AMT 18'' Star Trek TOS Enterprise

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    AMT 18'' Star Trek TOS Enterprise

    Post  slingshot392 on Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:50 am

    I originally built this model as a kid, so I was really happy to see that Round 2 had rereleased it again. I picked up the limited edition tin box at a scratch and dent sale, there was very little damage to the box, really only on the bottom and I got it a little cheaper than a cardboard box version, plus it comes with a nice poster of the box art.

    Here is a good article on the history on the AMT Enterprise, A History of the AMT Enterprise Model by Jay Chladek
    http://www.culttvman2.com/dnn/tabid/74/ctl/ArticleView/mid/408/articleId/6/Default.aspx
    on the CultTVMan website.
    http://www.culttvman2.com/dnn/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx

    I wanted to build this model straight out of the box like I did when I was a kid, just hopefully better! I know there are some accuracy issues, I just wanted this as a fun build and to hopefully be a bit of a step back in time.



    This photo shows the difference in size between the AMT 1/650 saucer and the Polar Lights 1/1000 Enterprise saucer.



    A lot of the builds I have seen of this model have used super glue and they had some real problems with the engineering hull and the pylons, I have a pretty bad allergic reaction to super glue so I mostly use the liquid gel glue. I was going to lay in a lot of glue where the pylons and neck glue into, I didn't want a lot of the plastic goo squeezing out, so I filed down the corners of the tabs that they glue into so there is a little bit of an opening where the plastic goo will hopefully squeeze out of. It's kind of hard to see in the circle on the photo, the top one has been filed down.



    A lot of the guys that used super glue would end up having the engineering hull cracking along the joint line as it's really only a butt joint. To give a little more gluing area and strength, I cut a number of tabs from some plastic sheet and glued them on, they were a big help in assembly. So far, mine has withstood some heavy man handling.



    The kit stand is pretty much worthless, I just used a #11 blade and twirled it around and then used a file to finish the opening and put in a plastic rod, I will use some aluminum tubing with a homemade stand for better support.



    I didn't have any gaps anywhere on the engineering hull which surprised me, but I did have some lips which did take some filing and sanding. Some better clamps probably would have eliminated most of that.



    The nacelles went together nicely, I wish now I would have glued some tabs in these as well as it would've made it a little easier. I had to remove the locating pins from one of them to get it to line up correctly. After filing and sanding, I brushed on some Krylon primer thinned 50% with water where I had sanded and was pleasantly surprised to find it was pretty smooth, not normal for my models! The detail on the grill's on the inside of the nacelles is really showing the age of the molds, some of it is as deep as the original model, some of it is nonexistent, it's just flat plastic.



    I was trying to re-create the look of the domes for the front of the nacelles of the original model, first I painted it with antique gold and then painted on some clear red. Looks a lot better in person than in the photos, silver instead of gold might have worked a little better though.

    I am doing the detail painting on all of the parts first so I can tape them off before painting the main body color, might be a little backwards, but easier for me than trying to do it after the entire thing is assembled. I tried some washers and drybrushing on the grills on the nacelles, but I'm just not that good at it yet and with the soft details, it just didn't turn out. For some reason, I keep screwing up the detail painting on the nacelles, I must have redone some of it five or six times now, getting closer though.





    Here is the saucer attached to the engineering hull. I also cut away the pockets from the inside of the saucer and it worked pretty well as I really laid the liquid gel glue in heavy and nothing squeezed out and it is a very solid joint. Only a tiny area at the front and back needed a touch of filler.

    Originally I was planning to do this as the Enterprise from the episode Space Seed, scratch building a small ship to go alongside it. This will probably be the only TOS Enterprise I will be building for quite a while as I have so many other models in my stash, also thinking of doing it as the Defiant from the episode Tholian Web where the Defiant is disappearing into an alternate timeline and it is glowing green. I picked up a bottle of very good glow-in-the-dark paint that they say is pretty translucent, the more coats you put on the better glow you get, but it will also give it a green tint just because you can actually see the particles glowing even during the day. When I am painting the base coat on the Enterprise, I will also lay some paint down on a test piece and then try the glow paint over that to see how it works out. I think it would look nice glowing on top of my entertainment center at night, might also drive my cat nuts for a while! Very Happy

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    Re: AMT 18'' Star Trek TOS Enterprise

    Post  alexbb on Sat Mar 06, 2010 12:06 pm

    keep em rolling

    THOSE WHERE THE DAYS WHEN AS YOUNG KIDS WE USED TO WAIT EAGERLY FOR SUNDAY EVENING TO WATCH THE EARLY STAR TREK EPISODES ON AN ITALIAN TV STATION. LONG LONG TIME AGO.NOSTALGIC TO SAY THE LEAST

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    Re: AMT 18'' Star Trek TOS Enterprise

    Post  Ray on Sat Mar 06, 2010 12:57 pm

    Keep them rolling Brad and yes Alex those were the days Sad

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    Post  Dottore on Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:06 pm

    but admittedly was never a fan....to me episodes seemed all similar. Yes i remember the Italian TV stations Star Trek episodes well....

    The usual intro words...."Diario di bordo bla bla, data astrale bla bla..." LOL

    Great work so far! Looking forward to seeing how you will finish this!

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    Re: AMT 18'' Star Trek TOS Enterprise

    Post  slingshot392 on Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:29 am

    I'm a touch to young two remembers seeing them on their original run, but I sure watched them a lot on Saturday mornings when I was a kid. Star Trek and Baa Baa Black Sheep were the two shows that I would pull up a little bench in front of me and build models while watching. Those were the days!

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    Re: AMT 18'' Star Trek TOS Enterprise

    Post  bcauchi on Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:11 pm

    Great work there Brad, you should have this model done soon. Looking forward to seeing it all put together.

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    Re: AMT 18'' Star Trek TOS Enterprise

    Post  slingshot392 on Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:21 am





    My Enterprise was completely built and I was doing some sanding on the last spot that needed it when the nacelle broke off right where it glued in. Unfortunately, the pylons for the nacelle's are very weak and I had already glue them together and into the engineering hull before I read about some solutions. Just filling the pylons with strips of plastic glued in place can really help strengthen them, but stock form, the nacelle's really wobble around if even slightly bumped and would eventually break.



    All is not lost as I am converting it into a scout class and doing it as the USS Crockett.

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