Thursday 28 November 2013

Enterprise-C - Finished

The Enterprise has actually been finished for 10 days now, but I couldn't find the time to take pictures to post. Well, here she is, after more than a decade she's finished and ready to join her sisters in storage.

I'm not going to do any weathering. Why? Allow me to explain. We all know space is mostly "empty". But, as the Enterprise is flying through it at near-lightspeed, it is being bombarded nonetheless with tiny particles and micro-meteorites. The "deflector dish" (the round, blue thingie in the lower front of the drive section) pretty much solves this by enveloping the entire ship in a "shield bubble". While protecting the hull, this shield also guides any encountered particles (mostly hydrogen, but preferably deuterium) towards the "Bussard ramscoop collectors" (the shiny red thingies in front of both warp nacelles) that collect everything, in order to resupply fuel and basic materials.

Thanks for allowing me a moment of techno-babble. It's been years :-)

Price : Can't remember, probably around €20, back before we even HAD euro's
Number of parts : 26
Time spent : 27.5 hours (14 painting)
Project completion time : 15 months

Paint : (Vallejo)
  • Gray primer
  • 20% Light grey + 80% White for the base coat
  • 20% Insignia blue + 80% White for the dark blue stripes
  • 10% Insignia blue + 90% White for the lighter blue stripes
  • Transparent red & blue for the nacelles and deflector dish
  • 40% Flat yellow + pinprick of Ferrari red (Revell) + 60% white for the escape pods
  • Black grey for the phaser banks
  • Gold, Silver, Black & Insignia blue for the display stand
Other :
  • Alclad II klear kote semi-matt as a varnish
  • Posca ink-pencil (black & white) for all those tiny windows
  • 18m of masking tape (give or take)
  • Microscale Kristal Klear for attaching the transparent parts

And finishing with a close-up of the damaged section, that I repaired by taking a Latex mould from the other side of the saucer and filling it in with plaster. More visible to the naked eye than on photo.