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Author Topic: Projekt: Polish a turd - 1/537 USS Enterprise Refit by AMT (Modified)  (Read 42201 times)

Offline MattA

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Re: Projekt: Polish a turd - 1/537 USS Enterprise Refit by AMT (Modified)
« Reply #165 on: February 02, 2015, 09:31:34 pm »
Well, my brilliant ebay purchase fell through when the seller sent me the wrong model. :(

I was able to get a refund, and am now working towards another one.  It won't be long now! :)
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Re: Projekt: Polish a turd - 1/537 USS Enterprise Refit by AMT (Modified)
« Reply #166 on: February 03, 2015, 12:53:00 pm »
Success!  I just won an auction for a brand new Star Trek IV version of the 537.  It'll be here soon!

I'll get on it here and there in between times on the refit.
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Re: Projekt: Polish a turd - 1/537 USS Enterprise Refit by AMT (Modified)
« Reply #167 on: February 03, 2015, 05:49:46 pm »
Way to go Matt! I just won an auction for a Star Trek VI version of the 1/537 just last week. It was weird because I was the only bidder, and I had been bidding on some others and was out bid by the auto bidders. It's still sealed in the box with just a bit of crimping on the edge of the box. Should get it tomorrow. This would kind of replace the one my cat(s) destroyed a few years back.
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Re: Projekt: Polish a turd - 1/537 USS Enterprise Refit by AMT (Modified)
« Reply #168 on: February 04, 2015, 02:55:35 pm »
That'll be great!  Good luck with the build.  It's a fairly difficult one, but I think with some finagling, I can make it look *decent*.
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Re: Projekt: Polish a turd - 1/537 USS Enterprise Refit by AMT (Modified)
« Reply #169 on: February 04, 2015, 05:08:59 pm »
Hehehehe :)   

After re-putzing around with mine for the last few weeks, I don't know whether to
offer you Guys congratulations or condolences!!   ;D
Ooooooo!  I think I may buy that kit!
 
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Re: Projekt: Polish a turd - 1/537 USS Enterprise Refit by AMT (Modified)
« Reply #170 on: February 04, 2015, 09:45:13 pm »
@fumblethumbs
That's alright FT, I know it's not the Mona Lisa of kits. I built one several years ago with grain of wheat bulb lighting, and it turned out OK. Admittedly I wasn't worried about the screen accuracy when I built , but my biggest gripe with it was the balance issue that all of these Enterprise kits have. They weren't meant to operate in gravity, after all, despite what J.J. Abrams seems to think.

@Matt, did you get yours yet?
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Re: Projekt: Polish a turd - 1/537 USS Enterprise Refit by AMT (Modified)
« Reply #171 on: February 05, 2015, 09:21:47 am »
@fumbles:  I think the idea behind this kit is just build it.  Warts and all.  Any attempt at making it better is going to be met with massive failure. 

I'm going to keep the stupid aztec lines this time.  Trying to fill them really made the kit look shabby.  I'll use some high build primer this time, then prime and use pearl white.  I was trying to paint on the aztecs, but they wound up looking weird with all the 'aztec' paneling.  I think I'll use the free decals from starshipmodeler instead. 

If I ever build a smoothie, it'll be a different story, however. :)
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Re: Projekt: Polish a turd - 1/537 USS Enterprise Refit by AMT (Modified)
« Reply #172 on: February 05, 2015, 11:34:35 am »
@fumbles:  I think the idea behind this kit is just build it.  Warts and all. 

Yep, You are so right Matt!  That's exactly the M.O. I'm using since pulling the kit back out of storage. ;)

One thing that really kicked my butt, (well, one of several things really, but I digress), was I didn't light block the primary and secondary hulls from the inside.  This has really been a nuisance.  The sprayed on primer and paint coats don't seem to build in those deep crevices between the Aztecs.  I've had to hand brush black into them to kill light bleed.  A very time consuming and tedious procedure.  All the best to you Matt and Dan on your builds!!  :) 


Edit:  That's the very kit I started out with Dan.  Seeing that box again  (tick, wink, shrug)
         sure brings back memories (tick, wink, shrug)

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« Last Edit: February 05, 2015, 11:44:57 am by fumblethumbs »
Ooooooo!  I think I may buy that kit!
 
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Re: Projekt: Polish a turd - 1/537 USS Enterprise Refit by AMT (Modified)
« Reply #173 on: February 06, 2015, 08:29:06 am »
Don't flinch too much!  You've got a model to finish, and if you're twitching it'll just mess it up.  And if you mess it up... you'll be starting over! ;D
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Re: Projekt: Polish a turd - 1/537 USS Enterprise Refit by AMT (Modified)
« Reply #174 on: February 13, 2015, 09:02:12 pm »
Ok everyone, I'm going to start a new thread over on the WIP forum.  I'm going to consider the Star Trek VI version a bust and quietly move over and start again with my brand stinking new Star Trek IV version.  Hopefully this time we'll have better luck!

Thanks to all who followed my plunge into the darkness that is the 537 Refit.  Hopefully Part II goes much better!
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Re: Projekt: Polish a turd - 1/537 USS Enterprise Refit by AMT (Modified)
« Reply #175 on: February 14, 2015, 01:20:24 am »
But wasnt "Into Darkness" the last movie? ;)
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Re: Projekt: Polish a turd - 1/537 USS Enterprise Refit by AMT (Modified)
« Reply #176 on: February 14, 2015, 07:16:24 am »
I know of no Star Trek movies called 'Into Darkness'. ;D
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Re: Projekt: Polish a turd - 1/537 USS Enterprise Refit by AMT (Modified)
« Reply #177 on: February 14, 2015, 12:12:37 pm »
Lol...aah yes...a TOS snob 😉
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Re: Projekt: Polish a turd - 1/537 USS Enterprise Refit by AMT (Modified)
« Reply #178 on: February 14, 2016, 03:21:19 am »
Been going over this one time and time again for reference for my own build that I have just started on the 1/537 "Smoothie" and I have just sent a wee pm.

Totally going to borrow your arboretum window idea if that's OK as I was wondering how to do that.
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Re: Projekt: Polish a turd - 1/537 USS Enterprise Refit by AMT (Modified)
« Reply #179 on: February 15, 2016, 02:07:03 pm »
All I did was cut out the arboretum window section with my dremel, and cut and paste some strip styrene for the window frames.  It looks pretty good, though not perfect.  I'm not going to put an arboretum in my 537, though, as it's just too small to really get in there and see.

Good luck, Iain!
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