So, like many of you I made a lot of models when I was a kid. Mostly WW2 planes and ships with the odd Star Wars or Star Trek kit. Then, at about 15 years old, I left the hobby for women & drink.
16 years later I've decided to get back to it! The build threads in here, although intimidating at first, have given me the confidence to give it a go. My goal for the end of this thread is to have a fully lit Polar Lights 1:350 Refit Enterprise! However, one doesn't just jump into that kind of model cold! Therefore, I will be working my way up to it with three models of increasing complexity.
The first I've already completed. It's the AMT(?) Speeder Bike from ROTJ. Completely stock except for a real cloth haversack I'm going to add at the rear to replace the poorly molded one. This model was to make sure I could still do them. Quite simple.
I didn't use the scout trooper it came with, it was just too inaccurate to make it worth my while to fix up. I still have him if anyone wants him!
Next on my list is the AMT Flight Display Klingon Bird of Prey which I received from Trooper (thanks again!). I will be lighting this model and creating a custom stand to house the plug. Aside from the electronics this will be a pretty stock build. I might add a little bit to the guns but other than that she's right out of the box. With this I hope to learn more about lighting a model with the advantage of having a highly weathered ship to hide any mistakes!
After that will be the AMT U.S.S. Reliant which I purchased from micdavis (this thread here. He gave me a great deal and still has plenty of models left!). I've seen a Reliant build on here where they are going to the extent of correcting just about everything wrong with the kit. I won't be going that far but I will be modifying windows to be more SA as well as maybe a few other things. This will be lit as well and NOT weathered so it'll be a true test of my abilities learned to that point.
FINALLY, after those models I will be ready to tackle the Refit. It's a monster but I'm really looking forward to it!
So, if you're at all interested in my journey tune in! I won't be posting an update every night like some of this forum's superstars but I'll try for at least one a week (I've got a LOT of other projects on the go in addition to these).
First post will be tonight!