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Online AlW

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Monogram Maquis Ship
« on: May 15, 2018, 11:28:38 am »
Hi Everyone,

My new build is the Maquis Raider from Monogram, which Scalemates pegs as a 1995 kit and a scale of 1/323.  A couple SFMA members have built it before, and so my build will resemble Lewilsons build a few years ago.

My build plan is roughly the following:
*  Install DLM's resin lighting parts
*  Light all engines, crew cabin, marker lights, navs and a single strobe with a variety of LEDs/SMDs, strip lights and some fiber optics.  I'll also be installing SMDs into the forward photon torpedos but probably won't light the phaser arrays.  There's plenty of engine lighting on the sides and it will be busy enough the way it is!
*  Affix crew member graphics to the back of kit-supplied clear cabin windows.  Lewilsons also did this excellent results.
*  My paint scheme will follow what others have done regarding the hull details but I think I'll be using a mix of Vallejo Metal Colors to add a darker and more of a dull-metallic finish to paneling
*  Lastly, I'm thinking of incorporating the ship into a vignette -- nothing too elaborate but something that mounts the ship in a threatening way with torpedos firing!

Many thanks to Stan K. at Starling Technologies for help customizing a lighting kit for this ship.  He adapted the Defiant kit he sells off the shelf with blinking navs and two photon torpedos, in addition to the strobe.  He also made a software change where the firing sequence can put in a demo mode where the torpedos will fire randomly until the mode is interrupted.  This will be great for exhibiting the finished model, maybe at an IPMS show?

I've already completed the basics of washing and light blocking the hull and other parts.  I also used a Dremel to remove styrene where the DLM clear parts are inserted.  A lot of material needs to be removed and it's several hours of work.  If you go this route, keep in mind that some of the parts mount from the outside, so it's important to leave a small lip around the cutouts to mount these part to.  The DLM resin parts cleaned up nicely and I shouldn't have any problems mating them to the ship.  Thanks to Don for still supplying them:)

Let's get busy, and thanks for coming along!






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Re: Monogram Maquis Ship
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2018, 03:53:04 pm »
Don's parts are excellent. I'll have to post some pics of mine for you. I have a build log buried deep here somewhere.
I hope you got my last email I sent to you. Keep me posted.
Looking forward to following along.
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Re: Monogram Maquis Ship
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2018, 07:00:42 am »
Allllllriiiiiight!  ;D ;D

Dis gon' be gud!!

Can't wait to see what you're going to do with this, Al!

Good luck!

Steve

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Re: Monogram Maquis Ship
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2018, 02:00:30 pm »
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Re: Monogram Maquis Ship
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2018, 05:21:18 pm »
Hi Everyone,

I started prepping the lighting components and playing around with how to handle the cockpit windows. 

I got the bright white LED strip lights wired for the engines, the 0805 warm white strip light wired to illuminate the crew compartment, and a pair of 603 SMDs installed in the front photon torpedo bay area.  I also wired up red and green 3mm LEDs with a pair of 1mm fibers attached for top and bottom hull navs.  The three 0805 SMD strip for the cockpit is glued around a water bottle cap which will be hot glued into the front of the ship to hopefully light up the two windows on either side and the forward facing doublet.  Marker and strobe lights will be just glued into the model directly.

I also downloaded some screen caps of the crew cabin of the Maquis fighter/raider and the Runabout cockpit.  After scaling them, I printed them out on my inkjet printer, applied Testors Dullcoat spray and then my plan is to glue them to the inside of the kit-supplied clear windows with MicroChystalClear.  If it doesn't look that great, I'll try decals instead, but I'm thinking decals will be too transparent for this application.

Photos follow...

Happy to answer any questions and thanks for looking:)

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Re: Monogram Maquis Ship
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2018, 05:03:49 pm »
Installed much of the lighting today.  Also glued in the windows showing crew members sitting at their stations, and the warm white SMDs for the cockpit.  The crew looks pretty good from the outside!  There's a good size seam around the top of the cockpit which required additional light blocking, so here I used Woodland Scenics light blocking putty to fill the gap.

Next up will be to install the LEDs and 1mm fiber for driving the navs, and also installing the photon torpedos in the very front of the ship.

Photos follow.  Happy to answer any questions and thanks for following along.



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Re: Monogram Maquis Ship
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2018, 07:10:15 am »
Hey, Al!

This is looking good! Love the lighting solutions! (Bottle Cap = Brilliant!)

About the characters in the windows - while the pic above looks good and, unless something goes wrong would I change it, I have read where a gent here on the forum printed the pics on overhead projector transparencies and achieved a very clean effect. He may have used a laser printer, too.

Now that you have the windows glued in, are you going to mask them somehow for the painting? If so, what material do you plan to use? Masking liquid? Tape? Something else?

Another question - I am full of them :) - are you gonna use a weathering technique on this ship? If so, take pics! I need to learn as I have a couple of Cylon Basestars that are screaming for the stuff! ;)

Carry on, Sir!

Steve
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Re: Monogram Maquis Ship
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2018, 12:56:12 pm »
Hey, no kidding, that bottle cap was carefully selected;)

Good tip on the windows.  You may be right in that you need a laser printer to print on acetate so it doesn't smear.  I hope mine hold up through all the handling, masking, painting, etc.  I'll just be using Tamiya masking tape to cover them for the next month or so while the paint goes on.  My luck, I'll push the windows in during the final reveal!

Weathering?  There's some good panel detail on the hull so I'll probably use Tamiya black panel line paint for that.  I have some interesting washes and filters, so I'm thinking that depending on how all the detailed painting goes, I may use an Ammo/MIG blue filter to help unify the variety of colors all over the hull.  If it needs to be more dramatic, I'll use a black wash strongly diluted and apply in light coats until the desired effect is achieved.  Still a ways off before I have to commit to anything.

Thanks for the questions and following along.

 




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