STAGE 90

 Return to the BUILD


“Install a sliding door for mounting your Enterprise D on its display base, and then merge the upper and lower battle section brackets to form a whole.

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 L3-03 is metal and the other parts in this stage are plastic.

Build


Adding a Sliding Door

Step A

Retrieve your Battle Section Lower Bracket assembly from the previous stage. Place the Sliding Door into this matching rectangular recess of the Lower Bracket, orienting it as shown.

There is a tiny ‘fingernail’ groove in this Sliding Door that should face down, but honestly, it doesn’t make much difference to its final operation:

Installing the Battle Section Lower Bracket

Step B

Fit the two Sliding Door Brackets over these matching posts capturing the Sliding Door within, and align the screw holes as shown:

Secure these Brackets into place with six (6) FM screws – three for each.

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

Once these screws are tightened, we should still be able to easily open and close the Sliding Door:

Retrieve your main Battle Section assembly from the previous stage and carefully sit it upside down. Fit this Lower Bracket assembly to the Battle Section, aligning the screw holes as shown.

Take a moment to make sure that your Battle Section wiring is completely clear of where these two Brackets fit together:

Begin securing the Lower Bracket into place at the cylindrical Support Rods with four (4) BM screws.

You may have to nudge the Support Rods a bit to get them to align to the Lower Bracket:

Continue securing the Lower Bracket with one (1) AM screw at the rear:

Finish securing the Lower Bracket to the Upper Bracket with fourteen (14) FM screws.

There are four (4) FM screws around the display base mount opening:

There are three (3) more FM screws along the right edge:

There are three (3) more FM screws at rear center and at the right rear corner:

Finally, there are four (4) more FM screws along the left edge:

With all of these screws installed, this is what our Battle Section should look like:

Assembling Deck Panel L3-03

Step C

Carefully remove ten (10) Escape Pod Covers from their sprues and fit them into the back of Deck Panel L3-03, 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 L3-02-03 to the back of Deck Panel L3-03 covering the Escape Pods as shown, then secure the Bracket into place with two (2) AM screws:

Fit the Outer Frame L4-02 to Deck Panel L3-03 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 L3-03 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:

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


Installing the Battle Section Lower Bracket

Before I could close up the Battle Section of our Remodel Enterprise, we needed to install all of our custom electronics and get things wired up as much as possible. As this was a lengthy and complex process, I created a couple of dedicated Battle Section pages – Part 1 and Part 2. Check them out!

Assembling Deck Panel L3-03

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


We have installed the final piece of our Enterprise D Skeleton! It is coming along faster than I expected.

Next Up


Stage 91 – Deck Panel L1-09, Windows/Reflector, Escape Pod Covers/Brackets, Ventral Phaser Array, Battle Section Windows

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