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Author Topic: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)  (Read 8096 times)

Offline billski

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Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2014, 02:09:29 pm »
Good start its slowly slowly with windows i am afraid but you will get there

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Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2014, 02:14:56 pm »
It took me a while to realize what kit you were building. I was too busy looking at your phone's wallpaper. Slow and steady wins the race, especially cutting out all of those windows. It will look amazing when lighted.
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Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2014, 10:36:16 am »
Good start and I have one to build.

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Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2014, 11:20:41 am »
Looking good so far.  Yep, opening windows is a slow process, but well worth it

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Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2014, 10:21:19 am »
New update. I switched to 0,5mm drill bits, which are good for these windows and it's amazing how much that 0,2mm more affected on endurance of the drill bit. I drilled a lot more with one 0,5mm drill bit than five 0,3 drill bits. Though I'm not sure if that bit was actually more of the quality stuff. I can't remember where i got that set, which had few different sized drill bits the other ones was ordered from China :) Too bad that there was only one of each sized drill bits, and now the 0,5mm bit is broken. I know I have somewhere 10 pieces of cheap Chinese 0,5mm drill bits, but I can't remember where. I did order more drill bits in two varieties, which other ones were bit more expensive, but not too expensive. If I didn't got the fire guard duty at my work, I might not have been able to start this until month later. Now I can do some drilling in peace during work hours and there's nobody around to disturb my drilling :D

Anyway here's the current situation. Upper saucer is about 70% drilled after spending somewhere over 10 hours of drilling. However moving to that 0,5mm drill bit did improve my drilling speed and if I can find the rest of my drill bits I might be able to finish the upper saucer on Monday and hopefully with some luck I can get rest of the windows drilled. Then I have to clean those windows a bit before washing part and applying the light block painting.


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Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2014, 12:03:57 pm »
You have the patience of a Saint Finn!!  :)   

Ooooooo!  I think I may buy that kit!
 
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Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2014, 12:53:38 pm »
good luck with this buddy im getting there with my soverign build so I can relate to the issues you are going to run in to :)
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Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2014, 01:52:03 pm »
You have the patience of a Saint Finn!!  :)
Hardly. If I had good patience, I might have more models finished, instead of just started. :D I just got rare opportunity to concentrate to drilling without interruptions (except my cordeless Dremel running out of juice... got to take the charger with me next time) or any other disturbances. BTW, I found my 0,5mm drill bits. I just realized, that I have done some window drilling on my 1/1000 TOS Enterprise and I have put the drill bits inside to Enterprise's box. So now I'm ready for next round of window drilling. I will be so happy when I get those windows drilled... or I would be if I wouldn't remember that I have B and C yet to start, which both require window drilling. :D

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Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2014, 12:52:46 am »
How do you get the long, almost rectangular shape to the windows with a standard bit? They are looking great BTW!
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Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2014, 06:17:38 am »
How do you get the long, almost rectangular shape to the windows with a standard bit? They are looking great BTW!

It's quite simple procedure really. I just drill several holes and then slowly carve the windows along those drilled holes. Applying too much pressure on drill bit makes them brake as they are very small drill bits. Using hobby knife is another option to cut the windows after drilling the holes.

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Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2014, 11:46:21 am »
I was about to ask if a needle file would work to shape the windows, then I looked again at your last photo. With your thumb there to give scale, I could see how small those windows actually are. Yikes!
Your phone had text? Didn't notice ;D
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Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
« Reply #26 on: March 25, 2014, 10:11:37 am »
Lots of small windows there, my hat is off to you sir.  That is going to pay off nicely I suspect later in the build.   8)
That model really tied the room together.

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Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
« Reply #27 on: March 27, 2014, 12:01:31 pm »
Tedious work but worth it for sure. She'll look beautiful all lit up. Can't wait to see more.
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Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
« Reply #28 on: March 27, 2014, 01:24:59 pm »
Can't wait to see more.
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Re: SFMA Big Spring Build Contest - 1:1400 Enterprise E (Modified)
« Reply #29 on: March 27, 2014, 04:06:27 pm »
Welcome to 1/1400 window drillers anonymous!

I've lost count of how many drill bits I've gone through...windows look nice and even... nice job sir.

What aftermarket bits are you getting?


 




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