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Very nice work! Question for ya on the bridge replacement part - is that the Spaceways/Mark2000 bridge set with 2 parts for the exterior? Would you be willing to measure (assuming you have calipers) the overall width and length of that part? Height would be great but that might be tricky depending on the calipers (and needing to eyeball part of it). Oh and did you get the smooth or smoothest option? How was the quality of the part - need a lot of sanding or not much? Rough areas? Thanks!
 

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Very nice work! Question for ya on the bridge replacement part - is that the Spaceways/Mark2000 bridge set with 2 parts for the exterior? Would you be willing to measure (assuming you have calipers) the overall width and length of that part? Height would be great but that might be tricky depending on the calipers (and needing to eyeball part of it). Oh and did you get the smooth or smoothest option? How was the quality of the part - need a lot of sanding or not much? Rough areas? Thanks!
QUESTIONS IN ORDER..

1 It's a shapeways product. I have no idea whom.
2 One solid piece with only the rear docking area needing attachment.
3 Sorry no, I don't have Calipers.
4 No clean up was required...I did modify it slightly to allow the spotlight to shine correctly.
 

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Thanks for getting back Mark! Couple more Q's - you mentioned polytranspar paints…and that you had done a bunch of these over the years… have you always used acrylics for the 5-color setup? You also mentioned having done your own masks… I am going to be doing so much to accurize the kit that I will not be able to use any pre-made-for-PL-1/350 masks (re-contouring and rescribing all grid lines). Given your experience doing both methods, what recommendations do you have for generic masking supplies for this beast? Thanks!
 

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Thanks for getting back Mark! Couple more Q's - you mentioned polytranspar paints…and that you had done a bunch of these over the years… have you always used acrylics for the 5-color setup? You also mentioned having done your own masks… I am going to be doing so much to accurize the kit that I will not be able to use any pre-made-for-PL-1/350 masks (re-contouring and rescribing all grid lines). Given your experience doing both methods, what recommendations do you have for generic masking supplies for this beast? Thanks!
1) I use acrylics 95% of the time. Enamels are too toxic. Messy clean up. I avoid them if possible.
There are four Iredescent colors...Blue,Green Gold and Red....over top of a flat white base coat.
NOTE...if you want it to reflect the miniature as it was seen in The Motion Picture, DO NOT apply a clear top coat. Why? Despite what some You Tube experts suggest, you will ruin ALL the work with the Aztec nonsense and iridescent paint. It will wash it out.
Then how do I seal the decals? You don't.
The used dry transfer decals on the original.
If you want the muted flat look of Star Trek 2 and onward, spray a flat clear coat.


2) On this build I used the mask set from orbital Dry-docks. On my very first builds, no one was offering after market sets. I did my own. It WAS A NIGHTMARE...which I will never do again. It wasn't until after some guys figured they could make a buck suppling Masks.
Mask kits have a limited shelf life. Don't order them until your almost ready to do your painting.
3) I recommend getting a mask set. do your research. A couple of these suppliers that are pushed lift up the paint.

I am not a huge fan of the REFIT. I personally prefer the original TV version. To me the Refit is over rated. Your milage may vary.

I am committed to doing two more of these builds for others...Then Ill never build one of these refit kits again. Way too much aggravation and trouble for what it's worth.
 

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Heheh - well this refit is something of a passion project for which I expect to spend many months on the paint job cutting my own masks because, as I said, I will be modifying this so much that not only will contours change, but the entire deflector grid (saucer and secondary hull) will be re-scribed, windows re-drilled, 3d parts printed, etc. - with doing that it makes getting any pre-cut mask set irrelevant….. that's why I'm looking for advice from someone like you who already has made their own masks - for uncut (non-refit-specific) masking material, what products were your go-to?
I am already in process of creating new graphics for dry-rub application, current plan being for prime, paint, then maybe seal, then maybe lacquer+iridescent powders for aztec, then dry-rub graphics.
 

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Heheh - well this refit is something of a passion project for which I expect to spend many months on the paint job cutting my own masks because, as I said, I will be modifying this so much that not only will contours change, but the entire deflector grid (saucer and secondary hull) will be re-scribed, windows re-drilled, 3d parts printed, etc. - with doing that it makes getting any pre-cut mask set irrelevant….. that's why I'm looking for advice from someone like you who already has made their own masks - for uncut (non-refit-specific) masking material, what products were your go-to?
I am already in process of creating new graphics for dry-rub application, current plan being for prime, paint, then maybe seal, then maybe lacquer+iridescent powders for aztec, then dry-rub graphics.
Best of luck!
 
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