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Title: 18" TOS Enterprise
Post by: Tshark on December 17, 2018, 03:29:54 pm
Here are some pictures of my completed AMT/ERTL 1/650 scale Enterprise.  This model taught me a lot of "firsts" to name a few:
1) Creating and programming my own Arduino micro-controller circuits to add lighting and sound.
2) Trying different methods for creating starship windows.
3) Working with resin parts.
4) Building my own acrylic display case.
5) Using a spraygun for large area model painting.
6) Working with photo-etched parts.

Also here is a link to my YouTube video showing the model in action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OybIPHD7j8&t=21s

All in all a very rewarding build.

Title: Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
Post by: jazzydog on December 17, 2018, 06:20:58 pm
Looks great! Getting ready to do the 18" big E myself.
Title: Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
Post by: RossW on December 18, 2018, 10:52:25 am
That is gorgeous! I was never able to do square/rectangular windows on my 18"; I was using round fibre optic back in the day.
Title: Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
Post by: starsiegeplayer on December 18, 2018, 01:00:25 pm
Very  nice work
Title: Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
Post by: modelerdave on December 19, 2018, 09:02:58 am
That base is fantastic! I love the Enterprise schematic on the right. Really nice job.
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Post by: Shawn McClure on December 19, 2018, 09:44:35 am
Love it!  Such a top notch job.

Shawn
Title: Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
Post by: Tshark on December 22, 2018, 08:15:41 am
That is gorgeous! I was never able to do square/rectangular windows on my 18"; I was using round fibre optic back in the day.

Thanks Ross.  I use the normal drill out method, then squared up the windows with a "seconds hole" square file (this file is 1mm square).  I filled the windows with the acrylic nail method and sanded them flush with the hull surface.  Prior to painting I used Tamiya's paint masking sheet that has a 1mm square grid printed on it.  I cut out a mask for each rectangular window (for this scale it worked out to be 2.5mm by 1mm) and then painted the model.  Using this method allowed me to make minor alignment adjustments, give me sharp corners, and make them all pretty uniform. 
Title: Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
Post by: Tshark on December 22, 2018, 08:23:54 am
That base is fantastic! I love the Enterprise schematic on the right. Really nice job.

Thanks Modelerdave.  I got the schematic off of the internet.  It was created by Walter "Matt" Jefferies.  I decided not to weather this model and wanted the schematic to give it a "fresh out of the shipyard" feel.  It also serves as an introduction to those not familiar with the Constitution class starship.
Title: Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
Post by: RossW on January 01, 2019, 11:37:34 am
That is gorgeous! I was never able to do square/rectangular windows on my 18"; I was using round fibre optic back in the day.

Thanks Ross.  I use the normal drill out method, then squared up the windows with a "seconds hole" square file (this file is 1mm square).  I filled the windows with the acrylic nail method and sanded them flush with the hull surface.  Prior to painting I used Tamiya's paint masking sheet that has a 1mm square grid printed on it.  I cut out a mask for each rectangular window (for this scale it worked out to be 2.5mm by 1mm) and then painted the model.  Using this method allowed me to make minor alignment adjustments, give me sharp corners, and make them all pretty uniform.
Excellent work!
Title: Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
Post by: karve on February 04, 2019, 05:08:31 pm
All I can say is WOW!
  Great job on the model and I absolutely love the base!
  Very well done!
Title: Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
Post by: Tshark on February 05, 2019, 07:59:19 am
All I can say is WOW!
  Great job on the model and I absolutely love the base!
  Very well done!

Thanks!  I put the model in our home office/computer room and usually turn it on for hours.  Even the wife has stated that the sound loop is very soothing.  I am toying with the idea of adding a star field to the black background paneling.
Title: Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
Post by: trekriffic on April 29, 2019, 10:30:12 am
Wonderful job on an old classic. Welldone!