U.S.S. Enterprise D 1/850 balsa INCOMPLETE

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Re: U.S.S. Enterprise D 1/850 balsa

Post by el gato » Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:54 pm

Ditto.
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Re: U.S.S. Enterprise D 1/850 balsa

Post by Digital-Impressions » Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:23 pm

This is the steps I took for the nacelles grills. The lights inside are a strip of blue LEDs.
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I used round blue rods and plastic from a milk carton that was perfect for the diffused look I wanted.
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I used a hair dryer to heat the ends so I could get the right curves.
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dry fit to make sure they worked properly
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I used magnets to connect to two halves. I also used aluminum tape for the electric connections instead of soldering. Works great and much easier. Plus it works good for blocking light leaks.
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I had to use some stiff wire to get the front parts to stay in the proper shape.
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Re: U.S.S. Enterprise D 1/850 balsa

Post by Digital-Impressions » Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:31 pm

The nacelles will be attached using magnets. they just snap into place.
There are two electrical circuits. The wires with plugs are for the running lights. The engine and bussard lights are connected thru the magnets, so when the nacelle is attached the circuit is connected.
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Re: U.S.S. Enterprise D 1/850 balsa

Post by Digital-Impressions » Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:45 pm

I am not sure if I showed the process for the inside of the nacelles so here is a photo of the beginnings of the nacelles.
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Re: U.S.S. Enterprise D 1/850 balsa

Post by Moongrim » Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:14 pm

Digital-Impressions wrote:I am not sure if I showed the process for the inside of the nacelles so here is a photo of the beginnings of the nacelles.
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Re: U.S.S. Enterprise D 1/850 balsa

Post by Kratok » Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:21 am

I continue to be astounded by this build.

Going to be hard to choose a winner at the end, but for sheer ambition and creativity, this thread has my vote.

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Re: U.S.S. Enterprise D 1/850 balsa

Post by Digital-Impressions » Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:37 am

Nacelle #2 in dry dock.
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Re: U.S.S. Enterprise D 1/850 balsa

Post by Digital-Impressions » Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:39 am

Nacelle #2 in dry dock.
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Re: U.S.S. Enterprise D 1/850 balsa

Post by Digital-Impressions » Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:42 am

Nacelle #2 in dry dock.
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This is what I used for the gold rings but the 1 ½ diameter instead. The 1 ¼ were too small.
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Re: U.S.S. Enterprise D 1/850 balsa

Post by Digital-Impressions » Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:44 am

Nacelle #2 in dry dock.
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