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Update #18

Got the nacelles with updated paint, so far so good on the light blocking.  Still have not gotten the photo etch printed, still waiting on the transparencies that work in a laser printer.  I am hoping all works out well with that.  I have the design done for the impulse engine PE and parts going on the bridge and docking ports.  Hopefully in another few days will have some completed PE to show off.  Also, have the shapes laid into the program for all of the PE that is going on the pylons for the Enterprise.  I am using an easy to use CAD program, Silhouette Studio for Business, BUT, not a lot of power in the program, so have to get really creative to draw some of the shapes.  I am concerned with the ring that helps clean up the deflector ring on the secondary hull getting drawn up.  Hopefully will get it drawn fairly accurately. 

The pics are of all of the CNC cutting machined cut plastic parts, pretty excited about getting those done.  The machine can not go through 0.020 styrene, will try it out with the deep cut blade.  The sheet styrene was scored enough that I was able to get the parts out, they will all need some sanding before getting glued into the hull.  For the really complicated cut part, I went down to 0.010 thick styrene and cut two parts to be glued back together.  I will need to build up the courage to just scrape all of the detail off of the cast hull.

The other pic is of the PE design for the impulse engine cover.  It is close to the original part, I am running into a capability gap of the CAD program, I can not go back in and thin out some of the horizontal lines, as seen in the studio part.  I am doing some research to come up with a plan.  I have some ideas, but it would be a ton of work for this detail.  Oh, ignore the filler on the part :)

Modelers Questions Board / Re: Axanar
« Last post by RADIATION_STORM on March 20, 2018, 09:46:53 pm »
try contact direct 

Dennis St Pierre,,stp1701@att.net

he is STARCRAFT  you can get a   PDF of his stock for sale
Members Current Projects (WIP) / Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Last post by neilfsmith on March 20, 2018, 04:10:01 pm »
This is looking better and better with each post. Nice work!!
The Trading Post / Re: Custom Decals
« Last post by Tankton on March 20, 2018, 02:35:07 pm »
Price reductions across the board at my site    www.cameronsdecals.com
Members Current Projects (WIP) / Update - All caught up to real life
« Last post by neilfsmith on March 20, 2018, 11:49:00 am »
I had read that the secondary hull walls were a bit of pain to glue on to the bottom part. So, I thought it would make for an easier and better fit if I first glued the bottom of the secondary hull to the back most part (part #28) of the deflector dish housing. Then, glueing the walls in would be a better fit because it would get everything lined up correctly. It worked perfectly, but the problem arose when I tried to install the shuttle bay I couldn’t get it to fit in from the front. I have heard some people being able to put it in from the top, but once the walls were in place, it was not going to go. So I cut down the supports in the front as well as about a half inch of the support stand mount. Everything slid into place and then I glued the plastic I had cut out back in. So a little bit of crisis, but nothing I couldn’t fix.

Also, I decided against gluing down any shuttles to the floor because I want to be able to remove them so I can see more clearly into the cargo bay once everything is done. I did however glue down a few of the Workbees.

Another issue arose when my cat stole one of the tractor beam emitter parts from my worktable. I assumed it was my cat - unless the part itself somehow became self aware and took off on its own. A long and thorough search proved fruitless.

I sent out a request to Round2 for a replacement part and while I waited for that to arrive I had an idea. I was never all that thrilled with that part being clear in the first place. It was such a pain to paint and leave clean crisp windows for the blue light. I must have painted it at least three times. But eventually I did get it looking “okay.” But I was also kind of bothered by the fact that - at least from my observation - the tractor emitters have four small lines of blue light and the model kit part only has three. So, back to the 3D printer I went. I eyeballed the curve based on measurements and photos and re-created the part. The tiny little details were much too small to get a clean print from my 3D printer, so I cut up a bunch of little squares and rectangles from some strips of plastic and glued them on. After sanding and painting, I really like the look of it.

Lastly - and this catches me up to where I am in real life - I closed up and sealed the nacelles together. The BEMS light kit’s tethers were great for this - now I only have a few wires to feed down the pylons!  This being the first sub-section that I would have closed up and glued together, I was pretty anxious about it. But a friend of mine told me, “if it works before you close it up, it’ll work after you close it up.” And he was right. All is well.

More later…

Members Current Projects (WIP) / Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Last post by incubus35 on March 20, 2018, 10:09:09 am »
Hi Steve, as always, this is inspiring work!

I've just managed to get this kit, so I'll be watching the thread with interest!

Members Current Projects (WIP) / Klingon D7 Battle Cruiser
« Last post by incubus35 on March 20, 2018, 10:03:21 am »
Hi all,

I thought I'd try something different for a quick build, and to also improve some of my modelling skills. Being a kid of the 80's and 90's, my love for Star Trek comes more from the films, and then TNG/DS9/VOY (sorry TOS fans! My love for that came later). Therefore, I preferred the look of the K't'inga class battle cruiser, and the Bird of Prey from the Motion Picture / ST:III and ST:IV - the battle worn, green and rust coloured ships of the 2270-2290s just looked so mean! 

Therefore I decided to try and add some detail to the D7 model I had in my stash, mainly so that I could weather it more (the original has very little detail for my usual oil washes to work with!). I've not gone for screen accuracy, just let my imagination flow a bit :)

Hopefully it isn't too much of an abomination for you guys! :) For those eagle eyed modellers, please feel free to guess where some of the additional details came from (there are 2 different sources)!

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Modelers Questions Board / Re: Axanar
« Last post by WeeMoe on March 20, 2018, 03:09:39 am »
Hmm that's a shame thevares model looked so well made and fun to build up 😩
The Trading Post / Re: Custom Decals
« Last post by Tankton on March 19, 2018, 11:10:45 pm »
New products on my web site Check it out... www.cameronsdecals.com
The Arduino Exchange / Gundam Sinanju Stein
« Last post by texastony1946 on March 19, 2018, 08:16:14 pm »
Here is the link for my build log. I attached a video at the end.
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