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Polar Lights 1:350 Starship Enterprise, NCC-1701-A

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Well I've officially crushed my record for longest time spent working on a single project... my last record was roughly 9 weeks on my 1/350 NX-01 ISS Enterprise, and I honestly never thought I'd ever top it as I tend to work pretty fast... short attention span I guess. In any event, I started this build back in october, and while I did take a couple breaks during that time, I probably put in about 12-16 weeks of work on this monster. I've been doing a lot of lighting projects over this past year, essentially to get myself ready for this thing, my previous lighting projects typically using between 10-20 LEDs, this one was a whole new animal, my LED count topping out at around 55.

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There are between 25-30 LEDs in the saucer, 15 or so in the engineering section, and 4 each in the nacelles. I lit a few of them using a circuit card manufactured by a company called Madman Lighting, purchased through the Starship Modeler store, this card has 2 different flashing circuits allowing a handful of lights to flash or strobe at different rates, the rest of the LEDs were powered using resistors. The whole ship is powered by a 12V power adaptor, but I adapted a 12V battery pack to power it for mobile purposes, but it runs through the batteries like crazy...

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I painted the ship using vinyl masking templates made by the Aztec Dummy company, again purchased from the Starship Modeler store, and I can't recommend them highly enough, they're absolutely indispensible if you ask me. The colours were mostly custom mixed using Tamiya acrylics, but the overall hull colour is XF-2 flat white.

During the build of this model, I took extensive photos which can be found here for the build up and here for the finished model. I also took a few progress videos and posted them on youtube, they can be viewed here, there are also build up videos for some of my other recent models.

PS: A word of warning though to anyone planning to build this model anytime soon, please, I beg of you, reinforce the display stand's forward support struts... I didn't, and the bloody things broke on me... fortunately, they were fixable without too much trouble, but it was a real pain in the behind... or just wait for the upcoming reissue, which apparently has an entirely new stand

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almost forgot... for those who doubt how big this thing is

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PS I'm 6'7"

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Beautiful build !

Congrats ...

Gregg

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And it looks even more impressive in person, as well as a LOT bigger! Several "old timers" in the club had their jaws bouncing off the floor when they saw it! Great job Sam!

Alvis 3.1

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Dang, that huge! Get your mind out of gutter I was referring to the ship....lol

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almost forgot... for those who doubt how big this thing is

meent.jpg

PS I'm 6'7"

Sweet build. Who's that Klingon holding it? :deadhorse1:

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Holy Crap, that ship is HUGE! How much does it cost? :deadhorse1:

CultTVMan has a preorder up for the reissue at $63.95USD, but I bought a lot of aftermarket stuff for mine... I figure I had to have spent $300 on mine

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Sweet build. Who's that Klingon holding it? :thumbsup:

Sweet looking model I have that model also and the NX-01 in 350scale. Great job and thank the Cardasian for holding it for you. :rolleyes:

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Sweet looking model I have that model also and the NX-01 in 350scale. Great job and thank the Cardasian for holding it for you. :thumbsup:

I missed the 1:350 NX Class. Now they're priced way more than they're worth and I won't pay what people are asking for them. Maybe Round 2 will release them some time later...

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