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Old 09-20-2009, 12:57 PM
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THIS is coming along NICELY Tracy!
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Old 09-24-2009, 12:37 PM
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A LOT of planning and a LOT of drawing with little construction over the past 2 weeks.

The nacel pylons have been completed. The following are some shots showing the process of breaking down the pylons into segments and preping them for attachemt to the secondary hull, primary hull, and nacels all while keeping them alligned and giving the illusion that they pass through the primary hull uninterupted.

Pylons with embedded brass tubing cut into segments.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...nscut2size.jpg

Laminated styreen shaped to the pylon profile are glued into place and ready to be shaped.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...dandfilled.jpg

The upper segments of the pylons are attched to the secondary hull. The "feet" of the upper segments are shaped to meet the flat surface of the extention hull.

The lower segments are complete as well.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...withPylons.jpg

Aft view.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...aryHullAft.jpg

Close-up of the pylon elbow segments showing the effect of conduate detail passing from one segment to the other under the skin plating.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...onAssembly.jpg

Drafting Plates are complete with full skin detail. Note the odd deflector grid pattern both top and bottm.

Primary Hull.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...rimaryHull.jpg

Deflector grid.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...dsandparts.jpg

Primary Hull / Nacel intersection design.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...ylonDesign.jpg

Secondary Hull plan.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...ylonDesign.jpg

Close-up.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...ryHullPlan.jpg

Bridge A/B deck in clay. I just want to do this once, so I'm molding it for future 18"kit projects.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...geABinclay.jpg

Ready 4 Rubber.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...rdy4rubber.jpg

The first casting of the Bridge A/B deck is curing as I right this. Up comming work will be, determining the top center-line of the nacels for preparing the mounting of the lower pylon segments to the nacels. Things should go very quickly construction-wise after that.

View entire project here.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...albumview=grid

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Old 09-24-2009, 01:13 PM
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Old 09-25-2009, 04:52 PM
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The Warp Section Assembly has started.

Here, the design for mounting everything to the Primary Hull starts to take shape. These are the support rods that will run through the Primary Hull then the embedded brass tubing in the Nacel pylon segments.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...gnmentRods.jpg

Checking the pylon segments for being flush and cut at the same angle.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...nglechecks.jpg

The lower pylon segments fitted with their nacel Butt-Plates.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...utt-Plates.jpg

Warp Assembly Allignment Check. Just like the Elbow segment, there are spacer plates on the gluing surfaces when the pylon segmnets meet against the Primary Hull - still to be added.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...nmentCheck.jpg

The pylons are ready to mount to the nacels, but the nacels are awaiting parts from JT Graphics. A special surprise in the nacel's assembly will be fun to share.

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Old 09-28-2009, 09:28 AM
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Tracy,

I have the Masters and they are going to the casters this week with SPECIAL orders to get one complete set to me ASAP for your build. The NEW cap is freaking beautiful.
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Old 09-30-2009, 03:20 PM
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Thnx Jeff! I believe I'm ready for them now.
I have some progress pics!

Here the Juction pads are placed in position prior to drilling through the Primary hull assembly
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...nJunctions.jpg

Pad close up.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...ountingPad.jpg

Nacels are marked off and the Lower Pylon segments are glued into place.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...Allignment.jpg

After drilling completly through the Primary Hull assmebly at 33 deg angles, the Brass Rod Armatures are put into place for a test fit.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...ndArmature.jpg

Nacels are aligned and glued into place.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...Allignment.jpg

The rest is a test fit of all the subsections at various views. Nothing is glued.

Bow
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...orwardView.jpg

Aft.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...t=7AftView.jpg

Port
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...=8PortView.jpg

Starboard Bow
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...arboardBow.jpg

Top View
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...=10TopView.jpg

View entire project...
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...albumview=grid

Tracy

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Old 10-06-2009, 07:13 PM
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The construction phase for scatch parts is over.

I've scribed the hull with the Copernicus's unique deflector grid pattern before starting any priming.

Primary Hull scribing
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...lectorgrid.jpg

http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...lectorGrid.jpg

First Primer coat and sanding of the Hull components. More coats to come before even thinking about hull color. The unique pattern can be seen if you look closely.

Primary Hull Top
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...rimaryHull.jpg

Primary Hull Bottom
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...rimaryHull.jpg

Secondary Hull Primed with first sanding
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...ondaryHull.jpg

Shuttle Bay Doors
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...oorsprimed.jpg.

As the week goes on, I expect another primer/sanding treatment or two before starting to paint the three-toned hull characteristics of the CGI Copernicus.

View entire project slide show here...
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...view=slideshow

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Old 10-07-2009, 08:38 PM
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It looks like it is coming along quite nicely... truly inspirational workmanship!

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Old 10-08-2009, 07:57 AM
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Thanx Shaw!

Primary and Secondary Hulls are primed and almost ready to receive color.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...ngComplete.jpg

Upper Primary Hull. Deflector grid is showing better here; however, a couple of color coats will refine it nicely to scale properly with the hull's surface in 1/650.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...rimaryHull.jpg

Lower Primary Hull. The extention Hull sections have blended nicly into the saucer and the deflector grid is reducing nicely.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...rimaryHull.jpg

Secondary Hull. The deflector coils still need to be buffed out with fine emmry cloth to remove any spray contaminants in the primer coat, then it will be ready to receive color. A Copper/Brown mix. The Brown is used to reduce the flakey metalic texture Copper usually has. The other option is Alclads.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...ondaryHull.jpg

Awaiting parts to finish up the nacels.

I hope to have this finished for the Warner Robins Ga show on the 24th.

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Old 10-17-2009, 10:13 PM
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I'm kind of at a stand still on the model until some of the parts I ordered come in. I've been adding the Nav Light positions and ensuring the Lenses I'm using fit their respective sockets OK, and are aligned.

Here are 4 of the lateset images with their diary entries at the bottom of each picture...

Nav Lights, Large and Small...
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...ePositions.jpg

Bottom Nav light and why it's important to position first...
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...Allignment.jpg

Hanger Bay Beacon and new raised panel detail.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...erBayBecon.jpg

Primary Hull after another primer coat and buffing.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...omIMG_6069.jpg

View entire project slide-show here...
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...albumview=grid

Tracy
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Old 10-18-2009, 03:31 AM
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Wow, for all those photos, that photo bucket is very good. Nice WIP!
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:41 PM
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Not everything is scratch-built on this project now folks - thanks for a little help from JT Graphics. Here is the latest release Jeff has comming out for the 18" Enterprise kit, as well as the 1/1000, 22" Cut-Away, and the planned 1/350 kit. Bussard domes with complete interior fan detail!!!

Many thanx to JT Graphics for "donating" his Bussard Domes to this project. http://www.jt-graphics.com/

Check'em out folks...

Each dome consists of 6 parts, including a clear cast dome with locking tab details.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...dFanDetail.jpg

http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...=1Bussaerd.jpg

Using his terriffic Nacel End Caps as well - Bottom angle.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...2PortNacel.jpg

Starboard Nacel - Side profile.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...boardNacel.jpg

When I'm feelling better, I'll get started with getting these attached to the nacels and determine how I want to paint them. I will be using his Deflector Dish, and Planetary Sensor Dome on this project as well.

Tracy

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Old 10-28-2009, 02:46 AM
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Those look awesome!! Can't wait to see them painted up! Going to have to get a few sets when they become available.


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Old 11-02-2009, 12:49 AM
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Before printing out the decal sheet for me, Jeff was good enough to email me the file so I could print it out on printer paper, cut them out, and test the decals look and fit.

Here's the sheet...

http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...icusDecals.jpg

And here's a few shots of the marking taped on to the primed model...

Hanger Bay Markings.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...ayMarkings.jpg

Pennants and Stripes for the secondary Hull.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...ullStripes.jpg

http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...llPennants.jpg

Primary Hull Top and Secondary Hull Bottom test.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...andNumbers.jpg

Bottom of all the Hull sections.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...llMarkings.jpg

Over-all look Starboard side.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...verAllLook.jpg

Top Oblique View.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...t=7TopView.jpg

Just a few tweeks, and these decals are ready for the ship.

Thanks for the great work again Jeff!

Tracy
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Old 11-02-2009, 09:36 AM
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This looks great!

You mentioned that you'll kit this. Any idea when it'll be ready or how much it will be? Where will you sell it?

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