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Offline Tshark

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18" TOS Enterprise
« on: December 17, 2018, 03:29:54 pm »
Here are some pictures of my completed AMT/ERTL 1/650 scale Enterprise.  This model taught me a lot of "firsts" to name a few:
1) Creating and programming my own Arduino micro-controller circuits to add lighting and sound.
2) Trying different methods for creating starship windows.
3) Working with resin parts.
4) Building my own acrylic display case.
5) Using a spraygun for large area model painting.
6) Working with photo-etched parts.

Also here is a link to my YouTube video showing the model in action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OybIPHD7j8&t=21s

All in all a very rewarding build.


Offline jazzydog

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Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2018, 06:20:58 pm »
Looks great! Getting ready to do the 18" big E myself.

Offline RossW

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Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2018, 10:52:25 am »
That is gorgeous! I was never able to do square/rectangular windows on my 18"; I was using round fibre optic back in the day.

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Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2018, 01:00:25 pm »
Very  nice work

Offline modelerdave

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Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2018, 09:02:58 am »
That base is fantastic! I love the Enterprise schematic on the right. Really nice job.

Offline Shawn McClure

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Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2018, 09:44:35 am »
Love it!  Such a top notch job.

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Offline Tshark

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Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2018, 08:15:41 am »
That is gorgeous! I was never able to do square/rectangular windows on my 18"; I was using round fibre optic back in the day.

Thanks Ross.  I use the normal drill out method, then squared up the windows with a "seconds hole" square file (this file is 1mm square).  I filled the windows with the acrylic nail method and sanded them flush with the hull surface.  Prior to painting I used Tamiya's paint masking sheet that has a 1mm square grid printed on it.  I cut out a mask for each rectangular window (for this scale it worked out to be 2.5mm by 1mm) and then painted the model.  Using this method allowed me to make minor alignment adjustments, give me sharp corners, and make them all pretty uniform. 

Offline Tshark

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Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2018, 08:23:54 am »
That base is fantastic! I love the Enterprise schematic on the right. Really nice job.

Thanks Modelerdave.  I got the schematic off of the internet.  It was created by Walter "Matt" Jefferies.  I decided not to weather this model and wanted the schematic to give it a "fresh out of the shipyard" feel.  It also serves as an introduction to those not familiar with the Constitution class starship.

Offline RossW

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Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2019, 11:37:34 am »
That is gorgeous! I was never able to do square/rectangular windows on my 18"; I was using round fibre optic back in the day.

Thanks Ross.  I use the normal drill out method, then squared up the windows with a "seconds hole" square file (this file is 1mm square).  I filled the windows with the acrylic nail method and sanded them flush with the hull surface.  Prior to painting I used Tamiya's paint masking sheet that has a 1mm square grid printed on it.  I cut out a mask for each rectangular window (for this scale it worked out to be 2.5mm by 1mm) and then painted the model.  Using this method allowed me to make minor alignment adjustments, give me sharp corners, and make them all pretty uniform.
Excellent work!

Offline karve

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Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2019, 05:08:31 pm »
All I can say is WOW!
  Great job on the model and I absolutely love the base!
  Very well done!
Kevin

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Offline Tshark

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Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2019, 07:59:19 am »
All I can say is WOW!
  Great job on the model and I absolutely love the base!
  Very well done!

Thanks!  I put the model in our home office/computer room and usually turn it on for hours.  Even the wife has stated that the sound loop is very soothing.  I am toying with the idea of adding a star field to the black background paneling.

Offline trekriffic

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Re: 18" TOS Enterprise
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2019, 10:30:12 am »
Wonderful job on an old classic. Welldone!
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