Greetings Fellow Modelers!
Thanks for the encouragement, Dr. Brad!
Oh, I am no stranger to the camera or to taking pictures, Jodet! For my 1974 AMT TOS Enterprise build, I ended up with over 1400 pictures!
And thanks for your kind words!
I did do some light blocking on the ventral primary hull and the wings! At least this was forward progress!
Kinda looks like brake pads!
While waiting on some parts, I decided to try and work on lighting the Engine Pods. Once again, I found out that this model has very little room for lights, resistors or wires! :-[
As you can see, I used 30AWG magnet wire across the Ventral primary hull. I am hoping that it will be able to handle carrying all the power I need for the wings without heat.
I totally agree with RossW that magnet wire is your friend here. It is like thread almost, it is so slim. Great for tight spaces like that. The channels you would have to cut (if you need any at all) would be miniscule.
Yep, you and Ross were right, Fozzie! In trying to fit the parts together to evaluate the space, I decided to ream out the supports for the wings. The model depends on friction between the, I don't know the exact term to call them, male and female parts on the wings and body. I decided to ream out the female receivers to allow me to quickly assemble and disassemble the parts as needed. Using a power drill and a bit slightly larger than the receiver, I set out to reduce the friction. But I did a newb mistake and ended up putting a hole in the hull! CURSES!
A bit of putty and sanding will fix it but I hate it when I create more work than I save!
So leaving this, I made the lighting for the Port engine pod. After several attempts, I settled on this arrangement of the lights. Not my best work. Still working through if there is a better way to do things. Standby.
Another issue reared it's ugly head, again! When I added the resistor in the wing, thinking there would be space for it, there wasn't space. SOOOOOOoooooo, I will have to put the resistor in the pod with the lights. Woohoo! Still, I had to take a picture of the lighted pod! It is gonna look SOOOOO COOOL!
I figured I had discovered enough ways something didn't work and called it quits for the day.
Thanks for reading; if you made it this far! Writing these logs helps me think through obstacles so thanks for your indulgence! ANY suggestions, no matter how small, would be appreciated and comments, inputs and constructive criticisms are always welcome!
Never Give Up! Never Surrender!