Building the Eaglemoss Enterprise-D partwork

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Leathco, May 9, 2021.

  1. 137th Gebirg

    137th Gebirg Admiral Premium Member

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    Ew... That sucks. My BTTF DeLorean had a similar problem with the headlights & taillights after I married the upper and lower halves together. They flickered a little bit and ceased to function entirely after I got everything tightened down. A single wire probably got pinched somewhere - no clue where. I may one day revisit it, but it was an exhausting piece of work to get it to the end and I explain it away by saying its a truly accurate replica of a DeLorean, electrical problems and everything! :D
     
  2. Leathco

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    Bonus Issue: The Shuttles

    So, this bonus issue was 60 bucks. I was pretty excited for it, as its the first bonus we got here in the US for the build. Sadly, I'm half and half on it after it came in. For 40, I would be a bit happier with it.

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    They come in a pretty impressive box. However, the "magazines" that come with them are tiny, and there is no way they will fit in with the current binders (something I would have done, and ordered extra binders in order to do it). I figure I will add a folder section to the binders for stuff like this.

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    The shuttles themselves look pretty good. Decent amount of detail, they have a bit of weight to them and feel well made. I'm quite happy with this aspect of the package.

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    The rears of the shuttles look fine as well. Sadly, the "Okudagrams" are quite small and just made of thin plastic, but require some MAJOR backlighting for them to shine through. These photos were taken with a small mood light aimed right at them, and still they appear quite dark.

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    Here's the biggest problem though: the stands are completely generic with no attachments to the shuttles at all. The shuttles just sit on them. No slide on, no clamp, no click on, nothing. This is a MAJOR problem in my game room / man cave area, as I have knocked these shuttles off just by the subwoofer vibrating in my sound system. The system isn't huge or overpowered either, as the sub only pushes 150 watts (for comparison, my drum amp pushes 500 watts and is used for small bars when I play) yet still after watching a movie these shuttles are frequently knocked off their stands just from my sound system running at around half volume. I will eventually likely try to find a non-damaging way to keep these mounted on the stands, likely using peel off velcro.
     
  3. Leathco

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    Stages 35 through 38

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    The saucer is really coming along now. We have a new stretch of outer rim plates that are running on the edge, and a quadrant of panels installed where one of the impulse engines will be. I'm especially looking forward to getting the outer rim of the saucer done, as that's where the bulk of the windows are. I won't miss stages where you install 30 plus windows on one panel!

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    Well, I'll be having nightmares about this part for a while. Long story short, in the previous stage I had used the wrong LED lights and plugged them in the wrong section, requiring me to partially disassemble the neck. That disassembly broke one of the wires on the switch that powers everything on and off. The only solution I could come up with was to remove the wires from the switch, take some of the wire coating off, and solder the wires to the switch. I've never soldered before and these are tiny wires, so this was quite the task (not to mention I had to buy a soldering iron!). After an hour, I FINALLY got the wires attached and the switch working, and everything is working after reassembly. I'm really hoping I don't run into an issue like this again though!

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    It won't get attached til the next issue, but this is the final large part of the cobra neck section. I am really looking forward to getting it on and wrapping the neck section up (outside minor details that will cover the screws). Hopefully once it's all sealed up I won't have any more stress about that switch!

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    We also lowered the amount of extra hull plates laying around. You can see we added a couple plates not installed yet, but a net drop in loose parts is always a good thing. Waiting on issue 11 now, which will fill the first binder!
     
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  4. Timofnine

    Timofnine Vice Admiral Moderator

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    A quick progress post, top of the saucer section is almost complete….

    Shuttle set is cute too.
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  5. brayman1701

    brayman1701 Ensign Red Shirt

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    I've had to cancel my subscription for now as potentially finances might get badly messed up
     
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  6. Tomalak

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    What's with the font used on Goddard? Might be the angle, but it looks like the TOS logo typeface rather than the correct Microgramma bold.

    Just the name Goddard - the registry and Enterprise bits look ok. Actually, Shuttlecraft 15 looks strange too, but it's much smaller on @Timofnine's pic. Possibly I'm going mad.
     
  7. Tosk

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    Wow, the Goddard is drenched in panel detail that the real one doesn't have. Maybe this is where all the missing panel lines from the Runabout ended up? ;)
     
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  8. ThankQ

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    Why is there never any love for the Onizuka? As a Challenger buff, seeing that shuttle was my favorite point-at-the-screen-and-go-ooh!-ooh! moment of TNG.

    Oh, and D models look amazing.
     
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  9. Leathco

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    Quick update: I haven't gotten a shipment in the past month, guessing from the shortage of parts due to everything being on barges that are taking forever to unload. That being said, I got an e-mail from Eaglemoss that I am getting the Enterprise print that originally only came out in the UK, which at the time was advertised as limited to 2500 copies. Not sure if this is another print specifically made for the US or since this print was unpopular in the UK and tons of people opted not to get it if the leftovers are being directed at the US market.
     
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  10. Eckauskas

    Eckauskas Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    What stages were your final panels for the top of the saucer? I just received 35-38 the other day but haven't opened them as Eaglemoss never sent me 34 in the last shipment, so I've had to pause until that arrives.

    When you say "print", are you talking about some kind of poster? Genuinely stumped about what that could be as I'm a UK subscriber.
     
  11. Leathco

    Leathco Commander Red Shirt

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    Yea, it's a poster. If you check Tim of Nines latest post, it's in the background in their last photo.
     
  12. Markonian

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    That’s a great pity.

    A part/build collection like this would scare for that very reason. If you stop collecting the starship models you still retain those on the shelf. If you stop to build, however, you’re left with bits and pieces that are useless.
     
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  13. NCC-73515

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    I'd love to even just have bits and pieces - build Wolf 359 out of them ;)
     
  14. Eddie Roth

    Eddie Roth Commodore Commodore

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    It's nice to see that your builds are coming along so nicely, looks really good. Sadly, I haven't received any shipments of Enterprise parts for three months now (I did get the shuttles though). I was wondering: has anyone else had problems recently? Sadly, contacting Eaglemoss customer service is a game of mostly waiting and not much happening, or confusing, sometimes contradictory answers. Do any of you happen to know what's going on there, or is it just me?
     
  15. Timofnine

    Timofnine Vice Admiral Moderator

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    I’ve not had any parts for a nearly two months now either…. I have no idea why? I deleted my Facebook profile so can’t follow the groups anymore to see what is going on. I think that it might be something to do with Brexit/COVID and shipping problems? Or maybe it’s something to do with a design problem? The demonstration models have never been shown with the saucer separating, it’s always been fixed in place… one of the last things that I read was that some people were thinking that the saucer and secondary hull/cobra neck connection might not be strong enough to support the weight of the saucer section? So maybe they have run in to a design flaw and they are trying to fix it before they send parts out? For example, the two phaser bank ‘buttons’ to release the saucer on the cobra neck are not actually connected to anything? How will they work? Will the plastic saucer connection struts support the weight of the saucer? I just don’t know! That’s pure speculation by the way…. I just can’t see why there is suddenly this massive delay…. Ah well, will sit tight and wait to see what happens as I have been thoroughly enjoying this model so far and hope to continue doing so?
     
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  16. Eddie Roth

    Eddie Roth Commodore Commodore

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    Word for word, this is how I see it too. But this very long delay has me worried, especially because the Eaglemoss customer service is not proactive at all in communicating, well, anything.

    I saw some YouTube video recently from a builder who expressed concerns about the stability of the finished model. So hopefully the delay is partly to figure out potential issues.
     
  17. publiusr

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    I have seen videos of containers being raided by thieves in the west coast. Whole rail yards littered with box debris
     
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  18. 137th Gebirg

    137th Gebirg Admiral Premium Member

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    Shhh… we’re not supposed to know about that stuff. Everything is fine, citizen. ;)
     
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  19. Timofnine

    Timofnine Vice Admiral Moderator

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    Well, I have just had an email apologising for the delay in shipments and saying that my next shipment is being processed for dispatch now that they have restocked all the missing parts. This is a UK customer service response btw.

    Watch this space! :bolian:
     
  20. Eddie Roth

    Eddie Roth Commodore Commodore

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    Good news indeed! Same here. And in fact, on the same day that they announced shipment, it was already here. Since I asked for a load-up, I'm now back on track (if some eight shipments behind most people since I started late). Let's hope they can keep their schedule from now on.
     
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