1/350 ST:TMP Drydock (pt I) http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/ 1/350 ST:TMP Drydock (pt I) The Ultimate Goal - part I Now it's time to build everything that you see in this pic that surrounds the Enterprise, namely, the DRYDOCK! http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930276 23930276 Building the Lower Modules - 1 Now the holes for everything that was marked on the previous slide have been cut out. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930280 23930280 Building the Lower Modules - 2 Here upper panels have been added including the fronts and back ends. If you look closely at the sides you'll see openings that will allow the Drydock to be mountable from either side. The side that will not be in use will have doors that will slide over the openings so the armature mount will not be visible. Since there's really no good pics ov the top of the drydock anywhere, I'm going to add a few of my own ideas. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930288 23930288 Drydock Armature Test Fitting - 1 Comparing this shot with ST:TMP shot, the drydock appears to be pretty close to the filming model's shot. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930298 23930298 Drydock Armature Test Fitting - 2 Here's how the armature fits through the drydock model. I'll be doing some adjustments to tweak how it fits together, but this gives you an idea what the model's going to look like. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930300 23930300 Detailing Drydock Lower Modules - 1 Here are some of the details I've added to the overhead modules. Though it's far from finished I've put the basics on in a random patern of my choosing. I've put the frames on around the light panels and the 2 halfround details that run down the center which do follow what is seen on the big screen. This is the front of the left module, the right module will be identically detailed. More details to come. Stay Tuned! http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930313 23930313 Detailing Drydock Lower Modules - 2 Yes! Drydock Got BLING! I went to my local Hobby Lobby and found some interesting geometric shapes and beads and such to add as details. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930323 23930323 Detailing Drydock Lower Modules - 3 Here are the modules side by side. There are a lot of details and there could be much much more. I just reviewed ST:TMP to compair detailing and there's just no way to add that much. Besides, too much detailing will make painting the final color very tedious. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930320 23930320 Building the Drydock Lighting Panels -1 Next, I've started on the light panels. Here the same method to cut the panels is used as was done for the Galileo and parts of the TOS Enterprise. First, the squares are marked off then scored with an exacto then snapped. This is sheet styrene .080 thickness. Very easy to work with when making larger pieces. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930303 23930303 Building the Drydock Lighting Panels - 2 After all of the pieces are score and snapped they are bundled with tape so that 3 holes can be drilled through all the pieces at one time. The holes allow for the wiring to be added later. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930305 23930305 Building the Drydock Lighting Panels - 3 This is the approximate spacing of the panels when they're in final position. Of course the upper and lower tiers will be angled to fit the Drydock. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930309 23930309 Building the Drydock Lighting Panels - 4 Here's the back of the panel with it's full details. I don't want to scare anyone who's trying to scratch build one of these models, but it took about 2.5 hrs or so to put these details on one panel. Well, 1 down, 41 to go. Please don't expect a whole lot of updates between now and the time I finish all of the panels.... Until next update..... http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930310 23930310 Building the Drydock Lighting Panels - 6 Here is one of the rows of light panels. There are 7 panels to each row, 21 panels to a side and 42 panels all together. Each time I do a panel It gets quicker and easier to detail. I started out at about 2.5 hours for the first one, and now I'm on my 8th panel which took about 40 min with all the details pre cut. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930312 23930312 Building the Drydock Lighting Panels - 5 In order to get the details on the panels done a little bit quicker I arranged a parts bin with all the detailings pre-cut and put in the order they will be applied to each light panel. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930311 23930311 Building the Drydock Lighting Panels - 7 To assist in the placement of all of the details on the light panels, I had drawn out guidelines on each of the squares. This makes it much faster to put everything in it's place. Just for your information all the parts that are assembled on each panel including the panels themselves total 94 pcs ea. There are 42 panels which make a total of 3948 pieces so far. Whew! http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930314 23930314 Building the Drydock Lighting Panels - 8 And Finally all 42 panels finished. Each panel has 94 parts to it, this far. Times 42 that equals 3948 pieces just on the panels. A few more than the pieces for the PL Enterprise. (Sorry, I got bored and figuered out the math.) Anyway, next I'll be working on the front sides of these and detailing more of the overhead modules and I'm going to start a frame type mold to work on the frames for the drydock. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930317 23930317 Building the Light Panel Covers - 1 Now I'm currently working on the what I'll call the "Light Covers" for the side light panels. These took some careful planning because they have to be slightly recessed and be able to hold a clear piece of plastic along with the Light "Insert" which you will see a sample of in one of the next PICS. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930326 23930326 Building the Light Panel Covers - 2 Here you can see how the light covers will fit into the back panels. Each of these are test fitted several times and numbered so when they're finally assembled they'll match up perfectly. The next step will be to opaque the outsides and then put on a Flat White basecoat. Then I can start addind the wiring and lighting. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930327 23930327 Building the Light Panel Covers - 3 Here's how the pieces fit together. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930328 23930328 Building the Light Panel Covers - 4 Here all 42 panels have been finished and temporarily fitted together. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930330 23930330 Adding Light Panel Support Rods - 1 Next the rear support rods are added on. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930331 23930331 Adding Light Panel Support Rods - 2 After reviewing ST:TMP again, I found some minor detailing on the light covers. Although they are not clearly visible some can be detected. So, I randomly added these details. Here are the light covers with their new details. All 40 of the remaining panels will be updated. After this, they will be opaqued and then basecoated. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930332 23930332 Light Panel Details One final detail has to be added on the backs of each light panel. There is one single light in the exact center of each panel, so I drilled these out with a micro drill bit. I'll be sure to take pics of this when the panels are lit up. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930339 23930339 Painting The Lighting Panels - 1 Now that all of the details are on the front panels they need to be opaqued on the one side. This pic shows the inside of one of the panels. This side doesn't need to be opaqued, this way the panel can still be cemented without having to worry about it NOT adhering to the main-frame. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930336 23930336 Lighting The Drydock Panels - 1 Each piece of aluminum will have 3 holes punched into it to allow for the wiring. A little Elmers glue-all will keep these secured to the backs of the panels. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930341 23930341 Lighting The Drydock Panels - 2 Here's what the inserts will look like in the side panel light frames. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930343 23930343 Painting The Drydock - 1 This pic is an actual piece of a close-up model that was actually used in ST:TMP. I put this here because I want you to see the actual pain job as compaired to my model. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930344 23930344 Painting The Drydock - 2 Here is a test painting of the panels. What do you think of the color? It's pretty close, a little darker than TMP but its rght in there. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930345 23930345 Building the Light Panel Frames - 1 Here is the first of 14 straight panels that has the added suspension rods in place. Holes were drilled for both the horizontal rods and each of the diaginals. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930351 23930351 Building the Light Panel Frames - 2 This is the inside with one of the panel frames in place. You can see the reflective material for the LEDs. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930353 23930353 Building the Light Panel Frames - 3 In these pics you can see where I added the detailing on each side of where the frames make contact. It is essentiaqlly a strip of styrene on top and bottom and the deatils are added afterward. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930358 23930358 Building the Light Panel Frames - 4 A closer view of the details. This actually strengthens the frames and helps hold them together. It is also a detail that is sometimes missed on some cg models. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930359 23930359 Building the Light Panel Frames - 5 Now for the curved frames. This is a tough bending process, but it looks pretty decent. I learned my lesson with the flat panels and that is to NOT add the tensioning rods until AFTER the wiring is done. Live and learn. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930360 23930360 Building the Light Panel Frames - 6 Next the pieces, usually 10-15 at a time are placed in between the fold of an electric heating pad set on high for about 10 minutes or so. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930362 23930362 Building the Light Panel Frames - 7 The high heat setting softens the plastic enough to make it bendable, but wont melt the tubing. Then by hand each piece is bent around a Testors Spray can and held until its cooled a bit. Then I tweek the pieces to match the "Master" curve you can see in the pic. It's that easy. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930363 23930363 Building the Light Panel Frames - 8 After Each piece is curved to satisfaction 2 holes are drilled into the curved sections so the light panels can be fitted and then later wired. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930364 23930364 Building the Light Panel Frames - 9 I found this to be easier to do this way: First I fit the light panels between the 2 bent pieces. They are measured exactly 6" apart at the outside of the tubes. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930365 23930365 Building the Light Panel Frames - 10 The next few pics are different angles of all 28 curved panel frames. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930368 23930368 Building the Light Panel Frames - 11 Here we have one side of the panels all assembled. I put the front panels on for these pics. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930372 23930372 Light Panel Lighting Effects - 1 This view is a little bit clearer. You can see the loop in the foreground. This will make it soooo much easier to solder the LEDs in place as you'll see. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930378 23930378 Light Panel Lighting Effects - 2 As you can see here the bent up lead on one of the LEDs slides right into the eyelet and the wired side of the other LED slips right in as well. This keeps everthing in place long enough for the soldering to be done. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930381 23930381 Light Panel Lighting Effects - 3 And of course, they are all test lit before moving on to the next frame. As of this posting I have 2 of the Bent frames completely finished. That's 28 LEDs, 2 for each panel. More updates, SOON! http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930382 23930382 Light Panel Lighting Effects - 4 In this pic all of the tensioning rods are now in place. You would be suprised at how much strength those rods add to the frames by holding the light panels in place. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930383 23930383 Painting the Overhead Modules - 1 Another shot. I wasn't sure about how the upper half detailing would look until I saw this pic. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930386 23930386 Painting the Overhead Modules - 2 To make sure the details are identiacal on both modules, I completed details on one side of a module(bottom one) then place the next on to be done on top then match the pattern. Next update I'll have pics of the hangers on the fronts and rears of the modules. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930391 23930391 Painting the Overhead Modules - 3 This is a composite of the original filming model I'm using for reference. The pics were donated to me by fellow modeler. This model was repainted for use in the TV series. but the details are basically the same. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930392 23930392 Painting the Overhead Modules - 4 A closeup of some of the details. I tried to match the reference pic as close as I could. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930394 23930394 Painting the Overhead Modules - 5 A different angle with a bit more shadowing. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930397 23930397 05/04/08 Here are the finished boxes. There is no obvious function of these things and the details are not visible on TMP. So, I made up my own details. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930405 23930405 Painting the Overhead Modules - 6 Here they are in place. My theory is those knobs in the center are emergency stablizers that extend out and attatch to the hull of the ship in case the drydock loses power. This will keep the ship from drifting until power is restored. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930408 23930408 Drydock Hanger Bays - 1 Next, I began some interior detailing of the front and rear hangers. The front one will be displayed with it's doors closed as in the movie, http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930410 23930410 Drydock Hanger Bays - 2 This is a test fitting. As you can see the hull of the Drydock is now it's final "Rust" color. Again the flash over does the color. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930412 23930412 Drydock Hanger Bays - 3 On the rear hanger, I decided to use up some of the incredibly wasted space of the modules for Shuttle Craft and Work Bee as well as cargo storage. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930415 23930415 Drydock Hanger Bays - 4 ... And the finished "LIT" version. You can see I did a little kit bashing with the cargo containers. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930418 23930418 Drydock Hanger Bays - 5 And here is the front hanger with "Lit" Travel pod in place. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930419 23930419 Drydock Hanger Bays - 6 I'm not sure, but these things look like some sort of shuttle or Work Bee bays. At least that's what they look like in the reference pic I have, so.... http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930420 23930420 Drydock Hanger Bays - 7 ... I used a lot of my left over PL Enterprise decals to make this an official StarFleet post. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930421 23930421 Drydock Hanger Bays - 8 Finally some of the lighting is done for the underneath of the modules. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930423 23930423 Lighting The Drydock Overhead Modules - 1 Here you can see where I've begun adding the inserts for the lighting panels. I've attached blue gels with a spray adhesive, then another plastic piece will sandwhich them in place. More pics on that soon. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930427 23930427 Lighting The Drydock Overhead Modules - 2 Here the inserts have been sandwiched along with the blue gel. As you can see I'm using only 1 LED per panel. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930430 23930430 Lighting The Drydock Overhead Modules - 3 The reflective material is placed over the LEDs to enhance the light. It also blocks out any light leaks. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930431 23930431 05/24/08 A closer look at the inserts. Soon I can join the 2 modules together and connect them to the armature frame as seen in earlier pics. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930433 23930433 06/05/08 Here's how the armature will be hidden by the interface pieces. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930440 23930440 06/05/08 Here's how it looks from the side. Also the bay doors that will cover the unused side of the armature are now in place. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930448 23930448 06/14/08 Here all the pieces are assembled. As of this posting I have 14 of these finished. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930489 23930489 06/14/08 This is a pic of the original filming model. On the upper support rod to the left and right of the light panel you can see where the neon tubes were connected. These were hidden by the details I am now working on. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930491 23930491 07/11/08 Now for the spindles. There are 10, 1" posts per set. First I cement the posts in place making sure they are evenly spaced. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930503 23930503 07/11/08 Here's what the pieces look like assembled. There are 5 facing up and 5 facing down. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930521 23930521 07/11/08 This shows how close the finished product is to the blueprint design. I have to make 28 of these with the top and bottom rails, Then 14 with only a bottom rail and then 70 spindles won't have a top or bottom rail which will connect the two overhead modules together. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930525 23930525 07/30/08 The Flat washers are hot glued to the bottom strips, then a finish washer is placed over that. You can see in this pic just exactly how much work this entails. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930534 23930534 07/30/08 This is a container of the cone-shaped pieces. There are about 350 or more pictured here all set to have the holes drilled into them. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930539 23930539 07/30/08 ...And finally the first 2 sets of spindles are cemented in place. There is also 2 plastic pieces that runs through the posts. The ends will be melted to help hold the spindles in place. http://www.nemvia.net/apps/photos/photo?photoID=23930542 23930542