1/100 TOS USS Enterprise Mega Build (Formerly: Something BIG is coming...)

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by ekuth, Oct 31, 2012.

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  1. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member

    Oct 28, 2011
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    a giant enterprise with removing side panels for a look inside..
    AND an inside to look at.
    What would be the dish size?.. 1 metre?
  2. trt

    trt Member

    Jul 23, 2011
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    Wow, it's going to need it's own room.
  3. Zathros

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  4. ekuth

    ekuth Guest

    Progress: 11/03/2012 (Part II)

    "I have eaten animal flesh... and I have enjoyed it."





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  5. DanBKing

    DanBKing Dan the Man

    Feb 29, 2012
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    So! I was correct.......
    OMG.... This I have got to see....!

    That is gonna be be one FOKking big model.... ;)

  6. treadhead1952

    treadhead1952 Member

    Mar 22, 2009
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    Nice! Always great to have a seat at an interesting event from the get go. May have to send out for more refreshments though, this might take a day or two. ;)
  7. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

    Jul 12, 2012
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    we are in awe of this... :inw:

    How do I add a follow note to a thread?

  8. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Go under "Thread Tools" to the right (on Bar above), and click on "Subscribe to this thread". :)
  9. ekuth

    ekuth Guest

    So... what is it already?


    "No dance tonight..."

    Yes, gentlemen, our good moderator Rhaven Blaack has correctly identified the source of my 'little' project.

    This particular bout of insanity has actually been brewing since 1985, when I picked up the FASA 15mm deck plans of both the USS Enterprise *and* the Klingon D-7 class cruiser for... ready? A measly $3 total.

    I immediately recognized the potential of these blueprints, but at the time did not have either the materials or the modeling skill to realize the project. So, they hung on my wall as decoration for at least a decade before being carefully packed away (yes, I still have the original boxes for both).

    It was about halfway through the 'Big G' build that I realized that I had successfully developed the techniques I needed to bring this long-shelved dream to fruition; and being a bit burned out on the BSG universe (I had planned to follow up with a large scale Cylon Basestar) decided to get out the old FASA blueprints and start what will likely be my ultimate project... a deck by deck reconstruction of a Constitution Class starship.

    My plan is to have each deck layer fit seamlessly with the others and if possible be removable so that one could literally (provided anyone still plays FASA games) utilize the model as a gameboard. Also, I will be fitting each deck with the appropriate accoutraments: tables, chairs, consoles, transporter pads, shuttles... all to scale as per the FASA blueprints.

    It will be lit as well, obviously.

    Considering that Deck 24 (Hull Bottom), the first piece shown, is *over* 18 inches... I estimate that the saucer section will easily be 1 meter (3 feet plus).
    I am uncertain of the actual size of the studio model, but once again I think I'm pushing pretty darn close.

    So, in short, my insanity has only grown since the Galactica Build... and I know this build will prove to have some challenging engineering problems to solve.

    But, as a wise Vulcan once said:

    "Logic is a little bird tweeting in a meadow; logic is a wreath of pretty flowers which... smell bad..."
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  10. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    After seeing the Galactica, I think you could build anything you want to! :)
  11. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

    Jun 12, 2009
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    I take my hat off to you for taking on such a monumental project like this.
    You had set the bar with the Galactica. This project will raise that bar even higher still.
    This will be THE THREAD to follow. I for one will be following it closely.
  12. Dented Rick

    Dented Rick Human

    Mar 16, 2011
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    it is safe to say that you have my attention as well.
  13. ThunderChild

    ThunderChild Active Member

    May 17, 2007
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    Amazing project Ekuth! This model needs to be added to that new category you were talking about that will include the word "legendary"!! :p
  14. ekuth

    ekuth Guest

    Progress: 11/07/2012

    "I have to take him back... inside me... I can't survive without him."

    So... in typical manner, I decided I didn't like the lack of detail on the deck.
    This is supposed to be epic, after all. And, being me...

    I changed things a bit.


    Bow, looking Aft:
    (The room in front of the turbolift will be where the tractor beam will eventually reside. As this is a multi-deck part, the floor has been removed.)


    Midship, looking Aft:
    (All wall textures/colors taken directly from still photos of the original sets.)


    Midship, looking Fore:
    (Even though this is part of the cargo bay, I thought it deserved full treatment. I point with pride to the door arch and especially the turbolift. Yes, it's textured inside.)


    Aft, looking Fore:
    (This was an interesting area; as it slants to start to form the curve on the under aft of the Engineering Hull. Note the low gravity area warning lines.)


    Midship, looking Fore:
    (A closer shot of the door arch/turbolift intersection. I still need to touch up the edges of the door arch, obviously. I may re-graphic the warning area in front of the turbolift doors as well.)

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  15. ekuth

    ekuth Guest

    Progress: 11/07/2012 (Part II)

    "We have them just where they want us..."

    Bow, looking Aft:
    (Another close view of the tractor beam room and turbolift intersection.)


    Bow, looking Fore:
    (Another close view of the turbolift. You can see more of the texturing inside.)


    Side view, Port:
    (Side view of the bottom deck, with the beginnings of the 'bilge' area underneath. Okay, if it were an 1800's sailing ship, it would the 'bilge' area.)


    Side view, Port:
    (Another view, straight on to the side. You can see the graduation on the bilge walls underneath. No texturing on them yet.)


    Next two decks, ready for wall placement:
    (One has been painted the base floor coat, the other not. I still haven't decided if I want to continue to paint the flooring, or texture overlay it. For the cargo areas, I will likely continue to paint. For the living/working areas, I will probably overlay.)


    Stay tuned, more to come.
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  16. vbsargent

    vbsargent Member

    Apr 17, 2008
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    Awesome project! I am loving this. I am also surprised at how little room there is between the turbo lift and the side of the corridor. Looks like a bottle neck and safety hazard!

    As for texture versus painting the floor- as a former graphic artist (pre desktop publishing) for consistency I would take an either or approach: either do all on computer or all painted. That being said trying to get a high tech computer precision look that is hand painted/drawn is very VERY difficult. Just try drafting your name in Helvetica with pen and ink- we did back in art school. Can you say pain in the kiester? Matching colors and textures can be even more of a pain, and the printed version would be consistent in color and "feel" to the walls as well as consistent to the "feel" of the show- you know high techy and all that. Just my 2 credits.

  17. ekuth

    ekuth Guest

    Thanks, vbsargent.

    Re: Room between walls... it does look a little tight, but keep in mind the scale here.

    Compare the size of the archway(s) to the height of the walls, ect.

    According to the blueprints, the wall height (deck to ceiling) is 2.5m, which would be a tad over 8 feet.

    8.02 feet to be precise; so given that the distance between the turbolift walls and the corridor walls would calculate as roughly 3 feet; plenty of room for your average humanoid to comfortably pass through.

    Maybe a tight squeeze for a Tellerite, but otherwise...

    You do (subconsciously) raise an issue I had already discovered with the model, though- in looking over the blueprints (especially the far more complex upper decks) I discovered that I would not be able to use foam core board for the bulkheads(walls) as I had (have) on the lower cargo decks; it's just too thick and will cramp the assembly.

    So, to keep in scale, I started considering alternatives; laminated cardstock, balsa wood... I finally settled on a thinner cardboard that will still allow me to hotglue the bulkheads in place but be roughly 1/3 as thick as the existing bulkheads. The full thickness foam will still be used for supportive bulkheads though, as these will be bearing much of the weight of the structure. Even using foam core, at the size this thing will be, it will need to be sturdy.

    Starting with the next deck up, you'll begin to see me use this for construction. Yes, I know, I should probably have replaced the thicker bulkheads for consistancy, but also considering the final size and weight of the model and reasoning that this is the cargo hold area(s), the bulkheads would be thicker simply for protection of the cargo and against hazardous cargo.

    Specious reasoning perhaps, but as I found out with the Galactica, compromises must be made for buildability.

    I've already decided the decking will be overlay (printed) rather than painted. It will be a P.I.T.A, but will give better results on several levels.
  18. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

    Jul 12, 2012
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    Absolutely EPIC build Godspeed.
  19. Vince

    Vince Member

    Jul 27, 2011
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    Wow... I hope you have a really big room to put this in!
  20. ekuth

    ekuth Guest

    Umm... I really don't consider room size when I start a build; it might discourage me... and clue in my wife.

    Actually, with her in the hospital, I don't have to worry about that right now.

    Explaining when she gets home... that's another matter.

    Should have another update for you guys tonight or tomorrow. Have done some more changing, primarily settling on what color/how I'm going to do the deck.

    Yes, I hate myself.
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