STAGE 94

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“The lower saucer build expands to its full width, gaining another navigation light, before more windows are added to the ventral battle section.

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 L3-15 is metal and the other parts are plastic.

Build


Assembling Deck Panel L3-15

Step A

Carefully remove eight (8) Escape Pod Covers from their sprues and fit them into the back of Deck Panel L3-15, 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 L3-15 to the back of Deck Panel L3-15 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 L4-14 to Deck Panel L3-15 aligning the pins and posts to the matching holes as shown, then secure it into place with two (2) IM screws:

Preparing to Fit Deck Panel L3-15

Step B

Retrieve your Saucer assembly from the previous stage and place it upside down on a soft surface. Remove and discard the AM screw securing Lower Skeleton 6 to Lower Skeleton 2 (over the port Navigation Light wiring). Replace this screw with one (1) JM screw, as shown.

These JM screws have a countersunk head and have a lesser chance to interfere with the Deck Panels above them. When these JM screws arrived, I used the spare JM screw to replace the matching AM screw on the opposite side of the saucer as well:

Fitting Deck Panel L3-15

Step C

Fit this Deck Panel L3-15 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:

Fitting the Port Navigation Light Lens

Step D

Fit the red Navigation Light Lens over the Formation Light LED at the left edge of the Saucer assembly.

This LED slides in flat and in parallel to the saucer rim:

Then, slot the Navigation Light Lens into this matching opening between the upper and lower Deck Panels.

Make sure the small pins of the Lens are aligned vertically into the matching recesses of the Deck Panels, and the flat side of the Lens is facing towards the rim edge, as shown. You can gently push the upper saucer panel down to make room for this to pop into place:

Continuing the Battle Section Lower Front Panel

Step E

Retrieve your Lower Front Panel from the previous stage. Fit the Battle Section Lower Right Front Windows into this location of the Battle Section Lower Front Panel, with the windows filling the respective openings as shown.

These windows will remain loose until we secure them in the next stage – take care not to lose them. It might be a good idea to tape them in place:

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 L3-15

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

Fitting the Port Navigation Light Lens

I used some adhesive putty to seal the Navigation Light Lens to the LED, as shown:

Continuing the Battle Section Lower Front Panel

I already added UV resin windows to the entire Lower Front Panel back in Stage 91, so this Window panel was prepared in the same way as the opposite panel from Stage 92:

  • The ‘windows’ of this 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.

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

Thoughts


I have been messing with my studio lighting, so I apologize if the colors are off in some of these pictures. I will get it dialed in. Otherwise, we did not do anything new or special in this stage that we have not done before. I am looking forward to more interesting stages!

Next Up


Stage 95 – Deck Panel L1-10, Windows/Reflectors/Lights, Escape Pod Covers/Brackets, Ventral Phaser Array

2 thoughts on “STAGE 94”

  1. Hi there!

    I just stumbled upon your build site from Facebook and thought I’d jump to your latest post to say what an awesome resource this is! I have my first 5 boxes just waiting for some spare time to start assembling!

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