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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 17 July 2017 at 10:10pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Still coming along. I'm currently in decal purgatory. Since neither the official nor aftermarket decals get the window patterns on the Excelsior's secondary hull correct, I've had to resort to cutting out individual windows and carefully placing them one (or several) at a time. Tedious work, to say the least.
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I hate decals with the passion of Hades himself! When I did my Yorktown refit I only got about a third of the decals on. Probably should have left the neck for last. 
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Finishing up the Excelsior. It's been a bear of a project. However, the experience will prove very useful on the Enterprise-B.

Meanwhile, I picked up Eaglemoss' DESIGNING STARSHIPS hardcover book, which collects the behind-the-scenes content from the magazines which come with their miniature starship models. Great stuff.
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Prepare for warp speed, standby transwarp drive.

- Transwarp at your command, sir.

Execute.

whup-whup-whup-whup-*CLUNK*

The first two images showcase my near-disaster. While doing some paint-masking, some chunks of the big "U"-shaped decal on the saucer CAME OFF. I had to strip ONLY that section, repaint, and re-decal with replacements sent by Round 2. A close call, to say the least. So glad this thing is done!












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Posted: 03 September 2017 at 4:02pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Oooohh very nice! Almost enough to make me want to work on my refit some more. 
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Shifted gears and fixed something that's been nagging me. 

The model of the Constitution class Hood that I'd completed some time ago ended up suffering from some serious decal silvering problems (where micro-air bubbles are trapped between the model's surface and the clear decal carrier film, resulting in a silvery-looking effect when viewed from certain angles), mostly on the secondary hull. 

I was annoyed by this glaring defect on an other wise nice buildup, so I resolved myself to carefully strip the decals from ONLY the secondary hull (using careful applications of masking tape and sanding to pull them up), and re-decal those areas. There was some minor paint damage, as a result, but, after repainting, I successfully applied the new decals. The final result looks much better than the original attempt. I can only assume the first batch of decals were flawed, or my clear gloss-coating and/or decaling technique was imperfect.
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During last nights theatrical showing of TWOK, I couldn't help thinking during some of the USS Enterprise slow flyby sequences...

"Wow, I bet Greg Kirkman is looking these same scenes on the big screen, mentally checking to see if he missed anything on his Refit model..."

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Greg is giving me nightmare flashbacks to building the original AMT model. There, the decal for the primary hull was one big piece -- to be spplied to a RIBBED surface!!
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Greg is giving me nightmare flashbacks to building the original AMT model. There, the decal for the primary hull was one big piece -- to be spplied to a RIBBED surface!!
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Yeah, that's worse than engraved panel lines, in terms of potential for silvering. All we have to examine is the episode itself, but it does appear that the studio's modelbuilder sanded off the gridlines from an AMT kit to make the Constellation for "The Doomsday Machine".

Also, the early releases of the AMT kit had the ship's upper saucer registry number with the proper kerning/curving on the decal sheet, meaning lots of clear carrier film in-between the letters and numbers to provide that nasty silvering. The later editions of the kit (including my first kit, in the mid-90s) had the big saucer registry letters/numbers as individual decals to be applied one at a time, but also in a much less accurate font).


I can't sing the praises of Pledge's acrylic floor polish enough. It can be applied by airbrush, and provides a nice, glossy coat, which is perfect for avoiding silvered decals. Since I started using it for clearcoats, I've had minimal silvering, with the Hood model being the only real anomaly.


And, for those keeping track, I'm getting very close to being the first and only kid on my block to have models of all 12 TOS-era Constitution class ships, plus a few extras. Working on the Republic and the Mirror universe's I.S.S. Enterprise, right now. After that, it's just the Exeter, Intrepid, Excalibur (with appropriate battle damage), and, finally--FINALLY--the production/style Enterprise, herself.

I've gotten into the habit of doing minor variations and using different techniques for each model, so they don't all look identical, save for name and number. In-universe, they'd probably look pretty much the same, but there is a precedent for real-world Navy ships of the same class to have different equipment, or for some to be refitted more extensively than others. It's been fun. Which is the point!
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Posted: 28 September 2017 at 12:57pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

It's common knowledge that something happened to your friendship.

- It's no secret. We were assigned to the same ship, some years later. I relieved him on watch once, and found a circuit open to the atomic matter piles that should've been closed. Another five minutes, it could have blown up the ship.



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Posted: 28 September 2017 at 3:30pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Nice work, Greg. What was your thinking on using the smaller sensor dish?
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Nice work, Greg. What was your thinking on using the smaller sensor dish?
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Well, this project started out as my going for different ideas and mixing/matching parts with the ships not actually seen onscreen during TOS. So, for the Farragut, I went with the small Bridge and big dish. For the Republic, I intended to do just the opposite--big Bridge, small dish.

Once I got into the build, I found myself leaning toward using the big dish, but ended up sticking to my guns and going with the small dish. I rather like the look, actually. You'd think it would look "unbalanced", with the big Bridge and small dish, but it works rather well.

In my head, I went with the fan-canon and spin-off novels' idea that Republic was a training ship, an idea that surely has its roots in the fact that Kirk served aboard her as a mere Midshipman.

To that end, I figured that she'd only get a minor engineering upgrade (hence the production-style vents on the inboard of each nacelle, and the nacelle dome "caps" replacing the sensor spikes), and a few other tweaks, including the smaller dish and the production-style hull lettering font.

So, the model is basically first pilot-style, but with a few second pilot and production bits thrown in, along with the heavier weathering.

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Posted: 28 September 2017 at 6:41pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Fantastic! That is a nice look. An example of Navy ships. Not a single CVN has an identical sail even tho they are Nimitz class.  
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Posted: 10 October 2017 at 12:46am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Looks like Round 2 might be reissuing the old 1/537 Refit/-A Enterprise kit! I have a lot of nostalgia for this one, inaccurate (...those engraved panel lines...!) as it is.
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Greg Kirkman - Also, the early releases of the AMT kit had the ship's upper saucer registry number with the proper kerning/curving on the decal sheet, meaning lots of clear carrier film in-between the letters and numbers to provide that nasty silvering. The later editions of the kit (including my first kit, in the mid-90s) had the big saucer registry letters/numbers as individual decals to be applied one at a time, but also in a much less accurate font).
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I enjoy this forum and the stories & photos you share. Greg's post reminded me of something I found in my stuff recently. I have built many Enterprise models in my life and this is all that remains.



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Posted: 14 October 2017 at 12:26pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Yay, I built the STIV version and really enjoyed it. Might be worth bringing one into the store

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Posted: 14 October 2017 at 9:52pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

The 25th anniversary reissue with lights and sound was my first experience with the kit. Of course, it's long since been supplanted by the 1/350 and 1/1000 kits, but I'm still nostalgic for the 'ol 1/537.
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Posted: 15 October 2017 at 12:45pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

I like the size! the 1/1000 is a touch small and 1/350 is scary big and too complex. 
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Yeah, it's a good size, and pretty much right in-between the other two. It takes loads of work and aftermarket parts to make it halfway-accurate, though.
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Posted: 26 November 2017 at 2:33pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Been bouncing between several projects, lately: the NX Refit, the 1701 Refit, and the TOS Exeter.
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Posted: 30 November 2017 at 3:39pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

I really wanted to add trek kits to my store but  ran out of space to be able to add a hobby distributor and make regular orders of Round 2, revell, etc. I do Gundam and  Bandai Star wars and couple of ST kits from my personal collection. 

I'm working on finding all the LEDs for  1/350 TOS Enterprise.I'd really like to get it buttoned up before I lose the parts. 
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I know this topic is about construction models but I think this question may be close to it. What do people think of kitbashes?

I am not just talking about the ones model makers have made by combining various model parts, but also the ones that have appeared on other Star Trek media such as comics and RPG models.

While I have seen a couple that are pretty decent I in general hate kitbashes, sometimes it seems as if the model makers or artists are trying to make up the most unusual or ugliest design they can come up with.

I don't know which Star Trek era had the worst kitbash designs but going on memory I would probably go for the original series.
The designs people made by re arranging Constitution class parts are just so...
Biggest offenders are probably that dreadnought that appeared in FASA books and the Saladin class. (I have seen one nacelle designs that look much better than it)
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Posted: 02 December 2017 at 12:54pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Go look up images of some of the background ship models built for DS9, and you'll see some ugly kitbashes!
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I enjoyed most of the FASA one. Of course there are the Franz Jospeh ones. Then there are some ones that are bad that are "offical" and have even been reproduced for games and magazines.  Bajoran Shuttle, Breen cruiser, to name a couple. 

I've buit a number of Enterprises choosing what parts I like rather than the ones seen on screen. 

I think it was harder with the old RPG becuase this was during the times of  STIV. and there wasn't a whole lot of ships out there. Even early TNG didn't have many different ships. 

So the more the merrier I say. 
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Coming along on the Exeter. I'm using Ed Miraecki's 1991 restoration of the Enterprise model as an influence, in terms of color scheme and detailing. I don't plan on going quite so heavy with the weathering and gridlines, of course. 
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