Re-Entering the World of Trek Modeling + Dilemma!

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Re-Entering the World of Trek Modeling + Dilemma!

Postby michelalano » Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:17 pm

Hello all. I've posted a few times but realized I never given a proper introduction. I'm a 33 year old guy living in NYC for 8 years. When I moved here, I sold all my models, many unbuilt, because I needed the money and didn't have the space for them here. I would list them out but I basically had all of the amt/ertl trek models before polar lights and round 2 started reproducing them.

2 years ago I impulse-bought the 1/350 Refit model by Polar Lights even though I didn't have any of my paints or supplies, much less a space to build such a huge model. It still sits in the box today. But in the meantime I have slowly repopulated my collection of trek models, including most of the 2500 and 1000 scale offerings. Here's a list of what I have:

2500 scale Cadet Series, Enterprises TOS, A, B, C, D, E, Reliant, and K'Tinga
1000 scale NX-01, TOS, Refit, Reliant, Excelsior, Enterprise B
1400 scale Enterprises D and E
537 scale Enterprise and Reliant (original issues)
350 scale Refit

The only model that survived from my childhood is the Enterprise D which I am currently stripping and repainting. I hope to post a thread soon because I'm really happy with the progress.

Here's my dilemma: I go back and forth from wanting to do a simple build to capture the nostalgia of my childhood, and wanting to go all out on a professional level lighted model. What models are best for lighting? I'm assuming larger models provide more room for wiring innards but I know the 537 scale models I have can be "problematic" for a number of reasons. I'm also a bit OCD so I have the urge for everything to "match." In other words, if I do lighting and aztecing on one model I would want a similar quality in the others, at least of those in the same scale. Of course, this is just me being a weirdo.

I guess that wraps it up for now. I'm happy to be part of this community and see all the other work going on. Modeling has brought back a lot of memories and it acts as stress relief for me. Expect a lot of newbie questions from me!

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Re: Re-Entering the World of Trek Modeling + Dilemma!

Postby mophius » Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:27 pm

Welcome to AST. Looking forwards to some eye candy
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Re: Re-Entering the World of Trek Modeling + Dilemma!

Postby Moongrim » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:24 pm

Welcome aboard Michalalano!

As to the lighting- the 537 and the 350 scale ones are the best to work with when it comes to lighting them up. As I recall the 350 Enterprise TOS version- comes with a lighting kit for it as well.
http://www.culttvmanshop.com/Classic-En ... _2376.html

The 537 versions - some have made light kits/parts for them as well
Don's Light and Magic for instance: http://www.dlmparts.com/amtrefitreliant ... scale.html

Though when it comes to lighting- a few folks are dedicated enough to light up a 1/1000 scale kit, and the occasional 1/1400 kit as well. And one or two industrious individuals have lit up 1/2500 scale kits.
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Re: Re-Entering the World of Trek Modeling + Dilemma!

Postby trekriffic » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:47 pm

Welcome back to the modeling fold Michalalano!
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Postby el gato » Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:15 am

Welcome to AST!

In terms of your dilemma, you can light any ship if you have the skills/confidence/eyesight/bravado/insanity (check out some of the lit ones in the 2500 forum). But if you're just beginning or are not sure how crazy you are, then the bigger the scale the better off you are. The 350 scale kits were engineered to allow for lighting
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Re: Re-Entering the World of Trek Modeling + Dilemma!

Postby michelalano » Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:42 pm

el gato wrote:The 350 scale kits were engineered to allow for lighting


True! I intend to go ALL OUT on my 350 Refit. But that may be years from now.

Currently I'm starting work on the 1/1000 NX and the 1/1000 TOS simultaneously so I can work on one while the other is drying, etc. I promised myself they would be simple quick builds just to get back into the game. But the NX-01 has so many clear parts, moulded windows, and even grooves in the pylons where wiring would go. It's like it was MADE for lighting just to taunt me. But even a model of this size would go from a week-long build to months long pretty quick. Still, this may be the one I try to light up first.

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Re: Re-Entering the World of Trek Modeling + Dilemma!

Postby Moongrim » Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:45 pm

michelalano wrote:
el gato wrote:The 350 scale kits were engineered to allow for lighting


True! I intend to go ALL OUT on my 350 Refit. But that may be years from now.

Currently I'm starting work on the 1/1000 NX and the 1/1000 TOS simultaneously so I can work on one while the other is drying, etc. I promised myself they would be simple quick builds just to get back into the game. But the NX-01 has so many clear parts, moulded windows, and even grooves in the pylons where wiring would go. It's like it was MADE for lighting just to taunt me. But even a model of this size would go from a week-long build to months long pretty quick. Still, this may be the one I try to light up first.


Pace yourself. Allow yourself to fail and don't beat yourself up, if you don't get things done as quickly as you'd desire.
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Re: Re-Entering the World of Trek Modeling + Dilemma!

Postby michelalano » Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:57 pm

Moongrim wrote:Pace yourself. Allow yourself to fail and don't beat yourself up, if you don't get things done as quickly as you'd desire.


Currently decaling some 2500 ships to pace myself and build up a tolerance for pain. :lol:

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Re: Re-Entering the World of Trek Modeling + Dilemma!

Postby asmcelhinney » Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:58 pm

Although not everyone's cup of tea the Revell kits are good for lighting, the TOS Enterprise, D-7 and JJprise ate all decent sized ships with plenty of room and decent clear window inserts etc.

If I were you I'd have two speeds of build in mind: the (more or less) 'out of the box' (oob) build and the involved build. Make sure you finish something every now and then cos starting and planing large builds with lighting will often leave you with multiple unfinished kits and a sinking feeling!
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Re: Re-Entering the World of Trek Modeling + Dilemma!

Postby NCC1966 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:22 pm

Welcome aboard, pal! Don't worry just have some fun!

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