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# 11
09-27-2013, 07:36 PM
I finished mine about a year ago and am working on the TOS 1/350 currently. I broke down and got the Trekmodler lighting kit and an after market decal set make the work at little easier.

http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/w...psa0e4898a.jpg

this was my 1st run at it without the lighting kit. I almost always have to build 2 so i can correct all the mistakes on the 2nd build.

http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/w...3-26104003.jpg

I used reflective tape on the interior to take care of bleed through and light leaks. Also on the Arboretum I used some tacky spray and model train landscape trees and dirt and sand to give it a very realistic look I used tooth picks for the tree trunks and the little foliage bags you can get from hobby stores to make very realistic trees. just spray the tacky glue on the areas of grass and dirt paths and then sprinkle that dirt and green powder on and it make for a awesome looking garden.


http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/w...pscfb217e5.jpg

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# 12
09-27-2013, 07:54 PM
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I built just about every trek model ever made, I like the new Enterprise C that they just released a lot. Check out Acreation models if you want some nice after market accessories for that kit also like Photoetch sets and better Aztec decal sets if you want something better than what comes with the kit. Also if you want to paint the Aztec patterns yourself Trekmodler has a Paint guide and paint masks for sale too.
I actually got the kit from Cutlttvman.com, and I got the aztec decals from Acreation models. I ordered the lighting all myself, from lighthouse LED's and it has 8 cold cathode tubes that I ordered on e-bay. As far as paint I bought the paint from e-hobbies, and used the paint chart that comes in the instruction manual. The main color of the ship is pearl white. It was a PITA to find that, and not pay out the nose for it. So I ended up using duplicolor car paint rattle cans.
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# 13
09-27-2013, 08:00 PM
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I used reflective tape on the interior to take care of bleed through and light leaks. Also on the Arboretum I used some tacky spray and model train landscape trees and dirt and sand to give it a very realistic look I used tooth picks for the tree trunks and the little foliage bags you can get from hobby stores to make very realistic trees. just spray the tacky glue on the areas of grass and dirt paths and then sprinkle that dirt and green powder on and it make for a awesome looking garden.
Yea your arboretum looks a lot better than mine. I shot all of the parts with black primer inside and out. Then I shot it with a coat of white on both sides. I found out years ago to stay away from the reflective tape due to the fact I fried some LED's being that the tape is conductive. I also found that gloss white is the best reflecting color to evenly spread light.
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# 14
09-27-2013, 08:28 PM
The Tamiya Pearl coat is the best I have ever used. But at 8.95 a can your going to go through about 6 cans when all is said and done. If your going to build another one the photoetch set is a really great addition. The upgrades to the shuttle bay are amazing, and it comes with the recreation deck interior also.

They did a real good job on the TOS 1/350 with a pre-made lighting kit for about $129 that is designed to go with the model. all the wireing grooves and supports are buil it. I hated all the drilling and cutting I had to do on the refit to make the lighting kit work well. The also made a photoetch and weathering kit for it also. They also put lips on all the parts so they seal and naturally block all the light leaks.

On the refit another nice trick to make the ship really pop is to give it a nice grey wash (thinned out dark gull grey) after the base coat is applied and before the pearl and clear coats. It sets into the hull lines and makes all the detail pop. (weathering is kid of my thing)

http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/w...ps5a1aa22c.jpg
http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/w...ps986c733f.jpg
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# 15
09-27-2013, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by redsnake721 View Post
The Tamiya Pearl coat is the best I have ever used. But at 8.95 a can your going to go through about 6 cans when all is said and done. If your going to build another one the photoetch set is a really great addition. The upgrades to the shuttle bay are amazing, and it comes with the recreation deck interior also.

They did a real good job on the TOS 1/350 with a pre-made lighting kit for about $129 that is designed to go with the model. all the wireing grooves and supports are buil it. I hated all the drilling and cutting I had to do on the refit to make the lighting kit work well. The also made a photoetch and weathering kit for it also. They also put lips on all the parts so they seal and naturally block all the light leaks.

On the refit another nice trick to make the ship really pop is to give it a nice grey wash (thinned out dark gull grey) after the base coat is applied and before the pearl and clear coats. It sets into the hull lines and makes all the detail pop. (weathering is kid of my thing)

http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/w...ps5a1aa22c.jpg
http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/w...ps986c733f.jpg
http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/w...psd1572caa.jpg
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the modellers work bench, sign of a true obsession:

http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/w...ps47ad748a.jpg
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# 16
09-27-2013, 08:52 PM
I actually don't dig the weathered look all that much. I go for the this is the ship fresh off the show room floor.
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# 18
09-28-2013, 06:25 PM
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I tip my taco to you sir.
I'm pretty sure that's illegal in New Jersey.

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# 19
09-29-2013, 03:51 AM
Awesome builds, amigos I've just finished building a 1:500 of the JJPrise. Next step is to fill and smooth everything, as I'm then going to shoot it with Plastikote Antique Gold, for that ready room model effect
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# 20
09-29-2013, 04:42 AM
If I decide to build another one or do the NX-01 I am going to grab some of these:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Star-Trek-Mo...#ht_657wt_1141


The Flo-Tubes have an amazing look and are not too bright like the LED's tend to be. The give just the right "glow"
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