1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C (So it begins)

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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C (So it begins)

Postby MSgtUSAFRet » Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:44 am

novahobbies wrote:
SKO wrote:
Dr_Corsa wrote:Hey,

just a little reminder: the impulce ingine on Ent-C was blue! All another ambassador class ships had a normal orange impulce.

Greeting,
Michael


That always bugged me and I flat out ignored that when I made mine. I convinced myself that was some weird low power setting due to the damage it had taken and that since I was building mine as a pristine, clean E-C that it would have a red impulse. There's enough blues and greys on federation ships to begin with that those little red impulse engines always offer a nice contrast.


Honestly I agree with SKO about this. Some things may be "screen accurate," but when you really ask yourself WHY and don't have a good answer, it's better to just go with your gut. Mine's red also. But you know....your model, your choice! :-D Make 'em green if you want and say it's powered by a Romulan core.


Well....I didn't want to be a nay-sayer buuuuuuuuut as you may have noticed from my drawings, I plan to make my impulse engines red. I figured since I was already planning to go off the reservation with my paint color scheme, I can have a red impulse engines to boot.

Sorry Doc. :)


Nova, I hope you can give your build some good TLC. I would love to see it done. However, thanks for the heads up and tips!!

SKO - do you have a thread or a few pics of your build? I'd like to see them!

Thanks for the comments!

Steve

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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C (So it begins)

Postby SKO » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:08 am

MSgtUSAFRet wrote:
novahobbies wrote:
SKO wrote:
That always bugged me and I flat out ignored that when I made mine. I convinced myself that was some weird low power setting due to the damage it had taken and that since I was building mine as a pristine, clean E-C that it would have a red impulse. There's enough blues and greys on federation ships to begin with that those little red impulse engines always offer a nice contrast.


Honestly I agree with SKO about this. Some things may be "screen accurate," but when you really ask yourself WHY and don't have a good answer, it's better to just go with your gut. Mine's red also. But you know....your model, your choice! :-D Make 'em green if you want and say it's powered by a Romulan core.


Well....I didn't want to be a nay-sayer buuuuuuuuut as you may have noticed from my drawings, I plan to make my impulse engines red. I figured since I was already planning to go off the reservation with my paint color scheme, I can have a red impulse engines to boot.

Sorry Doc. :)


Nova, I hope you can give your build some good TLC. I would love to see it done. However, thanks for the heads up and tips!!

SKO - do you have a thread or a few pics of your build? I'd like to see them!

Thanks for the comments!

Steve


Here ya go, though I can’t imagine I’d be much of an inspiration to someone with your skills, based on the work you’ve posted in here. viewtopic.php?f=8&t=4889

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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C (So it begins)

Postby Dingbat » Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:40 am

Hey MSgt
Earlier in your thread you mentioned Angrysifimodeler's videos. I dont know how I missed them but he has some great ideas that are making me rethink some of my own. Thanks for the info on this guy. His videos are a blast to watch!

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Re: 1/1400 AMT Enterprise-C (So it begins)

Postby MSgtUSAFRet » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:18 pm

Greetings!

Dingbat wrote:Hey MSgt
Earlier in your thread you mentioned Angrysifimodeler's videos. I dont know how I missed them but he has some great ideas that are making me rethink some of my own. Thanks for the info on this guy. His videos are a blast to watch!


Hey Ding! Yeah I'm kinda following his lead in putting this together! I'm gonna try his Gundam panel lines paint technique and see how it goes!

I know it has been awhile since I last posted, RL and IPMS have had me tied up a bit and kept me away from the bench. I was able to get some time in on the bench, but it has been in spurts. But I have made some headway. I am nearly ready to paint, but only if the Texas weather cooperates.

While I was at IPMS San Antonio, I met Ralph from TenaControls and he sold me his Federation Nav-light set - so I chickened out on building my own blinky circuit. But, I swear it shall be done! (For you "Princess Bride" fans out there!)

I was able to scribe some lines on the perimeter of the saucer much like the studio model has. I also filled and sanded the sensor bands AMT cut into the model. Yuck.
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I decided to make the collision avoidance, squadron formation lights, on the saucer blink. It does not seem like Star Fleet without them. So I leveled of the nubs that AMT had for the lights and drilled out the holes for the Fiber Optic (FO) strands and...

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...Right into the AMT placement of the orientation peg! AAAAAaaaaggaah!
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The 0.75mm FO fits and should make a nice blinky light, once I round the end and paint it (I think).

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Then I started thinking about how I would route the FO if the orientation peg and hole were filled with, ya know, each other. So I decided to make a channel for the strand and cut a channel in the receiver. I may have to go back and shave the peg off a little to allow for the strand to remain un-kinked.
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But once I get it all settled, I should look something similar to this.
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If it all goes to plan. I also remembered that I needed to light the planetary sensor array, so I cut a hole in the ventral saucer. TaDaaa!
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Well, I hope to make more progress this weekend, again, if the weather cooperates.

Ahead Warp Factor One!

Steve


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