Update on the Polar Lights Refit 2-17-06 PICS!!!!

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  1. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Well Here goes nothing. Here are a few shots of my build so far. Started with the Cargo/Shuttle area. It will be lit as well. More pics can be found here:

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  2. masterjedi322

    masterjedi322 Sr Member

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    Dude,
    How many models are you building at the same time?. :eek Lookin good so far...along with all your other projects. :thumbsup Thanks again for documenting your work.

    Sean
     
  3. Lord Abaddon

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  4. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    LOL too many it seems like :)
     
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  6. Gatekeeper

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    Looking great.
    Seeing those pics makes me want to let my old TMP smoothie rest in her box, unassembled... need to get me a PL.

    I'm interested in seeing the nav deflector all lit up too.

    And, btw, the Big E refit is the most beautiful starship ever.
     
  7. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Excellent cargo bay. Definitely thumb-worthy. :thumbsup

    I see you are building the "TMP" version of the ship. No bloody -A. Very wise. :D

    - K
     
  8. rhboyd

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    Does that kit come WITH a light kit?.

    and for that matter... when the aitch-eee-double-hockey-sticks are they gonna make the REAL Enterprise in this scale?.?.?

    grrr...

    luv,
    -r.
     
  9. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Nope no light kit, building my own as I go. With Polar Lights gone the way of the dodo I doubt we will ever see a production 1/350 TOS Enterprise

    JDH

     
  10. GeorgeC

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    Darn.

    When did Polar Lights bite the big one? Did they get bought out by another company?

    I thought the TOS Trek kits were doing fairly well. They certainly were handled more than a fair deal better than the ERTL/AMT kits and were available for far less money than most "smoothie" kits.

    If anything, the real interest in Trek fandom lies in the TOS' stuff in spite of all the attempts by Paramount and the last Star Trek producers to make us forget about the original characters and vehicles. :angry

    We really could be seeing the end of officially licensed Trek merchandise within a few short years at the rate things are going.

    I think one of the other contributing factors may be the expense of buying the shows on DVD. The box sets are ALL ridiculously overpriced. Paramount could have easily sold between 3-5 times as many of the sets if the prices had been $70 MSRP or lower INSTEAD of this B.S. of $125 MSRP.
     
  11. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Polar was bought by "Ertl/Racing Champions" last year I think it was. So now ironically these fantastic PL kits are now in the hands of... god help me... ERTL. :eek:

    All Trek model production was axed immediately, except for the small "Legends of Star Trek" die-cast toy ships... which are actually plastic ships on metal stands. Now available, ripoff-priced gathering dust at comic book shops everywhere. :unsure

    Technically there were two last Trek models that escaped after PL was bought... the Scorpion shuttle from "Nemesis" (the hell?) and the 1/1000 NX-01.

    The death of Polar Lights is doubly tragic, because their NEXT kit was going to be a 1:350 K'Tinga Klingon ship from TMP. :cry

    1:350 TOS Enterprise would eventually have followed, I'm sure. But oh well.

    - Karl
     
  12. Watson

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    Nailed it on the head. They were a great model company who listened to fans and made quality #1. At least we got the refit and some grea 1/1000 models before they died.

    JDH

     
  13. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Small Update today 12-19-05
     
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    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  15. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    You mention not spraying the interior Alclad Chrome because it would be too expensive... why not use Plastikote Bumper Chrome or similar? Just curious.

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    - k
     
  16. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Mainly because I had no idea that such a product existed. LOL I will look into that.

    Thanks
    Greg

     
  17. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    :lol

    I tried it on a project a few years ago... seemed to work OK. Good enough for the inside of a model I would think.

    - k
     
  18. Watson

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    New Update today. Here are the pics. Havent added them to the build up yet

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  19. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Oooo.

    Silver? :confused

    (or is that just an undercoat for the light to bounce off of...)
     
  20. Watson

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    it is silver right now but I plan on going over it with a misting of white/green once I am done with all the detail work. So it will be a greenish white hue with sparkles :)

    It is a shame though that it is not accurate because the silver really does compliment the model well

    JDH

     
  21. masterjedi322

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    Awesome job on the dish. Just be careful with all the models you're building. You're bound to end up with an X-Wing with warp nacelles or an Enterprise with working S-Foils. :)

    Sean
     
  22. nwjedidave

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    excellent JDH please keep us posted.. looking GREAT so far


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  23. Watson

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    haha too true there. This model is challenging me for sure. It is just so fracking big. The deflector area is by far the most challenging thing on the model so far. I want it to be accurate but there are no really clear COLOR pictures of the refit from TMP.

    There are really good pics of the 1701-A but not of the first movie. I custom mixed colors for my deflector area and for the "strong back" which is the markings on the engineering section where the nacelle struts connect.

    The colors are really my own interpretation and when I do the -A it should be a breeze for me as color pictures are everywhere.

    I appreciate all the compliments so far. Lets just hope I can keep this going.

    Greg


     
  24. Watson

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    Here are some pics of the finished defector area. Some minor touch ups here and there but this is pretty much it.

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  25. moffeaton

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    (Peter Griffin Voice) HOLY CRAP. (/Peter Griffin Voice)
     
  26. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Added an update and a tutorial for the Deflector Dish

    some pics but more on the site including the tutorial

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  27. Watson

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    Update today 1-17-06 Pics are not up at my site yet

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  28. Watson

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    New Pics

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  29. Master Propmaker

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    You do some of the best work I've ever seen...and I've worked in modelshops all over Los Angeles. :)
     
  30. Watson

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    WoW thanks for the compliment :$ I still have a long way to go to come close to most of the people around here though.

    greg
     
  31. Watson

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    Update today 1-25-06

    Couple of pictures, more on my site"

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  32. Watson

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    Added some pics today

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  33. Watson

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    More pics:

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  34. Pauleysolo

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    That is looking really good- such a huge amount of work- Keep at it.
     
  35. Lord Abaddon

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    That is magnificent work...I'm just awed by your (and others) talent in lighting and painting these models.
     
  36. Watson

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  37. yodakiller1138

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    Awesome work on the PL model. I had been meaning to pick up the kit , but never got around to it. Since someone mentioned PL is out of business I just picked up a kit on Ebay while I still could get one. I may not build it anytime soon, but I figure it'll be there in the future when I'm ready. ;)
     
  38. Hotshot

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    Man do I got work to do :(
    nice nice nice job on that lighting.
     
  39. Watson

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  40. GeneralMayhem

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    Is it just me, or is everyone painting their engineering/deflector housing section much too dark? What happened to the subtle variations of tone and hints of color that made the enterprise refit so beautiful?

    Observe...


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  41. nwjedidave

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    i always thought depending on which type of light was hitting the ship it could be subtle or the same colors as on the back of the body... pearl type paints can do that...

    http://www.cloudster.com/Sets&Vehicles/STM.../cSTMPent42.jpg

    WTF does this message mean? *Sorry, dynamic pages in the tags are not allowed*

    whats a dynamic page?

    NWJEDI
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  42. Watson

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    You raise some very good questions and I will answer them as best I can. The reason people are going dark is because:

    A ) They don't know better
    B ) They don't care and are using colors they like (Good For Them :) )
    C ) You are looking at an unfinished product.

    I consider my paint sheme to be in the C Category. My deflector is not finished. It has had no clear coat added, nor a dull coat which will mute the colors somewhat.

    More importantly, I have yet to assemble the deflector area to the main hull. This means I have not filled seam lines etc.... It also means that until my ship is complete I cannot determine how much I need to mute my colors with a light misting of the base coat. Which I plan to do.

    Subtle is in the eye of the beholder. :)

    I hope this answers your questions.

    JDH


     
  43. Watson

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    New Update today 2-15-06

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  44. Jedi Dade

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    Looks great, 1 critique though if I may... You mght want to dim the outer shuttle lights. The way it is you are in danger of looking too christmas tree like ;) Other then that its look pretty darn spectacular ;)

    Jedi Dade
     
  45. Watson

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  46. Bryancd

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    Awesome work Greg.
     
  47. R2B9

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    So, I take it you're starting your own production company, and are going to use this for your filming model? Ok, if not, then, it SHOULD be. Really gorgeous, insane amounts of detail work so far--can't wait to see the finished product. You'd kill them at Wonderfest in Louisville.
     

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