Building Uhu02's Enterprise

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Rogerio Silva, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member

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    Welcome, ShadowHawk!

    Hey, ShadowHawk
    Look at me, a newbie giving out advice...sign1 It's always good to hear from you, buddy! Did I mention I know your beautiful country?:mrgreen:
    About the tabs, yes, they're exactly what you've wirtten. Not using them increases significantly the quality of the model, but also the difficulty of building it as well, unfortunately.
    What do I do? Butt-joining, which consists of glueing the edges and holding them together until the glue holds. In places where I think the tension on the paper will be higher, I also apply some tape, but I did apply some "back tabs" (what you called "costum strips"). I have used all three techniques and combinations of them as well).
    You can find tutorials about this right here in Zealot (why bother to look somewhere else?).
  2. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member

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    Mentor

    Mentor,

    Thanks for the kind words, Rhaven, I try to follow your steps. And Zathro's! I got this idea of not using tabs from him, and read some posts about it. Your encouragement has given me confidence to keep going.
    Thanks a lot!
  3. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    Are you reinforcing some joints with tape? joining with tape? I'm intrigued.
  4. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member

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    tape?

    Joining with glue, but when I see that the paper will suffer extra tension, I reinforce it with tape. Sometimes with back tabs, but tape is my usual choice.
    Thanks!
  5. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    When you have parts like this (or thin flat discs that are about 1-2 mm thick), you can laminate the disc to the thickness that you need and wrap the edge skin around it.
    this will save you from quite a few headaches
  6. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member

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    Nice tip

    Mentor,

    Rhaven, nice tip! I would never had thought of that... Thanks!
  7. Rogerio Silva

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    Hurrah!

    HURRAH! HURRAH!
    I was able to apply the formers and there was deformation, but I think it's non-significant.:mrgreen::mrgreen::thumb: IMHO, it's within acceptable range, so it's a GO for keep on building!:mrgreen::cool:
    Check the pics. Formers were fixed using double-faced tape, except for the smaller one, that was glued.

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    Going on...

    Hi!

    Well this is hardly a tribute to UHU02 :inw:, but it's the best I can do and offer. I manage to go past the point where I failed on the first time, and I think that (one of) the hard part(s) is gone. Now for the pics...
    Yeah, yeah, I know... a bit skewed... But still in tolerance range:mrgreen: You have to bear with me, I'm a newbie, assembling a UHU02 :inw: model, using butt-join for the first time! It's a good work... for me!:twisted:

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  9. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    Looks good so far Rogerio. keep up the good work and thanks for all the pics.
    :thumb:
  10. ShadowHawk141

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    That looks pretty dandy Rogerio.
    I don't even dare to start this model yet and you do this without tabs !!

    I've posted some new pics in my Venator thread but things aren't going so well on my side....

    Cheers and keep up the good work, you're doing a great job !!

    Elko
  11. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member

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    Thanks, micah! Kind words of a giant in the art!
    You're one of the guys that make me want to go on with this.
    Hey, ShadowHawk!

    I've told you once, and I'll tell you again: if I can do it, EVERYBODY CAN! I'm no artist, I have no great skills, but I believe in one thing they teach us in the Navy: chance favors the bold!
    Of course, if you can have the support you've got here in Zealot, things are A LOT easier and smoother. For instance, I would NEVER EVER, EVER had thought of assembling a model without tabs. Well, I would never ever even think of building models again, if it weren't for papercraft!
    But I've got to admit: once I saw the paper models people were doing, I though this couldn't be possible, and so I decided to give a try in the fantastic 1966 Batmobile model by none other than the great BRAZILIAN (YEAH!!!) Claudio Dias. It was difficult, but DIFFICULT IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE!
    You can do it. WE ALL can do it. GET TO IT AND MAKE IT HAPPEN, my friend, you can AND WILL do it!
    If my Enterprise is not the way I wanted it to be, well, it's still within tolerance range, so it's green light all the way, man. Go FOR IT!

    Rogério

    P.S. Have you ever seen "Back to the Future" (who hasn't...)? "If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything". Marty McFly, 1955.:thumb:
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    Started the body

    Hi

    I started the body, according to the instructions. A little advice: take a look at Uhu02's site. It's very insightful!
    In order to put together piece #36, a combination of butt-join and tape had to be used, because of the paper tension. I think I managed, but it could look a lot better, although still within tolerance.
    Here are the pics.

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  13. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    Well everything so far looks very good and quite clean.
    I am not seeing any real problems thus far.
  14. ShadowHawk141

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    That body part looks nice and crisp, I can see the advantage in not using gluetabs.
    I'l stick to using gluetabs for now though untill my skills are up to par.

    It's good to see you make this model Rogerio, I like this model a lot and you're showing a fine way of how it can be done, a nice presentation and instruction of the model itself.

    Cheers,
    Elko
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    Now that you've got me started...

    Howdy!

    Making this model has been quite an ordeal, for I'm not as half as skilled as many people here. But as much as it has been very hard, because of the choices I've made (an amazing model, and no tabs), it has also been very accomplishing.
    As a newbie, nothing gives me more pleasure in this hobby than to make it happen, and to give my small contribution by sharing my experiences, and learning a lot from the "big guys".:cool:
    Anyway, this model does deserve a special place and care in all of our "heart shelves", because it was made by the GREAT UHU02, and it is STAR TREK. Enterprise is, if not the one by excellence, one of the most iconic starships in the Sci-Fi culture.
    And UHU02 just did it. Again. This model is beautiful, the curves are just right, everything is so darn good about it, that it just doesn't matter being hard. It only matters that each piece I assemble within (my) tolerance brings my dream of having this Enterprise closer.
    In conclusion, maybe it's not an ordeal at all, but the steps to get something I want pretty bad. And you know what? The harder it is, the more value I'll give to it when it's finished. And the pride to say "I did it!", even being an unskilled newbie, but I did not give up!
    AND IT'S UHU02,:inw:!!!! the man that creates astounding models and gives them away for free, just for the love of his art!
    All the best,

    Rogério


    P.S. Maybe the last part of this post should be in the UHU02 appreciation thread...:mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:
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    If you're happy, I'm happy

    GREEEEAAAAT ShadowHawk!
    Man, I started with the tabs, and I absolutely do not regret it. The thing is, I started a thread about using (or not) tabs. And the general consensus is that tabs "should be eliminated, kill them, kill them all!"sign1, and that's why I have decided not to use them.
    But I don't have an extensive list of assembled models to back me up here, just the ones you've seen in the other thread (Iron Man's). I just knew that this path was going to be taken someday, and I felt I shoud do it ASAP.
    I think we all are perfeccionists (how can you not be in this art?), we just need to calibrate the level of our tolerance, otherwise we won't achieve anything. EVER.
    So, when you feel you're up to it, just do it. I'm sure you'll be able to make this happen, but don't forget the essence of this: HAVE FUN!:mrgreen::thumb:
    Cheers,

    Rogério
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    Looking great!
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    F131

    Thanks for your visit and kind words, F131!
    Cheers!
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    Going on...

    Hello,

    Working on the body is no walk in the park, but things are going nice. The first pic shows the deflector and front body part ready. The second one shows the rear body former, and I'm in doubt about how to assemble pieces #6 and #10, but I think I've got it. I'll try soon enough.
    The second pic also shows the beginning of the hangar bay door assembly. I'll soon finish that. Take a look, please!:mrgreen:

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    Hangar doors

    Here you can see the hangar doors (and entrance) in place. It's a bit harder without tabs, but the results surely compensate for it.
    Just to make it clear, tabs have been used only in the formers.

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