AMT 1:2500th Enterprise D from TNG

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  1. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    And next up on the bench, the Enterprise D from TNG in 1:2500th scale.
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    a simple kit as it is only 9 parts.
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    just 3 steps to build,
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    But 3 (Three) pages of decals :)
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    More pics to come as the build progresses.
  2. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    Nice kit! I have the larger one in 1:1400th scale. The decals are tough to apply, especially on the engineering hull with its fancy curves. Use Microsol and Microset or something like that in order to attach them smoothly to the surface.
  3. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    I have been using MicroSol and MicroSet for many years, and I used Testors Decal Set before them. I have several E-D 1:1400th kits as well as E-C and E-E, but no space to display them once built, so I'm using up my supply of 1:2500th kits.
  4. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    Update for today,
    I got the parts off the sprue. 20140316_163559.jpg
    next will be to wash all the parts to remove any mold release before primer coat.
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  5. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    a quick update for today, I got the subassemblies together and the first primer coat on. 20140318_120158.jpg
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    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    My latest update on my PL 1:2500th Enterprise D from TNG. Base coat of Vallejo Pale Blue Grey, Detail call outs of Vallejo Flat Yellow, Neutral Grey, Intermediate blue, and Tamiya IJN Grey. 20140323_181503.jpg 20140323_181530.jpg
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  7. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    Well, the long Strange trip begins. The first four (4) decals applied to the top of the nacelles on my 1:2500th E-D 1609582_673747902685517_1752113680_n.jpg
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  8. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    The first layers of decals are on the nacelles, 12 more for a total of 16 so far 10174807_675555112504796_1415613478_n.jpg
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    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    Update on my 1:2500th E-D, 10 more decals applied to the nacelles, a total of 26 so far. The dull coat has been applied to the nacelles and the two step finish for the lighted effect is done, Tamiya clear blue, and clear red. 10155859_676951689031805_169081789_n.jpg 10247451_676951669031807_1075974580_n.jpg
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    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    A composite update of this weeks progress on my E-D.
    The topside of the secondary hull received 4 base layer decals and 3 second layer decals.
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    The bottom side of the secondary hull got 3 base layer decals and 5 top layer decals.
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    Then the secondary hull was flat coated and the deflector dish was painted to simulate the lighted affect.
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    That brings the running total of decals up to 41. Next will be the primary hull and dorsal.
    More to come.
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    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    You say "base layer" and "top layer" decals... Do you apply some decals on top of other decals? If yes: How do you prevent the bottom layer from being lifted off or shifted by the moisture of the second layer? Are the decals half-transparent or do the second layer decals cover the base layers completely?
  12. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    The Aztec decals are the base layer, they are left to fully dry then a spot of gloss coat over the location of the top layer decals, once the gloss coat dries then you can apply the top layer decal. 1781184_681518128575161_4844950665594362449_o.jpg

    In this pic the base layer decal is circled in blue and the top layer decals are circled in red.
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    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    A short update for today, six base layer decals applied to the underside of the interconnecting dorsal.
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    For Revell Fan, the three decals still on the paper backing are the top layer detail decals for this section of the ship.
    The total of decals applied is now 47 for those keeping count.
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    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    Thanks for the info! ;)
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    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    first update for today, I've joined the nacelles to the secondary hull.
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    now back to work on ethe dorsal and primary hull.
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  16. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    No Prob RF, we do these to help others. My printer is dead and until work pics up I have no way to get another, so no paper modeling. Instead I'm using up my stash of plastic kits.

    Hmmm maybe a section could be added to the forum for us plastic modelers?
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    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    and my day off update :)

    In this small scale the interconnecting dorsal is molded with the saucer, so I got the dorsal decal-ed,
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    And nine on bottom,
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    and then got the base layer decals applied to the top of the saucer. eleven in all
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    so 25 more decals applied today, for a total so far of 66 so far.
    Next will be the underside of the saucer, then final top layer decals
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    Micah,
    Your work is really excellent, clean and precise. Beautiful job, sir!
  19. Revell-Fan

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    WOOOW! This is a lot of work but it is worth it. I like the idea to skip the (daunting) masking and airbrushing process and to do everything with decals. The result is very clean and you don't have to clean your equipment at the end of the day.
  20. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    Thanks Revell-Fan, off sick today ugh.... but using the extra day off to try and finish up the project.