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Re: Alun`s Build

Alun » Jan 13 '14
Thought it was high time I got my build going.  So first off here is the obligatory starting picture:




The model itself is an old Ravenstar Models kit and is called a Douglas Class which was released as being a 1:1400 scale kit.  Assembly is pretty easy and here is another quick picture with that completed:


As you can see a difficult task.... :)


I am going to convert the scale though.  I was going to do this by changing the bridge although not really sure this is entirely necessary.  Size wise it`s already smaller than the 1:2500 scale (the scale I`m converting to) Galaxy Class and nacelle is about the same size as well.


So might just do some clean up and start painting.


Will need to change the class name as this will now represent a much larger ship.  And elaborate back story to come....


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Re: Alun`s Build

Alun » Jan 15 '14
Tried the Enterprise D bridge on top of this last night and it just looks completely wrong, like something perched on top.  It was also bigger and looked wrong to me.


So think I`m going to stick with the bridge that`s there to be honest.


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Re: Alun`s Build

Alun » Mar 7 '14
Was sitting last night, just thinking, and came to the conclusion that the Douglas class above isn`t sufficiently Next Generation for the competition.  I like it and will build it very soon but was concerned that it didn`t closely enough fit the remit.


So went back to the boxes and decided to get really obvious about it and go for the Big-D herself.  This is going to be the 1:2500 scale model which consists of a grade total of 9 parts.




So assembly should be pretty simple job and then it will be one with some decals.


In putting together my 1:2500 fleet I decided not to have any ships called Enterprise so breaking my own rules here.  But hey!  They`re my rules!


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Re: Alun`s Build

Alun » Mar 22 '14
Time to kick this up and bit and get some progress going.  Have actually been working on this little kit and got assembly done in just a single session.  Probably no more than 45 minutes.  Keeping it as the saucer, engineering hull and nacelles for now to make applying the decals easier.  Did sand away the raised details though to get a smooth hull.  Quick squirt of primer and going with a dove grey, as a warmer grey to the normal.  Got a hint of blue to it as well.


So started with the decals.


This are the kit supplied ones and nice to see they`re doing full sets now with the kit.  Unfortunately there a couple of issues, or really one big one.


The decals take forever to release from the backing paper, but you can live with that.  Just slows things down.  But the real problem is they`re incredibly stiff and brittle.  Snapped (literally) virtually every single one and ended up having to cut them into single panels just to keep them in one piece.  Doesn`t look too bad in the pictures but in reality there are a few breaks visible and a few spots where the decal has gone awol.




So looks OK, but few issues.  Might have gone on better with some Micro Set but as that`s still lost in the post I didn`t want to wait for several more weeks before starting.  Probably just about got away with it as this is likely to be the most visible area.


Want to get these dried and sealed properly before starting anymore as don`t want to lift off or be damaged.


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Re: Alun`s Build

Alun » Mar 24 '14
Hate these frigging decals.




How the hell can a decal snap????




Arggghhhh!!!!

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Re: Alun`s Build

Alun » Mar 26 '14

Grrrrr.....not getting any better!!!!


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Re: Alun`s Build

Alun » Mar 27 '14
Stupid decals!!!!




At least there are just the nacelles to go!  But they need to have their coat of Dove Grey yet, so I at least have a small respite from these wretched things...

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Re: Alun`s Build

Ellenbethsdad » Mar 28 '14
Y`know you wouldn`t have any of these issues if you switched and started working on a nice 1:8 Geometric Captain Kirk !!!
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Re: Alun`s Build

Alun » Mar 28 '14
Definitely doing a "figure" when I finish this one I can tell ya!  Probably Heartbreaker.


It`s not the process of applying the decals, which I don`t mind at all, but the quality of them and the way they behave.  Nothing like the ones which came with the Reliant which were great and had no problems with them.  OK they were smaller but even the little ones on this are cracking. So I do wonder if these were badly stored or something.  Had some very old decals for a MaK kit which behaved this way but they were really quite ancient.  These shouldn`t be more than a couple of years old.



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Re: Alun`s Build

Alun » May 19 '14
Apologies for the slowness of progress, I`ve hurt my back and been immobile for pretty much most of the last 2 weeks.  Now starting to get some movement back and as I`m taking a couple of days leave to fully recover (GP didn`t want to sign me off again and don`t feel able to commute just yet, and I have some spare days holiday) I did a little bit on my build.


Decals are pretty much done with the exception of the name and registry ones.  Everything has had a coat of matt over it to seal the decals as well.  Now need to start on the detail painting and mask off the phaser strips for painting.


Might make the deadline.  MIGHT!







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