Greetings my Fellow Modelers!
Right. Let's just jump right in, shall we?!
I tried to close up the saucer, as you saw, but the adhesive didn't bond through the paint and primer and when I went to pick it up it popped the entire seam out!
So I scraped the paint off and tried again. I also glued the secondary hull together. I'd decided I was going to use a threaded lamp pipe as my display stand holder, thingy. The pic shows it with the nacelle supports in place. I did this to try and prevent warping the two halves while gluing them.
While the Primary Hull (PH) and the secondary hull (SH) set, I also placed one of the lamp nuts inside the secondary hull. I'm not sure I have a pic of it, but prior to cementing the two halves together, I dry fitted the nut inside the SH. While dry fitting, I carved a seat for the hexagonal shaped nut. Then I used some gorilla snot to glue the nut securely in place.
I did this so I can mount it later on a temp mount, built it to a point and then take it apart and mount it on the real display stand.
Then I started on the nacelles themselves. I built the LEDs (remember I have about 1400 of the little beggers I got for Christmas; another reason I didn't use SMD strips!) and placed them in the lower half. I also built a divide for the Bussard Collector Red LEDs to prevent as much light leak as possible. Both of these are the "Steady on" lights, so they are hooked to the same circuit as the main ships lights.
Then I placed some 0.10mm styrene to further diffuse the blue lights and threaded the upper half Nav and Strobe light wires through the blue DLM parts.
I then pre-masked the DLM parts so I wouldn't have to worry about it later.
I spent some time making the LEDs and the Fiber Optics (FO) for the upper half of the nacelle. I did a variation on a theme from scottminium. The coffee stirrers fit very snugly over the 3mm LEDs. So I slid them on, then formed the FO to the length and shape I needed and placed the end of the FO in the coffee stick and used some white gorilla glue to hold it all in place.
Et voila! It seems to work! I covered the whole thing with tulip paint and glued the nacelles together.
A light test later and I seated the Red DLM bussard collectors and I had glowing Nacelles! Hurray!
I built a temporary display stand (maybe "Work stand" would be a better term!) and mounted the SH on it.
Then I slid the nacelle support into the SH and, sorry guys, I took some beauty shots!
Well, it went down hill from there. I propped the PH up on a Round 2 display stand I had and hooked it all together. The I just threaded the PH wires through the SH and hooked it all up!
Well, that's all for now! I now have some sanding and finishing to do and then on to the painting.
Thanks for following along with me! Any tips, comments, or suggestions for improvement will be greatly appreciated.
Till next time,