Coll - will keep that in mind...
Would like to see your builds.
Here are a few:
First pilot Enterprise
For many years, now, I've wanted to build the original Enterprise in each of its three confirgurations--first pilot ("The Cage"), second pilot ("Where No Man has Gone Before"), and production. Polar Lights/Round2's 1/1000 kit seemed the perfect opportunity to do that. I'd done several builds...
Second Pilot Enterprise
"We're leaving the galaxy, Mr. Mitchell! Ahead, warp factor one." My Polar Lights 1/1000 second pilot Enterprise is done! As before, much time was taken to carefully research every last detail of this version. Although there's a good amount of reference material available, some details have...
1/1000 U.S.S. Exeter
Jim, the crew didn't leave. They're still here. https://imgur.com/gallery/4xbGu I must say that I'm really pleased with how this one turned out. I was originally planning for this to be a more quick and dirty build, but then I decided to take my time and go for the 1991 Enterprise...
U.S.S. Farragut, NCC-1647
Captain Garrovick was very important to you, wasn't he, Jim? ...and here we have another buildup of the ever-faithful, 1/1000 Polar Lights Enterprise kit. Only a few more to go, and I'll finally have that set of 12 (plus a few extras). Decided to go a little different, with this one. It's a...
U.S.S Potemkin, NCC-1657
The Benecia Colony? But isn't the Enterprise going to rendezvous with the Potemkin at Beta Aurigae? http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g212/GregKirkman/IMG_1486_zps0bd915e5.jpg http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g212/GregKirkman/IMG_1485_zps4dac48a9.jpg...
U.s.s. Defiant, ncc-1764
Jim, this ship is dissolving! My hand just passed through a man and a table. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- This ship is not only from another universe, it's from another time! About a hundred years into the future! Wanting to try something...
1/1000 U.S.S. Intrepid, NCC-1631
Not even a Vulcan could feel a starship die! https://imgur.com/gallery/xuKbz
I’ve built almost all of the TOS Constitutions (with only the Excalibur, Mirror Universe Enterprise, and production version Enterprise left to go), along with several of the Franz Joseph ships, a TOS-style Reliant, and an Endeavour class ship that’s currently in progress. I’m also currently reconditioning my PHASE II Enterprise, and keeping the color scheme in the same ballpark as the TOS ships.
1/1000 PHASE II Enterprise
After many years of patience, I finally have a model of the refitted Enterprise, from the aborted STAR TREK PHASE II (originally just "STAR TREK II") TV series! This is the recently-released, 1/1000 scale kit from UGH Models. The kit is excellent, but requires some fairly extensive modifications...
So, yeah, I’ve bought and built this kit and/or used it for kitbashing no less than 15 times, with a few more currently in progress. Each model has provided valuable experience and room to experiment, and I’ve also been working on 3D modeling more accurate inner nacelle domes, with the tapered fan-blades and (simulated) Christmas tree lights inside the dome.
By far the biggest headaches with the kit are that massive seam along the secondary hull spine, and the tight tolerance of the outer nacelle domes. I’ve also developed a number of techniques to add or modify details for more accuracy, although the base kit is already excellent. Prior to the release of the 1/350 kit (which is what all of my builds are preparation for), the 1/1000 kit was absolutely the best and most accurate kit of the Enterprise out there. With a little elbow grease, you can make the kit even more accurate, and proper paint and weathering really help to make it look like it’s a larger scale than it actually is.
You’re doing well, so far. Have fun with it! Like I said, I find Flat Gull Gray to work well at this scale (it looks greener in some lighting conditions, grayer in others, which is just about right), but it’s probably not worth too much stress at this scale. You just have to get the basic (“Does it look right from a few feet away?”) effect correct. I find that pastel chalk weathering really helps with both that and the scale effect. It can also help with the overall color scheme. My builds vary from a little more green to a little more gray thanks to deliberate variations in pastel weathering. Pencil and chalks also work well at simulating the saucer gridlines, if so desired.