STAGE 88

 Return to the BUILD


“Add two more deck sections to the lower saucer and then take care of the cables inside your battle section build.

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: All of the non-electrical parts in this stage are plastic.

Build


Assembling Deck Panel L2-02

Step A

Carefully remove ten (10) Clear Windows and thirteen (13) Dark Windows from their sprues and fit them into the back of Deck Panel L2-02, as shown.

Reminder: The longer ‘lip’ of each Window (arrows below) should face the wider end of the panel:

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

Next, fit Reflector Panel L2-02-A and Reflector Panel L2-02-A1 onto the matching posts of Deck Panel L2-02 covering the windows as shown, then loosely secure the Reflectors into place with two (2) BP screws along the top edge:

Slide one LED of the longer Deck Panel Lights II cable into the notch of Reflector Panel L2-02-A, then secure this Reflector Panel down with two (2) BP more screws.

As usual, make sure these LEDs are fully seated and locked over the retaining pins inside the Reflector Panels:

Fitting Deck Panel L2-02

Step B

Retrieve your Saucer assembly from Stage 86 and set it upside down on a soft surface. Set the Deck Panel L2-02 upside down nearby as shown, then feed the plug of the Deck Panel Lights II cable through this opening of Lower Skeleton 7:

Route this plug through the Frame and connect it to a socket marked ‘A’ on Saucer PCB 3, as shown:

Route the free LED of this Deck Panel Lights II cable up through this separate opening of the Skeleton, as shown:

Slide this LED into the notch of Reflector Panel L2-02-A1, then secure this Reflector Panel down with two (2) BP screws:

Carefully bend the leads of these two LEDs up and away from the Deck Panel assembly, as shown:

To make the next steps easier, I temporarily fit this Deck Panel L2-02 to the Skeleton, sliding it under the Panel to the left as shown. You can optionally choose to secure it in place with two (2) FM screws, but it is not necessary right now. This is also your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

Fitting Deck Panel L1-02

Step C

Feed the plug of the shorter Deck Panel Lights I cable down through this opening of Lower Skeleton 7:

Route this plug through the Frame and connect it to a socket marked ‘A’ on Saucer PCB 3, as shown:

Separate the LEDs on this Deck Panel Lights I cable and feed them up through these separate openings of the Lower Skeleton:

At the top of Deck Panel L2-02, fit the two LEDs of the Deck Panel Lights I cable into these upper slots of the Reflector Panels.

Again, you can always use a small piece of thin clear tape across the top of these LEDs to help hold them in place. The leads of these LEDs should gently be bent down into the interior of the ship – we don’t want them interfering with the panel we are about to fit:

Retrieve your Deck Panel L1-02 assembly from the previous stage. Fit Deck Panel L1-02 to the inner edge of Deck Panel L2-02 (yellow arrow below). Then, while holding these panels together, slide their tabs under the existing panels to the left (red arrows below), as shown. Press both Deck Panels down onto the matching mounting lugs of the Lower Skeleton.

I did detach the lower Deck Panel L2-02 from the Skeleton to do this step. Always make sure none of the wiring is going to be trapped or pinched:

Once happy with the fitment, secure these Deck Panels into place with three (3) FM screws:

Gathering the Cables

Step D

Carefully cut six Wire Retainers from the sprue:

Retrieve your Battle Section assembly from the previous stage and turn it upside down on a soft surface. Gather the lighting cables on the right side together and secure them under two Wire Retainers using two (2) AM screws, one for each as shown.

I found it easier to loosely mount the Wire Retainers first:

Then, I gathered the cables and rotated the Retainers over them, before securing the Retainers fully into place:

In the same way, gather the lighting cables on the left side together and secure them under four Wire Retainers using four (4) AM screws, one for each as shown.

I did the same thing on this side: loosely attaching the Retainers, rotating them over the cables, and then tightening them down:

As I routed all of my Battle Section rear wiring up through one opening in the Upper Bracket, I did not need to use the rear Wire Retainer:

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 L2-02

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

Fitting Deck Panels L1-02 and L2-02

When fitting these Deck Panels, I used adhesive putty to seal around where the tabs go as light was coming out of gaps near here.

Gathering the Cables

As I am using my own wiring setup inside the Battle Section, I did not install the Wire Retainers at all.

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

Thoughts


Another couple of Deck Panels installed! As for the Battle Section work, I believe the Wire Retainers are designed to keep the cables away both the display base mounting hole and the four latch holes where the Neck assembly will soon attach.

Next Up


Stage 89 – Deck Panel L3-04, Outer Panel L4-03, Escape Pod Covers/Bracket, Battle Section Lower Bracket, Springs

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