I just got my NX-01 in the mail today! its an awesome ship.
first thing i do is look at the panels of the upper-half of the saucer, and begin to think how to make my own templates...well using the idea barrowed from member asennad
i figured to use the reference pictures from the polar lights website. In my photo editing application, Ulead Photoimpact 7, i opened the file and using a measurement from the actual model, adjusted the zoom on the image and got a match. The zoom is at 52%, not sure about other programs, but i know this is what i got from my application. i then took some tracing paper and outlined some of the aztec patterns from off the monitor (flat screen) and cut them out with a hobby knife. Then i placed the cut-outs to the corresponding panels. As i looked at it, the idea seemed crazy enough to work! of course if i actually do this i will save the file to a disk with the saved zoom and take them to a copy store to make high quality prints/copies. from the copies i will cut out the patterns and ouline them using a striaght edge and other tools to a master template sheet made out of a manila folder type of cardboard. then i'll be able to make several painting masks out of masking tape or other suitable materials. then place them correctly on to the model after i have applied a base coat, and spray with the desired color. peel them off and drool at the great work put into it.
once again id like to thank asennad with the original idea
have fun with this, i know i am!
if you get to do this before me, please post pictures!!!! I will be trying to give heads up of any new breakthroughs and problems i encounter.