GETTING STARTED

Everything needed to build the model is supplied as we go, but I have put together a list of items that I found that improve the experience. These are just suggestions, there is no need to do it exactly this way.

Work Space


This model is going to take a long time to build, so having a good work space to assemble it is important. I created a dedicated location with a small table and laid down a self-healing 24×36″ craft mat by Dritz:

Dritz Cutting Mat – Large 24″ X 36″

This has a nice deep blue background with a yellow 1″ grid, imperial rulers, and is big enough to cover the entire model.

Screwdriver Set


A few basic tools are provided along with the issues. However, I found that these tools are not that great, so instead I used this precision screwdriver/tool set by ORIA:

ORIA 86 in 1 Precision Screwdriver Set

This set has many other useful tools such as different sharp-point tweezers, razor knife, magnetizing block, pry tools, etc.

Another screwdriver set I picked up is fantastic, but it does not contain any of the other tools. This is the iFixit Manta Driver Kit:

Organizer


This model is assembled using hundreds of tiny screws. The screws are marked with designations like AP, BP, AM, CM, etc.  As there will be many types of plastic screws (ending in P) and metal screws (ending in M), keeping them organized is extremely helpful. And, since extra screws are included in every issue, you will need someplace to store them all.

I bought a cheap 36-slot organizer from Amazon but any similar product would work fine. I taped the small designation labels included with the screw bags into each compartment to keep everything tidy.

36 Grid Storage Organizer

Lubricating Oil


I still recommend pre-threading all of the metal holes with the correct screw before attaching things into place. This simply involves driving the intended screw into each hole and removing it before actually fastening anything together. The screws are made of harder metal than the die-cast parts so they should create threads in the metal. This will make the actual connection straighter and easier to use.

However, a complete game-changer for installing metal screws is to pick up some 3-in-One Multi-Purpose Oil and add a tiny bit to the tip of each metal screw (or into the hole). Using this oil, the metal screws go in much easier and will rarely bind, break, or strip.

Custom Modifications (Mods)


If you plan on modifying your ship, you may want to look into some of the many mods available to us before you start building.

See my MODS page for details.

The Community


Finally, there are a lot of other 1:900 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D model builders online where you can learn more about the kit, build tips and tricks, videos, ask questions, and join discussions. Don’t be a stranger, we are friendly!

YouTube Channels

I found a few YouTube channels that are a great presentation of the build and may help provide insight into what it takes to build this model:

Retro Tech Ralph

Dan’s Mix Tape Volume Two

The Makers Cave

Facebook Groups

There are also Facebook groups dedicated to the build. There is a ton of information and help to be found. Some of the groups I visit are:

Build the Enterprise D by Fanhome – Partwork Central

Next Up


 Stage 1 – Deck Two/Windows, Upper Sensor Platform, Main Bridge Module/Base/Windows, LEDs

5 thoughts on “GETTING STARTED”

  1. I’m really torn into whether to start over or start from where I left off. I want to do the mods and I’m not really happy with how some parts fit together on my build. I’m thinking if I just start over then if I mess something up modding it I’ll get a spare in the mail at some point. Also I got super frustrated with windows and was using superglue to hold them in for parts of the build. I could never get the gooseneck parts to fit without a gap along the top edge. other things like that were totally frustrating. I was seriously considering just not restarting the build, but I think I can make it better by doing the mods. I’ll probably start by tearing everything down and see what if anything I can do with the gooseneck. If nothing else I may restart my subscription from that point to try and get a better result.

    1. Yeah, the model is far from perfect, but with some time and effort, I think we can get it to a very nice place to be able to display it and feel good about having a huge Enterprise D.

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