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Very nice and impressive. But, this build falls into the catagory of being over done. I mean it's great that he took the time to light the windows, but to light every single window? That's a bit much for my taste. It takes away from the realistic look it would have had with some that were still dark. Just my opinion, but still nice work, thanks for linking to it.
 

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Very nice and impressive. But, this build falls into the catagory of being over done. I mean it's great that he took the time to light the windows, but to light every single window? That's a bit much for my taste. It takes away from the realistic look it would have had with some that were still dark. Just my opinion, but still nice work, thanks for linking to it.
I agree. Also, the lights he used are too bright for the scale. Aside from that, it's a clean and well-detailed build.
 

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Very nice and impressive. But, this build falls into the catagory of being over done. I mean it's great that he took the time to light the windows, but to light every single window? That's a bit much for my taste. It takes away from the realistic look it would have had with some that were still dark. Just my opinion, but still nice work, thanks for linking to it.
I second that. As impressive as this build is, it looks wrong because the view ports are all lit. The D NEVER had all her view ports lit up at the same time. It's part of what she is. This build lacks that which is a shame since the paint job is spot on for the GEN version of the D.
 

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I agree. Also, the lights he used are too bright for the scale. Aside from that, it's a clean and well-detailed build.
The brightness of the lights really have nothing to do with it.

Its the relation of the lights inside the model to the lights used to light the model.

Sure the windows seem bright, but thats only because they didn't get the light levels outside the ship closer.

Basic photography.
 

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The brightness of the lights really have nothing to do with it.

Its the relation of the lights inside the model to the lights used to light the model.

Sure the windows seem bright, but thats only because they didn't get the light levels outside the ship closer.

Basic photography.
I think you're right on that, although he did light TOO MANY of the windows at once.
 

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Things to remember when I manage to do my version.

I'm thinking of taking the light kit from that Fiber Optics E-D from '95 and the clear R2 one, with some careful painting and masking.

Obviously, I'll be foregoing at least most of the fiber optics.
 

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Things to remember when I manage to do my version.

I'm thinking of taking the light kit from that Fiber Optics E-D from '95 and the clear R2 one, with some careful painting and masking.

Obviously, I'll be foregoing at least most of the fiber optics.
Forget that crappy light kit. Unless you want to use the little light bulbs. That light kit was junk!
 

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It's also part of my quest to replace the models I lost in the eviction purge, and that was one of the kits I lost.

The clear version just makes the whole thing a tad more practical overall (certainly better than trying to use that stupid drill, which was a major reason why the kit sat unbuilt for such a long time).
 

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Too many windows, yes, but it is a beautiful build.... I know I'd be darn pround of it, had I done it! :)
I remember when I built my first 1701-D back in the late 80s, I watched taped episodes to determine which windows were lit and which ones were dark. I didn't configure it for lighting, but it sure was time consuming painting/inking out all of those bloody windows...
 

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For every Galaxy/Nebula class I've built, I used a toothpick to do the windows (toothpicks are wonderful tools for itty bitty details; can't get a finer point paintbrush anywhere). No need for masking at all. Just a steady hand, a lot of time, and plenty of patience.
 
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