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“The ‘neck’ of the Enterprise-D connects the saucer to the engineering section. Here, this vital link begins to take shape, while more parts are added to the skeletal supports of the saucer.“
Materials: Unfortunately, the neck parts are all plastic, but the skeletal pieces are metal.
Magazine – Issue 3
- Assembly Instructions: Building the Model
- Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 1
- Episode Guide 1.1/1.2: Encounter at Farpoint
- Episode Guide 1.3: The Naked Now
- Episode Guide 1.4: Code of Honor
- Episode Guide 1.5: The Last Outpost
Free Gift #2 – Screw Box
Before we get started with this stage, I wanted to address a few of the windows on the Battle Section Rear Neck. Eaglemoss decided not to drill out the windows on either side of the shuttlebays, so I filled them in with a black Ultra Fine Point Sharpie. If you make a mistake, you should be able to safely remove any excess ink by lightly swiping it away with a cotton swab damp with isopropyl alcohol:
Here, the windows on both sides are now filled in:
Fitting the First Phaser Array
Place the Neck Phaser Bank Left into its matching slot on the left side of the Battle Section Rear Neck:
Slide the two Springs over the pins of the Neck Phaser Bank Left.
These Springs were tangled up in my parts bag. I gently ‘unscrewed’ them from each other to keep from damaging them:
Finally, fit the Neck Phaser Bank Left Base on top of the Neck Phaser Bank Left, compressing the springs, and secure it into place with two (2) AP screws.
The two pins of the Neck Phaser Bank Left should fit up through the matching holes of the Neck Phaser Bank Left Base (arrows below):
From the top side, our phaser strip should look like this. It can be pushed like a button and will likely trigger a switch later on that will control the lighting inside the battle section of our Enterprise:
Building up the Skeletal Supports
Retrieve your Skeleton assembly from the previous stage. Fit the larger Skeletal Support U4C to this location on the underside of the Upper Skeleton 4, as shown.
As mentioned in the last stage, I recommend pre-threading the holes in these Skeletal Supports:
Secure the Skeletal Support U4C in place from the opposite side with two (2) BM screws:
When working with the skeleton frames, be gentle. They are metal, but can bend easily and cause warping of your saucer section. This is also your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:
Next, fit the smaller Skeletal Support U4D to this location on the underside of the Upper Skeleton 4, as shown:
Secure this support into place with two (2) more BM screws:
I am happy to see that the neck of the battle section already has most of the detail markings on it. I was afraid these might be stickers we would have to add later.
Stage 8 – Upper Skeleton 5, Neck Phaser Bank Right & Base