Clever & Hartel NCC-1701 USS Enterprise-D

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  1. smchristopher

    smchristopher 87.3% nerd

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    I built this in 2012 as a gift for my father-in-law. He's a really big Star Trek fan and I wanted to give him something special. I spent three months (on and off) working on it and then displayed it in a glass display box for him. The night he got it, he had his wife clear a spot on the living room book shelf so everyone could see it. Later he added led lights to illuminate it from above.

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  2. smchristopher

    smchristopher 87.3% nerd

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    Here's some of the meat of the build:
    pics 13-16: This was a really fun part of the build. I did goof up the first time round and I glued some parts in the wrong position.

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  3. smchristopher

    smchristopher 87.3% nerd

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    Saucer assembly and final build.
    Seriously, I need to hand it to the designers of this model. They did an amazing job.

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  4. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    You did a GREAT JOB on this project!!!
    Making a model like this, is a GREAT gift idea. I have made quite a few models for friends and family as gifts (for many occasions (and sometimes just for the sake of doing something nice).

    Thank you for sharing this build with all of use (as well as the great story and reason behind the build).
  5. bgt01

    bgt01 Exemplary Confidant

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    That is a tremendous job. Thanks for the build thread to help those of us who still have this model in our "to do" pile.:Bravo:
  6. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    They came out nice, but I had some advice for you. You have show the ability to cut precisely and have an eye for symmetry. Now, on your next model, cut off all of those triangle glue tabs (I wish designers would stop putting them on) and align the parts edge to edge, use strips of paper on the backside to help you align, by starting in the front, or where ever you choose, and put on one side, of the strips, but on each side of the same side, that is, if you do the bottom of a part. Then when you start to put on the top, the edge will line up with the other edge, the glued strips are now dry and for the paper to line up edge to edge. You can the slowly start to form the the shape, and when you are done, there will be no seam, no get absolutely "NO" seam, start to cut on the exact inside of the black line, not the outside. This will make your model stand out even further. Good job, not an easy model to build. :)
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  7. spaceagent-9

    spaceagent-9 Right Hand Man and Confidant Moderator

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    great build!! looks great!!!
  8. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

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    Very nice job! This one is on my (ever growing) to do list....