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Old 01-25-2014, 10:42 PM
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I have been working on the runabout. I really want the lights to be bright. To do the nacelles I used a technique that I have used before. I sanded the outside of an acrylic rod. Then I drilled a hole in each end. I placed a blue LED inside each end of the rod. This is like a poor man's neon tube.

I sanded down a white LEDs to be placed at the end of each nacelle. I also sanded down a 3mm green and red LED for the position lights. Two red LEDs light the bussard collectors. The impulse engines were a bit of a challenge I had to drill out and sand the inside of each engine.


I also had to cut out the area behind each engine. I sanded 2 3mm red LEDs flat and glued the into place. For the impulse intakes I used the DLM resin replacement parts. To use these parts I had to cut out the front of the supporting piece. I used two amber LEDs to light the intakes.



To light the aft cabin I drilled 3 holes and glued 3 white LEDs into the holes.

Once I get the furniture and figures inside I think it will look great.

I really wanted the cockpit to be really bright so I drilled 7 holes and added White LEDs to each hole.




I am pleased with my progress so far. I bought a strobe chip from a model railroading site that will strobe the white LEDs on the end of the nacelles and on top of the ship. I still need to do some work on the inside of the cockpit before I seal up the ship.
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Damn....looks cool so far!
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That is all kinds of impressive, Scott
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Like the light work. Cool idea on the acrylic rod too.
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Looking good!
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I have done a little more with the runabout. I glued the Vac formed windows into the top main hull. I also glued the crew figures in the chairs. I then glued the chairs to the deck.





I also glued the crew and furniture to the deck in the aft cabin.







I also glued the warp field grilles and bussard collectors into the nacelles before I glued the 2 halves together. Then I glued the outer pylon cover on. I also masked off the clear parts




I masked off all of the windows and I also masked off the LEDs with liquid mask.




I have also been doing some work on the maintenance bay. I sliced the hell out of one of my fingers today cutting parts out for it
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I'm not suprised----the last time I cut myself modeling was on this blasted runabout. Launched a No#11 through my index finger. 13 internal stitches and 7 external and nerve damage in the tip of my figure.

Stupid model.
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Work on the project continues. I finished assembly on the nacelles and pylons. I filled the seams with Aves Fixit putty. After the putty cured. I sanded it and the seams smooth. I glued the aft cabin and cockpit into the top fuselage piece. I wired all the positive and negative wires to common poles. A test fit showed that the cockpit was not meeting the floor real well. I had to shave down the edge of the one side of the resin panels to get a nice tight fit. Hopefully this weekend I can get the fuselage glued together.

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Here are some pictures as to how the project looks right now. Actually I am amazed how it all seems to be coming together.
This is the column I built for the back of the bay. I'm planning on running all of the wires through it.


These are the support columns for the balcony. Now I just need to figure out how to light them...


I tried to get the doors to look similar to the doors form the set pieces. These are not identical but I think They look okay.


I still need to glue the fuselage together but here is an overview shot of the project


I still need to make the round airlock doors. I also have styrene bits I made to detail the walls
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Work continues on the Runabout. The nacelle assemblies were glued to the fuselage. The bulkheads for the cockpit and aft cabin were glued into place. I attached the position lights to the effects chip. I attached all of the wires to the positive and negative poles and soldered the ends of each pole so nothing would come loose. Finally I covered each pole with electrical tape.


I drilled a hole into the bottom of the fuselage. I used and xacto knife to gradually make the hole bigger so I could screw the female end of the power hookup. This is something I have never tried before. But this set up will allow me to remove the Runabout from the Launch pad for transport and perhaps for a smaller display.


another view of the jack.


Finally I glued the two halves of the fuselage together. The power jack can be seen in this picture as well. I mounted to flush with the bottom of the hull.
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Construction on the Runabout has been completed!




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While the Runabout is in the paint booth for priming I did some work on the landing bay. I built the round airlock doors


I also made some man doors and the cargo style doors.


Here are some overview shoots of the bay



I am almost ready to begin wiring the bay for lighting.
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After 2 coats of primer and some light sanding the Runabout is now ready for paint. It looks real ominous right now.


Since we were off of school today I took the runabout bay apart and skinned every part with sheet styrene. Now I just have to put it all back together...
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Since I finished construction on the Runabout I have focused my attention on the landing pad. I didn't like the corrugated look of the campaign signs, so I skinned the inside and outside of the bay with styrene. Then I glued the bay together. I filled all of the seams with Aves. I sprayed the detail bits inside the bay with primer to prepare them for lighting. I also shot the Runabout with a coat of white primer to prepare it for painting.





Finally I went to Michael's and bought a cheap wooden trinket box. My plan is for this to become my external battery box. I had to remove some silly detail and cover up some wooden flowers but it was the perfect size for what I need.


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Twelve AAA's ?

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