Thanks for the reminder. :thumbsup: Very good point to bring up that I hadn't really thought about. The adding of panels actually went deeper into the 1/537th refit molds altering the proportions whereas the removal of grid lines on the 1/350th STOS 1701 kept the same proportions--just wound up filling in the lines.For those who want to add putty to get rid of the goofy Aztec detail...….
Remember, in order to add these panels, they had to cut more metal out of the tool. Increasing the thickness anywhere they added these tiles.
If you want to return to the smoothie as close as possible, you need to sand without adding the putty.
I suggest to anyone attempting this, prime with a color that has good contrast from the plastic.
This will show you your progress.
Once you get close, spray with more primer and go to a finer grade of sand paper and repeat until you get it the way you like it.
On a side note...…
To me, the texture of these panels reminds me of stone blocks.
I've often thought of painting a Enterprise, embracing this stone panel look and creating the 'Castle Enterprise'.