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Last weekend I did some artwork of the TOS and JJprise corridors in Photoshop to put behind my model's windows so it wasn't just a white void. I wanted to get the sense of something in there.





First I had simply gone to FedEx Office and had them print my window patterns on transparency.

Today, I used Inkpress Backlight Film. This stuff works much better in that it lets light pass through, but it diffuses it. Also, FedEx Office can only print on laser jet printers, which doesn't work with graphics very well. My Inkjet printer made the graphics much sharper and richer. I absolutely love how this is looking now.











 

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So is this the same kind of material that decades of 'Okudagrams' have been printed on?
I imagine it's something similar. Not sure what the Okudagrams were printed on, but it's the same idea.

You know, not to dim sales of beautiful photoetch sets, I would think this is the best way to show the Rec Deck on the 1/350 Refit Enterprise.
Well, I think the photoetch is still better for the rec deck. These slides don't have the 3dimensionality as the photoetch. I did think about trying to make a corridor art of the wall, floor and ceiling. Then the transparency could be folded to create a box. Might be overkill though.

Good idea and it looks nice -- but taking in consideration the crazy size they say that this ship is when compared with the actual ST ships the scale doesn't look right (your interior is too big).
The test images above are no the JJprise. It's the TOS Enterprise, and the hallway art is properly 350th scale. I just put the JJ artwork in the post to show what it looked like as well.
 

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Do you install them right up to the window inserts, or a little bit away to give the illusion of depth?
So far I've been installing them right up on the window inserts. The hull is thick enough that you still get the illusion of parallax against the window frames, and it really feels like there is a hallway there.
 

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Since I've been playing with making starship interior graphics, I figured I'd go full insanity. I made a bridge for the Revell 1:500 (though it's actually 1:1000) JJ Abrams Enterprise. I made the graphics in Photoshop and then printed them onto backlit film. I cut out the graphics, folded them into shape, and volia! A 1:1000 scale JJprise bridge.













 

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How do these look through the kit clear windows? On the refit, for example, I'd imagine the small round windows are too distorted to make seeing anything through them worth it.
Good question, I haven't tested it yet. I myself has been experimenting with this stuff in my windows instead of using the clear plastic inserts. So far it's working pretty well.

EnviroTex Lite® Pour-On High Gloss Finish


I have the Refit kit on hand, so I will try to finish up this artwork sometime soon and get it behind the windows to see. I do not however have a 1/350 NX-01 on hand, so I will need to get one somehow I guess to test fit those as well.
 

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I used that stuff on my Smoothie tests, and it was pretty good.

I cut pieces from margarine lids, rubbed noise grease on the inside, then taped them to the outside of the hull before pouring the clear stuff from the inside of the hull.





How did you ensure that the outside of the hull was smooth?
I used normal scotch tape to block the windows from the outside. Then poured the mixture from the inside. I had to let it sit for 4 days to cure. Then I removed the scotch tape. Because the adhehsive of the scotch tape leaves an ever so slight texture on the outer "glass" I polished the outside with 2000,4000,6000,12000 sand paper to make it crystal clear again. In retrospect, it would have probably been easier to just use a NOVUS kit to polish it.

https://www.amazon.com/NOVUS-7100-Plastic-Polish-Kit/dp/B002UCYRZU
 
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