1/2500 Enterprises

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by STR, Nov 1, 2016.

  1. Kaiser

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    awesome models :)
     
  2. STR

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    And with the flat coat we're done...
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    Also the tiny little Defiant. Had to get a 10*0 brush for the tiny details that needed painting. The whole model is maybe 1.5-2 inches across. The base color looks like a pretty neutral gray in the photo, but is actually fairly blue.
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  3. Albertese

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    Real nice! I like the stand for the Defiant. I don't recall there being one in the box; what are you using?

    --Alex
     
  4. STR

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    All the stands are by Polar Lights.
    https://starshipmodeler.biz/shop/index.cfm/product/8110_17/small-display-base---3-pack.html

    https://www.amazon.com/B00OHMGP7Y/

    They work for models up to Excelsior/E-B size (might be best to put some kind of weight in the base to lower the center of gravity for kits of that size). For the kits bigger than that I got Polar Light's medium dome stands. I had to sand down the size of the peg to fit into the hole in the model though.

    https://starshipmodeler.biz/shop/index.cfm/product/2378_17/universal-dome-base.html

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00694NH0Q/
     
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  5. Albertese

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    That's cool! I never knew about those products. Thanks for sharing.

    --Alex
     
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  7. Captain of the USS Averof

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    Incredible collection you have started there STR! Your Enterprise-E looks great!
     
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  8. STR

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    ^^^ Thanks. I've been working on the 1701-B and 1701-A, but I should have some updates soon. Hopefully I can meet or exceed the bar I've already set.

    Gotta be honest, I want this project done LONG before stuff like that becomes widely available. Though, if I get sidetracked for 5 years like last time, that might be the way to go. Anyway, :bolian:.
     
  9. STR

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    The Cadet Series NCC-1701-B is generally regarded as one of the best of the original 1/2500 Enterprise models. Accurate and well-fitting. Probably only the C is better. Only problem is that it has huge raised gridlines along with huge depressed grid lines. Why they did both...I don't know. The former are always the first to go, patience and some sanding sticks take care of them. For the ambitious, the next step is filling in the remaining lines.

    I tried Apoxie Sculpt (too thick) along with various putties (Testors and Squadron) which were equally terrible, before I found Perfect Plastic Putty online. Thins / cleans with water and sands so easily I only have to use fine grit sandpaper so there's no risk of sanding away detail.

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    first (deliberately thick) coat on the saucer. The 1701-A is actually the new mold from the Motion Picture 3-piece set. The fit on this kit is exemplary and, thankfully, has nothing to sand off.
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    Secondary hull sanded, assembled and puttied.
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  10. Albertese

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    I've never tried Apoxie Scuplt, and I too hate Testors putty, But it usually use Squadron Green cut with a little Testors Model Cement. And It always works nicely for my techniques, but I like what you've done with the Perfect Plastic Putty. I'll have to grab some of that and experiment.

    --Alex
     
  11. STR

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    Yeah...I've done the squadron/cement combo. It did noting to soothe my hatred of their overrated putty. The resulting compound did eat away at my model, so it did have one effect.

    PPP is amazing. Its not quite 1 and done, but it's close, and easy, and reversible. No seam is too small. You don't have to worry about your blob drying out before you're done (just add another drop of water and remix it in). I've even resurrected day old putty on my work surface and successfully applied it. It was a little chunky vat first, but smoothed out eventually.

    It's like future: you'd have to try to screw it up to get bad results.
     
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  12. STR

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    Tiny, tiny painting on Defiant nacelle fronts. Done freehand, because even if I wanted to, masking doesn't really get this small.
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    And installed...
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    Enterprise-B looking a bit less rough
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    NCC-1701-B saucer. The only real fit issue in the whole model is the impulse engines. All four are just so rough. I decided to simply fill in and smooth over the center pair. The outer pair aren't so easy any remain a work in progress.
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  13. Trek33

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    Ok I'm new to the 2500 scale and I want to know exactly how big they actually r bc I was told they r game piece size
     
  14. Q2UnME

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    Think "Micro-machines" from the late 80's - early 90's and you'd be in the ballpark for anything below the Enterprise-C. The Enterprise D and E are approaching 8"-10" in size at this scale.
     
  15. ashefivekay

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    I didn't realize the Enterprise looked that good in the Enterprise/Reliant/Klingon kit.... VERY VERY tempted now.
     
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  17. STR

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    Yeah, it's an entirely new mold. I kinda put this project on hold because I couldn't find good 1701-A decals to fit. The old ones come close, but don't quite work.

    Also, I had 2 kids in the meantime, so...
     
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  18. ashefivekay

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    Nothing wrong with that ;) Might need to get those for my desk at home. :)
     
  19. publiusr

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    I had a dream that an easy bake over that produced Zocchi minis was produced--maybe...one day...
     
  20. thribs

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    I would love to have a scale collection, but to build and paint them? I don't have time for that. :)
     
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