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1:1000 first pilot Enterprise

I've decided my first model painted with an airbrush will be the 1:1000 pilot Enterprise.

Any good painting guides out there for the first pilot ship?

Is this still the consensus?

Gold spikes on the nacelles
Silver spike on the deflector dish
Bronze dish

Color of the fins behind the dish? Still copper?
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Sorry, MartyS, but I have no information, but had to reply. I'm just looking forward to what you're going to be able to do with an *airbrush*, after watching so many of your incredible hand painted (again, I say, HAND PAINTED!) builds.
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Be interesting to see the outcome as well!
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Hmmm, I've read a few places saying to sand off the bump at the base of the landing gear triangle. So that part was added onto the vacuformed shell later on? I would think after all these years there would be some cracking along the seam but it still looks like a solid part in all the pictures I've seen...
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Hmmm, I've read a few places saying to sand off the bump at the base of the landing gear triangle. So that part was added onto the vacuformed shell later on? I would think after all these years there would be some cracking along the seam but it still looks like a solid part in all the pictures I've seen...
But is it glued on? It could easily be screwed on, added when they did the lighting modifications.

I mean, PROBABLY not but I agree that if that is a glued on piece it's done a remarkable job of staying on with no separation or anything.

Heck, do we even know what that bump was made of? Wood? Plastic? metal?
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I've decided my first model painted with an airbrush will be the 1:1000 pilot Enterprise.

Any good painting guides out there for the first pilot ship?

Is this still the consensus?

Gold spikes on the nacelles
Silver spike on the deflector dish
Bronze dish

Color of the fins behind the dish? Still copper?
Gold nacelle spikes, silver dish spike, dark copper dish, lighter copper/gold rings behind the dish.
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Thanks Gregatron.

At the gluing sub assemblies and filling seams stage.

Got a bunch of paint in from Amazon, I'll be practicing some more with that before doing any painting on the model. Well, actually I have an old beat up 1:1000 TOS Enterprise I have been using for paint testing since before building my 1:350 big E, so I'll be doing some practicing on that as well...
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Well, I'm going to need to work on seams way more than I'm used to when hand painting. Airbrushing shows off every tiny defect in the surface....

But I do like how easy it is to get a nice smooth coat, would have taken me 2 nights building up very thin brushed on layers to get to where this is after 20 minutes of airbrushing:

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Still mostly working on seams, if I was hand painting they would be filled in with paint by now...

On the 3rd round (fill, sand, paint, fill, sand, paint, fill, sand, paint....)

What I have so far:


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Stunningly good work going into this.
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Think I'm done with seams, unless I do some touching up when the nacelles go on...

Mixed up some grey, white, and 2 different blues for the dorsal and bolt cover:



Now I have to decide on what color to paint the trenches on the nacelles.
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She looks great! Enjoying watching another of your builds.
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Thanks guys for the compliments.

Going to try perlescent silver to simulate a shiny clear plastic on the domes. I know the domes are already clear plastic but they have been sanded and painted, wasn't thinking ahead enough in that area, should have masked them at the start. On each model I do like to do one thing a little different so that will be it for this Enterprise.

I'm now thinking I need to get a real airbrush, already starting to have some issues with this $30 one. Still one or 2 things left to try on the list of tricks to make a cheap airbrush work better but I might as well just get something that will hold up better under hours of use.
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Thanks guys for the compliments.
Going to try pearlescent silver to simulate a shiny clear plastic on the domes.
Which domes are you referring to Marty? The saucer domes?
Because your bussard domes look great. I'd leave them alone if it were me.
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Which domes are you referring to Marty? The saucer domes?
Yes, the saucer domes. I was going to paint them white but then decided to base the model on the delivery photos from '64, so am stuck trying to use paint to simulate clear plastic.

Here's what the perlescent silver looks like:

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