1:1600 Star Trek Three Ship Set - HLI "Be a Kid Again" Group Build

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February 11th, 2020, 7:11 pm

I agree. With just the primer coat they look great! Can't wait to see them after they're painted. Keep up the great work!

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February 12th, 2020, 12:01 am

Thanks guys!


The base has no weight, so I filled most of it with plaster and the ends with some epoxy putty.

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For the ships, I'm in the refining primer stages now. I like to use Tamiya Liquid Surface Primer for the seams here. It's similar to Mr. Surfacer (so I'm told, I've never seen a Mr. Hobby product on a shelf IRL). It's good for when paint is not enough, but putty is too much.

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February 12th, 2020, 2:38 pm

Do you use that surface primer in an airbrush or paint it on with a brush?

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February 12th, 2020, 4:28 pm

Shawn McClure wrote:
February 12th, 2020, 2:38 pm
Do you use that surface primer in an airbrush or paint it on with a brush?

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I just brush it onto seams and trouble spots. You can usually sand it in a couple of hours. The brush cleans up with lacquer thinner or acetone. I use a fairly cheap brush because of that.
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February 12th, 2020, 9:28 pm

I might have to get some of that. I'm having some trouble spots that this would work with. Thanks Spencer.

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February 12th, 2020, 10:21 pm

No problem.




The second, and last, coat of primer is down. A couple wee spots, but I can live with it. Plus, there's was only one hair! That's a win :P

I epoxied a sheet of 0.1" styrene to the bottom of the base for some more belt-n-suspenders. Had to use two pieces, and I'm doing the putty work now.

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Now I need to figure out what paint I'm going to use.

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February 13th, 2020, 5:05 am

Lookin’ good.

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February 14th, 2020, 5:42 am

The base is practically done. I sprayed with a dark gray Duplicolor primer - "Gray Hot Rod."

Liked it enough that I hit it with a big ole rattle can of Krylon flat and called it a day.

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I need to get some of that fancy stick on felt for the bottom.

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February 14th, 2020, 1:49 pm

Looks really smooth.

Hey, I got some of that primer you mentioned. It looks like it worked like a champ! I have to sand it down now, but I'm happy with it so far.

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February 21st, 2020, 4:40 am

Decided on the colors for the ships.

I'll post a color guide when I suss things out fully, but for now:

The BoP:
Stynylrez Black Gloss primer followed by Vallejo Metal Color Silver for the hull and Metal Color Chrome for the nacelle end-caps. Still need to figure out how to paint those small round sensor ports on the hull.

The D7:
A pale green (Tamiya Cockpit Green and White) for the undersides and blueish grey (Sky Grey and Light Sea Grey I think) for the top surfaces.

The Enterprise:
Tamiya J.N. Grey and White for the main hull.

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