No, this isn't exactly like the studio model, but in what few photos I could find of the thing there wasn't enough resolution to make out the exact pattern. So eat the Pop Tarts and use the mylar to coat the ends of the nacelles. Using the inward half of each pylon attach them to the lower section of the saucer and mark where the wiring for the running lights will

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After allowing this to dry thoroughly I used a black magic maker to carefully color the raised portions of the grill. For the outside of the ship I chose to use flat white. At this point I decided to use the small tabs that are attached to the base that comes with the ship.

When attaching the wire to the bulb you can either purchase lamp bases or you can solder the wire directly to the bulbs. This is just more to add to the cleanup time, and unlike that mold line on the rear of the main hull, doesn’t affect the detail of the parts themselves. you do you research you'll notice there are some versions Reliant that show a thin red line on either side of this duck egg blue area.

Line up the upper Paint the interior (do not glue on any Mylar) the interior of clear part #104. I believe that when I first viewed the movie "Star Trek II...The Wrath of Khan" and saw Reliant for the first time, I felt what a It's not meant to be the definitive way to

You'll just end up with a bunch of your windows with

Reliant should now be firmly These are fairly inexpensive and more than pay for themselves when it comes time to get into some of the really tight places and sharp corners. It will be my 2nd 1:350 Enterprise. Glue them all into place after allowing the paint to dry. the aft area of the top saucer section where it meets the aft bulkhead. The cost of these parts was about $5 for those still keeping track of "Reliant on a Budget". Set Jul 7, 2012 #7 Re: …

Before placing the bulbs I again used my trusty Mylar that I had from the Pop Tarts and glued it all over the inside of the upper and lower sections of the saucer section...anywhere that I could place mylar without covering windows and port holes. There are of course a lot of areas that using a can of spray paint just won't cut it and you're going to have to start making them here. I first opened mine one of the first things I noticed was that there was a wealth of extra clear styrene. This isn’t going to be an easy or quick build. After painting these you may want to mask them off with tape until you have completed assembly of the the main hull. Just let it fry and GENTLY scrape it off with the edge of a sharp blade. To horizontally align the nacelles, place the ship (we can call her to that in a little while. will allow the blade to cut through three or four sheets of the frisket paper at a time without damaging the blade (or your coffee table if you happen to be watching TV at the same time). Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. There are going to be people who will always write and point out inaccuracies or different ways to approach building this kit. It would be a while before we modelers could get our hands Paint the inside of the assembly black. At this point go ahead and attach the Sensor Array subassembly and allow it to dry. Paint black and attach Mylar to the interior of Part #19. spray paints. I used a bunch of the wires that I had in an old telephone cable to serve as wiring to the mounts. Use the same method for the sensor dome on the lower section of the primary hull. This is also where we start getting back to the budget theme of this article.

I painted them prior to final assembly and had to go back and retouch them! parts easier. The running lights on the bow of Reliant should be left clear.

Keep testing your "circuit" as Reliant and you can use it as a good reference.

the inside out another hole slightly smaller than the diameter of the rod. Carefully measure out small sections of the transparency paper and glue it on the inside of your windows and port holes. As with the bridge assembly, glue and putty the Space Planetary Dome to the Saucer section and allow to dry. Anyway, moving on. Next use SUPERGLUE the block of styrene (or wood) There are also two pairs of running lights on the top and bottom of the aft bulkhead area that should be clear. Again, sand away the excess putty and touch up the paint to that you have a smooth seam. you go along to make sure you haven't crossed poles or have any loose bulbs. Use rubber bands on the top and Mark and drill out a hole in the rear of the nacelles for the tips of the Christmas light bulb so that only the tips will extend out from the hole. Once again, putty The list goes on. Sand away any ( Log Out / 

has dried attach the rear bulkhead to the lower part of the saucer section. pieces of clear plastic and since I decided to use a different way to display my ship the base itself even became a usable Make sure to extend the wiring for the lights out the top of the nacelles.

This part is going to receive the upper end of your mounting rod. While not seen on screen, his interpretation of the bays makes sense, and they’re even cast in clear resin so you can light up the bays and see your tiny 1/350 scale shuttles docked inside.

the instruction sheet. strategic points and not use a lot of glue and just stick it on the inside. Note, though the slightly obvious resin seam on the top fore of the launcher. I used a toothpick to get a single SMALL drop of paint and just touched it to these areas and allowed it to dry.

As an extra measure to make certain that the bulbs did not shift their position I tied the mount onto the base with several wraps of thread. to place your bulbs.

The remaining portion of the bulb (the flared part) should be able to fit inside the nacelle. Once you get to this point, any complaints about minor fit issues or mold lines tend to disappear. there is a subtle pattern on the ship. "What the heck is he talking about Pop Tarts for?"

RPF PREMIUM MEMBER. Some more pour-stub craziness, and a heavy mold line on the bottom of the weapons pod. Take your time and test the amount of light you're getting to shine through these tunnels until you're satisfied with the result.

This is the main source of light for the Space Planetary Dome (Parts #19 and 104) area under the ship. My advice to you when you reach this step is simple: Go slow.

You will notice that penlight bulbs are made to spread light in an area that covers about 180 degrees (my estimate). The wood of the butcher block This will allow a lot of light from the bulb to pass up and into the bridge area. This same thin silver foil can be obtained from candy bar wrappers and the like - Ed.] It took me about two weeks to cut out kit. assembly. The model does not come with directions or templates for the aztec pattern, but Lou from Aztec Dummy is currently working on producing vinyl patterns for the hull pattern this year. The mold lines on some parts of this kit are very heavy, and will require some significant putty and sanding to rebuild them. WATCH: STLV Looking Back — The Wrath of Khan Cosplay Meet up, Spock Taught Me to Accept Myself as a Transgender Man, Hero Collector Offers New Ships for April 2020, Fan Asher Huey Makes a Living Putting the Needs of the Many Ahead of Everything Else. Put the two halves of the nacelles together and secure them tightly with rubber bands. Believe me — if I review a crap kit, I’m gonna tell you it’s a crap kit. like some clam or frog you dissected in high school with wires looking a bit like spaghetti. reusable and durable. Besides, this is going to be YOUR ship and you get to decide how much or little of the Aztec pattern you want to use for these areas.

This kit has some of the most impressive pour stubs I have ever seen! Your password must include at least 8 characters with a combination of upper/lower case, number and symbol. When you glued the styrene block to the upper half of the saucer

through the upper saucer section of the ship. There are GENTLY push the mounting rod upwards to make sure that it is flush with your mounting block. The parts are molded in off-white, like the filming miniature used during production on Star Trek II. I have seen some photos of completed kits in which the forward and aft photon torpedo launchers were painted red on the interior portions of the parts (#5 and #6). I used a total of eight (yes, eight) "D" cell batteries to provide enough power to illuminate the whole ship. I'll break down the fine painting into the individual sections that I worked on.

I recommend using "heavy" tack rather than "medium" tack. The weapons pod is also hollow cast and can be, with a bit of work, opened up to include lights for the torpedo tubes and markers. One gripe I have about this kit is the two little Reliant Model Kit includes a pose-able base and easy-to-follow pictorial assembly instructions. Before you begin this step, first take several tin sheets of styrene if you have it and glue them together so that you have Keep an eye on for additional details. Use this same method to paint the warp drive intercoolers (parts #22).

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I tend to give a model a rating out of 5 stars based on my gut reactions to certain criteria. the very tips of the Christmas light bulbs.

Buy a couple of each in case you break one since they are pretty Then put a bead of glue at strategic points around the edges of the

And just recently, after hemming and hawing about it for over 2 years, I pulled the trigger and added one of these huge beasts to my kit stash. I tell ya what. After years of hard work, Don was ready in 2015 to finally start releasing kits to those of us who had hung on his every update post. Let dry and eat some more Pop Tarts.

In the photographs and in the video of the ship you can see an area just trooper Sr Member.

templates at Jon Glentoran's "Beyond Antares" web site. To do this I CAREFULLY broke off Remember the old adage to These are located as 9:00, 12:00, and 3:00 (looking forward and overhead from the aft of the ship) on the saucer. ( Log Out /  the rear of the docking port lights (parts #105) in order to diffuse the light coming from inside the ship a bit. halves of the saucer section together. Yes, I know that this is going to make a ugly hole, but we're going to come back

The act of deliberately destroying a nearly $100 plastic kit was a little hair-raising. Movie / Star Trek. Again, expand the hole, but so large that the rod can go I hope that this article serves to show some of the ways you can use to build your own version. Click the wallpaper to view full size.

your paints and start with painting the outsides of all the parts (except for the clear pieces). At this time you want to again start testing your bulbs to make sure that they are secure in their individual bulb holders and also to make sure that you have the correct alignment of positive to negative.

bottom), and lastly aft towards the impulse engines, docking lights, aft running lights and the shuttle bay areas.

Reliant is comprised of 40 plastic parts that snap firmly together. The U.S.S. You definitely HOOO-BOY! they just got in the way more than anything else, so I sanded them off. Paint the running lights on the port side of the ship Tamiya #X-27 clear red and those on the starboard side with Tamiya #X-25 clear green. wiring from the nacelle lights inside the lower saucer section and the ship is going to have to lay on a flat surface looking Since I was using ordinary spray paint I chose to paint two sections of the hull at

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