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Title: Enterprise D
Post by: Often wrong Soong on May 23, 2018, 04:32:07 pm
Hi guys

Here's a build I completed a while ago on commission.  I've built a few of these now, each one slightly different and with it's own set of challenges.  This one was a fairly straight forward hybrid of the Generations aztec pattern and detailing, but with a muted colour scheme like the TV series on-screen look.  The aztec pattern was painted using my own custom masks which have been developed over the last couple of builds of this kit.  I have tried to match the 6' miniature aztec pattern as closely as possible, with a bit of creative license here and there in areas that are hard to see in any reference I've been able to find.  The aztec decal set that Round2 sells for this kit gives a pretty decent approximation but isn't very accurate, and many areas are mirrored or repeated that are not that way on the "real" thing.  The build was approx 300+hrs of work in total, most of which was for the aztec panelling and other paint work


Thanks for looking guys


Wayne
Title: Re: Enterprise D
Post by: jmilesmusicman on May 23, 2018, 10:24:44 pm
Wow, so beautiful. I love this ship but have always been turned off by the raised panel lines. But you really took care of that! That's a LOT of sanding to get such a smooth surface. Bravo!
Title: Re: Enterprise D
Post by: Decoman on May 24, 2018, 04:44:09 am
Impressive! I like it a lot. :)

Also, I think that photo showing the Enterprise D from the front looks awesome. I guess the bright color of the hull really pops against the background.
Title: Re: Enterprise D
Post by: TK Iain on May 24, 2018, 06:21:28 am
That's a cracker! ;D
Title: Re: Enterprise D
Post by: starsiegeplayer on May 24, 2018, 08:17:14 am
Beautiful build!
Title: Re: Enterprise D
Post by: nkaltso on May 24, 2018, 07:42:19 pm
Nice work,  i like the tinted mirror on the base

Nick
Title: Re: Enterprise D
Post by: Often wrong Soong on May 25, 2018, 05:01:35 pm
Thanks guys, it took a lot of work but it was worth it in the end I think.  The same client had previously commissioned me to build another Enterprise D before this one but that build was much closer to the Generations version, with more accurate detailing, a darker overall colour scheme and fully lit separating saucer feature.  I'll dig out some photo's of that one too at some point if anyone's interested, without risking Enterprise D overdose...!


W
Title: Re: Enterprise D
Post by: TK Iain on May 26, 2018, 02:39:10 am
You can never have too much of any Enterprise.

Would like to see the masks you developed for the Aztecs if possible.
Title: Re: Enterprise D
Post by: Often wrong Soong on May 26, 2018, 08:23:11 am
You can never have too much of any Enterprise.

Would like to see the masks you developed for the Aztecs if possible.



Here's a couple of pictures to give an idea of how the masks worked out during the Generations version.  It takes 20+ sheets of A4 masks to get the main, blue highlight and grey highlight patterns done.  I don't have a plotter/cutter so they needed to be cut out and applied by hand, which is quite time consuming...I might invest in a plotter!  The colours were intentionally stark to begin with, the model was eventually misted over with the main blue and grey colours to knock the contrast right back

W
Title: Re: Enterprise D
Post by: TK Iain on May 26, 2018, 08:42:03 am
Stunning work indeed.
Title: Re: Enterprise D
Post by: modelerdave on June 04, 2018, 02:57:21 pm
That is fantastic. Where did you get the base? Did you build it yourself?
Title: Re: Enterprise D
Post by: Often wrong Soong on June 11, 2018, 02:55:00 pm
That is fantastic. Where did you get the base? Did you build it yourself?

Thanks mate.  The base was built by James Pamplin at casesanddisplays.co.uk

It's toughened glass with solid wood base plate and mirror, James does great work and is worth every penny.  I fitted the mount posts, electrical components and switches after the case was finished


W
Title: Re: Enterprise D
Post by: holt35 on July 02, 2018, 05:42:56 pm
Awesome build Often wrong! You're really getting great at Galaxy class ships. Can I ask where you got the fixed neck or how you went about fixing it? I've been waiting on Tetryon parts to come back before I start a new one.
Title: Re: Enterprise D
Post by: Often wrong Soong on July 24, 2018, 03:51:33 pm
Awesome build Often wrong! You're really getting great at Galaxy class ships. Can I ask where you got the fixed neck or how you went about fixing it? I've been waiting on Tetryon parts to come back before I start a new one.

Sorry buddy, haven't checked back here for a while and missed your comment.  I've gone down both routes of modifying the standard kit part and also using Tetryon's replacement part, each have their own merits and draw-backs.  For me, modifying the standard part is probably the better way to go as I have found the Tetryon part sometimes doesn't align close enough to the saucer separation plane, depending on the condition of the saucer part, which are very prone to warping (no pun intended!) and vary from kit to kit.  Tetryon's neck is a great drop-in replacement but it assumes that the kit saucer is true.  If it is not, it takes almost as much work to get the two parts to fit cleanly as it would to correct the original part.


Good luck with your build, don't put it off - jump in and get cracking!


W