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Late Friday night, while waiting for my MiG-15 to dry, I got stuck on my Miranda Class because the paint I needed was dried out. So what does a modeller do? Start a new project! :D

 

I have an extra 1:2500 AMT 3 enterprise kit, and this has been percolating in my mind for a while. As with most kids my age, I thought the Franz Joseph "Starfleet Technical Manual" was the greatest Star Trek book ever and always dreamed of building up my own fleet (of course, when role playing I was always the captain of a Federation Class Dreadnought :) ). 1:2500 scale is the perfect scale to do that with. So, since I have extra registry number and fleet pennant decals from my JT Graphics Surya class decal sheet, I figured I'd make the USS Anubis (NCC-586) -- partially as a nod to Stargate SG-1 which my kids love.

 

So, for starters, I wanted to turn the center section (with the "control reactor" which is the name given by the old AMT Enterprise instructions) so that it would face down in the finished product.  So, I cut the front and back parts off the engine nacelle with an exact-o knife and glued them on 90 degrees clockwise. I had to cut off the "Intercooler units" and will need to fabricate new ones later.  I didn't get pictures of the nacelle all cut apart, but here it is re-assembled, but not sanded yet:

 

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I also needed to cut the "neck" off of the secondary hull, so I did that with an exact-o knife and press-fit it into the saucer:

 

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Yesterday, I sanded the warp nacelle.  It looks pretty good, but I won't know for sure until I primer it.  Don't know how well the picture shows it, though:

 

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Also, I've seen pictures of kit bashes with a shuttle bay on the saucer section, which I think is brilliant for a hermes class scout.  So, I tried to replicate that by cutting the back end of the secondary hull off with my Dremel and spending an hour with the Dremel and sandpaper to try and get it to fit correctly.  This is the best I could do. I think it will be OK. The next step is to sand this down, and then use Apoxie sculpt epoxy putty to fill in the gaps.  That will be the tricky part!

 

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This is looking good. Having a decent-sized fleet of 1/3788 wargame miniatures of the Franz Joseph ships, I can appreciate the work you have to do to convert a twin-nacelle Constitution-class ship to a single-nacelle Hermes/Saladin-class.

 

Purely for interest's sake, you might be interested to know that, according to a set of unofficial blueprints of the Saladin class (similar in style to the original FJ Constitution Deck Plans), the ship has two small-ish shuttlebays in the saucer with the doors on the underside, located either side of the planetary sensor dome, about 2/3rds of the way out towards the rim. Having said that, your idea is at least as good, if not better from a practical point of view, and I have always thought that the Engineering section on the Hermes/Saladin ought to be bigger as well, since it would need to include both warp and impulse engineering, which are separated in the Connie.

 

So good work, and I look forward to seeing more of it.

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On 10/13/2018 at 3:22 PM, Tarkas said:

This is looking good. Having a decent-sized fleet of 1/3788 wargame miniatures of the Franz Joseph ships, I can appreciate the work you have to do to convert a twin-nacelle Constitution-class ship to a single-nacelle Hermes/Saladin-class.

 

Purely for interest's sake, you might be interested to know that, according to a set of unofficial blueprints of the Saladin class (similar in style to the original FJ Constitution Deck Plans), the ship has two small-ish shuttlebays in the saucer with the doors on the underside, located either side of the planetary sensor dome, about 2/3rds of the way out towards the rim. Having said that, your idea is at least as good, if not better from a practical point of view, and I have always thought that the Engineering section on the Hermes/Saladin ought to be bigger as well, since it would need to include both warp and impulse engineering, which are separated in the Connie.

 

So good work, and I look forward to seeing more of it.

Thanks for the kind words! I didn't know about the blueprints with the 2 shuttlebays. It would be interesting to see that.

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My weekend kind of got away from me, so I really was only able to work on this project.  But, I was able to mold and sand the join between the shuttle bay and the center of the saucer section.  Here are a couple of pictures.  It's hard to see how good (or bad) the contours are in these pictures and the different color of the Apoxie sculpt doesn't help. It will look better when it gets primered.

 

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This side profile shows the joined sections better:

 

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I had to fabricate new "Final Stage Intercoolers" (according to the Franz Joseph manual), since the others were in the wrong position and sanded off. I used 0.10" styrene sheet and the other nacelle as a template. It took a few tries before I was satisfied with both the shape and position.

 

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The other thing I needed to do was figure out how to do the navigational deflector. The deflector arm tapers to a point hand has a little ball attached, with the deflector on it.  I used a toothpick because it was tapered. I soaked it in superglue to seal it for painting.  I used epoxy putty to make a ball, but it didn't work very well because of the small size.  So, I just shaped it into something that looks OK.  It may need some sanding after it cures. When all of this dries I will be able to primer, then I can really see how good of a job I really did.

 

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