Return to the BUILD
“Begin work on the underside of the battle section before building and fitting a further deck panel to the lower saucer 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 L3-04, and Battle Section Lower Bracket, and Springs are metal – the other parts are plastic.
Preparing to Install the Battle Section Ventral Phaser Array
Fit the four Springs over these matching pins of the Battle Section Lower Bracket, as shown:
Installing the Battle Section Ventral Phaser Array
Retrieve your Ventral Phaser Array from Stage 83. Fit the two posts of the Phaser Array through the matching holes of the Battle Section Lower Bracket, capturing the Springs in between as shown:
While holding the Phaser Array in place, secure it to the Battle Section from the other side with two (2) FP screws:
Assembling Deck Panel L3-04
Carefully remove eight (8) Escape Pod Covers from their sprues and fit them into the back of Deck Panel L3-04, 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 L3-04 to the back of Deck Panel L3-04 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 L4-03 to Deck Panel L3-04 aligning the pins and posts to the matching holes as shown, then secure it into place with two (2) IM screws:
Retrieve your Saucer assembly from the previous stage and place it upside down on a soft surface. Fit this Deck Panel L3-04 assembly to the Lower Skeleton, capturing the starboard (right) Navigation Light Lens in place 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. Also take note of how this panel fits around and secures the Formation Light (circled below):
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:
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.
Assembling Deck Panel L3-04
I processed this Deck Panel in the same way as I have been with my Model Remodel:
- The Escape Pod Covers were sealed in from behind with aluminum tape
- The gap to the Outer Panel was sealed in with adhesive putty
Here is the result of our Model Remodel changes in this stage:
Another spring-loaded Phaser strip! I still have no clue why these are not just hard mounted. My current thinking is that they were meant to be switch buttons at some point, but perhaps that feature just wasn’t in the final design budget.
Stage 90 – Deck Panel L3-04, Outer Panel L4-03, Escape Pod Covers/Bracket, Battle Section Lower Bracket, Springs