STAGE 110

 Return to the BUILD


“Add further structure to your starboard warp nacelle, and then add the first details to the large saucer docking panel.

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 Saucer Docking Panel is metal and the other parts are plastic.

Build


Fitting a Field Grill to the Starboard Nacelle

Step A

NOTE: I reused some pictures from the assembly of my first warp nacelle here, so there may be slight differences in what is shown versus the step.

Retrieve your Starboard Nacelle assembly from the previous stage. Fit the Starboard Warp Engine Field Grill Left into the left side of the Nacelle, and secure it into place with four (4) AP screws as shown:

Fitting Field Grill Reflectors

Step B

Slide the raised long edge of the Warp Field Grill Left Reflector II into the Warp Field Grill Left Reflector I, as shown.

On my model, these reflectors were already fitted together in the parts bag, so check your parts to be sure. It is not easy to describe, but these actually fit together better when correctly orientated. Try both ways to be sure:

In order to help diffuse the warp nacelle LEDs, I lightly airbrushed the widest surface of this reflector with Tamiya XF-2 Flat White acrylic paint. The widest surface was the side where we slid the two parts together:

Fit the smaller Warp Engine Field Grill Left Reflector IV inside the larger Warp Engine Field Grill Left Reflector III, as shown.

If you look closely at these parts, the flat sides have three small notches in them. When I lined these up, the parts fit together better:

In order to help diffuse the warp nacelle LEDs, I lightly airbrushed the outer curved surface of this reflector with Tamiya XF-2 Flat White acrylic paint:

Secure these parts together with one of the Stickers:

Fit the long Reflector assembly between the Warp Engine Field Grill Left and the Nacelle Upper Frame, as shown.

These reflectors will fit loosely at this point. When the lower frame of the nacelle is attached later on, they will be better secured:

Slide the half-round Reflector assembly into this space, as shown:

Making a Start on the Saucer Docking Panel

Step C

Carefully remove two (2) Dark Windows and two (2) Clear Windows from their sprues and fit them into the back of the Saucer Docking Panel, as shown:

Cover the left side windows with the Reflector Panel L (marked ‘L’), and secure it into place with one (1) AM screw as shown.

This Reflector should just hold the Windows in place. If you make the screw too tight, it will lift the Reflector away from the Panel and possibly allow the Windows to fall out. This is also your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

In the same way, secure the Reflector Panel R (marked ‘R’) over the right side Windows with one (1) more AM screw:

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 a Field Grill to the Starboard Nacelle

For the blue Warp Field Grills, I stripped, masked, and painted them just like my first modified nacelle back in Stage 2. It is a long process, but worth it:

Fitting Field Grill Reflectors

As I am using my own lighting inside the modified nacelles, I did not need or use these Reflectors at all.

Making a Start on the Saucer Docking Panel

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

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

Thoughts


This Saucer Docking Panel is probably the most critical panel of the entire model. It contains the slots that will support the weight of the Saucer section on top of the Battle Section Neck. I am very curious to see how it will work!

Next Up


Stage 111 – Windows/Reflectors, Formation Light Lenses, Transporter Emitter Pads, Warp Engine Grilles/Reflectors (Coming Soon)