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So...

Having built several of these many years ago when this kit was first released, I find myself building three now. All three will feature...

The Star Trek the motion picture paint scheme. Five colors(Four iredescent Gold,Blue,Green and Red) Plus the base color white.
Full lighting package.
On this build, the masking set from Orbital Dry-docks.
Photo Etch from Para Grafx.

Once I started the build I realized why I stopped building them. They are a major pain to build.These three will be my last.

On this build, I started with the Shuttle bay. After cleaning up the parts and Priming, I air brushed the appropriate color scheme...











 

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The intricate Five color Motion picture paint scheme begins.
Note...to keep these builds from boring me to tears, I jump around. Your milage may vary.

Again, using the mask set from Orbital Dry-docks I have begun airbrushing the Secondary hull...A tedious process to say the least. I won't go into the steps of The actual how to on using the mask, You can find that around the net. However, having said that, it's MUCH easier than cutting my own, which I did in the past.








 

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Mark,

This is outstanding model building/painting! 100% professional all the way. I always admire model builders who take on this very complicated color scheme of the Enterprise. Your experience with this kit really shows in the photos. I look forward to the rest of your posts on this subject.

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I agree, a tough build, and that's even without the aztek painting.

I built this as my first model in 20 years and it shows. I've wanted to build it again ever since but...
 

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My process for the Aztecking. Here is the process for the saucer. If you want your build to reflect the filming mature and have the Aztecking subtle, you need an airbrush.

A larger industrial paint gun that is used to paint houses or cars... is used for houses and cars NOT a model kit.

Why? Because your going to spray too much paint on to the model. And instead if the subtle texture, it looks more like a quilt Grandma knitted.

My brush was set at 40 PSI. a little paint goes a long way.
 

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Mark,

Can you give a little description of the paints that are used. If they are metallic, how do you keep the paint from being pulled up with all of the masking that is required?

Thanks

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Mark,

Can you give a little description of the paints that are used. If they are metallic, how do you keep the paint from being pulled up with all of the masking that is required?

Thanks

Phillip1
Indeed sir!! Here's what I did!

I used acrylic Incandescent paint. Four colors were used on the refit(The fifth is the white Base color). They are Gold, Green, Red and blue.
I highly recommend getting the Trekmodeler paint guide to navigate which colors go where.

The masking set I used/am using is from Orbital Dry-docks . The masks are low tack, but have sufficient adhesion.

I had NO issue with the Iridescent being pulled up. The paint is surprisingly strong and resilient . I used a Hair dryer(DON'T use a heat gun!! It softens the plastic and can damage your paints!!!) after each application to hasten the drying time so I can move along(I have three of these things to build! Ugh!!).


Here are the Paints I used...



More updates coming soon! Hope this info helps!!
 

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The electronics and lighting have been installed 100%.

Although there is much more work to do, the model is finally beginning to look right. Still need to address several areas for clean up and lighten some of the coloring...However, I am happy with the progress so far.

I also stopped by to see my friends at my local Hobby Shop to allow them to inspect and enjoy the model...











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That is simply incredible!!!!! WOWsers!!!! Fantastic!!!
Which lighting did you use? Was it one of the ones on the market?
I want to do one with the dockyard sequence with Jerry Goldsmith's music and timed with the music. I think Big Easy Modeling did one, but that is no longer available.
Again well done!!!!!!
 
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