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Author Topic: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"  (Read 894 times)

Offline trekriffic

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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2019, 10:47:26 pm »
Finished all the detail painting.
I decided to go with the yellow-orange bussard domes like the Antares had in the remastered episode rather than try to do the spokes.
I also finished some odds and ends related to the aztec paneling.
Then I clipped the music wire to the desired length and glued the deflector dish in place.

I'll give her a flat coat before applying Tamiya pastel powders to give her a more metallic look.
Then another flat coat before coating with Future before applying the ship's windows, registry and insignia decals.
Then a gloss coat to seal the decals followed by another flat coat or two.
Anything I want glossy (like windows, running and formation lights, and the bussards) I can then gloss up with a brush and some Future...


USS Antares - Final Paint by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Final Paint by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Final Paint by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Final Paint by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Final Paint by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Final Paint by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares - Final Paint by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2019, 07:32:26 am »
This is looking great, Steve!

Keep it coming!

Quick question: what kind of brush do you use for the Future paint on? Do you use, for example, a flat, synthetic bristle brush or something else? I often debate about whether or not to airbrush future on or to use a brush of some sort.

Thanks for the answer!

Keep pressing on!

Steve
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2019, 10:50:20 am »
Quick question: what kind of brush do you use for the Future paint on? D

Steve

Any brush will do. Smaller for small scales and larger for bigger ones. Usually a soft brush works best. Just keep it clean. Don't let it puddle in the recesses too much. Also avoid going back over it after more than a minute as Future dries fast and you don't want to brush over it when it gets stickier or brush strokes will show up. I've airbrushed Future before but you really need to be careful to avoid ending up with runs and drips; so you might have to use a brush anyway right after you spray to smooth out any of those. You may already be aware of these tips and techniques but I don't know that for sure so just thought I'd put this out there for those not familiar with the wonders of Future acrylic floor wax with its lovely fresh citrus scent.
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Her: "But... you hear voices don't you?"
Him: "Not Chinese!"

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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2019, 05:43:06 pm »
Got the decals done! I managed to mangle the ship's name and registry decal though so had to come up with a workaround using old leftover decals from my stash.
Piecing together such small numbers and letters was intricate work using an exacto knife, tweezers and a magnifier but, all in all, it turned out very well.
I am quite satisfied with the results...

It took three pieces from my leftover decal stash to replace the bow registry decal:


USS Antares Decals Done by trekriffic, on Flickr

Hmmmm... Not bad at all:


USS Antares Decals Done by trekriffic, on Flickr

For the ship's name on the bow I repurposed the kit decal meant for the fantail:


USS Antares Decals Done by trekriffic, on Flickr

To replace the kit decal, I sliced letters off the leftover decal sheet from the 1/1000 scale USS Phobos kit:


USS Antares Decals Done by trekriffic, on Flickr

Altogether it took 5 pieces of decal material to make the ship's name on the stern:


USS Antares Decals Done by trekriffic, on Flickr

I kept thinking that the large ovoid shaped panel on the forward face of the upper hull needed something and found this leftover 1/2500 Enterprise D decal from Absolute Models.
The fan shaped section was the perfect size to fit:


USS Antares Decals Done by trekriffic, on Flickr

Here it is freshly applied and brushed with MicroSOL decal setting solution:


USS Antares Decals Done by trekriffic, on Flickr

Here are some teaser photos taken in my driveway in natural light:


USS Antares Decals Done by trekriffic, on Flickr

I added red and green running lights to the top of the secondary hull on either side of the oval upper hull section.
I figured the ship needed an extra set for when the bow crew module is detached and she's running in
robotic mode:


USS Antares Decals Done by trekriffic, on Flickr


USS Antares Decals Done by trekriffic, on Flickr

I added some "purge vents" panels to the inside face of the nacelle struts:


USS Antares Decals Done by trekriffic, on Flickr

I've sealed all decals with Future now and am going to spray her with Dullcote before applying some Tamiya pastel chalks to give her a more metallic look like in the remastered episode.
Then she'll get a final flat coat before she's all done.

Then I'll take the "good" pics.
Steve

Him: "Chinese voices in his head? That's a little weird."
Her: "But... you hear voices don't you?"
Him: "Not Chinese!"

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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2019, 07:31:43 pm »
Took a bunch of photos this afternoon. Need to resize them before downloading to Flickr!...

Here's the rendezvous scene from "Charlie X" with my 1/1000 scale Enterprise:


Charlie X by trekriffic, on Flickr

Pretty close to the scene from the remastered episode below:


charliexhd001 by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Her: "But... you hear voices don't you?"
Him: "Not Chinese!"

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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #20 on: April 01, 2019, 07:22:02 am »
Looks great, Steve!

Your model photography skills have really improved as you have been taking pictures for your continuing story!

The model itself is being well done! Keep going!

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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #21 on: April 01, 2019, 09:12:36 pm »
Wow.  And people think I must be blind by now!  Your work is great, and this scale just makes it all the more so.
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered from "Charlie X"
« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2019, 12:15:05 pm »
Thanks Scott!

I posted the finished pics over in the Gallery section. Here's the link:

http://scifimodelaction.com/sfmaforum/index.php?topic=7751.0
Steve

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