*another* another lighted Reliant

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*another* another lighted Reliant

Postby toejrb » Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:09 pm

I haven't built anything for a while, but was inspired by the other "another lighted Reliant" thread to crack into a new project. So here's the start. First up, light block the interior and start laying down some LEDs. You can't see it, but there is masking here for the Raytheon effect.

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lower reliant hull interior


For the upper hull, I wanted the engraved lines in the horizontal window area overlooking the saucer. So I cut out the kit plastic, and drilled windows into some grooved styrene sheets. Cut to size, I'll place the new bits over the big holes. The kit plastic I removed was *thick*, so as an added bonus I won't have to deal with thinning that out. Despite the fact that I was working with flat plastic in a drill press, the oblong windows *still* aren't right. Grr. Have to see what I can do with masks, I guess.

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reliant upper hull with cut-outs
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reliant window inserts on upper hull
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You can also see some strip styrene I ran around the edge of the b/c deck. The detail there was really soft, and I wanted to sharpen it.

Turning to the nacelles, I put in holes for the spots on the inboard upper side of both nacelle fronts. I also bulked up the RCS pylons with sheet strip. The molded part was soft where it should have been sharp, way undersized, tapered in thickness from inboard to outboard where it should have been constant thickness, and not square on the corners. Fixed, now.

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reliant nacelle RCS pylon 1
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reliant nacelle RCS pylon 2
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Last thing for now is opening up the top of the roll bar and dropping in some grooved sheet styrene into the resultant hole. For now the new part is loose. Eventually, I'll glue it down and sharpen the edges of the trough with sheet strip.

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roll bar texture
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Next I'm going to work put the Paragraphix photo etch on the dorsal and the fantail. Probably won't get to that 'til next weekend tho.

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Re: *another* another lighted Reliant

Postby MEATLOAFr » Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:18 pm

can never be to many reliants
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Re: *another* another lighted Reliant

Postby toejrb » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:20 am

MEATLOAFr wrote:can never be to many reliants


Ha! Might name it something else. It's not going to be studio-accurate anyway.

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Re: *another* another lighted Reliant

Postby NCC1966 » Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:54 am

Good job so far!

:)
Thanks,

Yan.

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Re: *another* another lighted Reliant

Postby MEATLOAFr » Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:01 am

toejrb wrote:
MEATLOAFr wrote:can never be to many reliants


Ha! Might name it something else. It's not going to be studio-accurate anyway.


ALL THE BETTER!!!
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More progress on *another* another lighted Reliant

Postby toejrb » Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:16 am

Spent some time on the Reliant this weekend. Etch is now in place on the fantail.
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Reliant fantail 1

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Reliant fantail 2


The LED strips are now in place in the nacelles.
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inside of nacelle


Here's a lighting test of the Raytheon effect for the nacelle's aft outboard penant.
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lit nacelle test
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Not shown is the light test for the fore inboard spots. The bleed around the front grille is awful. This stems from the poor fit of the kit part, and I'm not sure what to do about it. I may need to go with individual LEDs for the spots, which is a nuisance.

I've been playing with the bridge some. Here's the kit part in place on the hull.
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Relaint kit bridge
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The kit part suffers from soft detail, and a generally toyish look. I'm tempted to bag it in favor of a Constitution class part from DLM that I have handy. Like I said earlier, screen accuracy isn't the goal here. But we'll see.

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Re: *another* another lighted Reliant

Postby toejrb » Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:21 am

ALL THE BETTER!!!
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Indeed. "So much the better!"

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Reliant questions for the cognoscenti

Postby toejrb » Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:23 am

Here's a cropped picture of the Reliant studio model from the Christie's auction.
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cropped saratoga pic

Full pic is at: http://www.mutara.net/Christies/models/reliant%20saratoga%20top.JPG

Questions for the group:
  1. There are dots atop the B deck. It looks like the one on the centerline is larger than the others, and is lit.Is that right?
  2. What are the other dots? Lights? Unlit through-hull openings? Markings? Are they proud of the surface, or flush?
  3. What's the little greeble on each of the tubular things that project out of the dorsal (I have no idea what they're called)? Looks like it was maybe a 1/35 tank suspension part? It's utterly missing from the kit.

Any thoughts appreciated. Thx!

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Re: *another* another lighted Reliant

Postby MSgtUSAFRet » Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:27 pm

toejrb wrote:
MEATLOAFr wrote:can never be to many reliants


Ha! Might name it something else. It's not going to be studio-accurate anyway.


Just a thought, but in the picture you showed from the Christie's auction house the model is labeled the USS Saratoga. It was featured in Star Trek IV and is also a Miranda-class starship. So it would still be screen accurate, canon and you could still use any shot from WoK as reference.

But, another USS Reliant is never a bad thing! You are doing great on the build and are really making great use of resources ("...a Constitution class part from DLM that I have handy.") to make this an exciting build!

Looking forward to seeing what you're gonna do with this build!

LLAP!

Steve

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Re: Reliant questions for the cognoscenti

Postby andyh » Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:49 pm

toejrb wrote:

Questions for the group:
  1. There are dots atop the B deck. It looks like the one on the centerline is larger than the others, and is lit.Is that right?
  2. What are the other dots? Lights? Unlit through-hull openings? Markings? Are they proud of the surface, or flush?
  3. What's the little greeble on each of the tubular things that project out of the dorsal (I have no idea what they're called)? Looks like it was maybe a 1/35 tank suspension part? It's utterly missing from the kit.

Any thoughts appreciated. Thx!


1. The centre one is indeed bigger and lit yes.

2. No idea what they are. I "think" they are proud, but I did mine slightly lower than flush. Also, some people make them round and others consider them as little squares (I'm not sure which is correct).

3. Yes, this is missing from the kit, that's why I'm just about to release replacement parts.

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