And that’s it, the first assembly test is done. Not easy. Not easy at all. Some details are still to be finalised but I can see the end of the tunnel after a 3 months work, about 80 hours. The real complication with this ship is the design itself : beautiful, elegant, so that the design will inspire almodt all of the others ships seen in Star Trek serials and movies. However, for the model maker, what a pain in the ass !
Hold onto your mouse, I remove your chair : philigore has just wrote an article. Yes, I know it’s crazy. I can’t believe it my self. He lied here, on his couch, with an empty look, mumbling incomprehensible words, drooling (well he’s not very young) onto a Power Rangers T-shirt he hadn’t replaced for months when suddenly he rose and shouted “tiens je vais faire un article !” (He doesn’t speak english). And that’s it, a wonderful article about an amazing werewolf sculpt from Twilight. Ow ! Sorry a “lycan” from the movie Underworld (I just got hit with a stick by philigore, well I liked him better when he was on his couch). It was worthwhile because he really surpassed himself.
I usually make static models. That is making like a “picture” of the model and not a “video”. I’m not very fan of animated models because there is always something I should but can’t animate : figures, mechanical pieces, wether conditions etc. I long ago made a practice to realize only static models. However there can be exceptions. Big scales space models allow animation since there is no figurines. That’s what I’ve done with the Enterprise light-up, using a LED kit to simulate the landing sequence seen in the movies.
Step 2 of the Star Trek Enterprise from Polar Light assembly. I’m introducing a new technique on this work, I d’ont know how to name it… maybe “internal backlight”… The idea is to simulate a light spot created by a floodlight on the hull surface of the ship. Of course, at first, a simple LED could be placed, trying to make its beam light only the hull part needed. Very difficult to obtain in my opinion : the beam wouldn’t have the correct form and how to adjust its luminosity ?