Weathered Ertl Enterprise D

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Re: Weathered Ertl Enterprise D

Postby Tesral » Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:07 pm

This one is looking nice.

The inconsistent panel lines came to a head on the 1/2500 E-B with both raised and recessed lines on the saucer.

I hate panel lines.
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Re: Weathered Ertl Enterprise D

Postby arcticfox » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:03 am

Thanks for the kind words.

The biggest issue I'm having with this kit is the asymmetry and off centerline for some of the details on the saucer. I tried to use paint and decals to minimize the effect, but man... look close and you can't miss it.

Anyway...

Not feeling well today, so not much to do besides sit and work on a starship.

I got the decals on the star drive section and sealed it with a coat of Games Workshop Purity Seal.

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And then... The windows. So many windows. Got the dorsal side of the star drive section and the connecting neck. As before, the windows are done in Vallejo Black 70.950 and Vallejo White 70.951. Since the ship is at warp, the main impulse engine exhaust is the same color black, as are the forward and aft torpedo launchers. The thrusters are Vallejo Game Color Heavy Goldbrown 72151.

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The lower neck section housing the photon torpedo launchers is painted in Vallejo Dark Grey 70.994.

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Re: Weathered Ertl Enterprise D

Postby arcticfox » Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:05 am

Aaaaand windows on the ventral side of the secondary hull.

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And now... for the navigational deflector. This is really the visual focal point of the Enterprise-D whenever she's viewed from the front, so it's really important. Make or break. So I'm trying to be extra careful here.

So first, a mask of the ship except the area around the deflector, using plastic wrap and masking tape.

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Then, to get the finer mask, I used Grumbacher Miskit Liquid Frisket. I have never used this stuff before so hey, let's test it out on a model I've already spent a ton of time on! Go big or go home, as my son would say...

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So now for the airbrushing. First, a layer of Vallejo Light Grey 70.990.

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Then, Vallejo White 70.951.

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And a layer of Vallejo Game Color Electric Blue 72023.

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Re: Weathered Ertl Enterprise D

Postby Tesral » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:14 am

The biggest issue I'm having with this kit is the asymmetry and off centerline for some of the details on the saucer. I tried to use paint and decals to minimize the effect, but man... look close and you can't miss it.


Once you see it you cannot unsee it. I know the feelling.

I like where you are headed with this.
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Re: Weathered Ertl Enterprise D

Postby arcticfox » Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:29 pm

Tesral wrote:Once you see it you cannot unsee it. I know the feelling.

I like where you are headed with this.


Yeah you're right about that... I actually took some photos I was going to share to illustrate what I mean, but I decided against it since I don't want those flaws to be the thing people notice when they look at the finished model...

And thanks again!

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Re: Weathered Ertl Enterprise D

Postby el gato » Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:43 pm

Love the progress pics and here you're going with it. Excellent job so far!
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Re: Weathered Ertl Enterprise D

Postby Gidiot » Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:50 pm

Looks very sharp! Sweet! I can't wait to see this in her finished form!

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Re: Weathered Ertl Enterprise D

Postby arcticfox » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:41 pm

Thanks guys!

Worked on the Navigational Deflector some more last night.

Well that was almost a disaster...

I airbrushed thinned Vallejo Copper 70.999 onto the area of the deflector not covered by the blue "light"... and found that the surface of the blue was so smooth and glossy that the copper ran all over and covered very poorly. I tried to fix it with a brush but that just made it worse. So to salvage the paint job, I decided to hit it with a layer of Games Workshop Purity Seal, which is a matte sealer and gives a better surface for the copper to stick to. I was able to hit it again with the copper , more gently and it turned out more like how I envisioned it.

I also brushed copper onto the dish itself.

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Next, I took off the masking tape, plastic wrap and... the liquid frisket. That stuff is a PAIN to remove and it took off a little of the paint with it, even though I'd hit it with sealer. It wasn't too bad and I touched it up, but still... Ugh. Can't recommend this particular brand.

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Re: Weathered Ertl Enterprise D

Postby Griffworks » Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:02 pm

Well, I think she looks great, thus far.
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Re: Weathered Ertl Enterprise D

Postby arcticfox » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:41 pm

Thanks. I know what I'd do differently next time, but I'm satisfied with how it came out on this.

Last night I glued the saucer to the secondary hull. Now it's time to finally get rolling on those nacelles. Know what the best part of that is?

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