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  1. ProfKSergeev's Avatar
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    Aug 13, 2015, 5:12 PM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #26

    Atesta, this kit is long OOP. Ebay is the best place to check.
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    Feb 23, 2016, 12:44 AM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #27

    Any updates on this?
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    Mar 10, 2017, 11:36 AM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #28

    Did this ever get finished?
    Last edited by tgreco; Mar 10, 2017 at 11:41 AM.
  4. Member Since
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    May 15, 2017, 12:19 AM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #29

    Not done yet. As an airline pilot, my time at home is precious, and limited. I have some 3D printed parts now that eased some of the scratch building. I'm currently correcting the length and shape of the warp nacelles.

    Ill post some progress pics when I get back home.

    Tracy
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    May 16, 2017, 12:08 AM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #30

    Here's some of the 3D printed parts. The bridge, the Impulse Crystal, the NX Observation dome, the Warp Nacelle greebles, and the aft Torp Launchers







    The Warp Nacelles are 1 1/4" too short, so I fashioned a dense foam master, then filled and sanded it to be molded.







    Two castings were made and added into both Nacelle bottom Masters/ Bucks.



    Like the secondary hull, the bow of the Warp nacelles are completely off. I traced a scaled image of the studio model to make a template to re-shape the top and bottom bow parts.



    Sanding together to ensure both nacelles have the same shape.



    The template and the bottoms are cemented to their plates.



    Using the same template, I made the plates for the top hood.





    Next will be to apply Apoxie Sculpt to the Bow parts to reshape just like I did with the secondary hull's bow.

    Tracy
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    May 17, 2017, 9:14 PM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #31

    The same template was used to make the leading edge of the Top Bow shroud.



    Lunar kit shrouds cemented onto the new shaped profile.



    The trailing edge of the top shroud needed to be corrected to work with the coming new shape.



    Using thin styrene to make the patterns, they are cemented into place.



    Apoxie Scultp was added to fill the extension plug, and flesh out the new shape of the nacelle bow.





    Multiple sessions of sanding, and filling to come with priming, and refining the shape.

    Tracy
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    May 17, 2017, 9:18 PM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #32

    double post
    Last edited by Vidar 710; May 17, 2017 at 9:26 PM.
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    May 19, 2017, 1:55 AM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #33

    First round for refining the shape of the Nacelles bows. The Apoxie Sculpt has been sanded to shape.



    Next, filler will be applied to cover seems and imperfections in the nacelles.

    Tracy
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    May 20, 2017, 12:15 AM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #34

    Nacelles with their first primer coat, and the first round of filler to smooth out any imperfections.







    Tracy
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    May 20, 2017, 9:05 PM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #35

    Loving this!
  11. Member Since
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    May 20, 2017, 10:29 PM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #36

    Back and forth with priming and sanding to level the surface.







    Nacelle bottoms and forward top cowls are complete! Shown here with the primary hulls superstructure.







    Tracy
  12. RPF Premium Member JBReplicas's Avatar
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    Jun 2, 2017, 3:43 PM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #37

    Superb work, I would kill for a large scale Excelsior kit someday, keep it going!
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    4 Weeks Ago  Jun 21, 2017, 7:56 PM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #38

    Tons of work finishing the primary hull masters. Pics to come when I get home off my current trip.

    The top half needed extreme filling and reshaping, but the bottom was even worse. Completely inaccurate requiring a complete reshaping.

    cant wait to share the images of the progress.

    Tracy
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    3 Weeks Ago  Jun 25, 2017, 11:28 PM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #39

    Here's how the progress of fixing the bottom of the primary hull went...

    Original Lunar Models vacuum form part.



    Roughed out changes to be made



    Fleshing out the trench parts.



    Trench Assembly





    New profile and trench ready for installation.



    Making the cuts.





    Installing the changes.



    from the inside of the hull. styrene re-enforcements were made.



    Trench fully installed



    Determining the shaped of the Dorsal's Trench using a scaled image of the studio model. This also determined the correct shape of the secondary hull's bow.



    The crest is removed and a flat plate is installed for mounting the scratch-built Planetary Sensor Dome.



    Filling is the over-exaggerated grid details. I used Apoxie Paste to ensure the thin styrene would not be melted or deformed from standard fillers and puttys.



    A pater template is made and test fit to the hull.



    The cut for the Dorsal Trench is made.



    Base Plate is glued into place.



    The vertical wall is glued into plase. as well as a piece of sheet styrene to level out the dip in the hull.



    Plenty of back-n-forth with filling, sanding a priming until a smooth surface is made. Here it sits with the resurfaced upper half of the primary hull.



    With the bottom of the secondary hull's master complete, preliminary work has started on the Dorsal/Neck assembly. Templates shown in place.



    Tracy
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    3 Weeks Ago  Jun 26, 2017, 2:08 AM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #40

    Excellent, you are really putting the hours in on this and it's looking great!
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    1 Week Ago  Jul 15, 2017, 1:12 AM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #41

    Dorsal assembly in-progress images.

    The entire assembly is scratch-built. However, the inserts in the front of the dorsal will be 3D printed.

    Cutting the styrene by hand.





    41 plates were cut. More than half that didn't quite make the grade were relegated to being trimmed down to be the spacer plates.



    The Large plates and Spacer plates were clamped together for sanding to unify their shape.



    The Upper Adapter that attaches the dorsal to the primary hull is framed in styrene...





    ... then shaped with Apoxie Sculpt.





    Here, the ruffed out parts are stacked unglued at this point to check for alignment.









    Clean-up of the individual plates and the cutting of the two forward ports is the next step.

    Thanx for lookin'!

    Tracy
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    1 Week Ago  Jul 15, 2017, 9:11 AM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #42

    This looks fantastic! Exciting to see one of these kits being completed so wonderfully!
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    1 Week Ago  Jul 15, 2017, 2:12 PM - Re: Correcting the Lunar Models 41" Excelsior #43

    Such a great build.

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