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Offline NemVia

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Re: ST:TMP Drydock (WIP)
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2014, 02:12:55 pm »
Yes I love your modelling skills and this project that your working on :) I wish I had the skills and time to build something like this.

I'm sorry I haven't responded with a response, however your work is outstanding and I look forward to more photos and updates on your progress.

I have noticed a lot of people do look at building threads, but few comment. ( maybe because people are busy ..?)

Sadly this is a fact on this forum. Please be patient with people, as I'm certain that they also feel as I do and enjoy your work....for me a DRY DOCK is of GREAT interest. :) So please don't be discouraged or think people aren't interested in your project...as Im sure the opposite is true. ;)

regards Artie
Thanks Artie! I appreciate your input! I'm not discouraged. I wish I had more time to comment on others' projects as well. Busy Busy Busy!
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Re: ST:TMP Drydock (WIP)
« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2014, 02:15:37 pm »
I'm impressed with your drydock.

I'm thinking I might build one from your photos for my Refit.

Scott.

Thanks Scott! Actually I hope you do build one for yourself! I would love to see another build of this project! There aren't too many people who will attempt it! Look at me. This is my second and third build of this model! I'm dying to see it finished as well!
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Re: ST:TMP Drydock (WIP)
« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2014, 02:16:18 pm »
Hi everyone. Just letting you know that the update for July is bare minimum. Had to go on vacation for a couple of weeks (Had to! Yes needed to. I needed a break gaaaaaah!) Anyway, I only did some casting for some of the detailing pieces as well as some sanding and painting. Most of this stuff was seen in an earlier update, so I won't publish similar pics on the sight. I will be starting on the assembling and painting the Starboard side of the drydock and will have some new pics for you for August. Thanks for your patience and I'll see you then.
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Re: ST:TMP Drydock (WIP)
« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2014, 02:58:35 pm »
lovin the progress so far! scratch building makes me happy!
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Re: ST:TMP Drydock (WIP)
« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2014, 05:33:45 am »
I'm impressed with your drydock.

I'm thinking I might build one from your photos for my Refit.

Scott.

Thanks Scott! Actually I hope you do build one for yourself! I would love to see another build of this project! There aren't too many people who will attempt it! Look at me. This is my second and third build of this model! I'm dying to see it finished as well!
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Hi Mark,

I'm thinking I might make the drydock my next build after I finish my refit.

Do you have drawings or diagrams you used for yours?

Scott.


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Re: ST:TMP Drydock (WIP)
« Reply #20 on: July 08, 2014, 01:56:18 pm »
In the 1/260 ST:TMP Drydock page pt I. I have about 5 different home made blueprints of what I used to start my build. You can copy them off of my site if you wish. If you view them as a slide show, the images appear larger. The link below should lead you to that page. If not go to my homepage and look on the sidebar. Most of the build is repeated sections of work so I did not blueprint the entire dock. LEt me know if this helps.
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Re: ST:TMP Drydock (WIP)
« Reply #21 on: July 08, 2014, 08:58:31 pm »
I copied the diagrams and they will help but they are a little small.

Any chance you could scan them even is sections to put back together and email them to me?

Scott.

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Re: ST:TMP Drydock (WIP)
« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2014, 08:39:07 am »
I'll see what I can do. Those originals are no longer in good condition due to some storage problems. But I see what I can salvage. Give me some time to get back to you on that one.
Mark
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Re: ST:TMP Drydock (WIP)
« Reply #23 on: July 09, 2014, 08:49:26 am »
Thanks for that, any time is fine.

With your 1/350 drydock do you by any chance remember the dimensions of the square panels at the top above the ship?

That would give me a starting point to plan mine.

Scott.

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Re: ST:TMP Drydock (WIP)
« Reply #24 on: July 11, 2014, 07:23:45 am »
Thanks for that, any time is fine.

With your 1/350 drydock do you by any chance remember the dimensions of the square panels at the top above the ship?

That would give me a starting point to plan mine.

Scott.

Yes, all of the squares were 6" x 6"  the light panel frames were also 6"x6". The model was 42" in length.
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Re: ST:TMP Drydock (WIP)
« Reply #25 on: July 11, 2014, 08:19:30 am »
Hi Mark,

Thanks for those dimensions it's going to help me big time with the planning of building the drydock.

Any time you can scan the diagrams will be fine, I've barely done anything to my Enterprise build so far so I probably wont start building my one til next year. So I'm in no hurry whenever is convenient with you.

Thanks.

Scott.

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Re: ST:TMP Drydock (WIP)
« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2014, 03:38:04 pm »
Hi Mark,

Thanks for those dimensions it's going to help me big time with the planning of building the drydock.

Any time you can scan the diagrams will be fine, I've barely done anything to my Enterprise build so far so I probably wont start building my one til next year. So I'm in no hurry whenever is convenient with you.

Thanks.

Scott.
Stiil Getting the info in order Scott. Didn't want you to think I forgot about ya!
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Re: ST:TMP Drydock (WIP)
« Reply #27 on: July 31, 2014, 03:38:37 pm »
August Updates 2014

Okay! Back on track. At least somewhat. Because of the complexity of the Drydock build, you can just imagine how repetitive some of the work can be especially when there are 2 being built at the same time. WOW!

Never again. At least not 2 builds at once. Anyway this month I can report some decent progress. In the past updates, you have seen the overhead modules in their natural molded black color, then the next color went to Italian Brown, but that was never to be the finale color of the modules. In doing research for my original 1/350 scale dock I viewed as many production stills, behind the scenes photos and even the old trading card pics as I could get my hands on and I found what I believe to be the closest color match as possible for the final color of the dock. In many of the stills There appears to be a reddish tinge to the color of the dock. When I took pictures of my 1/350 scale version the colors seemed be quite close. I like that Rust color, so I am using this for the final color of the dock. But I will not be laying it on too thick. I want some of the brown to show through in a subtle way. This would also give it a more used and  weathered look.

To start out with the painting I needed to fix almost all of the corner pieces of the modules. This being my first major resin cast project I did not get everything to line up exactly. But with some styrene and super glue I was able to fix all of these parts up.  Next I wanted to add in all of the remaining anchor cones so that they could all be sprayed at the exact same time. This would mean less touch-up work later on. The reason I didn't add all of the cones sooner when I was assembling them early on was because I was going to use some of these cones to thread wiring through them for some of the lighting effect. But I now, I've come up with a new way to add the lighting which I will discuss in future updates. So anyway, I fixed all of the loose parts by either re-cementing or replacing them  so that everything will be ready for the final paint job. Next I did some more masking of what look to be grill plates on the underside of the modules. I also masked off a lot of the side panels to give a little bit of a variety in color. Then I sprayed the entire model which took me just under an hour to do for each model. The spraying time was mostly taken up by doing all of the anchor cones.

There are some pretty good pics of the paintjob on the AUGUST UPDATES 2014 page.

After all of the masks are removed you can see the different colors on the underside and sides of the modules.

I was also able to start adding the starboard side panel frames to one of the models. This took some doing because I needed to added the support rods through the modules. After I had originally built each panel I had to align them with their proper positions mark all of the drill holes off one at a time to make sure all of these pieces would fit properly later on when they would be connected to the modules. To make sure I didn't mess up their order I needed to number all of the tiers so that they could be placed back into their original positions.

The Starboard frames are now anchored to the modules but they still need some tweaking. To finish all of that though I need to add in the lighting wires for the light panels. After they are all in place I can then make sure everything is squared up and then I can add the vertical detail pieces on the inside and the outsides of the frames. Once I get this done I can actually mount the Refit Enterprise into it's final resting place inside the Drydock. I really hope I can get to that part very soon! I've been looking forward to that very much!

Well, thanks for being patient on this build. I really needed the break last month. Hang in there. More is on it's way! See you next month!

Mark

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Re: ST:TMP Drydock (WIP)
« Reply #28 on: August 31, 2014, 04:36:26 pm »
September Updates 2014
 Now that I have the majority of all of the details and pieces cast and for the most part painted, I have been able to assemble a lot of these individual pieces together and even start with the lighting process.
 This month I received all of the rest of my dry transfers to add all of the letters and numbers to the backs of all of the light panels. They are now complete! After that I started assembling the power nodules to the light panels and then the tanks to the power nodules. I also started adding some mounting nuts for the tension rods on the light panels. I needed to redo them because the originals were not large enough for what I needed. So I had to add 8 of these nuts to each of the panels then later add 10 of these nuts to each of the panel frames. These are now completed.
 Any of the missing anchor cones have now been put in place, then I finished putting the horizontal detail pieces then painted all of the details "Rust". This prepared all of these pieces for the next important step of lighting and wiring the panel frames and panel lights.
 I have also added the box insert pieces to the overhead modules and cemented them in place. Next was the part that I've been wanting to get to for a very long time. The wiring of the light panels. For my 1/350 scale Drydock I used copper telephone wire and lots of LEDs. It was really a wiring nightmare because of how many connections were needed and later when the model was moved around or slightly shifted some of the panels would go out and then I'd have to find out were the break in the line was and re-solder everything until it worked properly. For this model which is about 1/260 scale, the pieces are a lot larger and easier to work with but I did not want to use LED's because of all of the soldering needed, so I'm, using a new technology for the panels which is becoming very popular for lighted models called EL Wire. This wire can be fed through all of the tubes, be looped around the spurs inside of the panels and then fed through to the next panels and so forth. The LEDs took several days to wire in. The EL wire took me less than 3 hours for one side of light panels.
 After I threaded all of the EL Wire through I was then able to connect all of the panel frames together then put on the Vertical detail pieces on the insides of the panel frames. Right now I'm working on the outside of the Starboard frames and adding the Vertical detail strips on there as well.
 I'm now beginning the work on the Port side frames and lighting work. After I get this part detailed and wired I will be adding all of the Light Panel Graphics and Front parts of the Light panels. I should also be able to get one of the Enterprise models mounted inside the dock if all goes well. There's still a lot of work to get done but it's getting closer to being finished.
 My target date for finishing this is about the end of October-November. But, we'll see. There are 24 New pics in the September updates page. Enjoy!
 That's all for this month's update! See you in October!
 Mark
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Re: ST:TMP Drydock (WIP)
« Reply #29 on: August 31, 2014, 07:45:29 pm »
Now that's ambitious! :D  Nice! :D

 




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