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“Connect a set of lights to the dorsal battle section after completing another portion of the lower saucer.

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.



NOTE: The parts picture here incorrectly shows the Battle Section Panel Lights as part 76L – they are actually part 77L per the text.

Materials: The Deck Panel L1-08 is metal, while the non-electrical parts are plastic.


Assembling Deck Panel L1-08

Step A

Carefully remove ten (10) Escape Pod Covers from their sprues and fit them into the back of Deck Panel L1-08, 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 L1-08 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:

Fit the posts of the Ventral Phaser Array L08 into the matching holes at the front of this Panel, as shown:

Secure the Phaser Array into place from the other side with three (3) CP screws:

Completing Deck Panel L1-08

Step B

Carefully remove one (1) Clear Window and one (1) Dark Window from their sprues. Fit these into the matching openings on the back of Deck Panel L1-08, as shown:

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

Adding Lights to the Battle Section Windows

Step C

Retrieve your Battle Section Front Panel assembly from the previous stage. Fit the Battle Section Front Reflector Left over the Battle Section Front Windows Left, aligning it to the screw holes as shown:

Fit the LEDs of the Battle Section Panel Lights into the matching notches of the Front Reflector Left, as shown.

Make sure these LEDs are seated far enough under the Reflector that they are caught on the small pin:

Secure the Front Reflector Left to the Battle Section Front Panel with five (5) BP 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 L1-08

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 second 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:

Adding Lights to the Battle Section Windows

The Reflector was soaked in 70% Isopropyl Alcohol to remove the silver paint, painted white on the inside, and was then installed normally:

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


Another stage, another Deck Panel. Although, I am excited to see the Battle Section starting to come together!

Next Up

Stage 78 – Deck Panel L2-08, Windows/Reflectors, Lights, Battle Section Front Windows Right

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