The USS Enterprise (Refit) from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Build Log:  Part 16 Well, hi! First off, I feel an apology is necessary here – I haven’t updated my log in a LONG time, and I should have.  I’m sorry.  Since last we spoke, I’ve had a move across the country to Munich and started a new job with a cool biotech firm, and […]

The USS Enterprise (Refit) from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Build Log:  Part 15 This update is going to be about some of the electronics that I’m designing and working with to control special effects on the model – the lighting of the torp launcher and the sounds that go along with the lighting effects. First off, let’s spell out my requirements – there are […]

The USS Enterprise (Refit) from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Build Log:  Part 14 This is a mini-post to host a video showing how to assemble and solder various LED types for use in the Secondary Hull (LED tape, normal LEDs, SMDs, some soldering tips).  Watch at your own risk, and bring some coffee :). Some points to note: When soldering, treat your pen/iron like […]

The USS Enterprise (Refit) from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Build Log:  Part 13 Well, it’s been a while, but I’ve got a few things done in the time since I last updated here.  I had almost begun on the secondary hull, but found a few things that needed handling before that was done up, so I put that part on hold until my next […]

The USS Enterprise (Refit) from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Build Log:  Part 12 Okay, everyone, I did some fun stuff in the last couple of weeks – some was dirt simple and pretty, some was a little harder and is coming out really great. First off, let’s bid a fond “see you soon” to the engine nacelles – I’ve trimmed them out and packed […]

The USS Enterprise (Refit) from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Build Log – Part 11 It’s been a while since I’ve written this log, so my apologies go out to anyone who’s been waiting…hope it wasn’t too long. When last we were here, the nacelles had just been wired, all the internals were light-blocked and fixed in place, and the nacelles were finally sealed up.  […]

The USS Enterprise (Refit) from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Build Log – Part 10 Before I begin – Post-note to the prior bit on painting the grilles:  somewhere along the line, I seem to have acquired a roll of 1mm masking tape, which works great on the inboard grille trenches (assuming it can go on straight, which is a bit of a challenge). Now it’s time […]

The USS Enterprise (Refit) from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Build Log – Part 9 All righty!  More work on the engine nacelles – and their internal wiring. First off I want to sing the praises of that Vallejo surface primer again – it’s been really excellent to work with.  Dries extremely smooth, lays flat, and is rather forgiving of when I “overdo” it.  I […]

The USS Enterprise (Refit) from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Build Log – Part 8 For the next sub-assembly, I’m going to do the engine nacelles, port and starboard. Not too many parts, but we are starting to stray into an area where the parts are rather large. For starters, I’ve separated all the pieces from the main bags and sanded / filed them smooth. […]