1/260 ST:TMP Drydock Part 1 http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/ 1/260 ST:TMP Drydock Part 1 http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188382548 188382548 Pic 1 - Drydock Blueprints - 1 To get started I needed some fresh blueprints of the new DeBoers Scale Drydock. I needed to do a careful examination of the original filming model. These pics will show a combination front/side view of the model. These are only for building references. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=175476660 175476660 Pic 2 - Drydock Blueprints - 2 The light panels will be much larger than the 1/350 scale version. It will be easier to add the details to all of these pieces. This is the back or more commonly seen view of the panels. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=175476661 175476661 Pic 3 - Drydock Blueprints - 3 This is the detailing for the front side of the panels. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=175476662 175476662 Pic 4 - Drydock Blueprints - 4 This shows the scaling of the overhead modules. These will be more accurate than the PLE version because I was able to see the detailing first hand. I know the blueprint looks jumbled, But I drew up only what was necessary since much of the drydock is repetitive in detail. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=175476663 175476663 Pic 5 - Drydock Blueprints - 5 This shows the front and side views of the panel side frames. This will give me enough fodder to get main frames and details ready for the models final assembly. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=175476664 175476664 Overhead Module Details - 1 The upper piece is the 1/350 scale bottom side of one the overhead module along with one of the light panel back pieces. The bottom piece is for the Deboers Scale Dock. I made direct notations on the plastic so I can know exactly where the detailing will go. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=175476665 175476665 Lower Overhead Module Details - 1 This is the master lower panel detail piece. There was a lot of kit bashing done here to get the detailing to where I liked. I used reference pics to detail this piece in similar fashion as the original. It's not exact, but it looks good. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=176756531 176756531 Panel Frame Turnbuckle Anchors - 118 Adding the Turnbuckle anchor eyelets is a challenge. It was not something I was expecting to do, but one of my clients requested this added detail. This is the master frame showing where all of the holes will be marked on all of the frames. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189890835 189890835 Panel Frame Turnbuckle Anchors - 119 Each frame has 10 of these eyelets making a grand total of 420 holes to be drilled for one dock. I had to order a special tool for this project. Its actually a micro power screwdriver with a pin vice chuck adapter on it. This makes the drilling much easier. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189891136 189891136 Panel Frame Turnbuckle Anchors - 120 I'm using a 1mm drill bit for all of these holes. The copper tubing is not too hard to drill into. I had to cut the drill bit length to 3/4 inch to make the bit a little more rigid so it wouldn't drift when starting the holes. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189891137 189891137 Light Panel Support Rods - 121 These support rods measure just under 8" in length. They are all marked with to show where I will need to cut open each rod to allow for the lighting effects to be threaded into the light panels. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189891138 189891138 Light Panel Support Rods - 122 I took a grinder disk and cut half way into the tube on each side of the black marks, then grinded the middle parts out. The tissue is used to protect my fingers. The grinder can make the tubes hot enough to burn my fingers. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189891140 189891140 Light Panel Support Rods - 123 These tubes are all cut, they just need some cleaning up. You will not be able to see these holes when they are installed in the panel frames. I did something similar to this with the 1/350 scale dock as well. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189891139 189891139 Light Panel Sanding - 124 Because of the casting process there is a lot of greeblies all over the sides of the panels, so they need to be sanded smooth on all four sides. I'm using a 400 grit sanding belt for this process. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189890832 189890832 Light Panel Sanding - 125 I used a 2 piece mold for these panels. To get a decent casting I had to raise the inside edges of each of the panels before making the molds. Now these raised parts need to be sanded down to true the inside tops of each frame. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189890833 189890833 Lower Overhead Module Details - 2 This pic shows the detailing from a side angle. This will make a 1 piece mold for casting. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=176756532 176756532 Lower Overhead Module Details - 3 This is the first successful piece to be cast. After I made the mold I had to clean up the unwanted pieces of casting silicon which took quite some time. But after this was done, the casting process was fairly clean. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=176756843 176756843 Lower Overhead Module Details - 4 I'm using a light weight black resin to cast all of the module pieces. This will opaque the entire model and will help with the light leaks and eliminate the need for spraying everything Flat Black. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=176756841 176756841 Lower Overhead Module Details - 5 This shows the first 7 cast pieces in the position they will be in when they are assembled to the rest of the module. That is a yardstick next to the module pieces to show how big this model will be. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=176756842 176756842 Lower Overhead Module Details - 6 Here is a view from above (technically below) These pieces need some trimming on the edges but they are basically ready to be painted. I need to cast 21 more of these for the 2 docks. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=176756839 176756839 Module and Front Light Panel - 1 This pic shows the lower module piece with the Light Panel frame in place. On my PLE drydock build I mis-measured these pieces and they did not match the side light panels in size. I made sure that everything matched up for all of the panels this time. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178476709 178476709 Lower Module Light Panel Frames - 1 Here I've added the Outer Light Panel Frames to the lower modules so that I can begin spraying. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=180225240 180225240 Lower Module Pieces - 1 Shown Here are the 14 resin cast lower panels for the modules. I cast 28 in all for both drydocks. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178476707 178476707 Overhead Module Side Walls - 1 My first drydock model did not have accurate detailing on the side walls only because at the time that I was building it there were no clear pictures of what everything looked like. In this version I have added these alcoves on the lower section used for the panel frame supports. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=176756533 176756533 Overhead Module Side Walls - 2 There will be 10 holes drilled into the lower section so they will be automatically added into each piece when they are cast. This way all of the holes will be in the exact same place for every piece. Minimal drilling or filing will be needed afterward. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=176756837 176756837 Overhead Module Side Walls - 3 I just flipped this piece upside down so the lighting will be a little different and you can see the details from this angle. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=176756836 176756836 Overhead Module Side Walls - 4 This is the master that will be used for casting. I made this piece so the top and bottom pieces of the modules will fit as snug as possible together. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=176756838 176756838 Right Front Module Master - 1 Now I'm starting on the right and left front parts of the modules. This is a test fit to make sure the front and side pieces line up. This piece will need a lot of details especially on the right side. The hanger opening will have an insert of the entire hanger which will be added as a separate piece. This will allow the pieces to be painted with more ease. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=176756844 176756844 Module Side Panel Castings - 1 The details came out very good on these side pieces. 56 of these will be cast for both docks. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178476711 178476711 Module Side Panel Castings - 2 For the most part there was little trouble making these pieces fit into each other. A tiny air bubble in the mold caused these pieces not to fit, so I used my Dremmel to grind out a small piece to make them fit snug into each other. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178476710 178476710 Front Module Castings - 1 This is the before and after shot. The top piece is the master for the molds. The bottom is the resin cast piece. This was a one piece mold casting. It turned ot way better than I thought It would. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178476715 178476715 Front Module Castings - 2 This is the same piece shot at a lower angle to show more details. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178476716 178476716 Front Module Castings - 3 Here are the 4 castings. There will be one of these on the front and back of the dock. Only some minor details will be added later as they were too delicate to be cast all in one piece. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178476712 178476712 Front Module Castings - 4 Here is the left front module Master and casting. 4 of these were made as well. you may note that some of the detail pieces were pulled off in the molding process. This is due to using minimal cement on the parts before casting. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178476714 178476714 Front Module Castings - 5 A lower angle shot. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178476717 178476717 Front Module Castings - 6 Here are all 4 castings http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178476713 178476713 Top Module Castings - 1 Here is the never before seen roof of the Dock. There never was one for the filming miniature, so I took liberties here. I tried to make it look as though all the details are functional. 28 of these have been cast for both docks. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178476718 178476718 Top Module Castings - 2 Here is what they look like all lined up. I have to say, making these pieces from start to finish were one of my favorite things to do at this point. I did a lot of kit bashing here to make it look decent. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178476719 178476719 Assembling the Modules - 1 To add a little strength to the lower panels and to align them up a little better, I used some steel o-gauge track pins to help keep the module pieces from sagging. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178476720 178476720 Assembling the Modules - 2 To assist in holding the modules together, I am using some light weight aluminum c-channel pieces. This will help support the weight of the light panel frames when they are added later on. Shown here are the markings for were I will be drilling out holes for mounting screws. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178476723 178476723 Assembling the Modules - 3 I needed to make some notches in the bottom halves of the c-channel to allow for some of the lighting and other recesses on the bottom of the modules. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178476722 178476722 Assembling the Modules - 4 Here is how the frames will be mounted on the interior side of the modules. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178476721 178476721 Assembling the Modules - 5 This is a close-up of the mounting brackets and screws. Here the side panels are now in place. The black lines on the frames are reference marks for drilling and cutting. The shiny finish is from the resin. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178590528 178590528 Assembling the Modules - 6 From another angle you can see the front end piece in place. Next I will start filling in all of the joints and seems. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178590529 178590529 Overhead Module Test Fitting - 5 The other end of the dock will be added soon. 3 more modules to go. See you next update. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178590534 178590534 Lower Module Light Panel Frames - 2 These modules are in reversed positions, but you can see the light panel frames in place. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=180225245 180225245 Overhead Module Test Fitting - 1 Here the right front panel and all of the side panels are now in place. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178590530 178590530 Overhead Module Test Fitting - 2 For those of you who want to know what the top of the drydock looks like, here it is.... At least my version of it. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178590531 178590531 Overhead Module Test Fitting - 3 This is another view of the top panels. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178590532 178590532 Overhead Module Test Fitting - 4 Another angle. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178590533 178590533 Upper Module Test Fitting - 5 Here are the modules in their proper configurations. The backs of the modules have an identical configuration. This side will appear as it did in ST:TMP. The back hanger will have it's bay doors open to reveal what is inside these huge modules. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=180225244 180225244 Upper Module Test Fitting - 6 Here are all four modules for both docks. This is a test fitting for the upper panels to make sure they all fit properly and are aligned. I had to shave the fronts and back ends of each of these because the fit was just a little too tight and caused some of the panes to buckle up. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=180225243 180225243 Upper Module Test Fitting - 7 This view just shows all of the detailing work on the tops of the modules. They are now ready for their first coats of paint. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=180225246 180225246 Painting the Modules - 1 This is the first coat of paint. The shot was taken outside so the shade from the trees kind of breaks up even paint job, but you can now see more of the details. I will apply another coat later on. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=180253489 180253489 Painting the Modules - 2 This and the next pic give a better idea of how the paint looks. I believe this is a closer match to ST:TMP. The pic shows it a little lighter than it actually is. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=180253490 180253490 Painting the Modules - 3 Here is a better pic. The detailing stands out much nicer with this color. That's it for this update. See you next month. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=180253491 180253491 Light Panel Details - 1 Ahhh! It is really nice to get back to doing some scratch building again. Using stock styrene I began construction of a "MASTER" for molding and casting of all of these panels. To make sure these pieces are even I used other stock as spacers. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=175476666 175476666 Light Panel Details - 2 Here all of the dispersion fins are in place, I can now begin work on the center details. More coming up in the next update. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=175476667 175476667 Rear Light Panel Details - 1 This is the master for the rear panel frame. Most of the details were fashioned by hand. They match the filming miniature details closely. The Support rod is shown in place here. They will all be made from copper rods. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=176756529 176756529 Rear Light Panel Casts - 1 These are test castings of the Rear and Front Light Panel Pieces. They are 2 piece mold castings, which didn't turn out exactly how I wanted, mainly with the interior light guides which I will show in upcoming updates. So I will be doing some re-tooling and some re-casting. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=176756845 176756845 Front Light Panel Frames - 1 At first I wanted to build these frames as guides for the Top frame to fit into the rear panel frame, but due to the difficulty of casting the front panel with a two piece mold I decided to scrap the frame idea and make new molds. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=176756528 176756528 Front Light Panel Frames - 2 After the main frame was assembled I added all of the details onto the face of the panel. This pic shows the master that I will use for the molds. The new mold will only be a one piece mold. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=176756530 176756530 Front Light Panel Castings - 1 I made new molds for the front light panel pieces. I decided to cast them in 1 piece molds rather than 2 piece. I've also made extra molds for casting because the process takes a long time to do. I'll be casting 112 of these pieces in all. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178476708 178476708 Light Panel Frames - 1 This is a mini miter saw with a grinding disc. I use this to cut the tubing to length after a curved bend is put on one end of the tube. There are 168 of these tubes all the same length for both the flat and curved panel frames. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184452725 184452725 Light Panel Frames - 2 To make sure these pieces form an absolutely square panel I built a frame box and fit the tubing flush up against the inside of the box. Then I place each frame on this blueprint to make sure everything lines up. The seams will be filled and sanded sown later. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184452723 184452723 Light Panel Frames - 3 Here are five of the 14 straight panels. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184452724 184452724 Light Panel Frames - 5 I made these boxes out of foam core. I made 4 curved pieces that match the blueprint then built a box to make sure all of the panels are the exact same size and line up with the flat panel frames. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184452730 184452730 Light Panel Frames - 4 And here are all 14 of one of the docks completed. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184452726 184452726 Light Panel Frames - 6 I made 2 boxes so that while one of the frames is curing, I can work on the next one. I joined the pieces together with a bonding agent called "For Copper Only". The agent sets within 15 minutes. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184452731 184452731 Light Panel Frames - 7 Here are 14 of the 28 frames needed for one complete drydock. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184452728 184452728 Light Panel Frames - 8 Here is another view. Using the boxes made assembling these frames very quick. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184452729 184452729 Light Panel Frame Connectors - 1 In order to connect each of the frames together I will be using the method that was used for the Motion Picture Drydock miniature. All of the light panel frames were held together via screws and dome nuts. Here are a handful of the threaded rods cut to length. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038102 186038102 Light Panel Frame Connectors - 2 If you watch the close up shots of the dock in TMP you can see these dome nuts holding the frames together. So I can keep track of how many Dome nuts were used I put two on each of the threaded rods to keep count and make sure I have the right amount. They are 3mm nuts so they can get lost quite easily. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038104 186038104 Panel Frame Anchors - 1 Here is the assembly of the panel anchor rods. Where the two holes are there will be 2 copper tubes that will have threaded rods through them and this will hold each of the frames in place. The plastic tubes are for esthetics. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184452732 184452732 Panel Frame Anchors - 2 I made a cast of one of the side overhead module panels and drilled out the 10 anchor holes so that I can make sure the rods are aligned correctly before the cement dries completely. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184452733 184452733 Panel Frame Anchors - 3 These are the anchor cones. There are 980 of these for both drydocks in this tray. I couldn't wait to finish casting all of these pieces. The bottoms needed to be sanded smooth, then the holes needed to be drilled out on each of them. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184452727 184452727 Panel Frame Anchors - 4 There are 8 cones per assembly. 4 facing up and 4 facing down. The last two holes will be using copper tubes that will be threaded with rods that will hold the panel frames together. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184452735 184452735 Panel Frame Anchors - 5 I put a bead of cement onto the tops of all of the anchor rods, then I use a copper tube to guide the top rail onto the tops of the rods. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184452736 184452736 Panel Frame Anchors - 6 When the rails are dry I put a bead of cement on the rods where the widest part of the cones will go, then I slide the cone down to meet the rail. then I let them set for about 20 minutes until the are dry. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184452734 184452734 Panel Frame Anchors - 7 Here is what the assembly looks like when finished. Then when the copper tubes are added it will be completely assembled. More updates next month. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184452737 184452737 Light Panel Frame Connectors - 3 Here is one of the assemblies with all three panel frames in place, separated by the cone anchor assemblies. There will be small details added to the dome nuts later on so they will not look so much like dome nuts. This pic is a test fitting of all the panels together. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038103 186038103 Upper Module Framework - 2 Here the angle aluminum is in place. This is a test fitting to make sure the notches and screws align properly. Next I will have to carefully put the panels onto the angle aluminum. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=180225242 180225242 Light Panel Frames - 1 Here is one of the completed panel frames. Each of these can support it's own weight vertically thanks to the tubing and rods and dome nuts. The tubing running horizontal in this pic is for alignment purposes and will be removed when the light panels are added in later. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187125371 187125371 Upper Module Framework - 1 I'm making the topside panels removable so it is easier to access any of the electronics that will be added later. I took angle aluminum pieces and cut notches into them as guides to keep the panels in place. Here you can see the guide screws in position. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=180225241 180225241 Overhead Module Anchors This is how the side panel frames will be supported. I am using threaded rods that run across the width of each module. These will run outside the modules through the anchor assemblies and through each top tier panel frame and capped off with a dome nut to hold everything in place. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187125372 187125372 Light Panel Frame Anchors - 1 I had to ream out all of the anchor holes just slightly so I can cement all of the anchor tubes in place as well as cement the anchor cones into their final positions before the panel frames can be added. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038088 186038088 Light Panel Frame Anchors - 2 Here's another angle. The two missing anchors will be added when I put the threaded rods in place. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038089 186038089 Light Panel Frame Anchors - 3 Here you can see where the missing threaded rods will go. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038090 186038090 Light Panel Frame Anchors - 4 Only one side of the overhead modules have these particular anchors on them. The inside anchors do not have the c-channel piece as shown in these pictures. They are just the tubes with the cone anchors on them. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038101 186038101 Light Panel Frame Anchors - 5 This shows how the curved panel frames are anchored to the overhead modules by using a 12 in threaded rod. Although these pieces are anchored from the inside as of yet, you can see how the rods are able to hold the frames in position supporting their own weight. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038094 186038094 Light Panel Frame Anchors - 6 This pic breaks down the individual elements a little bit. You can see on the module light panel opening how the support rods run through the entire module into the second module. the rods will later be connected to a scratch built turnbuckle to hold everything in place. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038097 186038097 Light Panel Frame Anchors - 7 Each of these panel frames had to be aligned individually to make sure the drill holes would match perfectly with the module. Because I am working with metal I have to be even more precise with the drilled holes. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038096 186038096 Light Panel Frame Anchors - 8 This shot shows how the rods support their own weight even though the module is upside down. The frames don't weigh that much but it's good to see their strength. As I add the other two panel frames it will pull these frames down a bit. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038092 186038092 Light Panel Frame Anchors - 9 This pic is flipped over, but you can see what the miniature will look like when it is finished. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038098 186038098 Light Panel Frame Anchors - 10 Here is a good view of the support rods running through the center of the modules. The light panel is in place to make sure the panel rods are evenly spaced. By the way, these pics are all just test fittings. Because of the frames being very fragile I will need to remove them to add the second and third tiers. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038099 186038099 Light Panel Frame Anchors - 11 This shot shows how the cone anchor assemblies look from underneath. Checking this with the film miniature shows them to be very accurate. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038100 186038100 Light Panel Frames - 2 As of this posting I've been able to drill out all the rod holes and assemble all of the frames. They are just laying on top of their respective modules until I can assemble the modules to their support frames. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187125373 187125373 Light Panel Frame Anchors - 12 It took about a week to get all of these pieces to line up properly. Now that I know what to do the others will be a little easier to finish. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038105 186038105 Light Panel Frame Anchors - 13 At this point it should be noted that the front and rear panel frame pieces are not permanently welded together. I will not be able to complete that part until I can add the wiring for the lighting effects. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038106 186038106 Light Panel Frame Anchors - 14 The next few pics just show off what I've completed to date from a few different angles. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038107 186038107 Light Panel Frame Anchors - 15 In the next month I will be sanding down the light panels to get rid of the extra resin from the casting process. Then I will begin drilling out the holes for the tension rods that will help hold the panels steady. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038108 186038108 Light Panel Frame Anchors - 16 There's still a lot of work to do, but as you can see it's starting to look more and more like the drydock. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038109 186038109 Light Panel Frame Anchors - 17 Keep checking for updates, and I will have more next month! http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186038110 186038110 Overhead Module Support Tubes - 1 I now lay the modules over the support tubes so that I can make the necessary holes for the tubes to run through. The hole shown here in this pic is for the Armature rod that will hold the Enterprise suspended in place. This is very similar to the PLE Drydock Build. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187125378 187125378 Overhead Module Support Tubes - 2 This is how close the modules will sit together when they are in their final position. This is looking in from the top of the modules. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187125379 187125379 Overhead Module Support Tubes - 3 This is a lower angle. You can see the support tube hole a little better here. After the tube holes are made I can drill holes through the support tubes and C-Channels and bolt these pieces into their permanent positions. Keep checking for updates! http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187125380 187125380 Drydock Steel Support Frame - 1 This is the base of the steel frame which I will be calling a dolly, because there will be rollers added to it later on when I drill all of the holes. This base is designed to be removed in case the models are displayed on a wall. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187125374 187125374 Drydock Steel Support Frame - 2 Here are the support frame and tubes. These are now ready to be aligned with the overhead modules. This frame is made from steel that I purchased from Home Depot. I had them welded together at a professional welding shop. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187125375 187125375 Drydock Steel Support Frame - 3 Here is the back of the support frame. You can see the wall mount plates in four positions. I will now drill out all of the mounting holes. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187125376 187125376 Drydock Steel Support Frame - 4 This is a closer view of the mounting plates. After all the holes are drilled out I will then sand the entire frame down and spray it Black with some Rustoleum to make sure there is no more oxidation on the steel and this will help conceal the framework when the model is finished. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187125377 187125377 Painting The Mounting Frame - 104 After the frames have been welded it's time to prep them for Spraying. I used a grinding tool with an 80 Grit sanding/buffing wheel to remove the Rust and Dirt. The flash drowns out the shine of the metal but it looks very smooth. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188936657 188936657 Painting The Mounting Frame - 105 This is how the frame looks in it's upright position. It took a couple of hours to grind and polish both frames and dolly carriages. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188936658 188936658 Painting The Mounting Frame - 106 This shot shows a little less of the flash from the camera. You can get a good idea of how the steel looks all shined up, http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188936659 188936659 Painting The Mounting Frame - 107 Here are both of the frames sprayed and partially assembled. I used Flat Black Rustoleum for the frame color. I sprayed on 2 coats per the can instructions. This paint covers very smooth and looks very good. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188936660 188936660 Painting The Mounting Frame - 108 This is a closer look at one of the frames. Here you can see the holes for the casters on the bottom dolly frame. I built these so the Dolly can be removed if my clients want to mount these models on the wall. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188936661 188936661 Painting The Mounting Frame - 109 This is how the frame looks when mounted to the wall. The frame hangs down so it helps brace the weight of the drydock and can also be used to mount a backdrop of stars or the Earth for additional effect. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188936662 188936662 Mounting The Overhead Modules - 110 I needed to remove some of the side module panels to cut the holes needed for the mounting tubes to slide through. I cut these holes using a saber saw with a plastic cutting blade. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188936663 188936663 Mounting The Overhead Modules - 111 This view shows how the tubes fit through the module as well as the connecting support rods that will be used to mount the side panels. At this point the module is not bolted to the tubes. It is supporting it's own weight through the holes only. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188936664 188936664 Mounting The Overhead Modules - 112 Here's both of the modules in place. They are still not bolted to the frames as of this picture. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188936665 188936665 Mounting The Overhead Modules - 113 This is just another view. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188936666 188936666 Mounting The Overhead Modules - 114 Next the tubes for the anchor cones are cemented in place. The connections between the two modules do not have the c-channel piece so they are fed into the holes on the modules individually. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188936667 188936667 Mounting The Overhead Modules - 115 Next I add the anchor cones to each of the rods. They will be cemented in place after the modules are bolted to the mounting frame. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188936668 188936668 Mounting The Overhead Modules - 116 Before bolting the Module frames to the support tubes I needed to drill out access holes so that I could get the screws and washers into the tubes. All of the screws have self locking nuts on them so they won't wiggle loose when the models are moved. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188936669 188936669 Mounting The Overhead Modules - 117 After all of the nuts are tightened I am now able to lay the modules on their sides and work on connecting the module pieces together with the anchors. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188936670 188936670 Light Panel Turnbuckle Anchors - 126 The Turnbuckle anchors also need to be added to each light panel. With a 1mm bit I drill out the pilot holes for the eyelets. There are 8 of these eyelets on each panel which brings that total to 336 eyelets for this dock. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189890834 189890834 Light Panel Turnbuckle Anchors - 127 These are the first to panels with the eyelets in place. There are 12 tension rods per panel and each rod will have 2 of these eyelets on them. So there will be 1008 eyelets on the dock. the total number of all eyelets that will be needed is 1,764 eyelets! Yikes! http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189891142 189891142 Light Panel Turnbuckle Anchors - 128 This pic shows a better view of the eyelets. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189891141 189891141 Light Panel Turnbuckle Anchors - 129 Another view of the eyelets. 40 more panels to go. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189891143 189891143