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Author Topic: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights  (Read 9422 times)

Offline trekriffic

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #90 on: November 19, 2018, 04:37:36 pm »
After more thought I decided to unmask the windows in order to do any touchup work around the frames before doing the decaling. All in all it went pretty well. Just some minor touchup was needed with the Grapefruit hull color. Also retouched the grills flanking the bow windows and the window frames with steel enamel.

Of course, with the tape removed, I powered her up and took some quick photos of the passengers and crew with the cabin lights on...

The kit passenger cabin window plastic causes some distortion but you can see the figures clearly if you look at the right angle. If I ever built this kit again I'd go with thin clear styrene like I ended up using for the cockpit.

Fitzhugh and Betty:


Fitz and Betty by trekriffic, on Flickr

Valerie, Barry, and Chipper:


Valerie, Barry, and Chipper by trekriffic, on Flickr

Valerie's arm and better view of Chipper the dog:


Valerie's Arm and Chipper by trekriffic, on Flickr


The much thinner clear styrene plastic I replaced the kit windows with for the pilot's cabin gives a clear undistorted view into the cockpit.

Steve Burton:


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Steve Burton at the Helm by trekriffic, on Flickr


Steve and Dan Lit by trekriffic, on Flickr


Steve Burton by trekriffic, on Flickr

Dan Erickson:

Dan Erickson by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #91 on: November 21, 2018, 01:20:23 pm »
I had been following this build over on SMA I think, but the forums seem to have gone the way of the dodo. Glad I found it here

At any rate, this is such a fantastic build!

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #92 on: November 23, 2018, 10:42:26 pm »
I had been following this build over on SMA I think, but the forums seem to have gone the way of the dodo. Glad I found it here

At any rate, this is such a fantastic build!

This has been outstanding work, both scratch building and OOB. Kudos.

Just went to check the SMA forum since I hadn't visited in a while. Wonder what happened to it?
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #93 on: November 26, 2018, 10:33:30 pm »
I had been following this build over on SMA I think, but the forums seem to have gone the way of the dodo. Glad I found it here

At any rate, this is such a fantastic build!

This has been outstanding work, both scratch building and OOB. Kudos.

Just went to check the SMA forum since I hadn't visited in a while. Wonder what happened to it?

No idea

It's been down for weeks now. I am guessing it has gone for good?

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #94 on: November 27, 2018, 05:21:15 pm »
Decaling in progress...


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Taifin Decal by trekriffic, on Flickr


Spindrift Dorsal by trekriffic, on Flickr


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Spindrift Stern by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #95 on: November 28, 2018, 07:26:45 am »
Steve, this is looking fabulous!

I bet it's really nice to see your figurines again; especially since you put so much detail in to them! The decals look awesome, clean, and precise.

This will be an excellent addition to your collection!

Any ideas on what will be on the bench next?

Jus curious.

Can't wait to see this one in the Gallery!

Steve
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #96 on: November 28, 2018, 01:25:06 pm »
Any ideas on what will be on the bench next?

Just curious.

Steve

Thanks Steve. I'm thinking for my next build of getting back to a trek subject. I might just go ahead and finally build the Enterprise E that I've had for over a decade in my stash. It will more than likely be lit.


AMT Insurrection Enterprise E by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #97 on: December 01, 2018, 03:25:52 pm »
The decaling is almost done. I had a few spots where the stripes needed touching up; fortunately, I had another set of the decals I'd ruined
by spraying with too much decal bonder. They had wrinkled.
Still, they were suitable for cutting up into bits and applying as patches on the decal stripes on the model.
Once overlaying the stripe I lightly brushed with Solvaset to get them to blend together.
All in all the big chevron stripe on the hull went on without much incident; I took my time between Mikro Set and SOL brushings before tamping
it down tight using a sponge and cotton swab. Last she got a brushing with Solvaset.
Once it's dry I can go back and do the final "C" insignia decals on each site above the passenger windows.
Then a day or two to dry before spraying with a fresh can of Glosscote to seal.

Applying Solvaset with the brush in the top. Best stuff for tightening decals down.
Just leave it alone for at least 15 minutes before touching the model:


Spindrift Decaling by trekriffic, on Flickr

A passable job I think...


Spindrift Decaling by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #98 on: December 03, 2018, 03:26:22 pm »
Masking the window ports before making sure she was clean and dust free I readied her for her final gloss coats to seal the decals...


Spindrift Decal Sealing by trekriffic, on Flickr

Nice stern glossiness:


Spindrift Decal Sealing by trekriffic, on Flickr

And the beauty shot:


Spindrift Decal Sealing by trekriffic, on Flickr

I'm after more of a satin finish though so she'll get a single shot of Dullcote to bring down the shine.
Steve

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #99 on: December 03, 2018, 04:09:49 pm »
Wow!

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #100 on: December 18, 2018, 12:41:10 pm »
So after applying a few shots of Model Master Semi-Gloss Clear, I let the model cure for a day; then I attached the Spindrift to her aluminum display tube...

First I fed the electrical wires from the hole in the underside of the ship thru the mounting tube:


Feeding the Wires by trekriffic, on Flickr

The hole in the underside is actually composed of a short piece of Evergreen plastic tubing glued into the hole flush to the surface of the model. The styrene tube collar glued with CA to the top of the metal tube will glue to the styrene tube in the model using Testors model cement.

After smearing Testors tube glue inside the model's ventral mounting tube I slid the display tube into the opening nice and snug before placing the assembly into my Panavise for the glue to cure:


Spindrift with Aluminum Display Tube by trekriffic, on Flickr

Anyone notice I re-masked the windows? I didn't want any of the clearcoats getting on the clear window plastic you see.

Here I am holding my little beauty in hand after the glue has dried. I gave her a few stress tests to make sure the glue was holding. No problems were encountered as this was basically a styrene to styrene weld joint. Rock solid :


Spindrift in Hand by trekriffic, on Flickr

Next step is feeding the wires into the wooden base then epoxying the tube in the model onto the next smaller diameter tube in the base.Then it will be time to solder the wires to the power jack and the two slide switches.
Steve

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #101 on: December 26, 2018, 12:27:21 pm »
Update...

Two switches soldered to a common M series power jack. One switch operates engine and cabin lights and the other operates the bow headlights:


Wiring the Base by trekriffic, on Flickr

I'll take some better pictures later as she isn't quite done yet. Still need to touch up around the sides of the base where I attached the wooden bottom panel to it with wood glue.
Anyway, just thought I'd post these almost done pics for now...


Spindrift Powered Down by trekriffic, on Flickr


Spindrift Powered Down by trekriffic, on Flickr


Spindrift Powered Down by trekriffic, on Flickr

Left switch operates cabin lights, right switch operates bow headlights. M series power jack in center for 12V DC power:


Spindrift Base Power Jack and Switches by trekriffic, on Flickr

Upper antenna in place. Fits nice and snug without glue:


Spindrift Upper Antenna by trekriffic, on Flickr

Bow antenna probe:


Spindrift Bow Antenna Probe by trekriffic, on Flickr

Lights On!


Spindrift Light Test by trekriffic, on Flickr


Spindrift Light Test by trekriffic, on Flickr


Spindrift Interior and Bow Headlights Lit by trekriffic, on Flickr


Spindrift Pilots Lit Up by trekriffic, on Flickr


Spindrift Passengers by trekriffic, on Flickr


Spindrift Fitzhugh and Betty Windows by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #102 on: December 26, 2018, 02:10:00 pm »
That looks amazing.  Love the color.

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #103 on: December 26, 2018, 03:16:59 pm »
Top notch work from you again Steve....  I missed it along the way, but did you scratch build the base and the emblem?
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #104 on: December 27, 2018, 10:35:42 am »
Top notch work from you again Steve....  I missed it along the way, but did you scratch build the base and the emblem?

Yes. Got the base at Michaels. I drilled a hole thru the center to fit the mounting tube then used a router bit on my dremel to make the channels in the underside for the wiring as well as trhe hole for the power jack and slots for the slide switches. Then I sprayed the top with white primer, then Testors Insignia Yellow, followed by Testors Grapefruit. Then I cut out the letters in masking tape before laying them down:


Masking Tape Lettering on Base by trekriffic, on Flickr and overspraying the whole base with Testors Flat Black.

After spraying the top of the base with Testors flat black I removed the masking tape and did some touchup on the letters with more Grapefruit.
Then I brushed it with multiple coats of Liquitex Gloss Varnish for the final glossy finish.

After soldering all the wires I used Elmers wood glue to attach a thin basswood panel to the underside to cover up all the wiring.

Steve

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