USS Antares - Remastered

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USS Antares - Remastered

Post by trekriffic » Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:05 pm

Got this kit off Federation Models sometime back. This is the SRS Prototyping urethane resin kit of the ill-fated USS Antares, the survey and supply ship shown in the remastered episode of "Charlie X":

Box Art :

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Box Art by trekriffic, on Flickr

I've always liked this design and plan to place it into a diorama with the 1/1000 scale USS Enterprise at some point.

Anyway, after washing the parts in hot water and Comet to remove any vestiges of mold release I set about cleaning up any residual parting lines and filling any voids with putty. Overall, there was very little of either so my hat's off to the caster for doing an excellent job molding the parts. With just 6 parts to work with cleanup and sanding didn't take long at all:

Parts:

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USS Antares Parts - Top by trekriffic, on Flickr

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USS Antares Parts - Underside by trekriffic, on Flickr

The decals are your typical waterslide variety. Nice touch including decals for the window ports:

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USS Antares Decals by trekriffic, on Flickr

The instruction sheet. Fairly straightforward with some general tips on working with resin kits:

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USS Antares Instructions by trekriffic, on Flickr

Nice exploded diagram showing parts assembly, a paint guide, and where to place the various decals:

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USS Antares Exploded Parts and Decal Guide by trekriffic, on Flickr

Nacelle after a little work sanding and puttying:

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USS Antares Starboard Nacelle by trekriffic, on Flickr

End cap. This is the same one seen on the First Pilot version of the Enterprise:

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USS Antares Nacelle End Cap by trekriffic, on Flickr

Nacelle dome. Sanding off the two parting lines without removing the three little hydrogen sensor nibs took some doing:

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USS Antares Nacelle Dome by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered

Post by trekriffic » Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:20 pm

Underside and top of the stern section. Very nice detailing with the engraved panel lines:

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USS Antares Stern Section - Underside by trekriffic, on Flickr

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USS Antares Stern Section - Top by trekriffic, on Flickr

Lower hull section front. The deflector dish has a small hole in the center. I will probably use a small piece of music wire to make a spike for gluing into the center of the dish:

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USS Antares Lower Hull Section - Front by trekriffic, on Flickr

Backside of the lower hull:

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USS Antares Lower Hull Section - Back by trekriffic, on Flickr

Upper hull section. Just a little cleanup needed:

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USS Antares Upper Hull Section - Back by trekriffic, on Flickr

Nacelles. Groovy baby. Not sure why there were two slots in each for gluing to the support strut tab so I filled the extra slot with putty:

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USS Antares Nacelles by trekriffic, on Flickr

Before assembling the hull, a hole was drilled into the lower hull using my drill press. A brass rod will be inserted for display purposes:

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Drill Press by trekriffic, on Flickr

After drilling, the brass rod fit snugly into the hole:

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Test Fit with Brass Rod by trekriffic, on Flickr

Gluing of the sub-assemblies. I used Plastic Surgery CA glue, great stuff and holds like iron. The nacelles are delicate and will be glued on later after hull painting:

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USS Antares - Gluing of Subassemblies by trekriffic, on Flickr

Here's a neat little thing I came up with awhile ago for keeping my putty fresh between puttying sessions. I drilled a hole thru the lid of a glass bottle I bought at my local Michaels craft store. The bottle contains tap water:

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Bottle for Perfect Plastic Putty Syringe by trekriffic, on Flickr

Here's one of the syringes I bought years ago at TAP Plastics. It's meant for use injecting clear resins and fits thru the hole I drilled in the lid. I use it for applying Perfect Plastic Putty into seams. The putty is water-based and keeping the needle submerged in water will prevent the putty from drying out in the syringe. I have been using the same putty in this syringe for over 4 months now and it has not dried out and is always ready for use:

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Syringe of Perfect Plastic Putty in Bottle by trekriffic, on Flickr

There were some narrow seams to fill which was easy using my syringe of PPP:

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Putty Application by trekriffic, on Flickr

I used a pointed cotton swab and a micro brush dipped in water to remove excess putty along the seams. No sweat!

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Putty Cleanup by trekriffic, on Flickr

This lacquer-based primer is less expensive by volume than Tamiya model primer and dries fast. It's easy to sand too:

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Duplicolor Primer by trekriffic, on Flickr

After a wipe down with 70% isopropyl alcohol to remove any oils from my hands I gave her a shot of automotive primer.
The nacelles will be primed, painted and attached later before decaling as they can easily be damaged while working on the rest of the model:

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USS Antares - Primed by trekriffic, on Flickr

Here's a still from the episode to show kinda what I'm shooting for:

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USS Antares - Remastered Screenshot by trekriffic, on Flickr

Thanks for reading. More to come assuming Charlie doesn't wish me away in a fit of pique.
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered

Post by Tesral » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:25 pm

Nice kit overall. I like what you are doing with it.

Two slots in the nacelle mean one mold for both sides. Rubber is pricey these days and the less you use the better. Also if you have two cavities, a bad single does not ruin the pair. Put the good one aside, it will get a mate sooner or later.
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered

Post by trekriffic » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:17 pm

Tesral wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:25 pm
Two slots in the nacelle mean one mold for both sides. Rubber is pricey these days and the less you use the better. Also if you have two cavities, a bad single does not ruin the pair. Put the good one aside, it will get a mate sooner or later.
Ahhhh... I see. That makes sense. Thanks for the explanation Tesral! :)
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered

Post by Tesral » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:33 pm

trekriffic wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:17 pm
Tesral wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:25 pm
Two slots in the nacelle mean one mold for both sides. Rubber is pricey these days and the less you use the better. Also if you have two cavities, a bad single does not ruin the pair. Put the good one aside, it will get a mate sooner or later.
Ahhhh... I see. That makes sense. Thanks for the explanation Tesral! :)
Plus, you make one master, not two.
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered

Post by TrekMD » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:41 pm

I always liked this design. I thought it was a cool concept and I thought it was great when they adapted it to the Remastered Star Trek.
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered

Post by trekriffic » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:23 pm

I went ahead and attached the nacelles with the Plastic Surgery glue. The struts were stouter than I initially thought and it will make it easier come painting and decaling time...

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USS Antares - Nacelles Attached by trekriffic, on Flickr

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USS Antares - Nacelles Attached by trekriffic, on Flickr

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USS Antares - Nacelles Attached by trekriffic, on Flickr

Brushed with Tamiya Primer. Will lightly sand and spray with Duplicolor primer next:

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USS Antares - Nacelles Brush Primed by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered

Post by trekriffic » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:47 pm

Before spraying primer on the nacelles I masked the secondary hull so as not to fill all the fine panel lines with primer:

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Masking Secondary Hull by trekriffic, on Flickr

Here are some shots of the assembled freighter ready for light sanding and final hull colors...

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USS Antares - Primed by trekriffic, on Flickr

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USS Antares - Primed by trekriffic, on Flickr

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USS Antares - Primed by trekriffic, on Flickr

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USS Antares - Primed by trekriffic, on Flickr

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USS Antares - Primed by trekriffic, on Flickr

Shot of the Antares on my workbench:

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Antares on the Bench by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered

Post by TrekMD » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:17 pm

Coming along nicely!
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Re: USS Antares - Remastered

Post by trekriffic » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:32 pm

Another longer bench shot. I tried overspraying a too fresh layer of Duplicolor lacquer :oops: so the enamel orange peeled on me. Yikes! I quickly wiped off the offending Japanese Navy Imperial Grey enamel. That's the color the 1/350 Enterprise kit instructions said to paint the hull of the big Polar Lights Enterprise.
Anyway, I then did some light spit sanding before re-priming.
So this image is basically a filler until I finish the hull basecoats;
although, you do get to see my immaculate workbench! ;)

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Longshot Workbench by trekriffic, on Flickr
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