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“Complete another section of the saucer rim, before adding more windows to your battle section middle assembly.

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 L3-06 is metal, but the other parts in this stage are plastic.


Assembling Deck Panel L3-06

Step A

Carefully remove ten (10) Escape Pod Covers from their sprues and fit them into the back of Deck Panel L3-06, 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 L3-06-07 to the back of Deck Panel L3-06 covering the Escape Pods as shown, then secure the Bracket into place with two (2) AM screws.

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

Fit the Outer Frame L4-06 to Deck Panel L3-06 aligning the pins and posts to the matching holes as shown, then secure it into place with two (2) IM screws:

Fitting Deck Panel L3-06

Step B

Retrieve your Saucer assembly from the previous stage and place it upside down on a soft surface. Fit this Deck Panel L3-06 assembly to the Lower Skeleton, 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:

Secure this Deck Panel to the Lower Skeleton with two (2) FM screws, as shown:

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:

Fitting a Bank of Battle Section Windows

Step C

Retrieve your Battle Section Middle Panel assembly from the previous stage. Fit the Battle Section Middle Window Right to the right side of the Middle Panel, as shown.

Make sure the ‘windows’ of this part fit into all of the matching window openings of the Middle Panel. You can easily clean out any plastic bits from the windows by sliding a wooden toothpick around the inside of each window opening. This part will not be secured into place until the next stage:

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 L3-06

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

Fitting Deck Panel L3-06

I used both aluminum tape and the putty to seal the gaps between these panels:

Fitting a Bank of Battle Section Windows

As before, the ‘windows’ of this Battle Section Middle Window Right were cut off and then sanded, leaving a smooth panel. The back of this panel was then lightly airbrushed with white paint to diffuse light:

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


Make it so, another Deck Panel to go. It feels like we are experts at this point!

Next Up

Stage 86 – Deck Panel L3-05, Outer Panel L4-04, Escape Pod Covers/Bracket, Navigation Light Lens, Battle Section Reflector/Lights

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