STAGE 103

 Return to the BUILD


“The ventral battle section takes on a much more finished look with the addition of the cargo bay doors, transporter emitter pads, and escape pod screw covers.

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.

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Deck Panel L3-01 and Transporter Emitter Pads are metal, and the other parts are plastic.

Magazine – Issue 27

  • Assembly Instructions: Building the Model
  • Episode Guide 6.8: A Fistful of Datas
  • Episode Guide 6.9: The Quality of Life
  • Episode Guide 6.10: Chain of Command, Part I
  • Episode Guide 6.11: Chain of Command, Part II
  • Episode Guide 6.12: Ship in a Bottle
  • Episode Guide 6.13: Aquiel
  • Episode Guide 6.14: Face of the Enemy

Build


Assembling Deck Panel L3-01

Step A

Carefully remove seven (7) Escape Pod Covers from their sprues and fit them into the back of Deck Panel L3-01, as shown.

As in Stage 61 with these outer lower panels, I shaved off the two tiny bumps on the top and bottom with my hobby knife. This allows them to seat a bit deeper and more uniformly. While not shown here, I still recommend using pieces of black electrical tape or aluminum tape to seal in these Escape Pod Cover to prevent light leak:

Fit the Escape Pod Cover Bracket L3-01-08-09 to the back of Deck Panel L3-01 as shown, then secure the Bracket into place with two (2) AM screws.

This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

Installing Deck Panel L3-01

Step B

Retrieve your Saucer assembly from the previous stage and place it upside down on a soft surface. Fit this Deck Panel L3-01 assembly to the Lower Skeleton, as shown:

Begin securing this Deck Panel to the Lower Skeleton with one (1) FM screw at the Escape Pod hole, as shown:

Finish securing this Deck Panel into place with two (2) DP screws at the edge:

If this Panel fitment is satisfactory, press the two pins of the Escape Pod Screw Cover into the matching holes at this location of the Panel.

This Screw Cover should be installed so the red line is closer to the edge of the saucer. However, you may want to wait until you are happy with the fitment of all of the lower saucer panels before hiding these screws. It may be difficult to remove these Screw Covers once installed:

Fitting the Cargo Loading Door

Step C

Retrieve your Battle Section assembly from the previous stage and place it upside down on a soft surface. Peel the backing paper from the Cargo Loading Door and secure it into this matching recess on the Battle Section Lower Front Panel.

Just like the Escape Pod Screw Cover above, we did not fully secure any of these ‘covers’ in place just yet. Therefore, the following pictures are provided as a guide to where the parts are supposed to be fitted:

Then, press the two Screw Covers flush into these matching screw holes at the corners of the Lower Front Panel – one on each side:

Fitting the Transporter Emitters and Escape Pods

Step D

Press the pins of the Left Middle Screw Cover into the matching holes at this location on the port (left) side of the Lower Front Panel.

This Cover is uniquely shaped so it can only fit correctly in this location:

Repeat this process to secure the Right Middle Screw Cover into the matching holes on the opposite side of the Lower Front Panel:

Press the pins of the Left Rear Screw Cover and Right Rear Screw Cover into the matching holes at these rear locations of the Battle Section Middle Lower Panel:

Next, peel the backing paper from Sticker I and adhere it to the back of the Left Transporter Emitter Pad (marked ‘L’). Do the same with Sticker II and the Right Transporter Emitter Pad (marked ‘R’).

These Stickers match the shape of their respective Emitter Pads, but since they are technically two-sided, they are interchangable.

Then, test fit the Left Transporter Emitter Pad and Right Transport Emitter Pad to these matching recesses of the Lower Front Panel. When happy with the fitment, peel the second backing paper from each Emitter Pad and secure them into place.

If you find that your Emitter Pads have small ‘nubs’ at each end, you can gently file them down with a Photoetch File or similar tool:

Finally, press the pins of six (6) Battle Section Escape Pod Screw Covers into these matching openings along the port (left) side of the Battle Section Lower Panels:

In the same way, press the pins of the other six (6) Battle Section Escape Pod Screw Covers into these matching openings along the starboard (right) side of the Lower Panels:

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 and Installing Deck Panel L3-01

  • I processed this Deck Panel in the same way as I have been with my Model Remodel:
    • The Escape Pod Covers were sealed in from behind with aluminum tape
    • The joint along the saucer rim edge between the upper and lower saucer panels was sealed in with adhesive putty

Fitting the Cargo Loading Door, Transporter Emitter Pads, and Screw Covers

None of these parts were installed just in case I need to get back inside the model. I have them all bagged up and will add them at the end of the build.

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

Thoughts


With the various Covers installed, the bottom of our Battle Section doesn’t look like Swiss cheese anymore. I am sure it is in my head, but it feels like things are coming together quicker as we approach the end of our build.

Next Up


Stage 104 – Battle Section Lower Rear Panel, Navigation Light Lenses, Phaser Strips, Springs, Power Switch Bracket

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