STAGE 93

 Return to the BUILD


“Fit the first lights to your battle section lower front hull section, then build and fit the next part of the 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 L3-14 is metal, and all of the other non-electrical parts in this stage are plastic.

Build


Continuing the Battle Section Lower Front Panel

Step A

Slide the LED on the yellow/white wires of each Battle Section Lights cable into the matching slots of this Front Reflector, as shown.

As usual, make sure these LEDs are fully seated and locked over the retaining pins inside the Reflector. I used small pieces of clear tape to hold the LEDs in place:

Retrieve your Battle Section Lower Front Panel from the previous stage, making sure the Front Windows and Escape Pod Cover are still in their proper place. Fit the Battle Section Lower Left Front Reflector over the Windows and Escape Pod Cover as shown, and secure it into place with four (4) BP screws:

Finally, gently bend the leads of these LEDs away from the nearby screw posts and towards the rear, as shown.

TIP: While I didn’t know while I was building this stage, the magazine instructions of Stage 101 have the leads of these Front Window LEDs pointing the other direction (towards the front of the Battle Section). You may want consider this as you fit these LEDs and adjust the wires as needed:

Assembling Deck Panel L3-14

Step B

Carefully remove ten (10) Escape Pod Covers from their sprues and fit them into the back of Deck Panel L3-14, 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 L3-12-14 to the back of Deck Panel L3-14 covering the Escape Pods 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 L4-13 to Deck Panel L3-14 aligning the pins and posts to the matching holes as shown, then secure it into place with two (2) IM screws:

Fitting Deck Panel L3-14

Step C

Retrieve your Saucer assembly from the previous stage and place it upside down on a soft surface. Fit this Deck Panel L3-14 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


Continuing the Battle Section Lower Front Panel

  • I removed the silver paint from the Front Reflector in 70% Isopropyl Alcohol and lightly airbrushed it with white paint to diffuse light

Assembling Deck Panel L3-14

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


Another lower saucer rim Deck Panel installed and we started adding lights to our lower Battle Section. Nothing too crazy in this stage!

Next Up


Stage 94 – Deck Panel L3-15, Outer Panel L4-14, Escape Pod Covers/Bracket, Navigation Light Lens, Battle Section Lower Windows

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