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USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« on: January 05, 2019, 08:30:12 am »
Got this kit off Federation Models sometime back. This is the SRS Prototyping urethane resin kit of the ill-fated USS Antares, the survey and supply ship shown in the remastered episode of "Charlie X":

Box Art :


Box Art by trekriffic, on Flickr

I've always liked this design and plan to place it into a diorama with the 1/1000 scale USS Enterprise at some point.

Anyway, after washing the parts in hot water and Comet to remove any vestiges of mold release I set about cleaning up any residual parting lines and filling any voids with putty. Overall, there was very little of either so my hat's off to the caster for doing an excellent job molding the parts. With just 6 parts to work with cleanup and sanding didn't take long at all:

Parts:


USS Antares Parts - Top by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares Parts - Underside by trekriffic, on Flickr

The decals are your typical waterslide variety. Nice touch including decals for the window ports:


USS Antares Decals by trekriffic, on Flickr
 
The instruction sheet. Fairly straightforward with some general tips on working with resin kits:


USS Antares Instructions by trekriffic, on Flickr

Nice exploded diagram showing parts assembly, a paint guide, and where to place the various decals:


USS Antares Exploded Parts and Decal Guide by trekriffic, on Flickr

Nacelle after a little work sanding and puttying:


USS Antares Starboard Nacelle by trekriffic, on Flickr

End cap. This is the same one seen on the First Pilot version of the Enterprise:


USS Antares Nacelle End Cap by trekriffic, on Flickr

Nacelle dome. Sanding off the two parting lines without removing the three little hydrogen sensor nibs took some doing:


USS Antares Nacelle Dome by trekriffic, on Flickr

Gluing of the sub-assemblies. I used Plastic Surgery CA glue, great stuff and holds like iron. The nacelles are delicate and will be glued on later after hull painting:


USS Antares - Gluing of Subassemblies by trekriffic, on Flickr

There were some narrow seams to fill which was easy using my syringe of Perfect Plastic Putty:


Putty Application by trekriffic, on Flickr

I used a pointed cotton swab and a micro brush dipped in water to remove excess putty along the seams. No sweat!


Putty Cleanup by trekriffic, on Flickr

After a wipe down with 70% isopropyl alcohol to remove any oils from my hands I gave her a shot of automotive primer.
The nacelles will be primed, painted and attached later before decaling as they can easily be damaged while working on the rest of the model:


USS Antares - Primed by trekriffic, on Flickr

Here's a still from the episode to show kinda what I'm shooting for:


USS Antares - Remastered Screenshot by trekriffic, on Flickr

Next day...

I went ahead and attached the nacelles with the Plastic Surgery glue. The struts were stouter than I initially thought and it will make it easier come painting and decaling time...


USS Antares - Nacelles Attached by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Nacelles Attached by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Nacelles Attached by trekriffic, on Flickr

Brushed with Tamiya Primer. Will lightly sand and spray with Duplicolor primer next:


USS Antares - Nacelles Brush Primed by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2019, 09:44:04 am »
Very cool. I didn't even know this model kit existed.

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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2019, 03:50:34 pm »
Before spraying primer on the nacelles I masked the secondary hull so as not to fill all the fine panel lines with primer:


Masking Secondary Hull by trekriffic, on Flickr

Here are some shots of the assembled freighter ready for light sanding and final hull colors...


USS Antares - Primed by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Primed by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Primed by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Primed by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Primed by trekriffic, on Flickr

Shot of the Antares on my workbench:


Antares on the Bench by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2019, 08:47:23 am »
This is looking great, Steve!

Like most here, I didn't know there was a model of this ship until this post. Noice!

Per your usual posts, you are doing an excellent job with this model. Six parts? You weren't kidding when you said you wanted to do something simple! :)

One question - what gauge needle are you using with your syringe and PPP? I guess the one I used was too small and the PPP squirted out like pla-doh instead of caulk. Thanks!

Keep going!

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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2019, 11:14:59 am »
I like how this is coming out.  It will be really good to see the finished model next to a 1:1000 TOS  Enterprise.

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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2019, 12:05:01 pm »
I like how this is coming out.  It will be really good to see the finished model next to a 1:1000 TOS  Enterprise.

Yes it will. I'll try to recreate this image:


charliexhd001 by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2019, 05:35:42 pm »
Another longer bench shot. I tried overspraying a  too fresh layer of Duplicolor lacquer so the enamel orange peeled on me.
Yikes! I quickly wiped off the offending Japanese Navy Imperial Grey enamel.
That's the color the 1/350 Enterprise kit instructions said to paint the hull of the big Polar Lights Enterprise.
Anyway, I then did some light spit sanding before re-priming. 
So this image is basically a filler until I finish the hull basecoats; although, you do get to see my immaculate workbench!  ;)


Longshot Workbench by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2019, 01:32:08 pm »
So this image is basically a filler until I finish the hull basecoats; although, you do get to see my immaculate workbench!  ;)

So....uhm...it's still better than mine, Dude. ;)
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2019, 12:20:54 pm »
So did some work on the deflector dish.
After combing thru my greeblie stashes I came up empty so resolved to make the dish from scratch using .040 styrene sheet and music wire...

The punch, the pinvise, and the router bit used to make the deflector dish shown.
I also used a sanding stick:


USS Antares - Deflector Dish Tools by trekriffic, on Flickr

After hollowing out the lightly punched disc I punched it out from some .040 thick sheet using a punch tool and a hammer.
Before that I drilled the center hole using a pinvise:


USS Antares - Concave Dish by trekriffic, on Flickr

After punching and hollowing out some .040 styreene using a round router bit in my handheld battery powered "dremel" tool I glued the blank to a short piece of music wire using Plastic Surgery CA glue:


USS Antares - Styrene Disc Glued by trekriffic, on Flickr

The backside was shaped with a diamond file and sanding stick to get the right curvature:


USS Antares - Deflector Dish Shaped by trekriffic, on Flickr

Deflector dish recess on lower hull.
White will be over painted with transparent blue acrylic:


USS Antares - Deflector Dish Work by trekriffic, on Flickr

Need to lightly sand with 400 grit or lighter:


USS Antares - All Brushed Gull Grey by trekriffic, on Flickr

I've found some leftover decal material with panels from what I think was an Absolute Models set of aztec decals for the 1/2500 scale Enterprise D kit
so plenty of small light grey panels to mix and match.
They should work well over the flat gull grey hull.
Of course being decals I'll need to gloss coat the hull first:


USS Antares - All Brushed Gull Grey by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - All Brushed Gull Grey by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Gull Grey - Deflector Dish White Underpaint by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2019, 01:27:44 pm »
Thought it was about time I added some new pics of my progress. I've probably spent a good 2-3 hours already cutting out bits of leftover aztec decals to add interesting detail to the hull.
Still need to do the top of the forward crew module, the upper and lower hull superstructures, the nacelles, and the sides so probably another few hour or so.
Once the decals are in place I apply MicroSet then let them dry for 15-20 minutes before brushing with Liquid Decal Film to seal them.
When I'm done aztecing I'll seal with a coat of future before adding the kit window, stripe and registry decals...


USS Antares - Aztecing by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Aztecing by trekriffic, on Flickr

I also need to paint the accent colors (slightly darker shades of grey) and the bussard domes.
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2019, 01:41:31 pm »
It's looking awesome, Steve!

Love what you are doing with this little known and little seen ship.

Keep going and keep posting!

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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2019, 10:24:02 pm »
So I'm 99% done with the panel decaling and have painted the bussards, saucer domes, deflector, and running lights white. That makes a good base for the final colors later on. I also painted some of the accent colors with MM European Grey and Medium Grey or a mix of the two.

Once the paint has dried I'll coat with Future before applying the window, insignia and registration decals.


USS Antares - Aztec Done by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Aztec Done by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Aztec Done by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Aztec Done by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Aztec Done by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2019, 07:40:40 am »
This is lovely, Steve!

I'm gonna have to look up MM European Grey to see how that fits into the grey spectrum.

Any thoughts on how you are going to display this piece?

Steady as she goes!

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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2019, 08:17:35 pm »
So getting down to the detail painting all with a fine tipped brush. Painted the domes and bussards white previously as a basis for what is to come so now I've painted the upper crew module dome with a mix of three colors: Light Sea Gray, Flat White, and Flat Tan to make it sort of a muddy grey-ish light tan...


USS Antares - Paints+ by trekriffic, on Flickr

Upper dome brushed with mix of Light Sea Gray, Flat White, and Flat Tan.

Bussard domes painted Flat Yellow. After that dries I'll mix up some creamy orange to paint spokes:


USS Antares - Dome Details by trekriffic, on Flickr

So will paint the lower dome next and the next layer of the bussard domes. More Medium Grey accents have been added:


USS Antares - Still a WIP by trekriffic, on Flickr

I gave some of the paneling a light dry brush with Light Sea Gray. It turned out well; especially with the bands on the nacelles:


USS Antares - Still a WIP by trekriffic, on Flickr

Bussards will eventually be a peachy orange cream with yellow between the spokes:


USS Antares - Still a WIP by trekriffic, on Flickr

I made the lower hull "screen-like" panel Medium Grey to help balance out some of the Medium Grey accents up above. Plus it helps break up a lot of light grey:


USS Antares - Still a WIP by trekriffic, on Flickr

I painted the back of the deflector dish light blue to mimic how it would appear reflecting the light blue "light" that comes from the light blue enamel painted "booster ring" behind it:


USS Antares - Dish back by trekriffic, on Flickr

More to come...
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2019, 09:20:33 pm »
Wow! the detail at that scale is crazy! 

I'm wondering, did this ship actually appear in ToS?  Or was it an add on later?

Either way love this build!
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