|1. the movie pics of the ship the hull look matallic or bare metal while other seem to have a gray tone to it? what are the correct colors?|
The Enterprise's base coat is WHITE. Not metallic. If your buildig the refit, there are various different tones of green thruout the ship. If your building the refit-A, then these greens are blue.
|2. what is the easiest way to apply the aztec pattern on this thing?|
You can either cut your own Aztec patterns using Arthur Pendraggons fantastic templates (http://www.starshipmodeler.com/tech/cz_mask.htm), or you can purchase AzteK Dummy's templates. I personally used AD templates. Can't say enough good things about them.
|3. how many diffent colors make up the aztec pattern? I have gotten 3 (movie) , 2 painting instructions on a star trek web site, and some other guy had 5|
any help you can give to straighten me out would be great
The Aztec's were created using pearlescent colors. There is one main Aztec pattern and then at least a 4 pattern secondary Aztec. It is the secondary pattern that gives the ship that metalic sheen. However, the secondary aztec is made up of pearl blues, greens, reds, and golds.
You can see my write up involving the Aztec patterns here:
And my build up here:
Hopr this helps.