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Offline starsiegeplayer

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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Reply #135 on: May 30, 2018, 08:16:07 pm »
That thing is looking good!

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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Reply #136 on: May 31, 2018, 09:01:06 am »
That looks awesome, I am digging on the lighting :)

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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Reply #137 on: May 31, 2018, 06:49:25 pm »
Looking great!  Saw this kit in a hobby store yesterday and seriously thought about adding it to the (ever growing!) stash.  I had fun tweaking some arduino code to simulate the nav lights and strobes, maybe a knock off of what Tena sells.

This ship is looking great Steve.
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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Reply #138 on: June 01, 2018, 07:41:02 am »
That is cool about all the Star Trek stuff you have Steve.  A true fan.


The ship is looking great.   The lighting is fantastic.  Way to go!

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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Reply #139 on: June 02, 2018, 05:58:34 am »
The window lighting looks really crisp, Steve!  I see you used styrene sheet to further diffuse the DLM parts -- was it because the color in the clear blue part was uneven, or were you trying to remove the "bulb effect" from the LED strip lights?  In fact, I'm trying to decide whether to sand, frost paint or add a diffuser to my Maquis clear DLM parts.

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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Reply #140 on: June 02, 2018, 03:58:27 pm »
Hey Guys (and Ladies!)

Star and Rocky, thanks for the words of praise! It's nice to know other builders appreciate my work!  ;D

Looking great!  Saw this kit in a hobby store yesterday and seriously thought about adding it to the (ever growing!) stash.  I had fun tweaking some arduino code to simulate the nav lights and strobes, maybe a knock off of what Tena sells.

This ship is looking great Steve.

Scott, thanks, Dude! I would love to see what you can do with this kit! Bet it would be awesome!

I took come Java classes in college as part of my computer courses and, in looking at Arduino's programming language, it looks very familar. I started to look into it, too, once I burned up a TenaControls board. I love his kits, BTW, but it would be cool to program my own. OT, I would love to make a 1/350 refit program that comes alive like the TMP prelaunch sequence; all timed to the music. THAT is my goal for model building and programming!)

The window lighting looks really crisp, Steve!  I see you used styrene sheet to further diffuse the DLM parts -- was it because the color in the clear blue part was uneven, or were you trying to remove the "bulb effect" from the LED strip lights?  In fact, I'm trying to decide whether to sand, frost paint or add a diffuser to my Maquis clear DLM parts.

Al, I added the styrene to try and further defuse the engine LEDs. I scuffed up the LEDs and, even with the scuffed LEDS and DLM parts, the "spotlight" showed through. The windows are crisp because they are simple holes in the ship. In my TOS Romulan BoP and Protector, I placed thin styrene behind the windows to spread the light, but it made masking with liquid masking fluid and painting them very difficult.

For the C, I'm gonna leave them open and then, after painting, I'm going to use Krystal Klear to fill in the windows. Either that or Elmers white school glue. I haven't decided yet - I need to do some testing.

Just so this isn't an all writing post, in between filling holes and defects with putty, I started cutting out the badge/insignia that's gonna go on the display stand. I am using 0.40mm flat sheet styrene as the source material. I hope to paint it tomorrow and assemble it soon.

Here's the cut outs:

For the EC display stand.

This will be a nice distraction while the putty sets.

Lemme know what you think!

Steve
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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Reply #141 on: June 04, 2018, 07:51:38 am »
And now, with color (or paint - your choice! :)  )

For the display stand.
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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Reply #142 on: June 04, 2018, 09:51:45 pm »
Looking great!

Random question, how do you like using those Irwin clamps?  Were you ever afraid of over clampage?

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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Reply #143 on: June 05, 2018, 12:25:31 pm »
Looking great!

Random question, how do you like using those Irwin clamps?  Were you ever afraid of over clampage?

Thanks James!

As for the Irwin Clamps - I kinda like them. I think they allow me to apply the amount of pressure I want rather than the pre-selected clamping strength of a clothes pen or black and orange clamp. When I am using the Irwins, I now know to make sure the model either rests on the clamp itself or the model is supported in such a way as it doesn't bear the weight of the Irwin.

If I could find smaller ones, I would use them. But Lowe's doesn't seem to make them smaller. (Humm....maybe I should look on the Irwin site. humm...)

Anyway, good question.

Thanks for following along.

Steve
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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Reply #144 on: June 16, 2018, 11:08:02 am »
Wow Steve! This has come on leaps and bounds. Your patience with the windows reminds me of my first build (Voyager) - now that was painful, as it was all done with a pin vice drill, before I got my Dremel :s Yours look so much cleaner!

I'm going to have a look for some of those Irwin Clamps in the U.K. too!

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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Reply #145 on: June 17, 2018, 09:47:59 am »
one thought to diffuse light--a small tuft of cotton.
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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Reply #146 on: June 28, 2018, 11:45:11 am »
Hey Steve

Angryscifimodeler here. I just wanted to say that your build is looking great! I'm glad that I could lend some inspiration!

Keep up the good work, I'll be following this closely.

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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Reply #147 on: June 28, 2018, 06:34:13 pm »
Steve,

I bought 4 Dewalt 4.5 inch clamps from Home Depot, love them, I need to get another 4 or 6 though.  Thanks for the feedback on the clamps!

Cheers,
James

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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Reply #148 on: June 29, 2018, 08:57:17 am »
Wow Steve! This has come on leaps and bounds. Your patience with the windows reminds me of my first build (Voyager) - now that was painful, as it was all done with a pin vice drill, before I got my Dremel :s Yours look so much cleaner!

I'm going to have a look for some of those Irwin Clamps in the U.K. too!

Thanks, Pete! I'm glad you liked the thread and the feedback on the clamps!

one thought to diffuse light--a small tuft of cotton.

Scott, Yeah, I probably should have tried to tone down the brightness a bit but I have already sealed the engines and secondary hull. :/

Deckem_17 (Angryscifimodeler) Wow! Thanks for the dropping by and for all the kind words! I haven't gotten to the swearing point on this build yet, but, if I do, I may draw inspiration from you on that front, too! :D

Steve,

I bought 4 Dewalt 4.5 inch clamps from Home Depot, love them, I need to get another 4 or 6 though.  Thanks for the feedback on the clamps!

Cheers,
James

James, glad you like 'em! I kinda used them for a lot of things; not just building models!

Sorry for the long quite spell; RL had kept me engaged (Didja see what I did there?!) and I haven't had time to post updates.

Worry not! I have pictures of progress and hope to be posting soon!

Thanks for your continued interest!

Steve

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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C
« Reply #149 on: June 29, 2018, 04:11:43 pm »
Post 20180629

Hello Fellow Modelers!

Sorry it's been a minute since I last posted but RL has me hopping and not hopping to the bench!

Nonetheless, I have made some progress and have taken some pics to show you! :)


I decided it was time to place the Impulse Engines on the secondary hull. The red spacer is a bit of coffee stirrer I used to maintain alignment of the seams. I'll have to fill
the seams and sand them, but this is one piece closer to final!

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I am noticing that it seems to take me a year to build a model start to finish. If so, then, considering the amount of models in my stash, I should be finished by the time I'm 90 y.o.! :D


I seated the Main Engines as well and masked them out, too. I still have to fill the gaps with putty and sand them indiscernable, but at least they are on!

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The thing/step/process that had kept me busy and not posting is the choosing of the colors. As I have written before, I wasn't too thrilled with the egg-shell colors others have painted the ship. Their builds are beautiful in the final form and their processes are inspirational and are ultimately the artist's form of expression unique to themselves. However, I feel Star Fleet is, at worst, a para-military organization
and at best, military organization much like the combined braches of the US Armed Forces. And, other than the most famous and notable exception of the USS Lexington (CV-16), The Blue Ghost, the ships do not have egg-shell colors painted on them; much less "cartoony-type" colors. This is my opinion and that and 50 cents won't even get you a cup of coffee. But as the builder, I will follow a more monochromatic paint
scheme which I feel lends more gravitas to the ships when they roll up on an opponent.

So I spent a considerable amount of time trying to find "my" colors. Man, I must have annoyed the patience out of my artist family (5 in the family) with texts and phone calls asking them what they
thought of the schema. I finally got us all to agree on a scheme and I started mixing paint. I am using acrylic for the colors as I am trying to avoid issues with the paint overs. The following shots are
showing my attempts to visualize the colors on a ship!

There are better builders than me on here who can immediately visualize the colors of a ship from a swatch of color on a piece of paper. I am not so gifted. So I painted spares that I had on hand
with some of my color tests.

Paint Test Dorsal
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Paint test compare Ventral
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At first, I was trying to go with a bluish/grey tint of color but that proved very problematic. So I decided, especially after comparing the colors against my TOS E, That I should
go with more of a grey color pallet.

I ran out of spare models and made my own Paint test disc. At least I could better see how the colors would look on a ship.
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Once I had narrowed down the choices, I pulled out a spare C saucer I had and painted it to see the final color. (Also, because it was even begun yet, I can still immerse it in stripper
and get it back to original plastic without any issues.)

Paint test spare 1
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Final Paint Test spare 2
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Once I had all the colors mixed and ready, I painted the model with the base color. It may look white or very light in the shots but the camera, despite my best intentions and interventions
seems to want to wash it out, but it is actually a nice shade of light grey. The second color is a darker grey, closer to the TOS E I showed earlier, and the final third color will be a dark blue as
shown on the test spare saucer.

Masking for second color
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Painting Second Color
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I still have a ways to go on the ship, sanding and painting, but I hope to get the saucer completed, mostly, so I can put it away and try to prevent any more damage to it from handling.

Thanks for tuning in and following along! Your comments and support are greatly appreciated!

Till next time,

Keep you paint on the model and your glue in the seams!

Steve
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