Star Trek: Enterprise:- Di-Whale's D'Kyr - micro(ish) build log

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  1. linweseregon

    linweseregon Well-Known Member

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    First of all - many thanks to D-Whale for this awesome model :).
    So... I've taken the patterns and shrunk them so that the smallest pieces are just workable and no more - ~ 1/2mm thick. At this size I've fit four pages across an A4 sheet, which allows me to print all 12 (out of 13) pages plus another two less complicated models on one A4 sheet - to keep in synch with my other micros I didn't print the stand, brilliant as it is!
    After three days this is what I've built so far:-
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    This is when I realised that 200gsm card would be too thick for some parts as the tabs were bulking the parts far too much. I reprinted the entire set on a page of copy paper and I'm using card for larger structural parts and braces. Although I can usually put together a model every day, this one will probably take around a week - mainly due to time spent cutting tabs and sometimes finding that the tabs then have to be removed because they're causing too much bulk. This is not a complaint! It's worth every single second!!! At this size tabs are often unnecessary anyway.
    You may ask "Why are you using such thick card?!?" It's what I'm used to working with when using Drex Files and I find that thinner card or paper is not durable enough to withstand too much pressure from tweezers when it has glue applied.
    Anyway, on with the show:-
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    I realise that the ring looks like a dog's dinner just now, but that is why there are stabilisers underneath it. It will look grand once it's attached and the white edges are touched up ;-).
    Another reason for this model taking (much) longer for me is the absolutely stunning level of detail in the plans. The first piece built (measuring 16mm across in my version) has 12 parts!
  2. D-WHALE

    D-WHALE Utopia Planitia Engineer

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    first: good start but aou should try edge coloring! the model looks than much better!

    second: the model was designed for paper with approx 160 g/m²! if you shrink a model you must also reduce the paperweight! maybe 80g/m² is better, but not 200g! thats like tank steel!
  3. linweseregon

    linweseregon Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the tips D-Whale :). I'm trying to colour the edges, but I should have done them before I fitted them; now I'm trying to touch up 1/8mm lines with a 1/2mm nib! D'uh! The card is waaay too thick for many of the parts, but I'll persevere with a combination of card and paper; if it doesn't work out I can always start again.
    Now, where did I put that microscope? ;-)
  4. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    It is always best to paint the edges before assembly.

    The best thing that I have found for edge colouring is water colour paint and a VERY FINE & THIN brush.
    Just remember, "A little dab will do you".

    As D-WHALE said, you are off to a REALLY GOOD start.

    As for using paper that is too thick, do not worry about it. It is a common mistake that everyone makes. I have made that same mistake MANY times!!!
    Then again, that is the best thing about this hobby. If you make that kind of mistake (or something similar), you can always start over (which I know that I have done MANY TIMES!!!).

    GOOD LUCK with this project. I will be following it!!!
  5. linweseregon

    linweseregon Well-Known Member

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    It wasn't so much a mistake as using what I have to hand - lol. I've got a huge pile of 200gsm and a few pages of copy paper and nothing else! The white edges aren't as starkly in contrast in normal light, but I've still started to pick up the brown pens before the glue stick ;-).
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    linweseregon Well-Known Member

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    Progress has been slow today - too much running around for my elderly parents. The ring turned out really well once I'd removed the tabs. The mix of paper and card is also working well and I'm very satisfied with the results so far :).
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    After four (or is it five?) days I'm only half-way down the second (of seven) page of instructions, so I might have to take a wee break and knock off something dead easy - lol. After all, I still have loads of posts to make before I can enter the download section ;-).
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    D-WHALE Utopia Planitia Engineer

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    yep, it´s not my easiest model, but if you finish it, it is worth the effort! I still wonder that some guys can put 3 or 4000 parts on my models! :eek:
    as i can see you do now coloring and it looks much better now! Hint: give the flaps on the bending edge also a bit paint! ;)
  8. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    looks really great so far, D-Whale, where can your models be found?
  9. linweseregon

    linweseregon Well-Known Member

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    Thanks folks :). I'll get there eventually! ;-)
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    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    All of D-WHALES models will be found here, once I am able to get them uploaded to the RESOURCE Section.
  11. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    Okay, Thanks RB
  12. linweseregon

    linweseregon Well-Known Member

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    More progress on the ring support today:-
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    The photos are showing the parts much larger than they actually are and white areas which are very obvious in the photos aren't really noticeable to the naked eye.
    I've also made a start to what I'm assuming is the bridge:-
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    To give an idea of the size of pieces I'm working with, the white oval is ~2.5mm across. The model is now nearing the halfway mark in it's construction :)
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    linweseregon Well-Known Member

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    It's starting to come together very nicely :)
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    I'm loving the challenge of working with strips which are under 1mm thick, especially when it is turning into such a superb model. D-Whale's design is a masterclass in how it should be done - a place for everything and everything in it's place! :)
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    With the upper hull finished it's time to move onto the underside:-
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    The camera flash is showing white joins which I just can't see in ordinary light! Anyway, here are the finishing parts for the ventral hull:-
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    With the hull finished the ring could be fitted:-
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    And I'm into the 'home straight'! You'll be looking at this and grimacing at all the white edges, but they really don't show in normal light! When I'm finished building I'll go over the edges with a bit of paint - if I can find any...
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    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    This project is coming along quite nicely.
    You are doing a really good job!

    As for the white lines, just look at it as a learning experience.
  16. D-WHALE

    D-WHALE Utopia Planitia Engineer

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    wow, what a giant hand :D
    now, i guess, the worst is behind you! really tiny!:eek:
  17. linweseregon

    linweseregon Well-Known Member

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    The last pieces, ready to be cut and attached:-
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    And after mounting we have a Vulcan D'Kyr 3 1/4" (83mm) from bow to stern.
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    Thank-you once again D-Whale :)
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    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    You did a REALLY GOOD JOB on this!!!
    Even with you using the much thicker paper, it still came together nicely.
    I am looking forward to seeing what your next project is.

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!
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  19. D-WHALE

    D-WHALE Utopia Planitia Engineer

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  20. linweseregon

    linweseregon Well-Known Member

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    @D-WHALE
    lmao - yeah, I'll add Paragon's DSRV just as soon as I can afford an electron microscope ;-)
    It is looking good and I'm glad to see that your others are available again. Keep up the great work - without guys like you, gals like me wouldn't be able to show off :)