STAGE 87

 Return to the BUILD


“Reacquaint yourself with the main deflector and fit it to the battle section before assembling another section 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.

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Deck Panel L1-02 is metal and the rest of these parts are plastic.

Magazine – Issue 23

  • Assembly Instructions: Building the Model
  • Episode Guide 5.10: New Ground
  • Episode Guide 5.11: Hero Worship
  • Episode Guide 5.12: Violations
  • Episode Guide 5.13: The Masterpiece Society
  • Episode Guide 5.14: Conundrum
  • Episode Guide 5.15: Power Play
  • Episode Guide 5.16: Ethics

Build


Completing the Main Deflector

Step A

Retrieve your Deflector Dish assembly and your blue Main Deflector Dish Center from Stage 3. Make sure the Dish Center is fitted over the Dish Inner, as shown:

Firmly press the pins on the back of the Main Deflector Dish Outer (from this stage) through the Dish Center and into the matching holes at the back of the Reflector, orienting it as shown:

Secure the Dish Outer to the Reflector from behind with two (2) CP screws:

Fitting the Main Deflector

Step B

Retrieve your Battle Section assembly from the previous stage and turn it upside down on a soft surface. Fit the Deflector Dish assembly to the front of the Upper Bracket and align the screw holes, as shown.

There is a groove in the Battle Section Front Panel that the upper lip of the Dish fits into:

Secure the Dish assembly into place with two (2) AM screws.

Make sure that the Main Deflector Light wiring of this assembly is not pinched or trapped between the parts. This is also your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

Route the Deflector wiring around the square center post of the Upper Bracket and connect it to a socket ‘A’ on the Battle Section PCB:

Assembling Deck Panel L1-02

Step C

Carefully remove three (3) Escape Pod Covers from their sprues. Fit them into the back of Deck Panel L1-02 as shown.

Remember, the red line on the Escape Pod Cover should be closer to the wider end of the Deck Panel:

Fit the Escape Pod Cover Brackets A and Escape Pod Cover Bracket B to the back of Deck Panel L1-02 as shown, then secure the Brackets into place with three (3) AM screws:

Carefully remove two (2) Dark Windows and two (2) Clear Windows from their sprues. Fit them into the back of Deck Panel L1-02 as shown.

While not shown here, I still recommend using pieces of black electrical tape or aluminum tape to seal in the Dark Windows and Escape Pod Covers to prevent light leak:

Fit the Reflector Panel over these Windows as shown, and then secure it into place with one (1) more AM screw:

Fit the two posts of the Ventral Phaser Array L02 into the matching holes on top of Deck Panel L1-02, as shown:

Secure the Phaser Array into place from below with two (2) CP 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


Completing the Main Deflector

I made enough changes to my Main Deflector Dish assembly that I wrote up a dedicated Deflector Dish Mod page for it. Check it out!

Because of this new design and lighting scheme for my Deflector Dish, I also removed the stock lighting and wires. The holes left behind were filled in with adhesive putty:

Assembling Deck Panel L1-02

I processed this Deck 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


I feel that Eaglemoss/Hero Collector could have designed our stock Deflector Dish a bit better. This is no fault of Fanhome as they simply resumed distribution of the parts. Luckily, we have people like Jon Bassi who created the fantastic 3D-printed upgrade parts at no cost!

Next Up


Stage 88 – Deck Panel L2-02, Windows/Reflector/Lights, Wire Retainers

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