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Polar lights Enterprise 1701 Refit
1/350th Scale

Aye laddie, Page 1 !Page 2 and that about itPage 3 would you belivePage 4...Good 'ere 'innit?Page 5...more odds and endsPage 6...it's a shuttle bay thingPage 7 and we are backPage 8...just putting a few bits together likePage 9 a few wee bits and bobsPage 10 yep, we back!

Page 11, a little light lighting thingPage 12, Farting about with foil dontchaknow!Page 13, Oh the boredom of it allPage 14, be glad when it's donePage 15, just no end to the sillinessPage 16, back in the groovePage 17, still going...Page 18 and still going on...Page 19...back from the deadPage 20...lighting things

Page 21, Deflector doo-dadsPage 22, the final frontier...as it werePage 23, It's a guinea pigPage 24, pearl paint problemsPage 25, aztec akimbo!Page 26, Masking mumblesPage 27, more masking mumblesPage 28, It's all pearly!Page 29, saucer shinnanegans as it werePage 30, Secondary hull sodding about

Page 31, MORE secodnary hull sodding about!Page 32, The bits that make it goPage 33, and that's me done!

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Make it glow!

Spotlights, Shadows And Some Foiling Up.

So then people, using the usual interior lighting for the upper saucer spotlights, foil was duly applied to the inside.


Now as per the effects model because of the lighting they used,
the phaser bank bumps cast no shadow.

Just doesn't look right so expanding on a previous idea,
some marking and material removal to the inside of the saucer.

This done with a small gouging chisel and a rounded end milling
bit then a light sand off.






Matt black paint liberally splashed on,
sanded down to leave the black lines and the foil trimmed away to
the very extremity of the spotlight footprint.
The inside and outside respectively.




Okedoke.
The inner spotlight area will get the same treatment as the
forward spotlight footprint on my Enterprise E.
So much internal masking and silver airbrushing fun to be had.
So that done, rear saucer top spotlight area foiled up and sliced out.


Now a bit of foiling up on the bottom interior.
Now one thing to mention here and it's always annoyed me just a wee bit.

Now my internal spotlighting technique generally works ok but the
ones on the bottom saucer doing it my usual way
involves the bottom saucer portholes being lit up only when the spotlights are on.
This being the case, I have decided to try a different approach.
the idea being that the spotlights can be off and the windows still lit.

Now I will only post the starting bit here,
namely the foil-up and whathaveyou but bear with me.

First up to fill the portholes and drill to smaller size
and remove the raised panel on the phaser banks so they sit flush.
Like the rest, the bumps will be replaced.
On the spotlight emitter points on the inside,
the plastic was milled out so there is a distinct step inside, like this...












Now then, getting LEDs to shine out at what I consider
to be the correct angle is a problem,
especially using 5mm LEDs.
So I will be using some of the splendid mirror coated plastic
to make reflectors so I can keep a tight reign on the light outfall.

Idea being that the spotlight emitters will be dull lit with a
resistor loaded 3mm LED when the window lighting is on so
said spotlight emitters will be noticeably on but dim.

Then the main spots can be kicked in or switched off at will.
Also I will be wiring these up so the two and four leaf clover
spotlight effect will be selectable by simple switching.

Well the result of that little experiment,
you'll have to wait untill the next update to see
if it works or not so for now, that's ya lot!

Go easy gang and i'll see thee next update time!

Aye laddie, Page 1 !Page 2 and that about itPage 3 would you belivePage 4...Good 'ere 'innit?Page 5...more odds and endsPage 6...it's a shuttle bay thingPage 7 and we are backPage 8...just putting a few bits together likePage 9 a few wee bits and bobsPage 10 yep, we back!

Page 11, a little light lighting thingPage 12, Farting about with foil dontchaknow!Page 13, Oh the boredom of it allPage 14, be glad when it's donePage 15, just no end to the sillinessPage 16, back in the groovePage 17, still going...Page 18 and still going on...Page 19...back from the deadPage 20...lighting things

Page 21, Deflector doo-dadsPage 22, the final frontier...as it werePage 23, It's a guinea pigPage 24, pearl paint problemsPage 25, aztec akimbo!Page 26, Masking mumblesPage 27, more masking mumblesPage 28, It's all pearly!Page 29, saucer shinnanegans as it werePage 30, Secondary hull sodding about

Page 31, MORE secodnary hull sodding about!Page 32, The bits that make it goPage 33, and that's me done!

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