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U.S.S. Richmond

Post by ReyDawg » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:11 pm

Hello all,
Here is the Delta Quadrant Fletcher Class Destroyer.

The light blue resin was easy to clean up with little flash and one or two bubbles that needed filled.

I assembled the entire model and filled two small seams with Elmer's white glue. I primed with three light coats of Tamiya Fine Surface Primer L (Light Gray, #87064), from the spray can.

I top coated the entire model with three light coats of Model Master Custom Spray Enamel Gloss Gull Gray #1929 (FS16440), from a spray can.

I picked out details on the bridge, saucer, and nacelles. This is a first for me: I blended equal parts of color and Future and applied using a brush. The paint flows evenly and dries with a sheen.

I used decals from two sources: Gizmotron Models (T.O.S. Starship Decals, #GMT 004) and PNT Models (Hull Graphic Decals, #4069). The kit decals were names and registries from actual Fletcher-Class destroyers from WWII (ex., USS Fletcher, DD 445). I designed my own, using Testers Decal Paper, Clear (#9201). I also designed a fictitious squadron with the emblem Black Anvil. I used mostly black identification stripes, fleet markers, etc. I used 25 homemade decals and 20 preprinted decals. Yes, the NCC 1737 curve on the saucer was made by applying each decal separately.
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The Black Anvil Squadron: Tough as Nails!
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Top view of saucer, NCC 1737
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The city of Richmond, VA was founded in 1737.
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My favorite view of the Fletcher-class
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Left, ventral view of saucer, showing the forward deflector—and just under the ventral sensor dome—the engineering section.
I used medium and dark gray (homemade) washes to detail recesses. I scraped black, brown, and a little gray chalk onto a palette and added distilled water to lightly weather the saucer (dust ring, around phaser emitters, and damage) and on the nacelles.
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Engine nacelles and connecting pylons: each nacelle has its own name and registry.
Please enjoy the images. Any comments/suggestions are welcome.

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Post by mophius » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:37 pm

That is a lovely build ReyDawg
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Post by el gato » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:42 pm

Excellent ReyDawg! I hadn't heard of using Elmer's to clean up seams
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Post by RogueWolf » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:42 pm

Very nice build indeed!
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Re: U.S.S. Richmond

Post by NoKhando » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:51 pm

Certainly up to your usual high standard ReyDawg .

Keep them coming .

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Post by mophius » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:00 pm

Elmers? is that PVA type glue?

Also just noticed that one picture failed to upload
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Re: U.S.S. Richmond

Post by ReyDawg » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:30 pm

mophius wrote:Elmers? is that PVA type glue?

Also just noticed that one picture failed to upload
Hello,
Elmer's is a PVA-type glue. I thin it slightly with distilled water, pick up a small amount on a toothpick, and then touch the toothpick to the seam. The thinned glue flows easily into the gap. You can use a moist paper towel or finger to remove the excess before the glue dries. I then apply the primer over top.

The image did load, just not where I expected. The image is the top of the saucer, to show the readers that I arranged the NCC 1737 as individual decals. Not an easy task and not completed correctly the first time!

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Re: U.S.S. Richmond

Post by ewg1967 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:19 pm

Wow, this is gorgeous! Excellent job ReyDawg.

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