1/350 TOS Enterprise Building Tips and Tricks.
Since everyone who is getting a 1/350 Enterprise is starting their own thread, we're quickly going to have a ton of threads going on regarding the same subject.
I'm starting this thread in the hopes that the mods will make it sticky and have it serve as a single source for tips and tricks in building this Enterprise kit.
So off the top of my head, here are a couple a quick notes to get everyone started.
#1. If you plan to light your model, wash the INSIDE of the kit as well as the outside before assembly. Give yourself a good clean surface for the LED ribbon to stick to.
#2. The 'toothy' texture that Model Man Tom referred to on the primary saucer is easily rectified if you don't like it. Before assembly, I suggest a light coat of either Tamiya Fine Primer or the Mr. Surfacer fine primer. (Any 'fine grit' primer should do)
Use a fine sanding pad (I found these 1,800 to 20,000 grit pads somewhere) go over the surface until you get rid of most of the primer.
I did this to one of the test shots and got it ga-ga-ga-LASS smooth.
This primer step also helps to illuminate any possible sink marks.
Don't spay too heavily or you might obscure a grid line.
#3. Use a solvent based model glue. Especially on the nacelle struts and their surrounding components. Any glue that binds based on 'surface tension' like 'epoxy' can pop off the plastic.
#4. When gluing the nacelle struts, compress them on a flat table with a board and a couple of books on top. This guarantees that there is no twist from over zealous taping.
#5. The compression rings on the nacelles are made as rings so there is no seam to sand. However, if you mess up an edge when removing them from the sprue, don't worry. The rings aren't 'keyed' so you can simply spin the ring to hide any mistake under one of the three boxes under the front of the nacelle.
I'm looking forward to seeing others tips.