STAGE 105

 Return to the BUILD


“Fit the final skeletal section to the lower saucer, and then turn your two battle section assemblies into one impressive build.

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 Lower Skeleton 8 and Transporter Emitter Pads are metal and the other non-electrical parts are plastic.

Build


Preparing the Deck Panel Lights

Step A

Carefully bend the LED leads of the Deck Panel Lights cables to be at 90° angles, as shown:

Installing the Deck Panel Lights

Step B

Fit a LED of a Deck Panel Light cable into this notch of Lower Skeleton 8, as shown. Then, cover it with a LED Bracket and secure it into place with one (1) AM screw.

We have done this process before, but it is still fiddly. This also is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

Repeat this process to secure the other LED of this Deck Panel Lights cable into this nearby notch of Skeleton using one (1) more AM screw, as shown:

Next, secure the two LEDs of another Deck Panel Lights cable into these notches of the Skeleton in the same way using two (2) more AM screws, as shown:

Then, secure one LED of the third Deck Panel Light cable into this top notch of Skeleton using one (1) more AM screw, as shown.

One LED of this cable is left unused and will be attached in a later stage:

Fitting Lower Skeleton 8

Step C

Retrieve your Saucer assembly from the previous stage and carefully lay it upside down on a soft surface. Fit this Lower Skeleton 8 assembly to the matching posts at this location and routing the new Deck Panel Light cables towards the center PCBs, as shown:

Make sure the wires for the nearby Impulse Engine and Deck Panel Light are routed through this gap and not pinched:

Connect the plugs of the Deck Panel Lights cables to three sockets marked ‘A’ on Saucer PCB 3, as shown:

Begin to secure the Skeleton down with one (1) JM screw at this location.

This screw has a countersunk head so it will leave clearance to the Deck Panel we will soon install over it:

Continue to secure this Lower Skeleton into place with two (2) FM screws at this location:

Finish securing the Lower Skeleton into place with eight (8) BM screws in these locations.

I highly recommend testing the lights of this Skeleton section once it is mounted. If they cause the entire ship to go dark, you have a short to find and fix:

This is what our lower Saucer assembly looks like at this point:

Fitting the Transporter Emitter Pads

Step D

Retrieve your Battle Section assembly from the previous stage and place it upside down on a soft surface. Press the pins of Screw Cover III and Screw Cover IV into the matching holes of these recesses on the underside of the Battle Section Lower Rear Panel.

Just in case we need to open the model up before it is finished, 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:

In the same way, press the pins of Screw Cover I and Screw Cover II into the matching holes of these recesses on the underside of the Battle Section Lower Rear Panel.

Next, peel the backing paper from one side of the Stickers and apply them to the unpainted side of the Transporter Emitter Pads. Then, peel the second backing paper from the Stickers and secure the Emitter Pads into these matching recesses:

Combining the Battle Section Builds

Step E

Retrieve your Battle Section Neck assembly from Stage 44. Fit the four black tabs of the Neck assembly down into the matching slots of the main Battle Section assembly and slide them towards the rear of the ship to lock the Neck in place.

It may take a bit of force here to fully seat the Neck section backwards onto the Battle Section. It is still detachable if so desired:

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 Lower Skeleton 8

With no stock lighting in the way, I only needed to mirror the minor adjustments I made back in Stage 99 with Lower Skeleton 1:

My custom lighting wires were routed through this opening:

Fitting the Transporter Emitter Pads

The Transporter Emitter Pads and Screw Covers were not attached to the model just yet. I like to keep access to the screws in case I need to take it apart again before the model is finished. These will be added at the end of the build.

Combining the Battle Section Builds

I already connected my Neck to the Battle Section back when I wired up by Battle Section, so no action was required here.

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

Thoughts


Wow, connecting the Neck to the rest of the Battle Section is a big step in our Enterprise D build! It takes on a whole new and proper appearance now and feels great to hold in your hands. Just wait until we finish our Battle Section assembly in the next stage!

Next Up


Stage 106 – Deck Panel L1-11/Phaser Array, Windows/Reflectors/Lights, Escape Pod Covers/Brackets, Battery Cover, Magnets

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