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Old 05-23-2019, 07:53 PM
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Default USS Saber - 1/1000 Sentinel Class

With the Defiant now off fighting the Dominion, a new ship has entered the Tet Shipyards

She's the USS Saber NCC-1873, a Sentinel class light cruiser designed by our own incredible Admiral Buck. They were being made by Ugh Models and I managed to snag a few before the Klingon CnD hit and knocked out the ship yard.

I have already started it, with the main hull, saucer and pylons together. Currently just smoothing things out in the joins, knocking down some seams as well as mounting it.

For the name, I'm going to print that out on clear decal sheet using the Airborne font which looks to be almost an exact match for the kit decals. And just a bit of trivia, she is not named after the edged weapon, but the character of Saber from the anime Fate/Stay Knight.

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The nacelles are only sitting in there. I'll add them after paint.



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Such a gorgeous design, and you’re chugging along nicely.
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Old 06-06-2019, 06:52 AM
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Looking forward to your awesome paint work!
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Not a big update. I decided to PPP the windows and smooth the sides. I'll replace them with window decals at the end. So, a little filling and smoothing to come.


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Filling in the windows went well, and the window decals from PNT came in.





One thing I've decided to do is also smooth over the panel lines on the sides of the engineering hull. They're not the best in some cases, I damaged a few when digging out sanding debris with a toothpic, and I think it will suit the smoothie-style of the TOS Enterprise more as the grid-lines are more TMP-era.

I figure, if I want to put them 'back' I could use generic decal stripes to replace them.

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Okay, after a few days and three or four applications of PPP, I'm close to cleaning up and moving on to other parts. Have to reapply a line here and there, but I'm liking how it looks. Next I'll use finer grit to get the sand marks out. Really hoping to get to paint soon!





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So smooth!
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Alright, I think I'm getting closer to paint! (I hope)

There are only a few little spots to hit again, with one being the crease between the saucer and the main hull. Those are always the toughest spots! The other is the phaser banks on top, which suffered from some overzealous sanding and lost detail. So I took them off completely, and replace them with small nail heads before paint.




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lookin' good man!
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lookin' good man!
Thank you very much!

Progress keeps being made, and that's the direction I want.

I used the wrong descriptive. The new phaser emitters are not 'nail' heads, but pin heads! That does not mean anything personal to me...



I used some Scotch tape and marked out where the emitters should be, then used that to measure around the saucer and drill pilot holes for where they will be placed. Then out came the drill bit, and a careful start was - shazbot!!




The driver slipped and I dropped it, thus breaking the bit.

Not to worry though. After a meditative moment of reflective cursing, I turned the broken end against the dremel cutting wheel to sharpen it, used some tweezers to get the broken end out of the hole and drilled on!

I even placed an extra two on the front slope of the upper saucer. A little extra fire power never hurts.



I didn't realize until I started cutting off heads (and doesn't that not sound nice...) that some are perfectly smooth while others have a little nob at the top. I chose the nob ends (no snickering from the brits please) and then found out that they also come in slightly different diameters, so I had to make sure they were all the same diameter as well.

No prob!!

Each hole was also counter-sunk a little bit, to help the pin heads sit flush against the surface, and then all six new emitters were cut and glued in with Micro Kristal Klear. I could have used CA, but I could see myself getting very messy with that!



With those done, I moved onto the nacelles. These come in three pieces, the main body, the bussard domes and the end caps. Since I'm painting these off the struts, I need a way to hold them, so holes were drilled into the strut slots for toothpicks.



The end caps and the nacelles were pencil marked to make sure I would have them angled right. And rather than use the two rectangular resin 'shafts' that are offered to help with that alignment, I instead pinned them, using the shafts from the nail heads and glued them on with CA.



Unfortunately, the join between the end caps and the nacelle bodies are a bit messy, so putting them on now before paint is essential. I'm going to need to clean that join up, but compared to the other little problems, that should be nothing...

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Great progress! Sorry about your drill bit.
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Eh, drill bits come and go. But I was able to save what was left and resharpen it, so that's a win!

Had a little more progress today. I re-engraved some panel lines on the saucer that were getting a little anemic, and outright sanded some smooth that I don't think I would have been able to repair convincingly. Then I moved onto the fantail shuttle bay.

The door detail looked a little rough,


I raided the Styrene Stash for some currugated/louvered plastic, then traced the opening onto Scotch tape and transferred that to the new piece. Shaped and sanded...


And then added with superglue.



Not too bad, I don't think.

Now to get back to those nacelles...

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I shall call her Black Beauty!







This is her under an Alclad coat of primer/microfiller. Hoping the microfiller will fill in some teeny/tiny roughness, even though she is pretty smooth already. Every little bit helps though. Once dry, I'll give it a light sanding to smooth it out and then I'll give it a gloss coat to further help with the smoothness.

After that, I'll start laying down the first color.

I'm onto paint!

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Model on! I like her all stealthy in black...
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Well, if she was being assigned to Section 31, she might have stayed that way!

But no, honorable work is in the future for the USS Saber.

To that end, I sprayed the hull with Model Master Light Gray which, on its own, looks quite light and almost a finished color. But, I wanted to go even lighter, so I mixed that with MM White until it was a very light gray, more an off-white.

At this point I realized I was going opposite of the 'established' scheme, but I also didn't want to go too dark.

Using a circle cutter, I cut the mask for the saucer stripe out of Tamiya tape and then cut and applied more for the other sections, such as the struts and the nacelles.



Then pulled that off.





Ran into a little problem on the underside of the saucer and one of the nacelles. Got some paint peel...



So, I'll have to reverse mask those spots tomorrow, then once dry I'll give it all another light sand to knock down the roughness. There's a little more masking and coloring to do on the underside of the saucer, then I can start detail painting.

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