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Phew! Here's a few pics of my finished NX-01. It was a 4-5 month, off and on again project. Took my time detailing it out, and doing the Aztecing on it. ( Lou, thanks for the great AztekDummy templates! Real timesaver! )

Now to rest for a bit, and start the outside of my 1:350 refit. I have my shuttlebay, officers lounge, and arbouretum done. Now just the ship remains! lol

I may light the Refit. I wish I had done it to my NX-01, but I am not that skilled with lights and wiring, yet.

Anyway, enjoy, and feel free to comment!

Thanks!
Scorp

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Scorp,
Sweet work! I especially like what you did on the nacelles with the lighter shade of gray. it's a nice contrast to the metallics.

a question, tho. those red outlined rectangles on either side of the main registry... what was the inspiration for those? I like 'em

again, great job! see you again on the refit!
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Lou, the red squares are actually just added in to cover a paint area I had a small problem with. There was a small piece if dirt under one of the coats of metallic I did. I noticed it once the coat had dried. ( I painted outside for fume reasons, and apparently, something drifted onto it when I wasn't looking)

So, rather that strip it down and start over, I simply cleared out the defect, painted a small silver rectangle over the area, and outlined it by hand in red. I placed a matching one across from it, and figured I'd just consider them hull "access" panels, or docking ports. I think they came out well, and that's the story behind them. I thought about putting one or two more on the hull somewhere, but didn't want to over-do it, and stick closer to the look or the original ship.

The AztekDummy templates are a godsend, Lou. I know you had to send me a replacement for the top saucer that I had problems with, but once I got the layering/clearcoating thing down, and gave them a week or two to dry between applications, I think she came out great. Thanks again for the great templates. The only thing I'd change on them might be the "adhesion" of them, but I know that's probably impossible. I'll try the "sticking them to a clean white t-shirt 1st" thing when I get the Refit ones.

Glad you like the nacelles. I figured a few random light gray panels on the hull would blend in with the Testors metallizer colors well, and once I appled my allover "satin' finish to seal in the decals, they really did look good.

Well, thanks for the compliments, and all the help, and glad you enjoyed the project. Wish I would have lit the kit though. <sigh> Oh well......

Sincerely, Scorp

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I think it is neat how different people can detail there models in subtly different ways.

A few questions:
How did you go about getting the copperish tint on the entire hull?

You know those red decal lines that you have to apply between the registry and the bridge? How did you make it look so perfect? Those things drove me crazy when I did them!

And finally, did you have any trouble with these (see attachment) decals? They were too big for mine, for some reason, not to mention they were in a tough spot.
 

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NX-01, I didn't do anything special to get the tint you see on the hull. I basically washed the kit and let it dry to remove any agents used in the molding process, then I put down my base color. Waited till it dried, and applied a clear coat finish. Let it dry, and applied my AztekDummy templates, then put on my darker coat. Waited half hour, and CAREFULLY removed my templates. Let dry thoroughly, and applied another gloss clear coat. ( Both main hull colors are Testors Metallizers, used right out of the spraycans ) My drying time between all coats was a few days to a week for each.

I then left the whole thing dry in the box with lid closed for about a week. I applied my decals next. The ones you refer to on the upper hull were not too bad to do. I just did them in sections, and made sure to apply plenty of decal set to the area before putting them down. Then I blotted them dry, and went over again lightly with decal set, to make them "hug" the hull contours. I let the hull dry overnight, and applied my final "satin finish" clear coat the next day. To do the decals you refer to on the aft hull area, I carefully trimmed them into the area, doing a dry test-fit before applying them. I thought the decal was too large to do in one piece, so I cut it into 3, and set it down that way, making sure again to use lots of decal set, and figuring the final clearcoat would make it look painted on. I took some poetic license, and painted the rear of the area with a yellow "warning" strip, to match the way I painted the rings around my shuttlepod access hatches on the ship. One can be seen directly behind the area, in the pic you asked about. To offset the aztec pattern on the hull, I painted a few panels here and there and around the bridge with a slightly light gray color before I put the last clearcoat on. Kinda breaks up the fully metallic look, and gives it that worked on by "Trip" look.

Basically, I just took my time, test fit alot of things, and didn't rush to do my painting.

Glad ya like what you see and hope the tips help someone who builds the kit. I like the design of it. A nice break from the Original Enterprise configuration.

Sincerely, Scorp
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Here's a question for everyone else. Did anyone build this kit, and have leftover parts? I have almost a complete set of clear parts, and an extra "docking" ring for an access hatch left over. I looked over the plans, and could not figure out where the docking ring belonged. I thought perhaps on the hatch, at the side of the bridge section that you have to glue in place, but no mounting holes found, and not on the plans......

Hmmm, the mystery continues!
 
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Clean and sharp, strike that, VERY clean and sharp.
Beautifully executed build and paint, if i can get it looking that way with mine, i'll be a happy camper !

Go easy
 

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Still wondering....

Did anyone else build the 1:350 scale kit and have parts left, like I mentioned above?

The docking ring thing is really perplexing!!
 

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I looked, for hours. On the ship, on the plans. Nope.

Must just be extra. Guess I'll hold onto them in case a fellow modeler needs a docking ring, or a few nacelle clear parts.

Sincerely,
Scorp

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Super clean, I love it!

A question: Did you lay down a coat of primer before the Metalizers? And what two colors did you use? They seem spot on and some of the other build up work I've seen looks like the darker color is way too dark.

Nice work!:thumbsup:
 
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