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Old 09-10-2011, 07:48 PM
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I was never too happy with this old kit, so I popped it open and stripped the paint (except for a tough blue undercoat I don't remember doing). Plenty of aftermarket stuff to get. If I resist the urge to stuff it full of lights and concentrate on brushing up on my paint and decal skills, it just might turn out okay.

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Old 09-10-2011, 08:39 PM
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i would recomend getting the upgrade pieces from DLM Parts as well as the Highly detailed decals from DLM Parts as well, i built this very same model two yrs ago and used the decals from DLM parts and it turned out great i would also visit starfleet-models and purchase the 1/1000 window decals for this kit as well, though if you get the windo decals make sure you buy two sets of the window decals they are a little challenging to put on, if you decide to light your excelsior i would apply the window decals b4 you do any painting and you can use the decals as kind of a template of where to drill and then after drilling you can remove any trace of the window decals.
but i would recomend a non lit excelsior personally , lighting takes so much time and it gets tiresome sometimes.

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Are there any photos of the studio model before it was bastardized into the "B"? This area seems to have been altered compared to the kit:

http://www.modelermagic.com/wordpres...erence-039.jpg

I've got the PNT decals. Any comment on those?

And again, NO LIGHTING. LOL
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Found this.



http://www.starfleetmodeler.com/Star...ss/default.htm
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A good watch and screen grab session of ST 6 would be your best be for any pre B references.
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now if u plan on lighting this kit remember what i said about using the window decals as a template for wndow drilling you can aquire them at starfleet-models.com or at federationmodels.com
personally i would just paint and forgo any lighting bbut that is me.
i would still get the window decals if i wetre you wether you light it or not, thewindow decals are perfectly printed so that all you have to do is cut them out correctly and place them and the decl sheet helps out with placement very well.
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I may have mentioned that I wasn't going to light it.

The PNT decals have windows. Anyone know the pros and cons of these vs. other ones available?
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I have a set of the PNT decals for the E-B and they look terrible. I'll try and get a pic of them if you want, but they remind me of something you'd cut out of a kid's activity book. The details are soft and colors are screwy.

I also have an Excelsior build on which I used DLM details, JT windows, and JT registries. I love how it turned out. I had painted the model with white primer and then MM Gloss Pearl Clearcoat. The blue areas on the DLM sheet are slightly translucent and the pearl effect showed through them a little.
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Yeah, that's why I was asking about the PNT excelsior ones I already bought. They have odd instructions about being very fragile and adding white glue to the water. Never heard such a thing.
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Have you received them yet?
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Afraid so. I'll order the ones from DLM and compare.
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Do you see what I mean about it?

You'll throw rocks at the PNT sheet when you see the DLM.

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I used pnt decals on my excelsior, I found that almost all of the panelling decals were either the wrong shape or didnt conform to the kit parts at all... so much so that I shelved the build and havnt gone near it since

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Thanks for the input guys. I'll get everything that's available (decals and parts) and maybe make up some aztec templates for what's left.
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