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Deck Panel Layout

Based on what we have seen up to this point in our Eaglemoss 1:900 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D build, most of the saucer Deck Panels have designations such as ‘U3-11’ and are following a consistent pattern. Using this information and the full-size image of the starship from the introduction poster, I put together a diagram showing where I think all the panels are supposed to be fitted.

NOTE: I am not sure about panel U3-01 just yet as it is hard to tell if they will actually ship us a part that big, but it seems to be accurate:

When we start on the lower half of the saucer, I will try to get a diagram of those panels put together as well. I hope this is useful in some way!

Progress Tracker

While I have been waiting for the next issues of my Eaglemoss 1:900 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D build, I decided to spend some time learning more with Photoshop.

I started with a digital copy of my set of Enterprise D blueprints authored by Rick Sternbach back in July 1996. If you look closely at the ‘Parts Locator’ section of the Eaglemoss magazines, these blueprints are what they used as well. I then modified them to act as a sort of ‘progress tracker’ and to show which parts of the ship we will be working on for each stage of the build. For example, Stage 30 looks like this:

The section in red is the new area of focus, while the sections in grey have already been worked on. Hopefully, this will help in some way!

Stages 31+ Delayed

I won’t be receiving Issue 9 of my Eaglemoss 1:900 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D build this month. Apparently, the final Free Gift (the Display Stand) is on backorder with no ETA. Since Eaglemoss can not or will not skip it, my deliveries are now on hold. The wait begins…


UPDATE July 30, 2021: Eaglemoss Collections Customer Service USA posted this on Facebook. We shall see if my next issues ship soon.

I have a quick update on the hot topic of “out of stock” items, it has been agreed with the subscription team that if any “free gifts and platinum items” are out of stock these should not hold up the collection.

So moving forward we will provide an IOU note in your shipment, when the item should be included and once back in stock we will automatically ship it at a later point. This will only be for free gifts and platinum items, when we don’t have a future delivery date or a delivery has been delay which is out of our control.

We have started the printing process and from next week any customer affected will see shipments moving again and will receive the IOU notes.

Apologizes for any delays you may have experienced and thank you all for your feedback.

Wishing you a great weekend ahead

Kind regards,
Brett
Head of Customer Services.

UPDATE August 28, 2021: According to Eaglemoss, my next shipment should ship in a few days. We shall see!


UPDATE September 10, 2021: It was not true, I am still being held up by the Display Base free gift being out of stock. Apparently, Eaglemoss can’t just print up an IOU and ship my issues. I did notice that customers who upgraded their subscriptions to the Premium Display Base (with the lighting) are not being held up and are now two months or more ahead of me.


UPDATE September 26, 2021: We are still waiting on the Display Base or an IOU for the same…


UPDATE October 1, 2021: I received a shipping notification for Stages 31-34! Although, it does not include the Display Base.


UPDATE October 14, 2021: I did receive Stages 31-34 earlier and Stages 35-38 just arrived. To my surprise, Stages 39-42 are also on their way. Now I just need to find time to get caught up!

Free Gift #3

If you signed up for the subscription-based version of this Eaglemoss 1:900 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D partwork build-up, you will receive four FREE gifts along the way. The first gift was a Collector’s Binder, the second a Screw Box, but this third one is a T-shirt!

This heather-grey T-shirt is 100% cotton and has a full color silk-screen graphic on the front. When I heard about this gift, I called Eaglemoss and told them to send me a size XL and they did. I really like this gift!

Free Gift #2

If you signed up for the subscription-based version of this Eaglemoss 1:900 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D partwork build-up, you will receive four FREE gifts along the way. The first gift was a Collector’s Binder, and the second gift is this fancy Screw Box.

There is nothing super special about this plastic box, but it does have a big color ST:TNG sticker on it. Inside, it has twenty-four (24) compartments. Based on my previous partwork experiences, that may not be enough!

It is worth noting that the vertical dividers can be moved around as needed. This is helpful to store larger items and perhaps make smaller compartments for screws:

Only time will tell if we actually receive more than 24 different types of screws during the build!

Free Gift #1

If you signed up for the subscription-based version of this Eaglemoss 1:900 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D partwork build-up, you will receive four FREE gifts along the way. The first gift is this Collector’s Binder to safely store your issues.

Something I started doing recently was using double-sided tape to attach a 9 x 12″ clear vinyl envelope to the inside cover. This can easily hold the introduction foldouts and the full-scale photography sheet:

While the first Collector’s Binder is included for free, future binders are $8.99 USD each and will be charged to your credit card automatically during the build. If you are not interested in receiving these additional binders, let Eaglemoss know by calling them.

Early Subscriber Gift

I originally subscribed to this Eaglemoss 1:900 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1071-D partwork back in March 2019 when it was first announced. However, Eaglemoss ended up putting the build on hold to redesign the model. Early feedback from fans showed serious concern about the lack of windows around the saucer’s rim, the colors in the deflector dish, and many other incorrect/missing details. For example,  this image is a comparison of the 2019 version and the new version that would eventually be released in 2021:

Almost two years after subscribing, I received an email from Eaglemoss reminding me that my subscription was still alive and the new Enterprise would be released soon. They also told us that the price of each stage would be increasing by $2.00 to cover the additional production costs. However, as a thank you for being an early subscriber, they sent this free mug with my first shipment.

This is actually a really nice mug. It is two-layer vacuum insulated, made of metal, and includes these silk-screened color graphics. While I don’t build these large-scale models for the gifts, this one will actually get some use. This mug is in addition to the following free gifts we should receive as the build moves along:

  • Collector’s Binder
  • Screw Box
  • Enterprise T-Shirt
  • Display Stand

3-in-One Oil

If you are building any of the die-cast metal large scale models out there, you are probably familiar with the pain around driving screws into metal parts. In my experience, some of these screws have a tendency to bind up, strip threads, or simply snap off. Not only does it cause frustration, but it could cause a long delay in your build waiting for replacement parts.

For a while now, I have read about other builders that were using a little oil on their metal screw threads to help reduce the risk of damage and the effort needed to seat these screws fully. Up until this point, I had taken my time to carefully pre-thread metal screws, but it turns out they were on to something. I recently picked up some 3-in-One Multi-Purpose Oil (from the WD-40 Company) and it has changed everything!

I simply dip the tip of each metal screw into a tiny drop of this stuff and they go right in and without any drama. I should have done this sooner! If putting a little oil on the end of a metal screw is not feasible, you can also use a toothpick or other small tool to apply the oil directly into a screw hole before installing the screw.

I highly recommend grabbing a bottle of this oil (or other similar lubricant). It will surely save you time and headache!

Shop is Open!

I have had many visitors ask about the tools and supplies that I use to build my partworks, so I have created a ‘Shop‘ over at my main build site with Amazon links to most of the items I have used along the way. All proceeds go towards supporting my site costs, not for profit. I hope you all find this helpful!

Go to Shop

If you want to build this specific partwork, check out the Eaglemoss 1:8 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D ordering page!