run in to :)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on March 22, 2014, 01:52:03 pm
You have the patience of a Saint Finn!!  :)
Hardly. If I had good patience, I might have more models finished, instead of just started. :D I just got rare opportunity to concentrate to drilling without interruptions (except my cordeless Dremel running out of juice... got to take the charger with me next time) or any other disturbances. BTW, I found my 0,5mm drill bits. I just realized, that I have done some window drilling on my 1/1000 TOS Enterprise and I have put the drill bits inside to Enterprise's box. So now I'm ready for next round of window drilling. I will be so happy when I get those windows drilled... or I would be if I wouldn't remember that I have B and C yet to start, which both require window drilling. :D
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: Lufty on March 23, 2014, 12:52:46 am
How do you get the long, almost rectangular shape to the windows with a standard bit? They are looking great BTW!
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on March 23, 2014, 06:17:38 am
How do you get the long, almost rectangular shape to the windows with a standard bit? They are looking great BTW!

It's quite simple procedure really. I just drill several holes and then slowly carve the windows along those drilled holes. Applying too much pressure on drill bit makes them brake as they are very small drill bits. Using hobby knife is another option to cut the windows after drilling the holes.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: pakratt840 on March 23, 2014, 11:46:21 am
I was about to ask if a needle file would work to shape the windows, then I looked again at your last photo. With your thumb there to give scale, I could see how small those windows actually are. Yikes!
Your phone had text? Didn't notice ;D
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: The Model Dude on March 25, 2014, 10:11:37 am
Lots of small windows there, my hat is off to you sir.  That is going to pay off nicely I suspect later in the build.   8)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: TrekWorks on March 27, 2014, 12:01:31 pm
Tedious work but worth it for sure. She'll look beautiful all lit up. Can't wait to see more.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on March 27, 2014, 01:24:59 pm
Can't wait to see more.
Neither can I, Boyd, Neither can I. ;)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: Quarky on March 27, 2014, 04:06:27 pm
Welcome to 1/1400 window drillers anonymous!

I've lost count of how many drill bits I've gone through...windows look nice and even... nice job sir.

What aftermarket bits are you getting?

Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on March 30, 2014, 11:54:59 am
Not quite windows drilled yet, but today I did something bit different... sort of. Almost all my current build includes bussard tests, so here's another. It's still in development stage, as I will change the led layout. Also I will do more adjustments to the Arduino code I found from the internet, until I'm happy with the effect. Just need to figure out the proper numbers to achieve it. Current diffuse to the bussard is made with the masking tape, but final version will be properly "frosted" clear parts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-x1PDH0zmU
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: 3rdplacetrekkie on March 30, 2014, 01:27:21 pm
Just saw the vid.  :o looks great!
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on March 31, 2014, 04:42:13 pm
Today I finally have drilled all the windows... of the upper saucer section :P But I think that's over the half of the windows I need to drill for this build.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/0tdoksxzliscvw6/2014-03-31%2021.41.22.jpg)

Also I did some adjustments on the code for bussard effect and I think I'm now quite happy how it looks, but I'll know for sure when I do some led re-positioning. Hopefully I can get some light block painting done, before I do final test, as then I could start doing rest of the nacelle.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: spacepirate197x on March 31, 2014, 09:08:25 pm
I'd go barking howling mad drilling out all those windows.  Great work.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: pakratt840 on March 31, 2014, 10:10:26 pm
Someone will have to stop me if I ever try this kit. My eyes are bad enough already. Probably be permanently cross-eyed after all those windows. Great work, though, Finn!
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: sabreuk on April 01, 2014, 01:57:48 am
Well done buddy you will find the rest are easy now you have the top saucer done. Look forward to your next update
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: wolf 359 on April 01, 2014, 02:18:53 pm
Yes it will be faster now. The C I did seemed to take forever. Looking good.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on April 01, 2014, 04:07:17 pm
Funny how you said things will be faster now as you are right. Today I spent about three hours on lower saucer and starboard side of secondary hull which are now drilled. Only ones left are port side of secondary and piece which comes to behind the saucer and this I noticed from saberuk's build thread, as I haven't watched that closely on every piece this kit has. :D But on weekend workshift I should get rest of the windows drilled. Of course there some other drilling to do for wires and fiber optics as well, but those are quick to do.

Too bad I can't take my soldering equipment to work, as fire work isn't allowed in the ship anymore without special permission. So those and painting I have to do on my freetime. But perhaps I'll drill windows on my B and C while I still have my fire guard duty and work on E at home.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/6jezc3kjy2c0lyq/2014-04-01%2023.47.19.jpg)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: Lufty on April 03, 2014, 02:43:48 am
Nice job on the windows...your patience is paying off...something I am learning myself, and watching this build is an excellent reminder of taking ones time.

Pinvice or dremmel? Hehe. ;D
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on April 03, 2014, 04:22:52 am
Oh, I have't mentioned that little detail what tool I used to drill the windows. I used Dremel 8100 with detail grip.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: big game nerd on April 03, 2014, 10:15:39 pm
Nice work.  Are you sure you have enough windows?  Might want to count them again. LOL
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: pakratt840 on April 04, 2014, 07:33:02 pm
So that detail grip really does help with precise drilling. Good to know. Thinking about getting one for my 8220 Dremel. Certainly can't argue with the evidence in the photos. Some fine work done there.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: fumblethumbs on April 05, 2014, 08:49:38 am
I still say you have the patience of a Saint Finn!  Saint Finn!  ;D

||Looking good man.  :)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on April 10, 2014, 08:13:06 am
Last Sunday I got rest of the windows drilled. Today I have parts light blocked and reflective white paint layer applied. When I took the pictures I noticed that I still have some window cleaning to do. Also secondary hull also need some cleaning since seems like I didn't apply enough thin layers of paint, so windows leaked some paint to the hull, but that should be easily cleaned with light sanding. On weekend I may take my soldering equipment with me to work, so I can start applying some lightning.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/ouoqlq6jsu6xz6t/2014-04-10%2015.49.28.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/l5utovbkb0ejc7z/2014-04-10%2015.50.01.jpg)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: Quarky on April 10, 2014, 12:09:45 pm
looks good and teh bussard effect looks spot on! I'm just using flickering LEDs for mine :(
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on April 13, 2014, 12:52:18 am
No pictures on this update, but few words of progress anyway. 12 hour nightshift at work and almost whole time spent with the model. Almost half the time has been spent sanding the parts. Some assembly was also done on upper saucer section and bussard clear parts glued, which didn't go quite well. Apparently clear parts glued with CA glue and using accelerator isn't good mix as there are now cracks in clear part on other bussard. Though I don't know if also the frosting spray used earlier this week also was part of the cause. Got to do some experimenting at some point with non frosted clear spruce.

Did some fiddling how the leds should be applied and have to do some more after I have done some more tweaking to the code. I have also tweaked 3mm white led for saucers spotlight and i got it to a pretty good size, but getting that spotlight is hard to get. I'm open to suggestion if there are good tricks to get a good looking spotlight. Also started doing the blinker led/FO combos and CA glue and accelerator works very well here, though that I can tell for certain after I get some sleep and return to work. If all goes well I might have saucer and nacelles sealed tonight. Secondary hull could probably be as well sealed, but since I'm using epoxy to attach tube to the hull I have to do that at home as I can't leave my model there to cure. As far as I can tell I shouldn't have any issues running wires through pylons as i have really thin magnet wire so I may not have to modify pylons at all.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: Quarky on April 13, 2014, 04:03:32 am
Yup - CA and clear parts don't mix I'm afraid. For mine, I'll be using Micro Kystal Klear (or whatever it's called!).

For the bussard effect. I'm just using flickering LEDs as I have no knowledge (yet) of those funny armadillo things...although I was tempted to build a fade up/down circuit...

As for the saucer lighting - I THINK only a tiny SMD LED or 'Raytheon effect' lighting will work here (search the forums to find out what this is). It's a puzzle I am yet to face and decide how to go - good news is I have a spare saucer section also I can practice on...I'll let you know if I come up with anything useful.

By the way, I have a spare set of the bussard clear parts and will be happy to donate them to your cause - they are painted clear red but sure you'll be able to strip that off if needed. I'm in the UK so they shoudln't take that long to get to you. Just let me know.

Cheers
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: wolf 359 on April 13, 2014, 02:01:29 pm
looking good.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: The Model Dude on April 18, 2014, 01:27:45 pm
All of that drilling has paid off handsomely; incredible looking!  This build is coming along nicely, your patience is showing in the clean and uniform build up here.  Just as with many threads going on here, I am learning from your ideas/techniques; thank you for sharing!  Keep up the great work and keep having fun man!   8)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on April 19, 2014, 09:51:12 am
I did manage to get the saucer section finished last weekend, but I didn't take picture of it until last night. You may see in the picture Arduino board and battery pack. This is not for testing blinker (as it's currently programmed for my bussards), but instead it's for providing 5V for the blinkers and impulse engines, though I believe the leds would have endured the testing with 12V. In case you were wondering about impulse engine 5V, that is because I'm considering doing some some effect on them too, if I can get it programmed to the same microcontroller as bussard effect. I was considering getting one wire out of bussard effect for impulse engine, but that pulse effect was bit too strong and I want more subtle effect on impulse engines.

Last night I was also working on nacelles and most of the time went on fiddling with led which goes to bussards and I did finally made up my mind where to put them. I wasn't entirely satisfied with the frosting spray's diffusion level, so I added masking tape to clear parts to diffuse them more I have used same method on my old Refit build's warp grilles. On E's nacelles I still have to do some fiddling how to do the diffusion, so I can get nice even light from warp engines. If all goes well, then I believe tonight I might get the nacelles finished and possibly tomorrow night I may get the entire ship nearly finished, except few PE parts which require painting before applying to clear parts. I may not able to stat painting this until May, as I may not have any days off from work until then and that depends on when the Russians haul their boat away.

But I'm very happy that I got this assignment as a fire guard, as otherwise I may not be this far of the build yet. In home I have so much more distractions, so I might decide to do something else than building models, especially when the weather outside is good I just have to go to cycling. In work I have basically nothing to do and I must stay on the bridge until my shift is over, so I put that in good use and build my Enterprise.

I really should take more pictures on the progress, as I could have taken picture of what I have done inside the saucer, but that's too late now, but I should have taken more pictures on what has been done nacelles and secondary hull so far. Perhaps I'll do that before I resume my build.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/002vvjvbsu7hvbm/2014-04-19%2000.18.38.jpg)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: Quarky on April 19, 2014, 10:32:23 am
Some good progress there!

I for one would like to see how you did the nacelles so some progress pics would be good if you don't mind ;)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on April 19, 2014, 01:08:50 pm
I'll try to remember taking couple of pictures before sealing the nacelles. :)

As I'm about to leave to work (and ESO EU server is down), I decided to look up the Arduino code and work on that before heading out as it's easier to work on it with home computer that it's on my Surface Pro with Touch Cover keyboard. Previously I have been using Joshua David's RGB fading code from Tech Help Blog from 2012, which used delays, but that won't be good if using multiple effects on same microcontroller. In October 2013 he did new codes with millis, which I now "assimilated" for my own purposes with few adjustments and addition for previously mentioned impulse engine effect. I have also taken blinker parts from our own MarkW's Refit effects code and smashed it to my WIP code for Enterprise E. After some copy/paste and little tweak I hit the verify button on Arduino program and I'm happy to report it didn't give any errors, so I take that as a good sign. :D

I couldn't test that on actual board yet, since I have my model and other equipment at work, so I didn't have to haul them there and back again every day, since during Easter holidays there isn't anyone else working on the bridge, except us fire guards. And I knew I wouldn't do anything to it at home, except that bit of coding I just did.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: DizWhiz on April 20, 2014, 01:54:48 am
Looks fantastic great work.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on April 20, 2014, 01:55:28 am
As promised, Quarky, here's the picture of my inside of the nacelle. I decided to use modified 3mm leds for bussards as they seemed to look best in my testing. And by modified I mean sanding them down as much as I can. Top and bottom leds are in the center of nacelle and is shared to both halves. Middle led is deeper in and after taking picture I put another led is same position in other half of nacelle. This should look quite good once I have finalized with the code, which worked by the way... sort of. All the effect I'm using are working, but not quite as intended. When I tested the code the effect faded in steps instead running smoothly. After that I tried Joshua's unmodified code and that worked smoothly, so some of my modification is not working properly. I have to return to that some day, but it's getting there. Warp engines is made from HDATX's blue double density led tape as well as I'm doing with interior lightning (though they are obviously white). I attached the led tape to the side wall of the nacelle and I will use masking tape under the clear part as I have done on bussards seen in the picture and that works quite nicely diffusing the light along with frost sprayed clear part.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/zvqvd620zwlwt4k/2014-04-19%2023.16.40.jpg)

For blinkers what I have done is I drilled two holes in them and inserted 0.7mm fiber optic strands in them. And today I have gotten the other half of the secondary hull and one nacelle done. I used yellow 0805 SMD led for the deflector dish and here too I have used same method of diffusing the light as in bussard and warp nacelle. I also built light box around the led out of paper on foil tape and I'm happy with the result. Though I did one mistake when after soldering the led and then testing the lights the deflector dish's light didn't turn on. Well, it might have turned on for millisecond, but fried after that, since I forgot to put resistor in there. It wasn't fun to replace such tiny component after I had all the pieces in their final location. But I managed to switch it as you can see in the picture. The bussard and blinkers are not on in these pictures.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/ebwspxcgt0nkazy/2014-04-20%2006.24.56.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/hohncua4sfqysud/2014-04-20%2006.25.06.jpg)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: Quarky on April 20, 2014, 05:08:03 am
Excellent work sir, thanks for the nacelle pics (mine look very messy compared to yours!).

Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: sabreuk on April 20, 2014, 06:43:25 am
looking good buddy its defo getting there now :) I also did what you did and glued the pe deflector on and when I painted it, it looked awful due to the paint filling the tiny slits when you get to that point I would thin the paint down massively and do several thin coats if it soaks through on to the clear parts you will never get the paint off.

cant wait for your next updates between you and quarky :)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on April 20, 2014, 10:21:16 am
Actually I won't even paint the deflector dish, which is why I have glued the PE parts on already. Some pictures from E's deflector dish color looks like brass, like here.

(http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120922011754/memoryalpha/en/images/0/0e/Sovereign_class_deflector_dish.jpg)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: sabreuk on April 20, 2014, 12:43:22 pm
I painted mine a copper colour and let's just say FAIL!!!! I need to get another pe part for mine :( 
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on April 21, 2014, 08:39:09 am
Yesterday I have finished other nacelle and secondary hull half, but not yet sealed the whole thing as my time ran out. But tonight the Enterprise will be fully assembled except PE grilles, which I won't put until I have painted them. I don't have my stand done or even much of a planned yet, but I will use the kit stand as well, as it's a nice badge for which I'll be using Allcad paints. I have been itching to use Allcad paints, but I just didn't have anything to use them for, so I'm using that kit stand as an excuse to use them :D

Here's one picture of the interior of secondary hull to show my wiring.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/yg9eozblebexe2w/2014-04-21%2005.31.17.jpg)

Tonight after I'll seal the Enterprise I'm planning to tweak the arduino code and then some puttying and applying primer and while they cure I'll do some more coding and repeat the process as much as I have to. Unfortunately I can't do final painting at work, as I would need to get my airbrush equipment with me, which isn't that much of an issue than the painting location. For primer I can use spray cans just outside the bridge, but I can't do that with Airbrush equipment.

One of the major decisions I have to make is will I use the Acreation decals or not as there's no other options to get the aztecs.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: jellis11 on April 21, 2014, 09:21:12 am
Looking really good! Very impressive.....
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: Kila2000 on April 22, 2014, 12:25:38 am
Looking pretty good. I need to get into arduino I think. Just need to learn the programming side of it  ;D

Does the yellow masking tape give a yellow look to the clear parts unlit? Sorta looks that way in your last pic but wondered how much it does off camera.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on April 22, 2014, 10:59:23 am
It looks pretty much like in the picture. I could have painted the bussard clear parts with clear red, so the yellow tape wouldn't show up and maybe I still could, though they would be painted on the outside.

Anyway, to the progress report. Last night I got my Enterprise fully assembled, except for warp grilles clear parts, which I might not to glue until I have fully painted the model. Also the base is still work in progress... sort of. Actually I don't currently have anything to work as a base and the model is currently standing on kit base, which I mentioned earlier will be used on top of final base. I have also applied primer and next stage will be puttying and sanding, puttying and sanding, puttying and sanding... oh joy ;)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/dzhnpoanwv12qu2/2014-04-22%2005.15.49.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/fhcvhlzzpfmd5ki/2014-04-22%2005.15.32.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/bputmlfpdh7jsh7/2014-04-22%2005.15.17.jpg)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: sabreuk on April 22, 2014, 02:12:19 pm
looking really good finn, I left the warp nascelles off until the end aswell, are you planning on using the pe grills aswell? I left mine I was to scared of ballsing them up and wrecking the clear parts.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on April 22, 2014, 03:36:13 pm
I will use them.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: Quarky on April 23, 2014, 05:57:59 am
I will use them.

Better to use canopy glue for them (or micro Krystal Klear)  ;)


Can I ask what Led you used for the registry light pls ?


She looks amazing by the way!
Cheers
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: jellis11 on April 23, 2014, 07:55:37 am
Wow! She looks awesome Finn!
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on April 23, 2014, 11:24:14 am
I will use them.

Better to use canopy glue for them (or micro Krystal Klear)  ;)


Can I ask what Led you used for the registry light pls ?


She looks amazing by the way!
Cheers

I did have Krystal Klear and I'll probably use that on PE parts. Registry light is done with 1,8mm led and i did have to slightly grind the inside of the saucer to fit the led housing. Now that I think about it afterwards I do regret that I didn't do proper aiming on spotlight, as it might have been able to get the registry properly lighted.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on April 26, 2014, 09:04:50 pm
Tonight I tried to work on the effects, but with my skills I have so far haven't been successful on getting all the effects on the same board. Mostly I have problems getting the bussard effect to look the way I want. So I went and searched another code for bussard and I actually found one on Arduino homepage. I didn't get MarkW's strobe effect to work with this, so I may just set another circuit for that. When searching cheap Atmega328 chips on eBay I actually found something a lot better with lower price that one microcontroller alone... at least I think so. If I'm correct, then it is small sized arduino board, but I'll post more info on that once I have tested that. But for now here's the video on probably the final version of bussard effect, but at least it's now working how I wanted it to work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45g-6IWd02s
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: DizWhiz on April 26, 2014, 10:56:43 pm
She looks beautiful. The engine lights look perfect.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: jguard68 on April 29, 2014, 03:21:31 pm
Wow! Beautiful work. Lighting and paint are awesome.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: fumblethumbs on May 03, 2014, 06:52:45 am
Looking excellent there Finn!  :)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on May 30, 2014, 05:46:20 am
After a month from my last update it's time for a new update. I haven't got much time to work on my model since I was couple of weeks working on another shipyard 200 km away from home. After that I would have had more time to work on my Enterprise, but then game some nice weather, which I didn't want to spend at home and there was also ice hockey world championship going on where Finland came second. But this week I finally resumed my Enterprise, but hopefully not too late. I have eliminated rest of the light leaks I had and game the model it's final color, which might be too white, instead of light gray. I guess the primer's color would have been better, but I guess it's too late to repaint that now, since I have already applied some of the Acreation aztec decals. I applied couple of layers of varnish on the decals and at least on that condition they are working nicely, though they are not perfect, but there are no better alternatives. But I guess they are perfect for my not perfect Enterprise ;)

Hopefully I can get the rest of the Aztec decals done tonight, so I can put another clear coat on the model before applying the kit decals and then finish the model. The base will be done at later date as I'll concentrate on getting the model done.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/jaug5hwxhns1w34/2014-05-30%2013.28.07.jpg)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: Quarky on May 30, 2014, 06:34:40 am
She's coming along nicely... Good job sir!

Cheers
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on May 30, 2014, 08:07:57 pm
4am in Finland and I got the aztec decals done. Next job once I had my breakfast I'll apply the clear coat and then I can apply rest of the decals I still need to put in there, which are mainly the markings and lifeboats and few others. But I got to mention that I can't really recommend these Acreation aztec decals for Enterprise E and I'm not talking about the fact that you have to put some decal bonder (or in my case varnish) or the fact that these are grainy looking, but worse thing about these are that they aren't exactly fitting like they should. You may see on the first picture on the outer rims of the aztecs that there are quite big gaps between decals. And there are more fit issues where image doesn't quite fit on the part like they should. Perhaps I'll get another E at some point and when the time to build comes there's hopefully better alternatives to these decals.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/b7xs91wzkamh8d0/2014-05-31%2003.45.27.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/dzcojug8myfapdh/2014-05-31%2003.46.21.jpg)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: acela2030 on May 30, 2014, 09:58:41 pm
That is simply outstanding, beautiful work all around :)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: Kila2000 on May 31, 2014, 01:51:31 am
I have the same set for the 1/2500 E. Same colour and everything, whish still looks a bit off to me. But anyway, I've had issues with the fitting too. Have had to trim quite a few of them so far and looking at your 1/1400 decals it looks like mine are the exact same just scaled down.
Question, do you like the colour? I think for my 1/1400 I'll be using the Arthur Pendragon ones from SSM.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on May 31, 2014, 06:30:45 am
Well, the color isn't quite right, like saberuk has mentioned in his thread, but neither is my hull color :D

I got to mention about Arthur Pendragon's aztecs, that if you're using them do note that they are for First Contact version while I was going for Nemesis version with these decals.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: Kila2000 on May 31, 2014, 08:18:45 am
Yup, knew that, but they still look better than Acreation and as far as I know no one else is doing E decals ... ?
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on May 31, 2014, 08:57:56 am
HDA does have plans of making decal set for E, when I asked about them, but Jerry didn't have schedule for development yet. If you are not in hurry to get it finished, then I would suggest on waiting them, but as I said it could take a while before they are ready for sale.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: InsaneFinn on May 31, 2014, 05:02:24 pm
Here's my completed AMT 1/1400 Enterprise E model and I mean model, since the base is still WIP. Well, to be exact the model needs its final clear coat, before I can really call her done :D And also, here's the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5BWCuGpwSA

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/6zdslhh5hu2hbl7/P5311493_1.jpg)
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/63y9dcfeolary6p/P5311499.jpg)
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/tc3hciv0z2vhns9/P5311494.jpg)
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/ubop87xevbpyt9b/P5311506.jpg)
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/08tf7qw9la4jnag/P5311504.jpg)
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/cino3jzd12x3sps/P5311505.jpg)
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/0kem31jc80soieb/P5311500.jpg)
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/hqd7c25iw7w06wv/P5311501.jpg)
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/c0351kyvpj121h5/P5311496.jpg)
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/z9l06gvvf5z7vao/P5311498.jpg)
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/wn7w00bx2unvjw5/P5311497.jpg)
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/q8ff95rgu0bnl5o/P5311495.jpg)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: Kila2000 on May 31, 2014, 06:13:02 pm
Fuzzy decals aside she looks awesome! I wasn't sure how a completed ship would look with the Acreation decals but it comes up really really well. Good luck to you in the judging.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: Quarky on June 01, 2014, 06:14:24 am
Excellent build sir! She looks great!

Good luck with the competition :)
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: pakratt840 on June 01, 2014, 09:50:35 am
Looks great InsaneFinn! If I ever get mine finished, I hope it looks at least half as good yours.
Title: Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
Post by: jellis11 on June 01, 2014, 09:37:20 pm
WOW! This looks awesome man!!!!!