STAGE 104

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“The rear of the battle section nears completion as a large panel encloses the battery box and the last visible part of the skeletal structure.

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 Springs are metal while the other parts in this stage are plastic.

Build


Fitting the Navigation Light Lenses

Step A

Retrieve your Battle Section assembly from the previous stage and place it upside down on a soft surface. Lift the two LEDs of the Navigation Lights (74G) away from the Nacelle Bracket Upper Panel, as shown:

Cross these LEDs over each other so they end up in these opposite positions.

You may need to gently pull on the wiring to have enough slack to do this. If necessary, the Upper Panel can be slightly pushed away from the Skeleton to ease the friction on the wiring:

When viewing the Battle Section from the rear, slot the left LED into the green Starboard Navigation Light Lens. In the same way, slot the right LED into the red Port Navigation Light Lens. Fit the rounded pin of each Lens down into their respective hole of the Nacelle Bracket Upper Panel, as shown.

If you look closely at each Lens, they actually have a rounded and square corner at the pin end. However, I could not find any reason that this matters when installing them – they fit fine either way:

Installing the Battery Box

Step B

Locate the switch of the Battery Box from Stage 102. Fit the switch into this matching slot of the Battle Section Lower Rear Panel.

This switch can be installed in either direction, but I like to make my switches turn ON when moved towards the front of the ship. Therefore, the two wired pins of this switch are closer to the forward edge of the Rear Panel. You can choose which way you want to have it:

Cover this switch with the Power Switch Bracket as shown, and then secure these parts into place with two (2) BP screws:

Fit the Battery Box itself to the matching posts on the inside of the Lower Rear Panel as shown, and then secure it into place with two (2) more BP screws:

Adding the Aft Phaser Array

Step C

Fit two Springs between the pegs of the Phaser Strip B and Phaser Strip D.

These Phaser Strips are all different from each other and are not marked. The side pin location and the texture on the phaser surface detail dictate which is which. To determine this, match a smooth strip with a textured strip so their pins align to each other. One set will then fit on the left side and one will fit on the right:

Lower this Phaser Strip assembly into this matching left slot near the green Starboard Navigation Light Lens.

Because these Phaser Strip assemblies have a smooth and a textured surface on each end, you need to decide which phaser surfaces you want visible on top and bottom of the ship. For this stock build, we decided the textured surfaces will be visible on the bottom of the ship, as shown:

Repeat this process to build the second assembly using Phaser Strip A, Phaser Strip C, and two more Springs. Fit this assembly into this matching right slot near the red Port Navigation Light Lens.

Make sure you pay attention that the bottom textures of your left and right Phaser Strips match – this could easily be overlooked:

Installing the Battle Section Lower Rear Panel

Step D

Fit the Battle Section Lower Rear Panel to your Battle Section assembly, capturing the Navigation Light Lenses and Phaser Strips as shown:

Begin securing the Lower Rear Panel into place at the center aft with one (1) BP screw.

I installed this screw first to secure the Light Lenses and Phaser Strips so we don’t have to worry about them moving about. If you find that the Phaser Strips do not fit well in these openings, you may have some extra plastic at the hole edge (arrow below). This can be removed with a round needle file:

Next, secure the Lower Rear Panel into place at the nacelle pylons with six (6) more BP screws – three on each side.

Before you add these screws, ensure the small internal pins at the pylon ends of the Lower Rear Panel engage with these tiny holes of the Nacelle Bracket Outer Panels. You may need to slightly flex each pylon to get them to seat correctly:

Then, we can secure the port side, as shown:

And, the starboard side in the same way:

Then, secure the forward corners of the Lower Rear Panel into place with two (2) more BP screws:

Make sure this forward edge sits completely flush with the Battle Section Middle Lower Panel, as shown:

Secure the central left and right surfaces of the Lower Rear Panel with four (4) more BP screws – two on each side:

Further secure the forward edge of the Lower Rear Panel with two (2) BM screws.

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

Finally, secure the very center of the Lower Rear Panel with two (2) AM screws:

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


Fitting the Navigation Light Lenses

To help with light-blocking, I wrapped the outer flat edges of my Navigation Light Lenses with black electrical tape:

Once the LEDs were fitted inside these Lenses, I wrapped the back of each LED in electrical tape as well:

Installing the Battery Box

As my remodel version uses central power, I did not install the Battery Box at all. Besides, the wiring from my nacelles ran through this space and there was no room for the Box:

However, I did cover the switch slot with a small piece of electrical tape. If any light ends up coming out of the Battery Box hole once the cover is in place, I may close its hole up as well:

Adding the Aft Phaser Array

In contrast to my stock build above, I chose to have the textured surfaces of the Phaser Strips on the top surface of my remodel. I just swapped the two assemblies and flipped them over:

Installing the Battle Section Lower Rear Panel

Before I installed this Lower Rear Panel, I super glued my inner and outer Nacelle Bracket Panels together on each side to minimize the gap. I only used tiny drops and clamped the panels together to let them fully dry:

I also made sure my nacelle wiring was clear of this mounting post on each side:

This Lower Rear Panel was installed per the instructions, however, I did add a line of adhesive putty along the forward edge to seal the gap to the Battle Section Middle Lower Panel a bit better:

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

Thoughts


Oh man, the rear platform of our beautiful Enterprise D is nearly complete. We just have a few decorative details to add in the next stage!

Next Up


Stage 105 – Lower Skeleton 8, Transporter Pads, Stickers, Screw Covers, LED Brackets, Deck Panel Light

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