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Members Current Projects (WIP) / Re: Super Star Destroyer
« Last post by WeeMoe on September 21, 2018, 06:15:07 pm »
Ha! Don
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Modelers Questions Board / Re: 1/350 Refit Mounting Pole
« Last post by big_daddy24 on September 21, 2018, 09:08:10 am »
i purchased cheap microphones jacks from china and have been very disappointed with the quality, what i am going to do from now on is use 1/2 copper tube for the pole and then use a 1/2 copper male adapter, cut the threads off and epoxy it into the model from the inside, you can get these items out of the plumbing section of any hardware store. then in my base have the wires go to a screw terminal so the base and model can be seperated easly. copper tube and fittings fit very securely togather. the disassembly wont be as simple as using microphone jacks but i believe it will stand the test of time 10 times  better.
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Members Current Projects (WIP) / Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Last post by MSgtUSAFRet on September 21, 2018, 07:41:57 am »
Shawn, thanks the for comments!

Scott, you too!

Looking good.  So nothing was keeping the plastic halves together?  What about CA?  It dries harder than Gorilla glue but it is also less porous.  Also, if you don't need the strength you can putty the joint and then seal the putty with CA, which then also makes a good join.

Yeah, I used CA, only on the alignment pegs, the first time but I still had gaps. I thought I could live with them - until I placed cotton in them. Then I had hairy engines. I used the GG to act as an adhesive and gap filler. May have caused myself some work, but I think I can pull the haggis from the fire with this one.

Perhaps I was in a hurry to seal them up and should have planned a bit better. Re-thinking it  - I know could have planned and implemented better.

But, the joy is in the building and the learning of what works and what doesn't.

Now I know and knowing is half the battle!


 ;D ;D ;D Steve

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Members Current Projects (WIP) / Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Last post by scottminium on September 20, 2018, 09:23:26 pm »
Looking good.  So nothing was keeping the plastic halves together?  What about CA?  It dries harder than Gorilla glue but it is also less porous.  Also, if you don't need the strength you can putty the joint and then seal the putty with CA, which then also makes a good join.
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Modelers Questions Board / Re: B9 Glass Dome Question
« Last post by The Man/Kind Project on September 20, 2018, 01:19:14 pm »
Thanks very much!
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Members Model Gallery / Re: 1/537 Klingon K'Tinga Class Battlecruiser.
« Last post by starsiegeplayer on September 20, 2018, 12:07:51 pm »
Wow... apparently I really screwed up the images in this thread.  They all showed up for me but were invisible to everyone else in the thread... and I just saw the DM telling me *FACEPALM*
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Members Current Projects (WIP) / Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Last post by Shawn McClure on September 20, 2018, 09:52:49 am »
Lookin' good Steve.  I have also heard there were a few modifications on the neck and other parts of the "C" for the different studio models.  I think it's in the eye of the beholder.  Which means the way you are doing it is exactly right.   Until you do it another way, in which case 'that' way is exactly right... until the next time..  Repeat the above to infinity.

Anyway,  I'm glad you are back up and running.  It's looking fabulous.

Shawn
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Modelers Questions Board / Re: Modeling Paint Brands
« Last post by Merrittk54 on September 20, 2018, 09:05:21 am »
Many thanks for all the replies, lot's of good information. ;D
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Members Current Projects (WIP) / Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Last post by MSgtUSAFRet on September 20, 2018, 08:18:57 am »
Hey Guys!

While it has been a bit since I last posted (I mean, "I fell off the front page bit since I posted" long!) So I thought I would post a few WIP shots to show you I am back at the bench.

I wanted to let you know that your encouragements have prompted me to get back to it; sooooooo....thanks! Also, work has let up enough for me to think when I get home so I can hoist myself back to the bench with half a brain! :)

The progress so far is coming in spurts. I am at the dreaded "putty, sand, paint, repeat ad infinitum, ad nauseum cycle. But at least it's coming along and looking better. I have sealed the Saucer, puttied the seams and sanded them smooth. As so often happens when doing this process, the seam and putty looks terrible, rough, and not finished. But after running my fingernail over the seams and finding no divets or rough surfaces, I am confident the seam is finally done; at least until I put paint on it! ;)


This is showing the dosal Hanger Deck area and blinking light area. (I know! My use of techincal terms is Astounding!) As you can see, sainding this area was made more difficult by trying not to break the FO off. So far I've succeeded. I am trying to be extra careful so as to not cause me extra work later.

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I noticed my engine seams, the parts between the model pieces and my DLM parts, were more like gaps. I could press them closed but none of the adhesives were holding. Once I released the clamps, the seams would pop open again. I used the gorilla snot again to close them up. So far, they are holding. Despite gorilla's glue having an awful tendency to expand everywhere, I figured I could take a slow speed fissure bur to it, followed by a sanding stick, and shape it down to a more esthetic appearance. At least, that's the plan.

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After I had popped open the engines to insert some cotton and diffuse the bussard collector lights, I finally put the Bussard Collectors back on. I think this will be a better look this time around. Plus, I use CA, per DLM instructions, to put them back on, so they should be more securely mounted this time! (It helps when you read the instructions!) Of course, I did another light test and all is working within normal parameters. (Didja see what I did there?! :) )

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deckem_17 (a.k.a. Angryscifimodeler) noted that the production model of the Enterprise did not have the neck (Interconnecting Dosal (ICD)) grooves on the forward facing surface of the ship; as shown here

And it was only after searching for this picture that I noticed a small white strip running the length of the ICD; which is something I will try to duplicate in my build.

Following his lead, I smoothed out the neck; which, even when using a relatively flat fingernail file, ended up being rounded. *sigh*

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In re-watching deckem_17's video of his build, I wondered why he didn't just use a single peice to cover the neck rather than two peices. Well, I found out that I couldn't get an equal "showing" of the edge in profile without the two peices to manipulate. So I split the single peice I had and adjusted the "lip" before the glue set. I still got some spillage but I think this will be not show. Besides, I didn't want to spread the glue any further. I am hoping to pick it away once it is dry.

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I'll have to putty and sand and paint the seam I've created put the result, if only half as good as deckem_17's, should be a nice detail point.

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As always, thanks for the prods to keep going and for reading this far!
While I have enjoyed lurking, there really isn't anything like building and posting.

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Steve

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