Alliance Constellation (Picture Heavy)

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Alliance Constellation (Picture Heavy)

Post by Tesral » Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:54 pm

My 1/1000 ships a follow a theme. Ships commanded by my fiction character Capt. Jerry LaSaille. He is mentioned as the Senior Captain that rolled out the USS Constellation.

Fortunately for me Alliance Models makes a Constellation in 1/1000. I recently bought one. Pricy to say the least with shipping it was 93 bucks and change from Federation Models. And is now the heaviest hunk of resin in my collection.
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An overview of the model itself. You get the saucer (beastly), four nacelles in matched pairs, a bag o' bits, the decals, and instructions. Here is the basic model.
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And the Underside of the saucer.
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Contents of the bag o' bits
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There are decals for the Constellation,, the Hathaway, and the Stargazer. It includes "damage" decals for the Stargazer I would assume. Those will end up in the slush pile. Possible trade material.
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I hope to be building this beast shortly so watch this space.
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Post by trekriffic » Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:29 pm

Impressively heavy looking. Any idea what the overall length is?
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Post by Tesral » Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:53 pm

I'd guesstimate 11.5/12 inches. Laying a nacelle roughly in place and applying a ruler.
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Post by el gato » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:06 pm

Tesral wrote:I hope to be building this beast shortly so watch this space.
And that's what I intend to do :)
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Post by trekriffic » Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:07 pm

Tesral wrote:I'd guesstimate 11.5/12 inches. Laying a nacelle roughly in place and applying a ruler.
So just a little larger than the TOS Enterprise kit then. Nice.
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Post by Tesral » Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:59 am

I've started working on the model itself after a bath to get rid of dread mold release. Cleaning up parts, getting rid of mold lines and doing the things you do before the glue comes out.

Bath Time
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The saucer is clean. I found only bit of flash and some rough spots at the mold line. I haven't seen any bubbles. Most of the bits in the bag are pieces of detail that go on the saucer. Bridge, the lower sensor a bit of greeble and a side sensor on the "tits" None of these are keyed in any fashion. Pencil marks and guess and by gosh. The nacelles and t bars are well keyed however.

The nacelles are fairly dirty, some heavy mold lines that look like filling will be involved. Once cleaned up the parts fit well. Save my own clumsy ill luck I don't see issues with assembly, when I get there.

Mold Lines
Consti09.jpg
I thought these holes were bubbles, nope a features. Damn I'm blind.
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I need to get the saucer to the drill press for the stand hole and might as well take one of those laser cut acrylic stands with me. It came with a resin stand, but I consider it too small and not clear.
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Re: Alliance Constellation (Picture Heavy)

Post by Tesral » Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:40 am

My favorite sanding stick and I went to town on the nacelles tonight. No pictures as of yet as a couple of spots needed filler and that is currently drying.

The saucer bits have been de-flashed and are waiting on me drilling the stand hole in the saucer before I attach them. if my CA hasn't dried out.,..again.

Save for the work on the nacelles this is almost a shake the box model. Few pieces, fairly apparent assembly. and decent instructions when it isn't, It won't make the lighting fans happy being solid resin.

I'm going with the school of thought that the front grill is the deflector not a hanger.
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Post by Moongrim » Tue Feb 10, 2015 2:22 pm

I concur that it's a deflector. The constellation class could be considered a mobile garage what with all of the hangar bays it has.
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Re: Alliance Constellation (Picture Heavy)

Post by Steam235 » Tue Feb 10, 2015 4:39 pm

Remember it had a 20 year mission. I could see them needing huge storage areas. I also think the stuff on the bottom is mining equipment to get resources from asteroids. I could also see them scooping up raw materials in that front bay.

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Re: Alliance Constellation (Picture Heavy)

Post by Tesral » Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:50 pm

Moongrim wrote:I concur that it's a deflector. The constellation class could be considered a mobile garage what with all of the hangar bays it has.
I hear that. six, if you don't count the nose.
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