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So I took some time while helping clean the house to let the floor dry and mixed up the paint I’ll use as my main final hull color....

The hull will be primed with Krylon Matte White. Here I’ve mixed up a batch of the enamel finishing coat paint which consists of about 95% MM Flat White and 5% MM Neutral Grey. I say 5% but it may even be less than that; it’s like a chef saying add a “dash” of grey. It”s not pure white but it may be close to Insignia White which I’ve heard has a slight grayish tint to it. I wanted a very light grey white and I think this will work. I want to be careful and not drown out the aztec paneling of which some are a very light grey:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Mixing the Main Final Hull Color
by Steve J, on Flickr

My custom mix as compared to flat white. Just a tad grey:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Paint on a Stick
by Steve J, on Flickr

Here’s a comparison of my custom final main hull color mix next to the kit plastic. You can see it’s much lighter:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Hull Color Mix Comparison
by Steve J, on Flickr

So I think this is pretty close but any comments from you color experts out there would be much appreciated. This ship’s main hull color always seemed to be pretty much a very light grey, almost an off white, from what I could see on screen but I’m open to other opinions about that.
 

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Here’s today’s progress. I’d intended to work on the impulse engines but got sidetracked once again and went back to completing some finishing touches on the nacelles...

Using leftover parts from the 1/350 Enterprise clear lighting kit I made a dome for the front of each nacelle to replace the opaque plastic bump that constituted the magnetic field sensor array. The clear dome is lit by a short length of fiber optic:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Magnetic Field Sensor
by Steve J, on Flickr

These panels sit just aft of the bussards on each nacelle just forward of the nacelle grills on either side of the housing for the magnetic field sensor array. The molded kit detailing was inaccurate and soft. These parts, made from thin styrene sheet, are accurate to the CGI image:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- New Nacelle Panels
by Steve J, on Flickr

After sanding off the primer, the new panels were attached to the nacelle using Testors tube glue. Afterward, Perfect Plastic Putty was packed in around the edges:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- New Panels Glued in Place
by Steve J, on Flickr

The grills butt right up to the new panels with very little gappage:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Test Fit of Nacelle Grill to New Panels
by Steve J, on Flickr

The blue nacelle decals that came with the Acreation Decals were applied to the underside of the clear nacelle covers:

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by Steve J, on Flickr

A hole was drilled into the shaft of each clear dome and a short length of curved 50 mil fiber optic strand was glued into the shaft:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- New Magnetic Field Sensor
by Steve J, on Flickr

Each dome on each nacelle is lit by a fiber optic strand catching blue light from the blue LED strip under each nacelle cover:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Magnetic Field Sensor Dome Lit
by Steve J, on Flickr

That’s all I got done today. Comments welcome as always.
 

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Steve, what can I say except for that you are really outdoing yourself.
This is great!!:cool::cool::cool::cool::cool:
-Jim G.G.
Thanks Jim. Appreciate the support.

Yesterday I scratched a basic interior for the shuttle bay observation/control room. There are two tiny crewmen seated at the two consoles closest to the windows. The windows themselves are translucent enough that they should show up as dark silhouettes when backlit by the LED yet to be installed. This image was taken after brushing with a coat of Light Sea Grey over a coat of primer. The crewmen have since been painted black while the consoles have been painted with the light grey hull color I mixed up. Overkill perhaps but...that’s just the way I roll:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Shuttle Control Room Interior
by Steve J, on Flickr

Next I need to decide if I want to use the holes in the photo-etch shuttle bay doors for the fiber strands, as originally planned, to illuminate them or drill two holes in the floor on each side of my scratched interior. The latter option might work better as the fibers could be bent more easily to point downwards with the holes above and further in front of the doors. Using the holes in the PE the fibers would stick straight out rather than directing the light downward in front of the doors. I could bend the fibers but they would be more easily concealed underneath the control room window overhang.
 

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The deflector dish photo-etch grills were sprayed with Krylon gloss black lacquer followed by a shot of Testors metallic copper enamel from a spray can. Any holes that got clogged were cleared with the sharp end of an exacto knife:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Deflector Dish Grills
by Steve J, on Flickr

This test fit is to help me decide the sequence of joining the secondary and primary hull so as to allow the puttying of the joining of the shuttle bay side walls to the strongback. The Nemesis Enterprise had a smooth transition joint on either side of the shuttle bay doors which I will accomplish using AVES Apoxy Sculpt:

USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Test Fit Saucer to Secondary Hull by Steve J, on Flickr
 

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Update... Impulse engines...

Plastic sheet was cut to make the walls to house the red impulse engine LEDS. Adhesive backed foil covers the inside face of the walls:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Impulse Engine LED Compartments
by Steve J, on Flickr

It will be cool to see how much brighter the impulse engines glow bouncing light off these mirror-like surfaces:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Foiled Walls of LED compartment
by Steve J, on Flickr

A diffuser panel of milk jig plastic will be stacked against the back of the kit clear plastic to eliminate the major hot spot in the center of the engine vent grills the LED would make:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Impulse Engine LED Test Fitting
by Steve J, on Flickr

Took this picture with some external illuminatIon from my work lamp:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- impulse Vent Light Test
by Steve J, on Flickr

Low light test:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP-Impulse Engine Exhaust Vent Lit
by Steve J, on Flickr

I’ll finish installing the starboard LED then make two foil covered floor panels to glue to what would be the bottom of the compartments and seal in the red glowing LEDs.

Next up... I finish the shuttle control/observation room and light it.
 

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Skipping around and did something for the Raytheon Effect lower saucer...

Ventral saucer internal forward floodlight for Raytheon Effect:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Raytheon Effect Lower Saucer
by Steve J, on Flickr

3mm diffused cool white flat top wide angle LED is mounted at a slight downward angle about 3/8” above the root of what would be the lower forward floodlight for the ship name and registry. A curved section of white styrene sheet is glued at a downward angle at the front end of the flood zone to bounce light from the LED onto the most forward section of the "flood zone" since light at the root of the beam, closest to the LED, dims the further you get away from it.

Ventral saucer internal forward floodlight for Raytheon Effect:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Raytheon Effect Lower Saucer Light Test
by Steve J, on Flickr

You can see how bright the cool white LED is. I found that, for the light bounce panel, bare white plastic worked better than bright chrome metal foil to Reflect the most light.

Ventral saucer internal forward floodlight:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Internal Raytheon Effect Lower Saucer LED and Bounce Panel
by Steve J, on Flickr

I had to take into account the location of the upper saucer LED and potential bounce panel before I could determine where these lower RE components would be mounted for the lower saucer flood effect. It is important that the LEDs not interfere with each other.

Ventral saucer external forward floodlight simulated using Raytheon Effect:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Lower Saucer Raytheon Test
by Steve J, on Flickr

Ventral saucer external forward floodlight simulated using Raytheon Effect:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Lower Saucer Raytheon Effect in Action
by Steve J, on Flickr

I’m pretty satisfied with the brightness level after adding the internal bounce panel at the front end opposite the LED. I think it will actually get a little brighter after I install the upper saucer LED which will hang just above and aft of the lower saucer LED.

Next I'll do the upper LED floodlight and see if I can run fibers to the forward bow lights from the upper and lower Raytheon Effect LEDs. Then back to finish off the shuttle bay control room and LED lighting. Then need to finish the impulse engine LED installations before sealing up the impulse engine compartments. Then tackle the flasher board and wiring for the flashing lights and the wiring for the always on LEDs.

So not much more.
 

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Red LEDS and diffusers were sealed up inside the port and starboard engine compartments using epoxy and adhesive-backed aluminum foil:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Impulse Engine Light Test
by Steve J, on Flickr

After inserting milk jug plastic diffuser panels between the 3mm red LEDs and the transparent red kit clear parts, I taped thin styrene sheet panels on what would constitute the floors of the impulse engine compartments. The panels were lined with foil on the inside to reflect the red light from the LED:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Imulse Engine Compartment Floors
by Steve J, on Flickr

Impulse engine frames painted with Krylon Satin Black lacquer followed by Tamiya Metallic Black lacquer:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Light Test
by Steve J, on Flickr

The red LEDs light up well I think:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Low Light Test
by Steve J, on Flickr
 

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Control room was revamped with new smaller “figures”. Does not stand up to close inspection but it doesn’t have to. The crew are actually painted with the grey and dark red of the Nemesis actors; I say painted but it’s more of a suggestion of color. When silhouetted by the cool white LED from behind, you’ll mostly just see shapes. To the right are the fibers that will light the front of the shuttle bay doors. The ends were bent to a right angle by bending them over a heated piece of small diameter brass rod:

USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Shuttle Bay Control Room by Steve J, on Flickr

Got the control room glued in, then the bay doors then, Then finally got the LED in place to light ’em up...

This cool white rectangular LED has two holes drilled into it. Two fibers fit into the holes which then extend thru the hull and then thru two holes in the photo-etch shuttle bay doors. The nib end of each fiber then bends at a right angle to shine downwards on the doors. The LED lights the shuttle bay control room thru a slot carved thru the kit hull covered by a diffuser panel:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Upper Saucer Shuttle Bay and Door Fiber LED
by Steve J, on Flickr

I’m glad I noticed those two holes Paragrafix provided in the hangar bay door photo-etch for the door floods.
No mention is made of them in the PE instructions but in stills from Nemesis there are clearly two lights in those locations on opposite sides of the control room overhang:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Shuttle Bay Control Room LED and Door Floodlights Test
by Steve J, on Flickr

The crew figures are visible as dark silhouettes in the two centermost of the control room’s triangular windows:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP-Shuttle Bay Control Room and Door Floods Light Test
by Steve J, on Flickr

A look underneath at the fibers running to the main shuttle bay porch lights under the control room overhang:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Porch Light Fiber Optics
by Steve J, on Flickr

I epoxied a piece of milk jug plastic to diffuse the light from the LED to the long rows of viewports on each side of the aft docking port. Just for ducks I carved and glued two tiny dark grey plastic figures to the diffuser panel which are barely visible seen thru the translucent plastic panel in this photo:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Milk Jug Plastic and Shuttle Bay LED
by Steve J, on Flickr

A little touch up for the doors and around the control room but I’m really pleased with how this area turned out. Much better than what the kit provided I think:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Accurized Main Shuttle Bay
by Steve J, on Flickr
 

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Update...

Worked on a few things the last few days.
One involved wiring up the 1.8mm cool white LED for the quantum torpedo port located above the captain’s yacht at the head of the deflector trench.
Here’s the LED lit and sitting in a puddle of 5 minute epoxy:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Light Test
by Steve J, on Flickr

Wires were soldered to the LED and taped down with adhesive foil tape:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Deflector Trench Wired
by Steve J, on Flickr

The LED shines thru a piece of transparent blue plastic signaling the launch of a quantum torpedo:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Quantum Torpedo Port Lit
by Steve J, on Flickr

I glued the trench in place in the starboard half of the secondary hull.
It makes it easy to wire as the power jack is located in this half of the hull:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Deflector Trench Glued
by Steve J, on Flickr

The other half of the hull test fitted with the trench in place. Not bad at all: :

USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Test Fit by Steve J, on Flickr

I should hopefully have the deflector dish mounted and lit this weekend.

I also put in some work on the aft upper single port photorp launcher that sits atop the shuttle bay.
First thing I did was dig out the sloping trench the launcher sits in using files and dental scraping tools.
This literally took me two hours to finish but I’m pleased with the result:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Aft Spine Torpedo Trench
by Steve J, on Flickr

I’ll save making the single port photorp launcher until after the secondary hull is glued together.

Next thing was installing the LEDs in the upper saucer...

3 cool white LEDs, 2 red LEDs, I green flasher, I red flasher, and I cool white flasher:

USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Upper Saucer LED Placement by Steve J, on Flickr

All the internal flashing LEDs are painted with black Tulip paint for light blocking after insertion of 30 mil fiber optic strands.
So any formation or running lights on the external hull are the ends of fiber optic strands not LEDs.
Sometimes 1 LED will light up multiple strands of fiber:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Flasher and Fiber
by Steve J, on Flickr

The centermost cool white lighthouse style LED had a hole drilled into the cylindrical portion into which a fiber strand was inserted. It was then light blocked with black fabric paint and a strip of sticky foil tape.
The fiber then feeds thru a hole in a milk jog plastic diffuser panel, then makes a right angle to exit the hull just behind the upper saucer bridge dome.
The LED will be tied into the Tenacontrols flasher board in the lower saucer hull:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Bridge Beacon Flasher
by Steve J, on Flickr

The parallel circuit for the steady on LEDs in the lower saucer Is complete. Power will be supplied by a pair of wires coming up from the secondary hull and soldered to the legs of each LED starting with the Raytheon Effect LED in the center of the saucer.


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Lower Saucer Light Test
by Steve J, on Flickr

Next thing is to wire up the upper saucer steady-on circuit.
Then I’ll install the flasher board and wire up those circuits.

Thanks for reading and thanks for any comments!
 

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The impulse engines, shuttle control room and porch lights, Raytheon effect LED, and bow running lights all light up! These are the steady-on lights only. Still need to wire the flashers to the flasher board:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Upper Saucer Light Test
by Steve J, on Flickr

The impulse engines, shuttle control room, et al, look good externally:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Light Test
by Steve J, on Flickr

The 30 mil fiber strand works well for running and formation lights in 1/1400 scale:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Bow Running Light
by Steve J, on Flickr

A cool white 3mm round top LED illuminates the two stern running lights thru fiber optic strands. It also lights the aft window ports:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Secondary Hull Stern LED
by Steve J, on Flickr

Light test:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Light Test
by Steve J, on Flickr

Next I’ll work on the deflector dish.
 

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Secondary hull lighting...

It's a twisting mess but it works. The unterminated wires at top left will be used to power the flasher board in the lower primary hull and the steady-on circuits in the saucer. The flasher board in the saucer will terminate to flashing LEDs in the saucer, secondary hull, and nacelles which feed fiber optics exiting to the external hull. The unterminated wires to the right (wrapping around the outer hull) will power the nacelle and bussard collector LED's:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Secondary Hull Lights
by Steve J, on Flickr

Thank god for liquid electrical tape:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Secondary Hull Lights
by Steve J, on Flickr

Once the black liquid electrical tape dries I'll paint all the black wires with white enamel:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Secondary Hull Lights
by Steve J, on Flickr

The deflector trench...

I found a piece of styrene tubing that was the perfect size for the diameter of the deflector part. The plastic reflector came from a Dollar Tree booklight and was something I found in my parts stash:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Secondary Hull Lights
by Steve J, on Flickr

In was able to intertwine the wires in such a way that they formed a coiled mass in the center of the hull away from the window ports. It's preferable not to block off windows with wires or wire shadows if possible unless that is your goal:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Secondary Hull Lights
by Steve J, on Flickr

Left to right: quantum torpedo LED, amber orange deflector LED, cool white LED strip, cool white diffused flat strongback windows LED, and cool white stern window/stern beacons LED:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Secondary Hull Lights
by Steve J, on Flickr

I think I got close to the brightness I wanted out of the quantum torpedo port and deflector dish. Note that once I finished soldering the wires for the steady-on LEDs they seemed to form a corkscrew tangle in the middle of the hull. In this way no wires touch the interior sides and no windows are blocked off.
Serendipity it seems as I had not planned it that way:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Secondary Hull Lights
by Steve J, on Flickr

Next up... the flasher board and wiring! :)
 

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All solder joints for the secondary hull are done. Just need to paint the black, green, and red wires with white enamel first before gluing the two halves of the secondary hull together. Also will add a milk jug plastic diffusion strip atop the LED strip behind the deflector array:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Ready for Gluing Together
by Steve J, on Flickr

The red wires furthest aft (1 from each nacelle) are soldered to the green wire going to the white belly flashing LED then up to the flasher board. The red wires further forward (1 from each nacelle) are soldered to the negative black wire going to the power jack. Two white wires from each nacelle (4 total) are soldered together then soldered to the positive white wire going to the power jack. They should all tuck in nicely when I seal up the hull:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Stern Wiring Soldered by Steve J, on Flickr

Tested steady on LEDS and they all work. Ready to glue the secondary hull halves together:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Nacelle Wires Connected To Circuits
by Steve J, on Flickr

Everything looks good. The flashers don’t work yet as I still need to connect the green wire to the Tenacontrols flasher board on the lower saucer:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Secondary Hull and Warp Nacelles Light Test
by Steve J, on Flickr

Placed the strongback section on the starboard hull half. The ultrabright LED I added underneath it will really help light these ports up:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Strongback Windows
by Steve J, on Flickr

Three Flashers (green, white, red) connected by green wire. Green, white and black wires will solder to wires from lower saucer:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Upper Saucer Flasher Circuit
by Steve J, on Flickr

Rubber bands hold the hull together for a test fit. All wires tucked in without a hitch. I thought there might be a dead zone in the middle but that apparently was not the case. I think the light bounce off the white interior from having the hull together may have taken care of that. I also painted all the black, green, and red wires white so that may have contributed:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Test Fit and Light Check
by Steve J, on Flickr

The front end where the lifeboat is has a gap I will need to clamp when I go to glue it. It was the same on the other side:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Test Fit and Light Check
by Steve J, on Flickr

The strongback LED and windows light up well I think:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Test Fit and Light Check
by Steve J, on Flickr

Without the strongback in place. The small ultra bright wide angle flat top LED looks so bright! :


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP- Test Fit and Light Check
by Steve J, on Flickr

So that’s it so far. Thinks it’s time to glue the hull halves together with styrene cement now.
 

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This is great!!!!!!!
Exciting too!
-Jim G.G.
 
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