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post #1 of 59 (permalink) Old 07-05-2016, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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Making starship window interiors with backlit film

Last weekend I did some artwork of the TOS and JJprise corridors in Photoshop to put behind my model's windows so it wasn't just a white void. I wanted to get the sense of something in there.





First I had simply gone to FedEx Office and had them print my window patterns on transparency.

Today, I used Inkpress Backlight Film. This stuff works much better in that it lets light pass through, but it diffuses it. Also, FedEx Office can only print on laser jet printers, which doesn't work with graphics very well. My Inkjet printer made the graphics much sharper and richer. I absolutely love how this is looking now.












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post #2 of 59 (permalink) Old 07-05-2016, 12:48 AM
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All you need now is to figure out a way to have a silhouette of a crewmember walk past a few of those windows.

But seriously, I like it! It's a brilliant way to add that extra bit of realism to the finished build.
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Nicely done, and surely easier on the eyes than painting brass or plastic

So is this the same kind of material that decades of 'Okudagrams' have been printed on?

You know, not to dim sales of beautiful photoetch sets, I would think this is the best way to show the Rec Deck on the 1/350 Refit Enterprise.
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That looks absolutely brilliant. I think it should be worth the effort to print some humans in there, too.
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post #5 of 59 (permalink) Old 07-05-2016, 11:40 AM
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Good idea and it looks nice -- but taking in consideration the crazy size they say that this ship is when compared with the actual ST ships the scale doesn't look right (your interior is too big).
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Very neat!! I was thinking about doing this to the larger windows on the Voyager kit, if I ever get around to building it that is.
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So is this the same kind of material that decades of 'Okudagrams' have been printed on?
I imagine it's something similar. Not sure what the Okudagrams were printed on, but it's the same idea.

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You know, not to dim sales of beautiful photoetch sets, I would think this is the best way to show the Rec Deck on the 1/350 Refit Enterprise.
Well, I think the photoetch is still better for the rec deck. These slides don't have the 3dimensionality as the photoetch. I did think about trying to make a corridor art of the wall, floor and ceiling. Then the transparency could be folded to create a box. Might be overkill though.

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Good idea and it looks nice -- but taking in consideration the crazy size they say that this ship is when compared with the actual ST ships the scale doesn't look right (your interior is too big).
The test images above are no the JJprise. It's the TOS Enterprise, and the hallway art is properly 350th scale. I just put the JJ artwork in the post to show what it looked like as well.
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That looks really great. Well done!
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Do you install them right up to the window inserts, or a little bit away to give the illusion of depth?
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Fantastic job, Daniel_B!

Those look great and really do add not only detail but scale to the kits.

Let me know if you are selling a set...
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Do you install them right up to the window inserts, or a little bit away to give the illusion of depth?
So far I've been installing them right up on the window inserts. The hull is thick enough that you still get the illusion of parallax against the window frames, and it really feels like there is a hallway there.
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Really, REALLY cool effect! However, correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought those windows were inside crew quarters, research labs, etc, and not corridors.
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Thought you guys might like this too. I was able to get bridge consoles and control panels printed onto slide film. These will look much better backlit than decals would. The color is vibrant and rich.

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OK, wait, you're gonna light the bridge consoles and wall displays in the 1/350 Enterprise?!

Um...

So you understand, you're clearly a madman, but it's a beautiful madness.
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Okay, you have to sell these. Have you talked to Paul at Paragrafix?
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