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Author Topic: My AMT1/537 Enterprise Refit No2 and my cat better leave this one alone!  (Read 11253 times)

Offline David1701a

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Having had a bit of a think yesterday, I have decided to removed the shuttle bay doors and add
lead, probably some sinkers in the space there.

I'll do a trial balance sometime this week,  vagaries of life depending, to figure the weight needed.

Also while looking around the web yesterday I found some stongback and hull panel decals for the 1/537 at Federation Modeller.
so I caved into myself and ordered a set.
Between them and the Tamiya Pearlescent white I think I'll be happy with the result
Glue part  57 to 67 - ok, done. Going good here.
After having first inserted sub-assembly 10 - Damn!

Offline pakratt840

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David, is that Tamiya Pearlescent white the rattle can TS-45? I was planning to use that as my top coat over a Tamiya flat white base coat on my Reliant, though I think I'll need more than just 1 can.
Dan

Yoda & Luke discuss building the Refit
Luke: I'm not afraid!
Yoda: Oh...You will be...You...Will...Be!

Offline David1701a

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Hi Dan,

Yes, TS-45 is the one I'm using. I ordered 3 of them for the 1/537.
I would have gotten more but that's what my supplier had in stock.

I have 2 cans of the flat white (TS-27) as well for the base coat.
Just going to order another one, to be safe

David
« Last Edit: May 25, 2015, 09:35:30 pm by David1701a »
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Offline TK Iain

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Looking good.

Apologies for the post hijack as this is for Dan but I did my 1/537 Reliant with just one can of TS-45 and still have enough to do my next TOS shuttlecraft (but it's always good to have a spare).
Iain

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Thanks David. I'll switch out my 0.35mm needle for the 0.5mm needle on my AB and spray the Tamiya flat white base coat with that, so I have a couple of bottles of that just to be safe.

@Iain-good to know. My LHS doesn't carry the TS-45 so I have to road trip to the next county to get it. An extra can is always good to have though.
Dan

Yoda & Luke discuss building the Refit
Luke: I'm not afraid!
Yoda: Oh...You will be...You...Will...Be!

Offline David1701a

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Ever since the day I ran out of paint 2 metres from finishing my houses weatherboards, I've always bought at least twice what I think I'm going to need :-D

And I still have to base coat my 1/350 Enterprise Refit... of course I have to start assembling it first :-)
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Offline David1701a

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Before I started work on my TOS Bridge project this weekend, I spent a bit of time trying to sort the balance issue.

I had some tube type sinkers lying around so I decided to give them a try.

I cut the fantail doors off. And bored a hole in the rear hull



I used blu-tack to hold the sinkers in place while I put the saucer back on. And...
it didn't work. It needs more weight, a lot more. So I have purchased about 8 ounces of round sinkers and I'll give them ago next weekend.
Glue part  57 to 67 - ok, done. Going good here.
After having first inserted sub-assembly 10 - Damn!

Offline David1701a

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This weekend I answered the question, how much weight does it take to balance the 1/537 scale Enterprise on her base.

The answer? A suprisingly hefty 10 ounces of lead and an unweighed amount of blu-tak to hold it in place. Say about 12 ounces all up.

It took about 30 seconds to realise that my plan of inserting the sinkers through the hole intended for the base wasn't going to work.

I had to remove the carefully aligned and puttied deflector dish. (don't mind me, a bit of plastic got in my eye.)



I then put a ball of blu-tak in, squashed it a bit with the handle of a palette knife and then pushed in two round sinkers



I did a quick balance to get a rough idea of how much more had to go in.

I figured two more would do it. No, so I added a third



and a bit more blu-tak over the top.

Success




Reglued the deflector dish and put the little Big E aside until next week.

To fill the rest of my weekend I did some more work on the Bridge build.
« Last Edit: July 01, 2015, 11:37:04 pm by David1701a »
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Offline RaveN

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Lookin good David! Im not sure if the 1/537 has an arboretum, but if it does, Scotty has to have a fishing pole! :)

Offline David1701a

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Lookin good David! Im not sure if the 1/537 has an arboretum, but if it does, Scotty has to have a fishing pole! :)

I believe Kirk also likes to wet a line occasionally.
Spock wouldn't see the logic, and my clansman from Georgia regards fishing as cruel
and made Kirk throw back a perfectly good trout. (can't remember which novel that's from) :)
« Last Edit: June 29, 2015, 06:36:10 pm by David1701a »
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Offline David1701a

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After months of working on my models I finally had a reason to try my home-made spray booth.

The little Big E got her first coat of primer.










The spray booth performed well. Though I am considering cutting a hole in the top and covering it with clear plastic so I can shine a light into it.
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Offline David1701a

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Re: My AMT1/537 Enterprise Refit No2 and my cat better leave this one alone!
« Reply #26 on: August 01, 2015, 07:40:06 pm »
Progress is slow and not particularly steady at the moment.

Last weekend I discovered that the blu-tak wasn't doing a great job of holding in the sinkers. So I squirted a lot of white glue in through the stand hole, rested the Enterprise on the pylons and stern and left it. On Friday I had a look and discovered that a lot of glue was now a pool on my cutting board. Good news is the sinkers don't move and I'm pretty sure that any holes in the shuttle bay doors are now plugged  :)

But the sun came out this morning so I decided to lay the first coat of matt white on the Enterprise, and do it outside to avoid stinking up the shop/house.










No sooner had I finished than the weather reverted its pattern of the last 3 weeks.
Clouded over and rain was on the way

so a quick move to the garage.



and a pause while I re-think my Sunday. Oh well there is always the Bridge.
« Last Edit: August 09, 2015, 10:00:40 pm by David1701a »
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Offline David1701a

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Re: My AMT1/537 Enterprise Refit No2 and my cat better leave this one alone!
« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2015, 12:07:07 am »
She now has two coats of the Tamiya Matt White.

Hopefully tomorrow I can get the first coat of the Pearlescent down.
Then it will be onto the bit I really enjoy. detail painting
Glue part  57 to 67 - ok, done. Going good here.
After having first inserted sub-assembly 10 - Damn!

Offline David1701a

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Re: My AMT1/537 Enterprise Refit No2 and my cat better leave this one alone!
« Reply #28 on: August 09, 2015, 09:59:58 pm »
More progress, wow, been able to work on my models two weekends in a row.
The universe is saving up something spectacularly bad for me.

The pieces all have 3 coats of Tamiya Matt White and 2 coats of Tamiya Pearl White.



I had to sand some orange-peel paint around the Impulse Crystal and re-spray.



If it wasn't for the overspray I could be talked into leaving the painters tape on the flux chillers.





Had some problems with the under-surface of the neck. It wasn't quite square and I had some pinholes in the the putty. Fixed just waiting to re-spray the matt, hopefully Monday lunch- time.



I also re-puttied and sanded around the saucer window pieces. More work needed though












and the stand is primed and painted matt black, rattle can from the hardware store.



So I have some touch up work to do this week, during lunch breaks, and I may get a start on the detail painting as well.
Who knows I may even get some of the decals on.
Glue part  57 to 67 - ok, done. Going good here.
After having first inserted sub-assembly 10 - Damn!

Offline starsiegeplayer

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Re: My AMT1/537 Enterprise Refit No2 and my cat better leave this one alone!
« Reply #29 on: August 09, 2015, 10:46:23 pm »
It's looking good.  I'm not a big fan of the stand design (the hook on mine broke after many years) but yours will probably fair better with the tailweights.

 




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