STAGE 98

 Return to the BUILD


“Fit a large bank of battle section windows and prepare them for illumination, after completing another stretch of the saucer circumference.

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 L3-17 is metal and the other non-electrical parts are plastic.

Build


Assembling Deck Panel L3-17

Step A

Carefully remove ten (10) Escape Pod Covers from their sprues and fit them into the back of Deck Panel L3-17, 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 L3-17-18 to the back of Deck Panel L3-17 covering the Escape Pods as shown, then secure the Bracket into place with two (2) AM screws:

Fit the Outer Panel L4-16 to Deck Panel L3-17 aligning the pins and posts to the matching holes as shown, then secure it into place with two (2) IM screws:

Fitting Deck Panel L3-17

Step B

Retrieve your Saucer assembly from the previous stage and place it upside down on a soft surface. Fit this Deck Panel L3-17 assembly next to the previously installed panel of 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:

Before we move on to the Battle Section, this is what our newly installed Deck Panel should look like:

Adding the Battle Section Lower Left Windows

Step C

Retrieve your Battle Section Lower Front Panel assembly from Stage 95. Carefully remove one (1) Escape Pod Cover from the sprues and fit it into the back of the Lower Front Panel, as shown.

Remember, the red line of these Covers should face away from the center of the panels. If you find it fitting loosely, use a few tiny drops of super glue:

Retrieve your Battle Section Lower Left Windows from the previous stage. Fit these Windows into the matching openings on the left side of the Lower Front Panel, as shown:

Fit the Battle Section Lower Left Reflector over these Windows (and Escape Pod Cover), as shown.

In order to take this picture, I needed to install the screws early:

Slide the free LED (on the red/black wires) of the nearby Battle Section Lights (93G) cable into this slot of the Reflector, as shown.

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

Loosely secure this end of the Reflector to the Lower Panel with two (2) BP screws:

Finally, slide the LED on the red/black wires of the new Battle Section Lights (98G) cable into this slot of the Reflector, and then fully tighten the two BP screws holding the Reflector in place.

Due to the tight space here, I routed the leads of my LED around the post, as shown. The important thing to note about routing these wires is that they not be anywhere near the square display base post opening when we go to install the Panel:

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 L3-17

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

The rest of the installation was completed normally:

Adding the Battle Section Lower Left Windows

I already processed the Battle Section Lower Left Windows in the previous stage, so they were fitted as instructed:

I removed the silver paint from the Lower Left Reflector in 70% Isopropyl Alcohol and lightly airbrushed it with white paint to diffuse light. None of the stock LEDs/wiring was used as I replaced it all with my own central lighting:

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

Thoughts


Be careful as you store this Battle Lower Section assembly until the next shipment of stages arrives – the Windows and Reflector are barely supported and could be damaged. Until then, take care and thanks for visiting!

Next Up


Stage 99 – Lower Skeleton 1, LED Bracket, Deck Panel Lights