USS Enterprise E from Star Trek Nemesis

trekriffic

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I gave the nacelle aztec decals a few coats of liquid decal film to thicken and hopefully toughen them up.
I may lay the individual strips down in sections anyway, easier to handle and squeeze out any water from underneath that way:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Nacelle Aztec Decals by Steve J, on Flickr

meatloafr over on All Scale Trek printed me up several sizes of decals for the RCS thrusters on the saucer and nacelles and the black tuning fork that goes on the front between the bussards.
Saves me from having to paint them on.
Also he printed me several variations of a Nemesis decal for the base:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - More Decals by Steve J, on Flickr

I was able to glue down a single short piece of the PE nacelle grill that was popping up a tiny bit.
Hardly noticeable from most angles but naggingly irritating to the perfectionist in me.
Micro Krystal Klear was applied under the offending 1/4 inch section using a toothpick and
held down with my clean thumbs at each end until the glue set, about 5 minutes.
The glue dried clear but I went ahead and cleaned out any excess in the trench either side
using an exacto knife to slice along the edge of the grill (so as not to grab the glue under the grill as
well when I picked it out) followed by a quick pass with alcohol on a pointy small cotton swab to dissolve any remaining gunk:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Nacelle Grill Glue Down by Steve J, on Flickr

Taking a slight detour from decals...

These grills turned out great. Had to spend some time picking out bits of Testors copper enamel
from the teeny tiny holes with a sharp metal pick but it was worth the effort. The trench aztec decal looks great too:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Deflector Dish Detail by Steve J, on Flickr

And veering way off course...

Gratuitous shot of the finished lower saucer aztec and escape pods. Nice shot of the lit deflector grills too:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Lower Saucer by Steve J, on Flickr

Rest assured I have since gotten back to the task at hand and have but three sections of decal left to complete the nacelle Aztecs.
Of course I won’t be completely done since the decals didn’t quite fit right so a few will need ... TOUCHUPS!

So I will end up having to brush paint the areas that need touch ups (or simply to be filled in) with black or medium grey paint.
First though I will seal the decals with a lacquer gloss coat before applying my paint over, or adjacent to, the decals.
 
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Finished the aztec decals on the nacelles. Just need to add the tuning fork decal to the front and RCS thrusters to the back. Also will add the stripes and registry decals:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Nacelle Decals by Steve J, on Flickr

These grey and black patches up forward fit poorly. I ended up overpainting the black decal section to fill in a gap between it and the grey patch. The black section was also about 1/4 inch too short; and didn’t quite reach the end of the slot in the hull. Anyway, the touchups went well. I sealed the decal with clear gloss lacquer before brushing with thinned black enamel. The enamel was a little darker than the decal so I painted the whole section:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Nacelle Decals by Steve J, on Flickr

Should be finished with the nacelles tomorrow. Then I’ll tackle the upper saucer decals.
 

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The “tuning fork” decals went on between the bussard collectors without too much incident:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Nacelle Fork Decal by Steve J, on Flickr

Yesterday I added Aztecs to the upper bridge superstructure as well as the dark blue dome on top. Not everything you see in this photo is decal though as I did a number of medium grey panels with a brush. The decals fought me from the start and I had to perform some miraculous recoveries refloating with warm water to save a few. The tip of the dark grey “scythe” on the starboard side at the front got irreparably mangled so I will need to either paint or add a section of cadaver decal to restore the tip. No big deal:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Bridge and Superstructure Aztecs by Steve J, on Flickr

The dome decal went on the easiest after I took my time cutting it out from the decal sheet with a sharp exacto knife.
After positioning and tamp down with a swab using Micro Sol, I brushed it with Solvaset which got rid of any remaining wrinkles of which there weren’t many:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Bridge and Superstructure Aztecs by Steve J, on Flickr

After a few coats of Solvaset:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Bridge and Superstructure Aztecs by Steve J, on Flickr


ST Modeler included these tiny added “window” or “ports” or somethings for added detailing, it also includes the round access ports for the aft end of the main upper superstructure that will fit nicely on the photo-etched:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Extra Detail Decals by Steve J, on Flickr
 

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So far so good. The top decals have gone on very well:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Upper Saucer Decals by Steve J, on Flickr

Decided to add the thin black panel lines on top and sides of the main shuttle bay control room in this CGI image using donor decal material:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Control Room CGI Image by Steve J, on Flickr

Using some leftover decal material from a 1/2500 Enterprise D kit I carefully sliced sections of thin black stripes to lay atop the saucer shuttle bay control room:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Donor Decals by Steve J, on Flickr

The black stripes I cut off the leftover donor decal sheet were used to make the panel lines seen on the top and sides of the shuttle bay control room. Using decal material was the only way to make these lines as I could not foresee being able to make such extremely thin lines using a brush. After the decals set I brushed on a coat of Future hence the glossy finish:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Shuttle Bay Control Room Panel Lines by Steve J, on Flickr


Finished up aztecing the upper saucer. Spent an hour poking holes thru the windows openings before giving them all an individual good brushing with Solvates to shrink the decal film down tight inside the opening prior to filling with Krystal Klear:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Upper Saucer Aztecs Done by Steve J, on Flickr

While working on the saucer I covered the nacelles and the aft end of the secondary hull with a wax paper bag salvaged from an empty box of Cheerios. It fits nicely over the nacelles as well as the saucer to protect the areas already decaled from getting nicked or rubbed:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Wax Paper Bag by Steve J, on Flickr

I like how the Raytheon Effect looks under the decal. Still need to add the RCS thruster decals and the escape pods. Once those are on I’ll spray with Glosscote before applying the ships registry and insignia decals. Also any stripes or additional detail decals:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Upper Saucer Aztecs Lit by Steve J, on Flickr
 

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Thanks Q!
Here's a video showing current progress...


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Current Status Video by Steve J, on Flickr

Next thing will be aztecs for the upper secondary hull followed by the lower secondary hull.
Seal entire ship with Glosscote before adding ship’s name and registry decals and stripes.
And any additional hatches or whatever detail decals I want to add.
 

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Thanks Wolf Star! She’s far from a perfect build but most of my more complex builds have some small deficiencies. Still, I’m amazed at some of the saves I’ve had, all with this ship.
She seems to have overcome almost all the obstacles I have placed in her way due to my own failings. Still I persevere until the job is done, which is all a modeler can do sometimes.
I do have to say seeing the decals going on has rejuvenated my enthusiasm for this build and I’m really looking forward to photographing her when she FINALLY launches.

Urimomo,
Dude… That is one SERIOUS thumbs up.
Thank you.
 
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Sorry for no posts in awhile Enterprise E enthusiasts. This will be a somewhat wordy post.

I know... you are all shocked!

Here we go...

After finally figuring out what they were, I cut out several of these bits from the ST Modeler decal sheet.
These extremely small markings get spaced evenly around the sides of the phaser strips.
The ends of the phaser strips get a half circular decal and I had already done those.
Honestly, I debated even putting these on but thought they might help add a little scale to the ship if placed carefully and evenly.
So, in for a penny, in for a pound or something like that, and I took the plunge.

Also shown are the sharp pointy tweezers to pick up and soak each individual decal
in warm water and a scribing tool (?) with a screw nut to lock in a measurement, to use for spacing the decals.
This will add hours more to this build as each decal can take up to a minute to pick up, soak, place with a brush, and settle down.
There are 130 decals alone for the long arcing upper and lower phaser strips on the saucer not to mention the others aft and elsewhere:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Tiny Phaser Strip Node Decals by Steve J, on Flickr

There are 66 of these "nodes”, as I am calling them, on the long loop on top of the saucer and 64 on the two on the bottom; at least according to the blueprints of the Sovereign I have seen online.
This image is at the start but it ended up taking me at least 2 hours for this one section and the one opposite it on the port side.
Thankfully it gets faster as you go along and gain experience and can mirror.
I am using a synthetic flat soft brush which is amber colored to pick up and place the decals. The decals show up well against the amber.
Once on the model I position them using the brush and a toothpick, then using MicroSet, I tamp them down with a cotton swab before brushing with Solvaset later:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Tiny Phaser Strip Node Decals by Steve J, on Flickr

I applied Aztecs to the forward lower secondary hull just aft of the deflector dish.
The dark grey recessed panel in front of the phaser strip required three treatments with Solvaset to get it to finally shrink down tight with no air bubbles. You can also see a line of four oblong circles in the middle of the deflector trench I added to match the Soveregn blueprints I found on the internet:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Lower Secondary Hull Aztec Decals by Steve J, on Flickr

Finished applying the upper secondary hull and strongback aztec and panel decals.
Had to trim the black “inverted bell curve” shaped decal to fit the sidewalls of the shuttlebay porch after the Nemesis modifications.
Still need to add spine stripes and the sickle shaped decal in front of the clamshell doors.
Also have a couple of docking ports for the secondary hull to add:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Strongback Aztec and Panel Decals by Steve J, on Flickr

These are the remaining Aztec and panel decals for the sides and underside of the secondary hull:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Last of the Aztec Decals by Steve J, on Flickr

I saved these remnants from when I trimmed the decal to fit the sidewalls I had added to make the Nemesis version of the E,
I should be able to use them as donors to add the borders to the decal on the model:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Strongback Bell Curve Decal Remnants by Steve J, on Flickr

It really helps to cut these larger decals up into sections before soaking and placement. Less chance of the decals ripping, folding, or wrinkling which they tend to do at the slightest provocation:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Strongback Aztec Decal Low Light by Steve J, on Flickr

Next up...

Docking ports and wing dings.

:)
 

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Beautiful-looking work here. More patience than I would have in dealing with those teeny-tiny decals
 

trekriffic

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Sorry for the delay in posting my progress.
I have more pics but I thought I'd save them for later since everyone knows I always try to keep my posts from getting too long and wordy.

Yeah...

Right...


Anyway, here we go.

Docking Ports and Wing Dings...

Added these three round docking port decals on the sides and back of deck 3. Had to make my own light grey decals in thin strips to lay down on top of the hangar deck in front of the side ports out to wrap over the edge. The aztec decal sheets did not include them so I cut some from my donor decal pile. The transporter pads were placed too. I also added a maintenance hatch just forward of the photorp launcher courtesy of the detail decals. It’s barely visible in the CGI image:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Deck 3 Docking Port and Transporter Emitter Decals by Steve J, on Flickr

Placed the docking port decal on the aft end of deck 3 under the dual photorp launcher:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Deck 3 Aft Docking Port by Steve J, on Flickr

What started off with using decal material ended up being a hand brushed “wing ding” aztec on the lighter band of the upper saucer. I just wasn't satisfied with how light the decal's aztec pattern was on the light grey of the background. So I used the CGI images to paint some of the shapes a darker medium grey, other shapes I just “winged” it. The pattern is rather random and mostly evenly spaced. I am not going to paint ALL the wing dings, just enough. I’m using MM flat Neutral Grey enamel. What you see took me two hours to do what with painting and touch up with thinner and a microbrush, I estimate it will take about 8 or 10 hours to do the rest of the saucer band:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Upper Saucer Aztec Wing Ding Brushing by Steve J, on Flickr

I decided to finish the starboard side before moving on to the port side. Took about 4 hours. Now I just need to mirror the wing dings so both sides match. If you could make a living painting wing dings, I’d be rich!


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Upper Saucer Starboard Aztec Wing Dings Done by Steve J, on Flickr

I saved this image at the largest size allowed on my iPad, the better to see all the tiny figures I painted by hand with an 18/0 brush. Tap or click on the image to see the full size image on Flickr!. If you look closely you may find a dog, a duck, a squirrel, a few snakes, and even a tiny TOS Enterprise, all done as "wing dings".
There are also a lot that look like birds.
95% of the time, the resemblance was unintentional, I only discovered them after the fact:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Upper Saucer Aztec Wing Dings Mirrored and Done by Steve J, on Flickr

Moving along...

Having finished hand brushing the medium grey wing dings in the lightest grey saucer band, I revisited some of the detail decals on the bridge and decks 2 and 3. Added a few access panels to the sides of deck 3 and some others to the bridge and deck 2. Where possible, I chose decals applied to mirror those found on the original studio model:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Upper Saucer Detailing by Steve J, on Flickr

Went back and did a little aztec decaling on the secondary hull forward under and behind the deflector trench.
The rest of the underside will get decals last:


USS Enterprise E - Nemesis-WIP - Forward Secondary Hull Lower Aztecs by Steve J, on Flickr

Next...

Painting the "unlit" unopened windows with flat black enamel and filling the lit drilled out window ports with Kristal Klear.
That should only take 8-10 hours...
 
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