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Offline MSgtUSAFRet

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"Trompe L'oeil" paint scheme
« on: June 28, 2017, 08:29:41 am »
Good Day, fellow modelers!

I'm thinking of making a 1/650 scale production model of the Enterprise. I would try and follow the recent Smithsonian restore for correct appearance. I have many of the aftermarket parts from JTGraphics so that shouldn't be an issue. One thing, for now, is bugging me.

Apparently, the original model makers, Datin and others, did not make a trench in the starboard nacelle, but only painted it to look like there was one. This saved a lot of money and it was never shown on the show anyway.

Here is a shot of the model showing the lack of a trench on the STBD nacelle.

Here is another shot of the model prior to the last restore by the Smithsonian as shown on Trekcore.com

So, in thinking of making a model of the production model, how would you go about doing this particular detail of the model?
Do any of you have any experience with painting what Gary Kerr calls "Trompe L'oeil" paint scheme? Google defines this as "a visual illusion in art, especially as used to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object."

Paint scheme from Trekcore.com

These photos were taken by A. Sanchez-Arango at the Grand Reveal of the ship! I asked him if I could use his photos as reference and he kindly agreed. They have been watermarked by him just in case. He posted them on an active thread on Hobbytalk.com.

Asalaw Forward SRBD nacelle

Asalaw Middle SRBD nacelle

I have some ideas of how, which involve a lot of precision masking, but I would really love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

FYI, I am saving my more accurate 1/350 TOS E for a fantasized version of the ship. I also know that this is only one customization/modification that would have to be done in order to make the AMT/Round2 1/650 more accurate.

Let me know what you think!


« Last Edit: June 28, 2017, 08:32:01 am by MSgtUSAFRet »
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