Polar Lights USS Enterprise 1/350 buildup

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by mlsmithjr, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. mlsmithjr

    mlsmithjr Active Member

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    Has anybody attempted to accurately light and paint this model kit? I purchased it with that in mind but I'm such a novice I was hoping someone had done it and could share experiences.

    It's a huge kit so room for lighting and battery or ac power isn't an issue. But experience with wiring is, not to mention the detailed aztec paint patterns on the exterior.

    Maybe there is interest in a group build - a few people buy the kit and we walk through a build together. Just spitballing.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Darth Sabre

    Darth Sabre Well-Known Member

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  3. Michael Bergeron

    Michael Bergeron Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Check out the General Modeling section. Many have done this kit, most popularly Steve Neill did one for a customer and posted some thoughts on it both here and on his site IIRC.

    Hope to have one of these one day. :) With a 1/350 Reliant to match!
     
  4. Serenity

    Serenity Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Years ago, I bought one of the pre-Take 2 versions, so it didn't have the aztec decals.

    I opened it, did a test fitting of all the parts, and quietly put it back in the box. It's been sitting there ever since.

    I'm terrified of it.

    Some day, though... Some day.
     
  5. GeneralFROSTY

    GeneralFROSTY Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I never even finished mine if that gives you any idea of the difficulty level of this! But then again, that had mostly to do with being overwhelmed with the electronics. I think in hindsight, I should have just built it straight out of the box and not worry about biting off more than I could chew with extras.
     
  6. Weaselhammer

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    Here are a few links to refit kits my friend found, he just started to build his Polar Lights 1/350 recently. He did the same thing as you Serenity, he bought it a while back and was intimidated by it, but after seeing a couple builds and youtube videos of it lit up, he finally got to work on it. Good luck with it Mlsmithjr, If I find anything else usefull, I'll share it with you. Also don't be surprised if they move this to the modeling section.
    Welcome to Trek Modeler.com
    Refit 1:350 scale photoetch detail set from Paragrafix
     
  7. Tom1971

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    I'm curious if anyone knows how much one of our experts would charge to build one of these?

    I've had one in a box for some time
     
  8. Mechinyun

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  9. mlsmithjr

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    I've gone through all the links posted here. Wow. At least I'm getting an attitude adjustment now before I start rather than getting knee deep and wondering "what am I doing?!?" I think I'll spend the summer on my tos phaser and prep the Enterprise build for winter.
     
  10. Serenity

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    The aztec painting is what mostly scared me off because I wanted to do it "right". I'm not too great at wiring and electronics (to say the least), so I copied someone else's workaround by buying strings of small LED Christmas lights that could be fed up through the bottom and spread out in the ship. They won't blink in sequence or anything, but at least it'll give the ship some appearance of life inside. You'll have to drill out windows and such for the light to pass through, and give the inner surface a thick dark coat to prevent light from bleeding through, but it's something to consider for ease.
     
  11. Tom1971

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  12. Funky

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    I did the same thing!!! :lol:lol:lol
     
  13. Tom1971

    Tom1971 Sr Member

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    Well that's three of us. Maybe we can get one of our members to give us a bulk discount.

    Could be big money.
     
  14. Mechinyun

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    Im just starting my PL refit build.. its definitely intimidating trying to the a movie accurate job, I have refrained from starting a build up thread cause I didn't want the pressure! lol
     
  15. trooper

    trooper Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    yep, me to :lol
    it's heck of alot of work. building it is one thing...then theres the paint work, thats going to be the real *.
     
  16. Rodann

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    Me too!:lol Terrified. Only......I taped them all together using packing tape. Then forgot about it.......then months later, tried to untape them. The styrene turned the tape to goo, and the two ships were covered in it. After several soaks in WD-40, then dish soap, I finally got them clean. I think. I hope. Yikes.

    But My NX-01 and 1701-A are waiting patiently to be built.......when I'm 50!:lol And I wanted the CVN-65, too..............yeah, that's gonna happen.
     
  17. Southern OR

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    Hey all, I'm new here and I joined because I'm about to start my PL E 350 too. I'm still waiting on my Trek Modeler lighting kit. I'm trying to stop smoking so I'm going to do the 350 Bird of Prey and a old school junker AMT "movie" refit from the '80s. If anyone wants my input, from what I've been told and read, the aztec scheme is done with multiple layers and they use pearl and a few colors very close to it. The Trek Modeler does something like 6 layers, but I'm only planning in 3-4, and I might use pearl as a base with a more metallic "panel" color.

    My major concern is has anyone had any issues with the nacelles? They've been my nemesis for decades. On the few I've done over the years they tend to never fit right and or droop in drying.

    Sorry for being the new guy.
     
  18. Southern OR

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    Oops, I forgot, Primary hull on the refit is greenish, and blue on the "A."
     
  19. division 6

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    I have 2 of these beasts as well as the new TOS ship.

    The first "practice" CX (refit for the non SFB players) will be a custom build with a few minor mods / paint scheme, etc.
    If I can figure out the wiring I plan to only have dry dock lighting (port holes, access hatches and hanger and a few other lights)
    Most if not all can be done with LED light strips like the TOS uses.
     
  20. Southern OR

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    If anyone wants, I can upload some pics of the TM lighting kit when it arrives. I went with the pre fab, pre soldered one with the replacement base with the 2 mode lighting. All it needs is to just be installed and plugged in which is nice since this will be my 2nd lit model.
     
  21. Tom1971

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    I quit smoking five years ago. Trying to quit smoking whilst building any model is a very bad idea. I think most smokers started as non smoking model builders. :lol :lol
     
  22. who45

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    As big as the kit is its still cramped in there to get the trek modeller kit in. But it does fit;-)
     
  23. Southern OR

    Southern OR Active Member

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    I have to quit cold turkey (long story) so I need to keep my hands and my mind busy. Should be interesting, but I've built a lot of models (and then blown up) before I smoked-but then again I started models when I was 7 so smoking wasn't exactly an option back then.
     
  24. Southern OR

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    I know his kit has gone through a revamp and is on version 2 or 3. Which one did you get and how hard was it? BTW, does anyone know if Dons Light and Magic Shuttle bay will work with it? Be a bit weird to have to model the "ship" from V and VI with TMP's shuttle bay.
     
  25. division 6

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    Just scratch build a wall and chop off the rest of the bay.

    Having watched #5 a few weeks ago the bay they made was the wrong shape, in fact the whole back end of the ship was wrong in the shuttle sequences.

    In the TMP bay the upper main hanger has doors that can close off the rest of the cargo bay something like inside US carriers to close off sections of the hanger in case of fire.
     
  26. Southern OR

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    Well yeah, V had a scale shuttle bay (and recycled and redressed set) made for that sequence. In one of the books I have they have the test photos of that sequence and the Galileo shuttle had D7 nacelles. I still like that shuttle bay since it sort of explains how VI got TNG's warp core (totally "not" a redress of TNG's engineering). The thing that bugged me about TMP was that throughout TOS the Bay was always closed off from the rest of the hull with a main engineering was um, tiny and in TMP, when looking through the bay doors you could almost see from one end of the hull to the other with a main engineering section that seemed to be as big as a football field.

    I'll have to get the lighting kit to see how it lights the engineering and shuttle bay section and go from there. I recall seeing a completed PL "A" with the closed off shuttle bay and working shuttle guide lights. I'm not planning on going that crazy.
     
  27. Southern OR

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    I was thinking, and didn't Spock, Kirk, and Bones rocket boot up a turbolift shaft with something like 79 decks in V?
     
  28. Southern OR

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    I was thinking and looking and I have some more questions if thats ok. My first is, does Tmayia pearl and it's off color ONLY come in rattle can or can I get it in a air brush bottle (Google shopping says no)? My second is, does Tamayia color match itself if you did touch up or would it be better to just do the whole thing over (my experience with Testors says get it right the first time)? And my third is, if I did all my painting after assembly, how has everyone been blocking off the smaller windows (assuming I had to use spray paint)?
     
  29. division 6

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    Yes.
    Not possible since the ship only has just over 20 decks (depending on which blueprints you look at).
    And that's not even in a straight line.

    In answer to question #3 I think Aztec Dummy makes masks for the windows.
     
  30. Cadeus

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    Aztek Dummy Does do window masks... :) I am gonna get some made for my 1:350 E-C... when you got your model in, were you totally floored by how big it is? I just got mine today and it is HUGE!!!! I am more happy than I have been in a long time...

    PS- Are you gonna be getting any pics up? I would love to see what you're doing! :)
     
  31. Southern OR

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    I don't know about anyone else, but I'm still waiting on a lighting kit so I haven't started anything yet. Trek Modeler got back logged in December and then got hit with a parts shortage. It should ship next week. Since I don't have it I've been using a old AMT movie kit from the 80's as a test subject and trekriffic has a thread going on his PL 1000 kit since he was (or is) waiting on lights too.

    As for the size, I wasn't to impressed.... until I opened it. I'm used to kits coming with more room then needed but PL seems to have used every inch. So much so that I emptied the box to inventory it and went to put it all back I couldn't fit the stand. The dish is wider then a kitchenAid mixing bowl and the nacelles are longer then the AMT 537 Reliant.

    I'll have to look into Aztek Dummy, Thanks.
     

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