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Author Topic: Just getting back into modeling!!!!  (Read 54 times)

Offline dmp812

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Just getting back into modeling!!!!
« on: May 10, 2018, 08:59:14 pm »
Hello everyone,

Part of this is an introduction post, but I also have some questions down below, so this seemed like the right forum.

I have not modeled for about 30 years, and when I did it last in my teens, I never seemed to have the patience to do it right, or I would ruin the model and go out and buy another.. and another... and another LOL  Always too much glue that would melt the plastic or whatever.

Anyway, I think I am finally serious now to try and do it right. Hopefully, after the past 30 years, I have gained more patience. :) 

I have always loved the TMP version of the refit Enterprise, and I never could build the AMT/Ertyl ones way back!  I am ready now to finally have my own that I can proud of!

In any case, on to the task at hand.  Of all the models to start on.. the Enterprise Refit from TMP!  The epitome of Star Trek models.  A very difficult model!!

I bought 2 models to begin with (PL949) and can I just say that getting back into modeling is very expensive!!!!!  I had nothing but 30 year old dried up testors paints, but pretty much I have been following Boyd on Trekworks (a big thank you, btw) for the two Ent Refit TMP models that he built.  I have also researched many other people's builds on different techniques.  Everything from lightblocking with paints to using foil tape and different methods of lighting.

For Boyd's videos, I took very detailed notes on all his Ent Refit TMP videos (2 playlists) not only including technique, paints, brands, supplies, etc.. and I have been buying items.  I am not ready yet, but will be soon.  I also researched all of the flaws in the kit versus the studio model via the link below.  I may or may not be able to do all of this according to my expertise, but I am going to give it a good try

Some of the aftermarket things I have bought are the DLM parts, paragrafix photoetch, orbital drydock aztecs, Trekmodeler drydock sequence lights and the shuttle bay lights along with the male/female connector, Trekmodeler paint ebook.

Some things I cannot find are are the bridge and lower sensor dome parts.  Apparently, I am on a waitlist, so hope it isn't a long wait! It is the HDAModelworx site in case you are interested.

There is also a cool site I found that offers a diffusion disk for the deflector.  The site also has some acrylic windows you can buy

So having said that, I do have some questions

I am going to be doing airbrushing on this thing, but don't own anything.  I have been looking at the Sparmax TC620 because on some videos, it doesn't run all the time
I was also looking into the Iwata-Medea Eclipse HP CS Dual Action Airbrush Gun / Gravity Feed

Now the thing is, I know nothing about compressors or airbrushes, but from the research that I have done, these are pretty good parts.  Can anyone give some recommendations for me or are these good enough for some professional, fine, detailed quality work?  I know we all have our preferences, but would appreciate any feedback.

Any other place I could get the bridge and sensor dome mods or is HDA the place to get those?  Any other after market parts I should look into that I don't know about?

Welp, that's it for now and should be enough to get this started.  Glad to be here and hope to receive some excellent assistance and be able to show some pictures later!


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