STAGE 108

 Return to the BUILD


“Add the penultimate panel to the outer ring of the saucer, and see the starboard warp nacelle take on its familiar shape.

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 L3-18 and Nacelle Front are metal and the other parts are plastic.

Build


Assembling Deck Panel L3-18

Step A

Carefully remove ten (10) Escape Pod Covers from their sprues and fit them into the back of Deck Panel L3-18, 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 to the back of Deck Panel L3-18 covering the Escape Pods as shown, then secure the Bracket into place with two (2) HM screws.

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

Fit the Outer Panel L4-17 to Deck Panel L3-18 aligning the pins and posts to the matching holes as shown, then secure it into place with two (2) IM screws:

Retrieve your Saucer assembly from the previous stage and place it upside down on a soft surface. Fit this Deck Panel L3-18 assembly next to the previously installed panel of the Lower Skeleton, and secure it into place with two (2) FM screws as shown.

As before, there is a groove along the inside of the Outer Panel that needs to ‘pop’ onto the rim of the matching upper Deck Panel here:

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:

Building the Starboard Nacelle Upper

Step B

Retrieve your Starboard Nacelle Upper assembly from the previous stage. Fit the Bussard EM Field Projector into the Nacelle Upper with the striations flaring forward, as shown.

These pictures are from the construction of my first nacelle which I modified. Be sure the angled ribs of the Field Projector are facing towards the front of the nacelle (circled below) and the raised lip of the Nacelle Front fits into this front groove of the Field Projector (arrow below):

Fit the Starboard Nacelle Upper Frame into the Nacelle Upper, aligning the pins and screw holes as shown.

NOTE: Since they changed the Field Projector to no longer be transparent, there is no need for the Projector Reflector we received with the first nacelle.

Make sure the Starboard Navigation Light we installed in the previous stage is still in place before adding this Frame:

Secure this Upper Frame to the Nacelle Upper with nine (9) AM screws:

Once this frame is installed, we can see how our Formation Light pokes out the top at the rear:

Fit the Nacelle Front onto the forward end of the Bussard EM Field Projector.

Be sure the raised lip of the Nacelle Front fits into this front groove of the Bussard EM Field Projector:

Secure the Upper Frame to the Nacelle Front with three (3) BM 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


Assembling Deck Panel L3-18

  • I processed this Deck Panel in the same way as I have been with my Model Remodel:

At these outer panels, I use a narrow strip of aluminum tape to seal the gap to the ‘L2’ middle row of panels:

Building the Starboard Nacelle Upper

As with the first nacelle, I airbrushed the entire Bussard EM Field Projector with Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black acrylic paint to block any light. Then, I covered it with a few layers of Citadel Yriel Yellow acrylic paint:

I also lined the interior of the Starboard Nacelle Upper with aluminum tape to help with light distribution. The rest went together per the stock build:

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

Thoughts


This second Warp Nacelle is built in the same exact way as the first. Other than the red/green Formation Lights, they will be identical.

Next Up


Stage 109 – Deck Panel L3-19, Escape Pod Covers/Bracket, Nacelle Light Strip/Reflectors/Grille Rear