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1st Sci-Fi model - Enterprise E

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  • Member since
    January 2015
1st Sci-Fi model - Enterprise E
Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 10:47 PM

Hey Guys, Over in the Secret Santa GB I asked for a sci-fi model to try something completely new for me. I'm posting the updates here hoping to get some additional advice on how to go about it.

Here's my starting point

 And here's where I'm at now. Decided to stop and post this up to get some advice before I glue anything together Beyond the warp engine arms.

If I didn't make it more complicated the actual assembly would go pretty quick. I'd say a day for painting clear parts and the next day assembling. I feel these are all about the paint and details...and in my case the lights. 'Cause that's what I m into right now Headphones

For the warp engines I put an over all coat of clear blue on, then went across the engines to make the darker blue lines, then went on each side of those lines and sprayed some grimey black to add some shadows. With the light behind it I believe you can get an idea of how it will look. The finished warp engine will have aluminum foil inside toreflect the light so hopefully it doesn't look like a single source.

Now for the impulse engines this is where I discovered the value of the aluminum foil. The nano led's made a beam style light that didn't look right. So i pointed them down and that looked better. Then i had the foil idea. I left the lights pointing down so they'd reflect back out the engines. In this pic the left one has foil and the right one doesn't. Looks like a big difference right?


Any suggestions from you guys that have built sci-fi? One enjoyable part is looking through a new part of the forum for me!


In the pattern: Lots in my stash. But let's close out the SOD and do the 1/350 Enterprise I started a few years ago.

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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:13 AM

I've never built the Soverign class ship, only went as far as the "D', partly because of teh aztck paint job.  If this kit need thqt kind of look I thik you could find the maasks at Federation models.  I'm new with lighting so about all I can suggest is when it comes to the rest of the lights, you can cut down on the amount of work by spraying the inside of the hull with a gloss silver and the dull out the windows to cut down on the glare shinning out.  I did a 1/350th NX-01 and did this to keep the light levels lower.  If not I have seen some models with very bright lights showing, which I think is far out of scale.  These are windows, not search lights.

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:45 AM

Sorry no real advice, I keep buying SF kits but always reach for a tank when I build my next model instead of building them.

Hopefully I can provide some motivation though- what you've got looks good!


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Though I've got legs more like a coach than a cheerleader... Embarrassed

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:53 PM

The "E" is a handsome design.  Based on what you have shown us, I think your lighting will turn out fine.  But now you have to PAINT the thing!  Ah the vagaries of building Star Trek kits.  Guys who can handle Aztec-ing and paint zillions of colors deserve some kind of special medal.  Maybe the IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations) Award?  That would be logical.

I'll get my coat an go back to the Star Wars section of the forum...

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    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, July 26, 2020 9:52 PM

Hasn't been much to show of late. Lots happening around the house that's kept me away from the bench. Made some good progress this weekend finally. The base color is down, i used citadel's Corax White to get that off shade. 

Finished up page 1 of the decals tonight.

This has turned into my dual build of the year. Here she is with a past namesake...

Ive been thinking for the aztec coloring that i would thin down some clear red/blue etc and spray a light coat over the model. Then do the final clear coat. What do you guys think about that?

In the pattern: Lots in my stash. But let's close out the SOD and do the 1/350 Enterprise I started a few years ago.

  • Member since
    May 2020
Posted by Keyserj on Monday, July 27, 2020 9:25 PM

Whoah there Chris, am I seeing double? Both Enterprise's are looking great. Yes

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?"- Oddball



On the bench: 1/35 Trumpeter m1132 ESV Stryker

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, July 31, 2020 9:48 AM

You're making great progress on her. Nice work! 

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


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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Sunday, August 2, 2020 11:54 PM

She's looking good!  Not sure about the thin spray of red/blue.  Just have to try it out on a section and see.  Make it so!



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