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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Dusting off the thread...)
« Reply #120 on: November 24, 2015, 06:49:16 pm »
I have a lot of respect for you guys that work in this scale.
Thanks for your time.
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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Back to it ...)
« Reply #121 on: October 08, 2017, 08:13:41 pm »
Hey everyone!

Dusting off this thread ... again!

I'm back to work on the 1:1000 Romulan D7 Capitol Ship. As a reminder, this is the version as seen in Star Trek: The Animated Series, with some subtle color changes of my own.

First, I had planned on making some custom decals for this kit, but I'm currently without an inkjet printer, so I'll probably just go with the supplied markers.

Second, my paint scheme will change slightly, but will still be very similar to the ones in previous posts. I just got some new paint in the mail.
I wasn't aware, but *apparently* (Rustoleum) Testors has discontinued their International Military and Figure Enamels, which included some of my colors (other forum link below).
But, I should have enough for what I need.

http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/299198-testors-products-being-discontinued/&tab=comments#comment-2865400


After taking a close look at the build where I left off, I noticed some surface imperfections where the main hull meets the pylons. The imperfections seem to line up with the insert tabs
used to put the pieces together. I suspect the plastic cement may have weakened the plastic enough to cause the bumps and depressions. I don't recall noticing it before I stopped
working on the model. Anyway, I've done some more puttying and sanding and should have it dealt with. I'll lay down some primer whenever it isn't so rainy here ...




Cheers,

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Back to it ...)
« Reply #122 on: October 09, 2017, 02:24:17 pm »
Primer is down and all the major sub-assemblies look good. Looks like the surface imperfections have been dealt with.



My thinner got tied up in the mail, but should be here in a couple days.
Gives me some time to think of a strategy for painting, since each color of enamel I spray will take a couple days to fully cure ...

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Spencer

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Back to it ...)
« Reply #123 on: October 14, 2017, 10:53:20 am »
While I wait for the rest of my paint to show up ... I've decided on a slightly different color scheme.
Note that the colors shown here might not be indicative of the final result, but should be similar.

My plan for (what were) the chrome parts is to spay a layer of silver or silver chrome, then very light coats of future mixed with some green food coloring.
This will probably be one of the last steps (after a dull coat) since I want to keep them glossy.





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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Back to it ...)
« Reply #124 on: October 14, 2017, 04:41:30 pm »
First colors brushed down, at least on some detail parts. Will probably spray another coat of yellow when the enamel cures.

Will hopefully have some main hull color down early in the week.

BTW, my plan on this kit is to put the colors down, let them cure, then spray several misting coats of Future to get that "wet" look.
Then, apply the decals, hit them with another couple coats of Future and finish off with some kind of dull clear.
This will be my first time spraying Future and I plan to spray it straight through the brush.

If you guys have any ideas for a nice dull coat that can be sprayed over Future, then let me know ...


NOTE: color may be a bit off because of the orange

Cheers,
Spencer
« Last Edit: October 14, 2017, 04:44:47 pm by Spencer »

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Back to it ...)
« Reply #125 on: October 16, 2017, 03:03:38 pm »
This is going to be sweet!
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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Back to it ...)
« Reply #126 on: October 17, 2017, 02:08:35 pm »
This is going to be sweet!

Thanks Mark!


First hull color is now down! Had some time this morning to mix my colors and spray over lunch. Been chomping at the bit ...



I'm not overly concerned about overspray here, I just don't want to get too much paint into those grill pieces. Turns out 1/8" wide vinyl tape
is just about perfect for the nacelle grills.

For those playing along at home:
I'm using Model Masters enamels. Specifically here, 30% Fulcrum Grey/Green and 70% White.
I'm thinning the paint using Testors Universal Enamel Thinner (in the red can) and spraying at 22psi, holding the brush about 3-4 inches from the surface.

If you can't see the color well in the image below, that's actually good. I'm spraying the lightest colors so it will be easier to cover up any overspray
with my darker colors.



The color in this shot is a bit less subtle


I'm a bit rusty with the airbrush, but am quickly getting back into it. Just a couple spots to clean up, but nothing I can't handle.

Now I play the waiting game, at least 2-3 days for this to fully cure before I move on to the next color.


Cheers,
Spencer

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (First Colors Down ...)
« Reply #127 on: October 17, 2017, 07:27:53 pm »
Looking good!  :)

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (First Colors Down ...)
« Reply #128 on: October 19, 2017, 08:23:43 pm »
Looking good!  :)

Thanks!

I finally got the triangular side-panel pieces to lay a little more flat. The Klingon version of these pieces are grills, and both variants are supposed to be recessed. Neither
does so very well. In fact, I've never been happy with the fit of these pieces. But, it's definitely better now.

Will probably use Tamiya liquid cement (and definitely pressure) to make sure they go in place and stay that way. Will probably have to touch up the color a bit as well.

I'll also be testing various dull coats to go over the Future gloss coat. I have some Krylon Matte Finish and Model Master Acryl Flat Clear to test, and maybe some more by tomorrow evening.
I have an old 1:350 TOS saucer with the panel lines I'll be using for tests.

Cheers



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If you're wondering why the yellow panels, here you go ...


« Last Edit: October 19, 2017, 08:30:18 pm by Spencer »

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Painting ...)
« Reply #129 on: October 21, 2017, 12:26:17 pm »
Back again. This time spraying on the second hull color. This goes on the underside of the main hull and a couple other places.
Correction to post: 50% Flat White + 50% Fulcrum Grey/Green.

Sorry for the lower photo quality, my camera battery started to die on me while I was taking these ...




The color is only slightly darker than the first but noticeable, which is what I'm going for. The camera really doesn't pick up on it very well.




Airbrushing is all coming back to me, no problems spraying using the same setup as before. There were a couple very subtle surface features, and the
masking line against the starboard nacelle didn't match up precisely, so I put a small amount of color on a firm brush and lightly did some touch up.
These classic ships are pretty unforgiving with their mainly smooth surfaces, but that's part of what makes them so timeless IMO.
I'll go over everything with some fine grit paper when the enamel fully cures. Another 2-3+ days I wait ...


On another note, I have various dull coats and matte finishes (and a couple more on the way) to test over Future and see what works for me. I'll practice
spraying Future a bit and then try them out. I'll put my results in another thread, not sure which forum topic it'll be yet.

Cheers,
Spencer
« Last Edit: October 22, 2017, 09:19:48 am by Spencer »

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Painting ...)
« Reply #130 on: October 22, 2017, 03:34:00 am »
I really like how this build is going.   

By the way, this version of the D-7 was called the "V-11 Stormbird" in the old FASA Star Trek game :)

http://www.ststcsolda.space/romulans/V-11/V-11.html

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Painting ...)
« Reply #131 on: October 22, 2017, 07:51:32 am »
Spencer,

I'm not sure I've ever seen someone build the D-7 from TAS. This is a different spin on the Klingons! Gene L. Coon would be honored!

Will you be painting the hull the blue color as well?

Keep 'er going, Mr. Scott!

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Painting ...)
« Reply #132 on: October 22, 2017, 09:08:25 am »
Thanks guys!  :)

Somewhere, WAY back in this thread, someone else mentioned this as the Stormbird. I have a couple of the "updated" kits which have the big BOP pattern underneath:
http://www.culttvmanshop.com/Romulan-Battlecruiser-11000-from-Polar-Lights_p_2473.html

Will build one of those at some point. Always a fan of the big orange bird.

At the time I bought this kit, the only place you saw the Stormbird was in TAS since the model used in "The Enterprise Incident" was actually the Klingon version. The Romulan
colors were so inconsistent between episodes (sometimes blue, sometimes grey and even a little green) I was left wondering what colors to try.



In the end I decided on something similar to the shoutouts in the instructions, which is various tints of Fulcrum Grey/Green:
http://www.art-paints.com/Paints/Enamel/Model-Master/International-Military/USSR-Fulcrum-Gray-Green/USSR-Fulcrum-Gray-Green.html

And do some highlights with the oranges, yellows and tones of Interior Blue/Green, mainly to break up the monotony:
http://www.art-paints.com/Paints/Acrylic/Testors/Model-Master/USSR-Interior-Blue-Green/USSR-Interior-Blue-Green.html

Spencer
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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Painting ...)
« Reply #133 on: October 25, 2017, 01:13:08 pm »
Another update. The last main hull color has been sprayed. This is the upper half of the main hull and most of the "top hat".
100% Fulcrum Grey/Green thinned and sprayed as before.

Not the easiest things to mask, but it all turned out quite nice. Just a couple spots to touch up on the corners.





Next up will be the detail colors. Most of those will be masked, but hand painted instead of sprayed. Then there will be a short break while I practice
spraying Future and test out some dull coats.

And another 2-3 days I wait ...

Cheers,
Spencer
« Last Edit: October 25, 2017, 03:49:24 pm by Spencer »

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Re: 1/1000 D7 Romulan Capitol Ship (Painting ...)
« Reply #134 on: October 28, 2017, 09:25:03 am »
I love this kit and have built a few of them although the latest version seems to have a lot more flash and has some fit problems its still a great kit.
I do like what your doing looks great so far, cant wait to see it finished.

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