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1/350 ENTERPRISE REFIT BUILD

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1/350 ENTERPRISE REFIT BUILD
Posted by Jim Kirk on Saturday, October 19, 2019 8:55 AM

So...

Having built several of these many years ago when this kit was first released, I find myself building three now. All three will feature...

The Star Trek the motion picture paint scheme. Five colors(Four iredescent Gold,Blue,Green and Red) Plus the base color white.
Full lighting package.
On this build, the masking set from Orbital Dry-docks.
Photo Etch from Para Grafx.

Once I started the build I realized why I stopped building them. They are a major pain to build.These three will be my last.

On this build, I started with the Shuttle bay. After cleaning up the parts and Priming, I air brushed the appropriate color scheme...

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Saturday, October 19, 2019 8:56 AM

The Shuttlebay again...The detailed/painted Botanical Garden and officers Lounge.

On both I removed those horrid plastic "trees" and substituted scale ones.

Also the Photo Etch addition of the Windows for both areas.

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Saturday, October 19, 2019 8:57 AM

The intricate Five color Motion picture paint scheme begins.
Note...to keep these builds from boring me to tears, I jump around. Your milage may vary.

Again, using the mask set from Orbital Dry-docks I have begun airbrushing the Secondary hull...A tedious process to say the least. I won't go into the steps of The actual how to on using the mask, You can find that around the net. However, having said that, it's MUCH easier than cutting my own, which I did in the past.

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Saturday, October 19, 2019 11:04 AM

The kit supplied bridge is wrong...So I started to modify it until I found a much more accurate part on Shapeways...

 

 

And on the Saucer...

 

The Impulse power crystal housing..

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Saturday, October 19, 2019 11:05 AM

I airbrushed the intricate Aztec pattern and five colors on the upper saucer...

 

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Saturday, October 19, 2019 11:05 AM

The saucer and Shuttlebay assemblies and the lower saucer gets airbrushed...

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Saturday, October 19, 2019 11:38 AM

Test Fitting the major assemblies...

 

AND some light testing...

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Saturday, October 19, 2019 3:34 PM

Pulling up a chair.  I always love to watch a 1/350 Enterprise being built.  It’s like going to high end symphony - so much to take in and so much talent on show.

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Posted by PFJN on Sunday, October 20, 2019 2:46 PM

Hi,

That looks great, the AZTEC panelling looks nice and subtile, and the interior detailing looks impressive

Pat

1st Group BuildSP

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Monday, October 28, 2019 8:02 AM
My process for the Aztecking. Here is the process for the saucer. If you want your build to reflect the filming mature and have the Aztecking subtle, you need an airbrush. 

A larger industrial paint gun that is used to paint houses or cars... is used for houses and cars NOT a model kit.

Why? Because your going to spray too much paint on to the model. And instead if the subtle texture, it looks more like a quilt Grandma knitted. 

My brush was set at 40 PSI. a little paint goes a long way.
 

 

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Posted by PFJN on Monday, October 28, 2019 4:36 PM

Cool, thanks for the info.  Those images prior to painting are making me dizzy Stick out tongue

Pat

1st Group BuildSP

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Thursday, October 31, 2019 7:34 AM

 

I used acrylic Incandescent paint. Four colors were used on the refit(The fifth is the white Base color). They are Gold, Green, Red and blue.

I highly recommend getting the Trekmodeler paint guide to navigate which colors go where.

 

The masking set I used/am using is from Orbital Dry-docks . The masks are low tack, but have sufficient adhesion.

 

I had NO issue with the Iridescent being pulled up. The paint is surprisingly strong and resilient . I used a Hair dryer(DON'T use a heat gun!! It softens the plastic and can damage your paints!!!) after each application to hasten the drying time so I can move along(I have three of these things to build! Ugh!!).

 

 

Here are the Paints I used...

 

More updates coming soon! Hope this info helps!!

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  • From: Longmont, Colorado
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Friday, November 1, 2019 4:45 PM

Beautiful work, Jim!  I am working on one of those right now, and your pics have been very helpful.  I must say that this kit (Polar Lights) is the most poorly documented I have ever experienced.  What they supplied is totally inadequate.  Drawings are incomplete and  difficult to read, and there are really no instructions.  Heck, I worked on it for 5 days before I could figure out where the "VIP Lounge" was supposed to go.  However, I will say, that the parts are well made, and fit together nicely.  So far it has been a fun build.

Computer, did we bring batteries?.....Computer?

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 11:01 AM

The electronics and lighting have been installed 100%.

 

Although there is much more work to do, the model is finally beginning to look right. Still need to address several areas for clean up and lighten some of the coloring...However, I am happy with the progress so far.

 

I also stopped by to see my friends at my local Hobby Shop to allow them to inspect and enjoy the model...

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  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 11:52 AM

Crazy good looking work Jim.

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Thursday, November 28, 2019 10:01 AM

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Friday, November 29, 2019 10:07 AM

With the 1/350 Original series build...

 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Friday, November 29, 2019 11:48 AM

Both are beautiful but the one on the left, be still my thumping heart❤️❤️❤️

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, December 5, 2019 11:51 PM

Very impressive builds. Great job. I love that your refit Enterprise is not an "-A". Folks forget that the Enterprise A didn't show up until the end of Star Trek: The Voyage Home, aka STIV.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 6, 2019 9:44 AM

Yeah, your results look awesome! I think even Scotty would be proud. 

I love the Aztec paint work you've done. I've got the kit but it keeps scaring me off. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Friday, December 6, 2019 5:39 PM
On the dinning room table...
 
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Posted by Jim Kirk on Saturday, December 7, 2019 5:10 PM

Since I have already posted the typical tabletop/ cluttered background pictures, now It's time to have fun!

 

I put my 1/350 Refit in it's element.

 

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Monday, December 9, 2019 12:59 PM

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Friday, December 13, 2019 5:14 AM

I did a quick video replicating the launch sequence from The Motion Picture. Nothing fancy, shot in front of a black drop cloth. Once the model is 100% complete, I plan on making another video, much more accurate.
 
It was fun!
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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 13, 2019 9:52 AM

Again, I'd swear it were the real deal if you didn't tell me otherwise! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Jim Kirk on Sunday, December 15, 2019 5:00 PM
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Posted by Jim Kirk on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 12:02 PM

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Posted by danburnsart on Thursday, December 19, 2019 10:45 AM
Wow. Beautiful! Bravo!
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Posted by Jim Kirk on Thursday, December 19, 2019 2:43 PM

Some more test SPFX with my 1/350 Refit!

 

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