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“The lower saucer deck section assembled in this stage adds more escape pods and more of the ventral saucer phaser array.

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.



Materials: The Deck Panel L1-04 is metal and the rest of these parts are plastic.


Assembling Deck Panel L1-04

Step A

Carefully remove ten (10) Escape Pod Covers from their sprues and fit them into the back of Deck Panel L1-04, as shown.

Remember, the red line of each Escape Pod Cover should be closer to the wide end of the Deck Panel. While not shown here, I still recommend using pieces of black electrical tape or aluminum tape to seal in the Escape Pod Covers and Dark Window of this panel to prevent light leak:

Fit the four Escape Pod Cover Brackets (I, II, III, and IV) to the back of Deck Panel L1-04 as shown, then secure them into place with seven (7) AM screws.

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

Step B

Carefully remove one (1) Clear Window and one (1) Dark Window from their sprues and fit them into the back of Deck Panel L1-04:

Fit the Reflector Panel onto the back of these windows as shown, then secure the Panel into place with one (1) AM screw:

Fitting the Phaser Array

Step C

Fit the posts of the Ventral Phaser Array L-04 into the matching holes at the top front of this Panel, as shown:

Secure the Phaser Array into place from the other side with three (3) DP 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 L1-04

This panel was mostly built as the other inner lower panels. As before, I glued these Escape Pod Covers in place and covered them with aluminum tape to seal them in. However, I did not put any UV resin in the window openings.

In order to let the sound of my internal speakers get out of the saucer, I picked four sets of windows to leave open and these are the first set. To light block the windows, I glued together four layers of black speaker grille cloth – this stuff allows the sound waves out but keeps the light in.

If you are using the stock windows or replacing them with resin, both of these windows should be dark according to my Window Pattern Guide:

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


Nothing special in this issue, just another lower saucer Deck Panel! We will install this panel in the next stage.

Next Up

Stage 73 – Deck Panel L2-04, Windows/Reflectors/Lights, Battle Section Rear Right Windows

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