STAGE 106

 Return to the BUILD


“Assemble one of the last sections of the ventral saucer phaser array before adding further finishing touches to the underside of the 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.

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Deck Panel L1-11 is metal and the other parts are plastic.

Build


Assembling Deck Panel L1-11

Step A

Carefully cut five (5) Escape Pod Covers from their sprues and fit them into these matching openings of Deck Panel L1-11.

Remember, the red line on the Escape Pod Cover should be closer to the wider end of the Deck Panel. And while not shown here, I still recommend using pieces of black electrical tape or aluminum tape to seal in the Dark Windows and Escape Pod Covers to prevent light leak:

Cover these Pod Covers with Escape Pod Cover Bracket I and Escape Pod Cover Bracket II as shown, and then secure them into place with three (3) AM screws.

IMPORTANT: Unfortunately, I have found that we are being supplied with two different lengths of AM screws throughout this build:

I tend to keep all my screws grouped together by type and did not notice this until now. It is critical that you make sure to use the shorter AM screws (supplied with this stage) or you could force the end of a longer screw up through the Deck Panel making a bump-shaped blemish – please don’t do this!

Luckily, I had a spare of this Deck Panel so I replaced it. This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

Completing Deck Panel L1-11

Step B

Carefully cut nine (9) Dark Windows, four (5) Clear Windows, and the Wide Dark Window from their sprues. Fit these Windows into the back of Deck Panel L1-11, as shown.

The Dark Wide Window fits in the center of this section of windows (arrow below):

Cover the wide section of Windows with Reflector Panel I and the narrow section with Reflector Panel II, then secure both Reflectors to the Panel using three (3) AM screws, as shown:

Fit the posts of the Ventral Phaser Array L11 into the matching holes on top of the Deck Panel:

Secure this Phaser Array into place from below with two (2) DP screws:

Covering the Battle Section Battery Box

Step C

Retrieve your Battle Section assembly from the previous stage and carefully lay it upside down on a soft surface. Gently press the pins of the four Screw Covers into the holes of their matching recesses in the Battle Section Lower Rear Panel, as shown.

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

Stick the Magnets to the matching magnets on the inside of the Battery Cover Panel to see which side (magnetic pole) is attracted to them. Then, press these Magnets into the matching circular recesses of the Battle Section Lower Rear Panel with the attracting side facing up.

If these Magnets are installed upside down, they will repel the Cover Panel. They are near impossible to remove once pressed into place, so make sure they are properly oriented so they attract the Panel:

Finally, fit the Battery Cover Panel into place as shown.

This Battery Cover Panel is designed to be removable in order to replace the batteries:

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 L1-11

  • I processed this Deck Panel in the same way as I have been with my Model Remodel:
    • The windows were replaced with Solarez Thin-Hard UV resin except for the three windows closest to the single Escape Pod Cover
    • The ‘dark’ windows were painted black according to my Window Pattern Guide
    • The three open windows were covered with three glued layers of Speaker Grille Cloth to allow my speaker sound to get out of the Saucer

    • The Escape Pod Covers were sealed in from behind with aluminum tape
    • I removed the silver paint from the Reflector Panel in 70% Isopropyl Alcohol and lightly airbrushed it with white paint to diffuse light
    • I did have to cut down my Reflector Panel I to clear space for the Speaker Grille Cloth ‘window openings’

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

Thoughts


We have now completed our Battle Section assembly and I feel it looks fantastic! As we move through the last few issues, we will close up the Saucer and build our starboard warp Nacelle. The end is so close!

Next Up


Stage 107 – Deck Panel L2-11, Starboard Nacelle Upper/Navigation Light, Windows/Reflectors/Lights (Coming Soon)

4 thoughts on “STAGE 106”

  1. Looking great and I felt the same way when I finally combined the two sections together. Despite all of the delivery/Eaglemoss/design drama, this model is looking awesome! Question – what is your plan for displaying it? Obviously, we can’t risk using the giant tripod Eaglemoss sent us, and no word on being able to purchase the deluxe mirrored base from Fanhome. Just curious what you are thinking and if you will be posting anything base related?

    1. I found some 15x15mm square aluminum tubing that I plan on creating a custom metal or wood base for it. I will definitely share it here on the site.

  2. I’m currently working on a display stand/case for this build will post a link later showing the progress of it so far,one things for sure what I’m doing will certainly handle the weight of the ship

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