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Re: 1/1000 Scale Enterprise NX-01 Refit - WIP

Post by Cubey Terra » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:03 pm

After a bit of puttying and sanding (I detest sanding! :evil: ), I've brushed on a primer coat. I'll need to retouch later after I glue the saucer halves together, but I'd prefer to have it at least primed now.

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In the meantime, I've worked on the larger clear parts: the deflector dish backing and the impulse exhausts. Maybe I'm overusing the bronze highlights, but I really like how it looks against blue, red, and hull white.

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Re: 1/1000 Scale Enterprise NX-01 Refit - WIP

Post by Professor Theophilus » Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:05 am

This looking good. I have the regular release but I am going to have to pick up this kit.

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Re: 1/1000 Scale Enterprise NX-01 Refit - WIP

Post by Cubey Terra » Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:22 am

I glued the saucer halves together. There were some disappointing gaps in the tail booms, but otherwise it's a decent fit.

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And in the next picture, I've finished putting and sanding the saucer and now I'm painting lowlights into the panel grooves. Yes, LOWlights. It's moments like this when I wonder if I really know what I'm doing.

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The answer is almost certainly "no". I'm just making it up as I go along.

The great thing about doing a non-canon ship from a kit is that I really can make up any paint scheme I like. I'm enjoying not having to pore over reference photos this time.

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Re: 1/1000 Scale Enterprise NX-01 Refit - WIP

Post by ironman150 » Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:31 pm

Low-lights. Interesting. I can't wait to see how this comes out. I may steal it for adding detail to my Wizkids starships. I can see it working well on the ENT-D.

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Re: 1/1000 Scale Enterprise NX-01 Refit - WIP

Post by Cubey Terra » Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:13 am

They're only lowlights in comparison with the light grey that I'll use as the base coat. This isn't going to look like the show. I don't think it should.

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Re: 1/1000 Scale Enterprise NX-01 Refit - WIP

Post by Cubey Terra » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:51 pm

Quick update: I haven't made any progress due to other things going on that keep me from painting. Hoping to get back to it eventually.

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Re: 1/1000 Scale Enterprise NX-01 Refit - WIP

Post by Cubey Terra » Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:12 am

So my technique for pre-painting lowlights into the panel lines like I did for my previous three models really really won't work here. It's just too darned small! :o That's a shame, because I spent quite a bit of effort on that. But this is also a learning experience. It's my smallest model so far.

So as of today, I painted over everything with only two coats of the base colour, which is exactly the same as my Reliant and NCC-1701 refit.

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I expect I'll have to learn how to do a wash for those panel lines at the end. Learning!

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Re: 1/1000 Scale Enterprise NX-01 Refit - WIP

Post by ironman150 » Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:14 am

oh! Too bad about that. Pin wash time? Looking good! what grey do you use?

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Re: 1/1000 Scale Enterprise NX-01 Refit - WIP

Post by Cubey Terra » Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:30 am

ironman150 wrote:oh! Too bad about that. Pin wash time? Looking good! what grey do you use?
I have no idea what a pin wash is, but it sounds like it might hurt. :)

I mix my own greys — four shades from a very light grey base to a very dark grey for small details. I'd do more, but I'm cheap and lazy.

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Re: 1/1000 Scale Enterprise NX-01 Refit - WIP

Post by Cubey Terra » Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:59 pm

I'm now layering up the details on the top of the saucer section. I think I may have put too many layers on the bridge superstructure — it's kind of globbing up and losing detail now.

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It's weird not seeing the panel lines yet. I just have to trust that I won't totally ruin everything when I add them at the end.

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