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Bill Mimbu
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Posted: 09 June 2010 at 6:14am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Let me guess, "JDecaLs"?  It wouldn't be so bad if the red coloring used in that set didn't appear like it was printed on a bad inkjet...  Not very crisp linework like kit's decals.  Yes, I did compare Acreation sample with the SSM one... World of a difference.  Thanks for the link!

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Posted: 09 June 2010 at 10:21pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Received the aftermarket bridges. Sweet!

By the way, Bill, I've got two thread at SSM covering my work with the TOS ship and the Refit/A--sort of R & D/build threads. If you haven't checked 'em out already (I get the impression you're a member of that forum), please feel free! We've had some interesting discoveries and discussions there!

 

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Installed the aftermarket bridge! A sweet little piece--it makes the whole model look better, thanks to the corrected shape and size.
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Posted: 10 June 2010 at 2:15pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Cool, Greg!  Is much need for any filling/sanding post op?

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Not too much, if you're careful during the removal and installation. Removing the old bridge (I didn't even need a drill!), installing the new one, and adding a coat or two of putty took less than an hour!

I'd post a photo or two, but Photobucket is acting up today.

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Posted: 10 June 2010 at 5:48pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Here we go:

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Sweet! Acreation now has accurate/additional registry and window decals available for the 1/1000 Refit!

http://www.acreationmodels.com/decals.asp#PL1000REFIT

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Here we go:

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Cool!  Almost enough to make me buy another one, but I've already got enough stuff from Acreation on the way already (including the new registry decals, thanks again for the heads-up!).

BTW, have there been any aftermarket decal dealers doing the JB version of the Romulan D-7 markings yet (from Romulans :Schism, with the raptor head profile on the side of the command pod)?  I've got a few of those PL 1/1000 Klingon D-7 kits, and I plan to do one of them as that version.

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Not that I know of. There are some TAS style Romulan D-7 markings out there, however.

 

In the same vein, I've been kinda tempted to do an NX-0002 build, with a bare hull plating effect, and the extra, "clunkier" engine details.

I also think that the Fortune and Ventura would make excellent kits or scratchbuilds in the 1/1000 scale.

 

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Been working steadily on my 1701-A, to kill the time while I wait for the decals to arrive.

I have a tendency to be impatient with these things, primarily when it comes to painting--the step I like the least.

That aside, this is a great little model.

It's very interesting to set it (even in its unfinished condition) alongside my finished "Cage" Enterprise and compare the two designs. Comparing schematics is one thing, but having two 3-D models in the same scale is something else. It's gotten me thinking about the two designs, and how they evolved.

The redesign of the Enterprise for ST: TMP went through several steps:

http://www.ottens.co.uk/forgottentrek/tmp_1.php

 

1. The Ralph MacQuarrie "Star Destroyer-prise" designs from the aborted PLANET OF THE TITANS movie, which were totally scrapped.

2. Matt Jefferies was then brought back to redesign the ship for the PHASE II television series.

Even in his 1960s artwork, Jefferies was never beholden to the exact contours of his own prior drawings or the TOS filming models. As such, his Enterprise was always somewhat in flux.

The PHASE II design stays in line with that. Jefferies figured that only the engines and pylons would be the only major components to change during a refit. Otherwise, the changes he made were mostly cosmetic (like visible docking ports on the secondary hull and the torpedo tubes at the base of the dorsal). The other countour changes were merely a bit of artistic license on his part.

http://www.cygnus-x1.net/links/lcars/jefferies-phase-II.php

http://www.trekweb.com/images/stories/4b91286e8141f-1.jpg

 

And, of course, work began on a model, which was scrapped when the second TV series was abandoned.

http://www.ottens.co.uk/forgottentrek/images/TMP/mattjeffrie sconc.jpg

 

3. When work began on ST: TMP, other artists revised Jefferies' design, primarily by reworking the details--the overall shape of the redesign remained mostly the same. And, of course, a ton of extra detailing was added, including the gorgeous and complex aztec pattern. It was also around this time when art started creeping up behind the functionality of TREK's designs--and functionality would eventually be superceded in favor of flashy, superdetailed ships.

The 8-foot model was built by Magicam, and the earliest finished version featured additional red pinstriping, some different markings, and simpler bridge/lower sensor array designs. This version was used for numerous publicity photos, the comic adaptation, and toys.

http://www.ottens.co.uk/forgottentrek/images/TMP/constrefita ndrewprobert.jpg

The model was revised into its finished form when Doug Trumbull came aboard and devised the model's self-illuminating spotlights.

 

Anyhoo, I kinda wish the PHASE II model had been completed, since it's an interesting transitional step between TOS and TMP.

And, comparing my models, I do think it's more than conceivable that the "refit" is still the same ship from TOS. While many of the countours are different, it's easy to say that certain areas were "beefed up" structurally, while others were completely replaced. Comparing the two, some lines of the dorsal, secondary hull, and saucer are very close--enough to say that a good portion of the ship's spaceframe could have been retained and/or enhanced during the rebuild.

Additionally, the seemingly high level of surface detail comes primarily from the aztec panel pattern and the markings. If one were to paint the model a single color, and used markings similar to TOS, I think the ship's basic design and skin texture would be revealed as not quite so "busy" as some people think--unlike the later iterations, which are bursting with extraneous greeblies. I think the refit's design carries the same overall spirit as the original ship--sleek and fairly simple--, something that can't be said about later versions.

Sorry for the stream-of-consciousness ranting...I'm just pumped about how well this new project is going!

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Posted: 23 June 2010 at 3:21pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

My 1701-A is coming along nicely. Still waiting to receive the aftermarket decals--in the meantime, I've been filling seams and priming. Here's where we're at:

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Posted: 23 June 2010 at 6:59pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I've been following the Star Trek / Acreation thread over at the Starship Modeler forum, and still waiting for my decals as well (confirmed that the first batch of aztecs was paid for, nothing yet about the new registry markings).

She's looking good, Greg!

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