STAGE 97

 Return to the BUILD


“In this stage, a further deck panel takes shape and locks into place, securing the portside navigation light lens.

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 L3-16 is metal and the other parts are plastic.

Build


Assembling Deck Panel L3-16

Step A

Carefully remove eight (8) Escape Pod Covers from their sprues and fit them into the back of Deck Panel L3-16, 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 L3-16 to the back of Deck Panel L3-16 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 Panel L4-15 to Deck Panel L3-16 aligning the pins and posts to the matching holes as shown, then secure it into place with two (2) IM screws:

Fitting Deck Panel L3-16

Step B

Retrieve your Saucer assembly from the previous stage and place it upside down on a soft surface. Fit this Deck Panel L3-16 assembly to the Lower Skeleton, capturing the port (left) 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.

Model Remodel


Assembling Deck Panel L3-16

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

To prevent light leaks along the inner edge of this Deck Panel, I added a strip of aluminum tape under the gap as shown. At the panel corners, a small blob of adhesive putty was stuck into place:

Finally, as I have been doing to make space for my UV resin windows, the ‘windows’ of the Lower Left Windows were cut off and then sanded down, leaving a smooth panel. The face of this panel was then lightly airbrushed with white paint to diffuse light:

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

Thoughts


Another outer edge panel, nothing to mention here. However, keep the unused Battle Section Lower Left Windows nearby as it will be used in the next stage.

Next Up


Stage 98 – Deck Panel L3-17, Outer Panel L4-16, Escape Pod Covers/Bracket, Battle Section Lower Left Reflector/Lights

2 thoughts on “STAGE 97”

  1. Hi just read your mobil app for control of the enterprise, a lot of work was put in to it but will be well worth it when the enterprise is completed, I have just started my build so have a long way to go and still deciding on weather to do a stock build or go down the mod road.
    My question was how did you get the graphics on the mobil device’s touchscreen did you design them or are they downloaded, again all your updates are great reading and very informative many thanks

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