STAGE 92

 Return to the BUILD


“Fit two deck panels and test their lights before beginning to build the underside of the battle section hull.

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

NOTE: This parts image from the magazine incorrectly labels the second group of screws in this stage as type BP. However, the written parts list, the instructions, and the actual screws we receive are the correct AP screws.

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

Build


Assembling Deck Panel L2-09

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 L2-09, 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 L2-09-A and Reflector Panel L2-09-A1 onto the matching posts of Deck Panel L2-09 covering the windows as shown, then loosely secure the Reflectors with two (2) AP screws in these top holes:

Fitting Deck Panel L2-09

Step B

Retrieve your Saucer assembly from Stage 90 and set it upside down on a soft surface. Route the plug of the longer Deck Panel Lights II cable down through this opening of the Lower Skeleton towards the Saucer PCB 3, as shown:

Connect the plug of this Deck Panel Lights II cable to a socket marked ‘A’ on Saucer PCB 3, as shown:

Split the two LEDs of this Deck Panel Lights II cable and feed them up through these two separate openings of the Lower Skeleton:

With the Deck Panel L2-09 upside down, insert the two Deck Panel Light II LEDs under the Reflector Panels, as shown.

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

Finish securing the Reflector Panels in place by tightening the previous two AP screws and adding five (5) more AP screws:

As we have with other L2 panels, we should gently bend the leads of these two LEDs up to a 90° angle, as shown:

In the same way as before, route the plug of the shorter Deck Panel Lights I cable down through this opening of the Lower Skeleton towards Saucer PCB 3, as shown:

Connect the plug of this Deck Panel Lights I cable to a socket marked ‘A’ on Saucer PCB 3, as shown:

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

Fitting Deck Panel L1-09

Step C

Locate the free LED of this Deck Panel Lights I (yellow/white) cable we installed back in Stage 78:

At the top of Deck Panel L2-09, fit this LED into the upper right slot of Reflector Panel L2-09-A, as shown. In the same way, fit the LED of the new Deck Panel Lights I (yellow/black) into the upper left slot, as shown.

To make this easier, I temporarily mounted this Deck Panel into place by first sliding it into the nearby panel. If needed, you can loosely securing the free end down with one (1) FM screw. This is also your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

You don’t have to do this, but you can always use a small piece of thin clear tape across the top of these LEDs to help hold them in place. Note how I gently bent the leads of these two LEDs down into the interior of the ship. I didn’t want them interfering with the panel we are about to fit:

Retrieve your Deck Panel L1-09 assembly from the previous stage. Fit Deck Panel L1-09 to the inner edge of Deck Panel L2-09 (yellow arrow below). Then, while holding these panels together, slide their tabs under the existing panels to the right (red arrows below), as shown.

I did detach the lower Deck Panel L2-09 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:

Starting to Assemble the Battle Section Lower Front Panel

Step D

Fit the Battle Section Lower Left Front Windows into this location of the Battle Section Lower Front Panel, with the windows filling the respective openings as shown.

On my model, these Lower Left Front Windows were quite a tight fit. To get them to sit fully flush, I needed to gently sand the corner circled below:

Fit the Escape Pod Cover into this opening of the Lower Front Panel with the red line facing away from the panel center, as shown.

Both of these parts will remain loose until we secure them in the next stage – take care not to lose them. You may even want to glue the pod down:

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 L2-09

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

Starting to Assemble the Battle Section Lower Front Panel

I processed the Lower Front Panel in the previous stage:

As I have been doing to make space for my UV resin windows, the ‘windows’ of the Lower Front Windows were cut off and then sanded down, leaving a smooth panel. The back of this panel was then lightly airbrushed with white paint to diffuse light. The Reflector was soaked in 70% Isopropyl Alcohol to remove the silver paint, painted white on the inside, and was then installed normally:

This Window panel also fit very tight and I needed to sand them at the circled locations to get the part to sit fully flush:

The Escape Pod was secured into place with tiny drops of super glue:

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

Thoughts


I am happy that we are not installing individual windows in the Battle Section Lower Panels. But, have you ever wondered if the gravity generators were reversed on these decks of the ship so the crew wasn’t walking on the windows?!

Next Up


Stage 93 – Deck Panel L3-14, Outer Panel L4-13, Escape Pod Covers/Bracket, Battle Section Lower Left Front Reflector, Lights

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