STAGE 101

 Return to the BUILD


“Combine and install two deck panels on the lower saucer, before bringing together a large area of the ventral battle section.

NOTE: I will be presenting TWO different paths to build this Enterprise D partwork model. This is because after Stage 58, I completely tore my own model down and started on my Model Remodel journey. However, I have access to a second Enterprise D partwork that is being built in stock form, so I can show both methods here.

  • The normal BUILD section below will show the ‘stock’ way of installing the parts with any tips and tricks I find along the way.
  • The new MODEL REMODEL section will describe the changes I made during this stage including any painting, lighting, electronics, wiring, etc.

This is going to be longer stage to complete as it deals with quite a bit of wiring. Just be patient and we will get through it!

Contents


Parts

NOTE: Many of the parts pictured in this image from the magazine are incorrect labelled ‘102’. They are actually ‘101’.

Materials: All of the non-electrical parts in this stage are plastic.

Build


Assembling Deck Panel L2-01

Step A

Carefully remove nine (9) Clear Windows and seventeen (17) Dark Windows from their sprues and fit them into the back of Deck Panel L2-01, as shown.

Reminder: The longer ‘lip’ of each Window (arrows below) should face the wider end of the panel:

While not shown here, I still recommend using pieces of black electrical tape or aluminum tape to seal in these Dark Windows to prevent light leak:

Next, fit Reflector Panel L2-01-A and Reflector Panel L2-01-A1 onto the matching posts of Deck Panel L2-01 covering the windows as shown, then loosely secure the Reflectors with three (3) AP screws in these top holes:

Connecting the Deck Panel Lights

Step B

Retrieve your Saucer assembly from the previous stage and place it upside down on a soft surface. Connect the plug of the long single-LED Deck Panel Light to a socket marked ‘B’ on Saucer PCB 3, as shown:

Thread the LED of this Deck Panel Light through the Frame and out through this opening of Lower Skeleton 1, as shown:

Next, connect the plug of a dual-LED Deck Panel Lights to a socket marked ‘A’ on Saucer PCB 3, as shown:

Thread the LEDs of this Deck Panel Lights through the Frame and out through these separate openings of Lower Skeleton 1, as shown:

Then, connect the plug of the other dual-LED Deck Panel Lights to another socket marked ‘A’ on Saucer PCB 3, as shown:

Thread both LEDs of this Deck Panel Lights through the Frame and out through this opening of Lower Skeleton 1, as shown:

Fitting Deck Panel L2-01

Step C

Bring your Deck Panel L2-01 assembly over and slide the single LED of the Deck Panel Light into the notch of Reflector Panel L2-01-A1 (yellow arrow below). In the same way, slide the two LEDs of the second Deck Panel Lights into the notches of Reflector Panel L2-01-A (red arrows below). Finally, finish securing the Reflector Panels to the Deck Panel with four (4) AP screws (circled below).

As always, be sure these LEDs catch on the retaining pin inside the Deck Panel. Also, once these LEDs are installed, we can also tighten the first three AP screws holding the Reflector Panels to the Deck Panel:

Gently bend the leads of these three LEDs up and away from the Deck Panel, as shown:

I found that these leads actually need to be bent over even further for the best fitment. Be careful not to break any wires:

This LED in particular not only needs to be bent up, but also towards the center of the Deck Panel, as shown:

At the top of Deck Panel L2-01, slide the LEDs of the first Deck Panel Lights into the upper notches of the two Reflector Panels, as shown.

To make this easier, I temporarily mounted this Deck Panel into place by first sliding it into the nearby panel. If needed, you can loosely securing the free end down with one (1) FM screw. This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

You don’t have to do this, but you can always use a small piece of thin clear tape across the top of these LEDs to help hold them in place. Note how I gently bent the leads of these two LEDs down into the interior of the ship. I didn’t want them interfering with the panel we are about to fit:

Retrieve your Deck Panel L1-01 assembly from the previous stage. Fit Deck Panel L1-01 to the inner edge of Deck Panel L2-01 (yellow arrow below). Then, while holding these panels together, slide their tabs under the existing panels to the right (red arrows below), as shown.

I did detach the lower Deck Panel L2-01 from the Skeleton to do this step. Always make sure none of the wiring is going to be trapped or pinched:

Once happy with the fitment, secure these Deck Panels into place with three (3) FM screws.

TIP: It is always a good idea to test your Saucer lighting after each section of panels is installed. This allows us to check for any shorting LEDs, pinched wires, or bad wire routing, etc. If adding a new section causes everything to fail, there is likely a short somewhere in the new parts:

Adding the Battle Section Lower Right Windows

Step D

Retrieve your Battle Section Lower Front Panel assembly from Stage 98. Fit the Escape Pod Cover into this matching opening, as shown.

The red line of this Cover should face towards the outside edge of the Panel:

Retrieve your Battle Section Lower Right Windows from the previous stage. Fit these Windows to the Front Panel, making sure it seats fully in the window openings as shown:

Cover the Windows with the Battle Section Lower Right Reflector as shown, then loosely secure it to the Front Panel with two (2) BP screws:

Locate the free LED of the outer Battle Section Lights (95J) and slide it into this outer notch of the Reflector, as shown. Secure it into place by tightening the nearby BP screw:

Locate the free LED of the inner Battle Section Lights (98G) and slide it into this inner notch of the Reflector, as shown. Secure it into place by tightening the nearby BP screw.

Note how I gently bent the leads of this LED to wrap around the screw post of the Lower Front Panel:

Fitting the Battle section Lower Middle Panel

Step E

Retrieve your Battle Section Lower Middle Panel from Stage 96. Carefully cut eight (8) Escape Pod Covers from their sprues and fit them into these matching openings of the Middle Panel.

Again, the red line (wider end) of these Covers should be closer to the outside edge of the Panel:

Fit this Middle Panel to the Front Panel assembly, slotting the existing Windows into the matching openings of the Middle Panel as shown:

Begin to secure the two Lower Reflectors to this Middle Panel with two (2) BP screws:

Slot the two LEDs on the green/yellow wires of the Battle Section Lights into these inner notches of the two Lower Reflectors, as shown:

Slot the two LEDs on the red/black wires of the Battle Section Lights into these rear notches of the two Lower Reflectors, as shown:

Finish securing the Lower Reflectors to the Middle Panel with six (6) more BP screws, as shown.

Make sure all four LEDs are caught on the pins inside the Panel/Reflectors as these screws will now hold them in place:

Gently bend the leads of the rear Battle Section Lights LEDs alongside the Lower Reflectors and towards the center, as shown:

Arranging the Cables

Step F

Arrange the wiring of the forward Battle Section Lights wiring as shown, then secure the wires down with six (6) Stickers.

I did go back and update Stage 95 (when these LEDs were installed) to mention this, but the direction that the instructions say to bend the leads of some these LEDs changes between that stage and now. If you did not see it back then, I recommend updating them as instructed in this stage. For, example, these inner forward LEDs should now bend towards the front of the Panel:

In the same way, these outer forward LED leads should also bend towards the front, as shown:

Then, we can route the wiring around and over the Reflectors as per the instructions and secure them in place with the Stickers, as shown:

Arrange the wiring of the rear Battle Section Lights wiring as shown, then secure the wires down with four (4) Stickers.

As the wiring needs to come to the center of the Middle Panel before it is installed on the Battle Section Skeleton anyway, I routed them towards the middle and only used three (3) Stickers here, as shown:

That step ends this stage of the stock build. Below you will find the details on what I changed in this stage as part of my Model Remodel.

Model Remodel


Assembling Deck Panel L2-01

Fitting Deck Panel L2-01

This was fitted (along with Deck Panel L1-01) per my ‘stock’ method above – here is what it looks like on the remodel:

Adding the Battle Section Lower Right Windows

  • The Reflector was soaked in 70% Isopropyl Alcohol to remove the silver paint, painted white on the inside, and was then installed normally:

I processed the Battle Section Lower Front Panel itself back in Stage 96 when it first arrived:

  • As in Stage 61 with the outer lower panels, I shaved off the two tiny bumps of these Escape Pod Cover on the top and bottom with my hobby knife. This allows them to seat a bit deeper and more uniformly. Also, to keep them in the right position, I used drops of super glue to secure them in place:

The Ventral Beacon Light

On the studio models, there was a beacon light in the bottom center of the Battle Section that was strangely omitted from our model. To add it to our Remodel version, I first located where it should be on our Battle Section Middle Panel from a few screenshots such as this one:

I marked the proper location on my Middle Panel and began to drill a small hole through it (red circle below). Unfortunately, I decided a bit too late to check this hole location against the Battle Section Skeleton and realized there is a piece of the Skeleton blocking this hole. Therefore, I needed to create a new hole about 6mm towards the rear of the first (green circle below). Well, my first hole is now an ‘Antimatter Exhaust Port’ or something like that! The final hole was drilled with a 1mm bit:

I created the beacon ‘bulb’ in the same way as the others using a piece of fiber optic – see my Bridge/Deck Two page for details. This piece was ~2″ long:

I fed the fiber optic down through my new hole and super glued it into place from the inside. I also taped off my original ‘wrong’ hole:

Once the glue dried, I snipped off the fiber optic leaving about 4mm behind, as shown:

This was the final result of adding the missing beacon light to our Middle Panel. The LED for this light was already attached to our Arduino Nano during the Battle Section Wiring phase and will be attached to this fiber optic in a later stage:

Here is the result of our Model Remodel changes in this stage:

Thoughts


Whew, there was a lot to do in this one! Not only did we install another big section of Deck Panels to our lower Saucer, but we prepared our Lower Battle Section Panels so they can be attached to the main Battle Section assembly in the next stage. This is going to be good!

Next Up


Stage 102 – Deck Panel L3-02, Outer Panel L4-01, Escape Pod Covers/Bracket, Battery Box/Cover, RCS Thruster Quads

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