(click on the date for event details)
7/14/01 - The model was purchased.
I realized what I had done at approximately 3:00 pm.
7/15/01 - Visited the
local hobby shop, acquired initial materials and Enterprise-D
7/16/01 - Began assembly of
7/17/01 - Assembled hull,
did a LOT of filing, some serious gluing.
7/18/01 - Assembled first
nacelle, Stardrive section. Filed much putty.
7/19/01 - Glue tricks,
tricky glue, and introductory airbrushing
Milestone! The Voyager model arrived
7/22/01 - Gotta be careful
with that putty! Practiced airbrushing, read the Voyager instructions.
7/26/01 - Caulk, Caulk,
7/28/01 - Lights, Camera,
Actio.... Wait a minute - what was that about lights? I think it has
7/29/01 - Comparing other
people's efforts - changed the lighting method and discovered...blinking....
8/01/01 - With a little help
from my friends (1am)
Milestone! I came, I saw, I begged
for help and fortunately for me I got it. Circuit board is done!
The Gimp, Part II
8/09/01 - Mixed paint
colours, came up with hull colour combination
8/10/01 - Learned about
decals (or, "How to Perfectly Apply a Colored Film Thinner Than
Your Cornea to Plastic").
8/13/01 - Ramping up to
begin construction of Voyager, working out some details
8/18/01 - Continuing to
work out some kinks before I begin
8/19/01 - I've begun
working on the Voyager - saucer section
8/20/01 - Upper saucer
section - decals
8/23/01 - Putting putty
on the auxiliary deflector base, masked the windows, mounting the LEDs
8/26/01 - Hull
repaired, moving on - polishing fibre sucks!
8/28/01 - Found new
cement and paint-on masking material, placing large fibres (tedious,
Finished placement of larger fibres, painted crew quarters
9/7/01 - Not
gonna be possible to mask all those tiny windows perfectly -
Milestone! Completed running
the fibre through the upper saucer section - what a chore!
9/16/01 - Begun
work on the bottom half of the saucer section
Decaled the windows, drilled the crew quarter and running light
holes, and mounted a fibre that's too short.
Finished the halves, painted the insides black.
10/5/01 - Took a
little break while I figured how to light the bay windows -
those things are a bitch
Milestone! The saucer section is complete, all parts
tested and confirmed, moving on.
10/21/01 - Have
begun work on the warp drive section, this will be pretty
Figured out how the warp nacelles will be built - matched colors
for interior paint and identified LEDs for lighting / wiring
11/21/01 - Takin' a break - probably pick up
again after I find a job.. :) I've been working through
how I'm going to do the warp nacelles, more complicated than
11/23/01 - Figured out the Nacelles - masked and
painted them in preparation for LED placement
Milestone! Busy couple of
nights - finished all LEDs, including the mini-drivers I'm going
to use for the port / starboard indicators
Installed the electronics into the nacelles, grooming for final
Mounted the bussard collector plastic, filled the resulting gaps
and papered the blue LEDs
Milestone! Took a break due
to the season. Finished the warp nacelles! These
puppies were hard to assemble, but I managed to pull it off.
Figured out how to create fore and aft impulse lights in nacelle
1/08/02 - Plugged bussard light leak in the
nacelles, did a ton of filing so as to create channels for the
Milestone! T was feeling
ambitious - 20 hours later, the drive section is complete!
The Shuttle Bay
Trying to figure out how to do the shuttle bay - how much detail
will fit in something the size of a quarter?
Finished the back wall, got the parts for the rest of the bay.
Inserted platform, installed supports
Milestone! The shuttle bay is now
complete. Placed decals (damn hard), created ceiling
Central Hull and Closure
Milestone! The three pieces have been
joined into one - working on wiring, electric mechanics
Setback.. The circuit board interfaces are all great..
with the exception of the port indicators, saucer section..
Making progress. Figured out what was wrong with the
Milestone! The electronics are complete,
and they all look good. Next is installation of windows,
Installed the bay windows, figuring out the number of crew
quarter lights (mini-fibres)
There's a bump on my ship..! Figured out where to plug it
in, and what to do with the bottom running light.
Filed away the holes necessary for the power plug and the bottom
light - harder than it looked..
HUGE Milestone! I've spent the last 14
hours closing up the ship - the final internal assembly
Painted primary deflector, the hull is now complete, and all the
lights work perfectly. Time to move on to puttying...
Puttying and Masking
Been puttying, it's very detailed work - 3/4 finished.
Pictures! Putting completed, but not perfected.
Caulk is only useful for specific locations, otherwise tape
makes a better mask.
Milestone! Masking complete, case
complete - ready for primer.
Priming and Preliminary Painting
Primer applied - good spots, bad spots - not as perfect as I
would like -I guess that's what primer's for.. :)
7/15/02 - Life got in the way - no progress.
7/31/02 - Moving along. The hull was
re-sanded and minor mistakes corrected. Ready for second
application of primer, then we get to apply the colorful paint.
Working with primers in preparation for the hull coat.
Milestone! Priming complete and primer
dry - painting bay windows, then primary hull color
Windows painted, primary and secondary hull colors mixed and
problems. Okay - fact is it's taken me over a month to
come to grips with my screw-up...
Sanded the bottom of the hull. Also - extending
appreciation to my friends for their support!
Continuing to sand, working on the topside.
10/16/02 - I
upgraded my airbrush today - I expect a small upgrade will make
a huge difference.
Sanding complete. Painting the Gimp to make sure I can use
the new airbrush, then we'll try again...
10/23/02 - Painted some
of the spine, took pictures to show the process and results.
10/29/02 - Showing the
paint testing I'm doing, and the phases I'm painting in - phase 1 is now complete.
10/31/02 - Phase 2 is
now complete! Made a couple changes to the recommended colors here...
11/6/02 - Phase 3 down,
moving on to phase 4!
Setback.. When painting the
phaser strips, the adhesive on the masking tape came off! What a goopy
11/9/02 - Deep
appreciation to my girlfriend, who helped me keep my inspiration - the
phasers are painted, moving to phase 5.
Photo Album. Before tonight, it was five months and four days that I've seen the
11/13/02 - Milestone!
Deflector emitters complete and ship painted with gloss lacquer -
ready to apply decals.
11/20/02 - Working on
applying the decals. At this point, over halfway done!
11/24/02 - Milestone!
Decals are complete, ready to laquer (seal) them on, then do any
refinements prior to the final lacquering of the ship!
Setback.. Lacquering the
decals caused them to haze, just like the manual said they shouldn't...
Setback.. Applied a mist of
the primary hull color (or the closest proximity thereof..), and a decal
11/27/02 - Project
complete! Photo Album coming soon, Voyager Party in the second week of