*another* another lighted Reliant

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Re: Reliant questions for the cognoscenti

Postby toejrb » Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:55 pm

3. Yes, this is missing from the kit, that's why I'm just about to release replacement parts.

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Hey, nice! These'd solve another problem with the kit part -- the absence of undercuts beneath the surround. Timing?

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Installing the mystery holes atop the B deck

Postby toejrb » Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:35 am

OK, here goes with the mystery holes. First, sketch in the radial lines to locate the windows axially, and use a circular scribe to get the correct distance from the bridge. I've already put the centerline hole in place. It's a a 5/16th" hole sleeved with plastic tube that I've faired into place. Inside diameter is 1/16th".

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paper tacked in place, radial lines roughed in
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Next, drill 1/16" holes. Then sleeve with aluminum tubing. The sleeves provide perfectly uniform holes, plus if I'm off line then I can overbore the hole and move the tube around a bit.

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alu tube
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Bondo fills any gaps around the sleeves, and erases the circular scribe marks.

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yay for bondo
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Sand the bondo, scribe the radial lines, and that's that.

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primered bridge, plus b/c decks
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Next, I need to add the little squares on either side of the radial lines, then it's on to the b deck windows, and officer's lounge window photoetch.

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Re: *another* another lighted Reliant

Postby MSgtUSAFRet » Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:42 pm

Nice solution there, toejrb!

This is looking very good!

Steady as she goes!

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Re: Reliant questions for the cognoscenti

Postby andyh » Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:31 pm

toejrb wrote:
Hey, nice! These'd solve another problem with the kit part -- the absence of undercuts beneath the surround. Timing?


They are ready to cast now. If I had the money for some rubber, I'd have the first set molded tomorrow :)

I won't have the cash for at least another two weeks, but I expect that's when I'll start molding them ;)

Andy

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A Reliant by any other name . . .

Postby toejrb » Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:41 am

A couple years ago the LHS was clearing out old decals. Among the clearance offerings were these decals for the 1/537 Constitution.

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The sheet is reminiscent of the one that came with mid-seventies editions of the TOS Connies. But in the refit scheme.

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Lots of ship names and numbers!


Significantly for my purposes, in amongst the usual Constitution-class names/registries (i.e., Hood, Farragut, etc.) were a couple of oddballs.

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El Dorado!
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Memory Beta says these were non-cannon Constitution ships, emphasis on "non-cannon." Since the Miranda-class is generally described as a contemporary of the Constitution, I feel reasonably within my rights to appropriate a 1720s registry no. and dub *my* Miranda the El Dorado or the Krieger. I lean towards El Dorado. Gives me an excuse to do some gold trim in with the usual shades of blue!

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Re: *another* another lighted Reliant

Postby Moongrim » Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:31 pm

Push comes to shove.
It's YOUR Universe of Star Trek. You can name your ship anyway you want to.

Whether it be a 'common' canon name, or your own personalized Mary Sue. :ugeek:
There are Times, Sir, when men of good Conscience cannot blindly follow orders. You acknowledge their sentience, but ignore their personal liberties and freedoms. Order a man to hand over his child to the state? Not while I"m captain.
- J.L.Picard.

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Re: A Reliant by any other name . . .

Postby MEATLOAFr » Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:46 pm

toejrb wrote:Image


why does the last 2 el dorado & kreiger (archer FTW IMHO) have the red outlines and not the others? weird
If the world ends tomorrow, it's ALL YOUR FAULT!!!

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Re: A Reliant by any other name . . .

Postby toejrb » Sun Oct 30, 2016 3:45 am

MEATLOAFr wrote:why does the last 2 el dorado & kreiger (archer FTW IMHO) have the red outlines and not the others? weird



Beats me!

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Rollbar tweaks

Postby toejrb » Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:26 am

I took a break from the bridge and b/c decks to futz with the roll bar. As kitted, the roll bar is too thin, lacks the cut-outs on the leading and trailing edges, and has smooth areas that should be ridged.

Step 1 is to add some styrene strips just inside the leading and trailing edges. This is win-win-win. It makes the bar thicker, provides a landing for the ribbed inserts, and, since set back from the leading edge, can also leave an opening for the cut-outs. It also creates space to run wiring and fiber optics for the little red lights that are all over the thing.

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roll bar interior


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roll bar exterior
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Step 2 is to drop in the ribbed bits.

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roll bar top, with ribbed bit added
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Next I'll put some alu tube into the phaser things so the various roll bar and nacelle struts have something to grab onto. I'll also neaten up the edges of the troughs for the ribbed inserts. And I'll start wiring up the red lights. Thinking a single red LED in the torpedo pod, with fiber optics leading to the various roll bar running lights.

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re-worked Reliant bridge

Postby toejrb » Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:37 am

I'm still deciding what to do about the bridge. I chopped up the kit part, and put on sheet styrene to shrink down the dome, to widen the pronounced "shelf" that's level with the back of the bridge, and to sharpen up the detail aft of the dome. The results are mixed. I may try another round of styrene discs, or just go with the DLM Constitution Refit bridge so I can get on with the numerous other things that need doing. Either way it's been a good learning experience.

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bridge bits
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bridge bits stacked


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modded kit bridge in place on b/c decks
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