Cadet Series STTMP Set

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Cadet Series STTMP Set

Post by trekriffic » Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:12 pm

Now that my 5 month slog on the Klingon Bird-of-Prey is over with, I thought it might be nice to tackle something a bit smaller and less complicated so off with the shrinkwrap and let's have at it...

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I picked this kit up at the local Michaels craft store with a 50% off coupon so it cost me around 11 bucks. A great deal and made me glad I was patient and didn't pay the LHS price when this kit was first issued.

Parts trees molded in white and green:

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If this was a straight from the box build I could probably finish all three ships in a month. With my propensity for making modifications it will probably be more like a month apiece.

Once I have the first ship together and painted I'll post a pic of the decals.

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Re: Cadet Series STTMP Set

Post by ulvdemon » Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:06 pm

I don't think I can look at another Refit or Miranda class ship for awhile. :) Looking forward to seeing what you do with this build most definitely.

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Re: Cadet Series STTMP Set

Post by Cubey Terra » Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:00 pm

That's a nice looking kit. I've been thinking I might do a set of ships painted in burnished copper (no decals) as a sort of conversation piece. Hmm.

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Re: Cadet Series STTMP Set

Post by trekriffic » Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:09 pm

Just a few observations... I got this kit mostly for the Reliant and K't'inga (I had already built the old original issue AMT 1/2500 Refit as part of one of the two Enterprise three ship sets) but I was pleasantly surprised to see Round2 used new tooling for the Cadet series Refit. The deflector housing, for one thing, is a separate piece from the rest of the secondary hull so there's no seam to fill and smooth now. It's molded concave too while the old AMT kit's deflector dish was flat. The top rear of the dorsal is also more accurate to the studio model and the impulse engine is narrower top to bottom as it should be. I think the fantail detail is crisper as well. Haven't spent much time looking at the decals yet.
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Re: Cadet Series STTMP Set

Post by trekriffic » Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:46 pm

Here is the decal sheet:

ImageIMG_8148 by trekriffic, on Flickr

The instructions were pretty straightforward:

ImageIMG_8142 by trekriffic, on Flickr

Finished gluing the Reliant's subsections together:

ImageIMG_8141 by trekriffic, on Flickr

ImageIMG_8143 by trekriffic, on Flickr

Tamiya putty was smeared on to fill seams:

ImageIMG_8149 by trekriffic, on Flickr

I like using these sanding sticks I found at Hobby Lobby:

ImageIMG_8153 by trekriffic, on Flickr

Stern of saucer was glued into saucer/secondary hull and clamped to dry:

ImageIMG_8156 by trekriffic, on Flickr

Subsections were primed:

ImageIMG_8170 by trekriffic, on Flickr

I glued an Evergreen tube into the underside of the secondary hull already for a metal mounting rod to insert into. Got these wooden circles at Michaels to make the bases:

ImageIMG_8172 by trekriffic, on Flickr

Next up is painting the details before decaling. I'll do the decals before gluing the subsections together to make things easier.
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Re: Cadet Series STTMP Set

Post by el gato » Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:56 pm

trekriffic wrote:Here is the decal sheet:

ImageIMG_8148 by trekriffic, on Flickr
I'm irritated with myself because I didn't scan the decal sheet before I started using it. D'OH! :doh:

Nice & steady progress, trekrrific. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them.
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Re: Cadet Series STTMP Set

Post by Silverloc » Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:34 pm

When money becomes available again..(just moved into a new duplex), I think I will have to get me one or 2 of these sets.. :)

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Re: Cadet Series STTMP Set

Post by Lonewolf » Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:08 pm

el gato wrote:
trekriffic wrote:Here is the decal sheet:

ImageIMG_8148 by trekriffic, on Flickr
I'm irritated with myself because I didn't scan the decal sheet before I started using it. D'OH! :doh:
Do you need a scan of the sheet? I have two of the kits at home, and haven't built either one yet. I can scan and e-mail the decal sheet if you'd like.

Send me a PM with your e-mail addy, and let me know what resolution you'd like.
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Re: Cadet Series STTMP Set

Post by trekriffic » Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:06 pm

Update...

Masked off the areas around the bussard intakes:

ImageMasking for Painting Bussards by trekriffic, on Flickr

After painting with flat black the tape was removed. Some minor cleanup was done using an extra fine microbrush and some thinner.
Here is one all done:

ImageBussard Vents after Painting by trekriffic, on Flickr

After the black paint dried I masked off around the areas where the light blue gray paint would go:

ImageMasking and Painting Frot and Rear of Nacelles by trekriffic, on Flickr

One thing I noticed missing from the kit part was this trench along the centerline at the rear of the torpedo launcher so I carved one out and added the little finlike bits in the center:

ImageTrenching by trekriffic, on Flickr

After painting, the subassemblies were given a brushing with Future prior to decaling:

ImageSubassemblies Painted and Futured by trekriffic, on Flickr

Decals were cut out and applied using Micro Set and Micro SOl. A microbrush is handy for proper positioning. Once in place, excess solution was soaked up using a cotton swab:

ImageMicro Set and SOL by trekriffic, on Flickr

Sometimes I find it easier to apply the decal if I slice it into smaller sections:

ImageDecal Application by trekriffic, on Flickr

Nacelles all done. All decals were sealed with Future:

Image[url=https://flic.kr
/p/oKjVeE]Warp Engines Decaled[/url] by trekriffic, on Flickr

Subassemblies were glued together using CA. A rubber band held the rollbar tightly in position as the glue cured:

ImageSubassemblies Glued Together by trekriffic, on Flickr

I allowed the glue to dry for an hour or so then I went in with Milliput and filled in any gaps around the nacelle brackets and the main hull. The putty dried overnight. Today or tomorrow I'll finish the rest of the decals.
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Re: Cadet Series STTMP Set

Post by el gato » Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:10 am

You're putting my buildups to shame, man
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