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Mike Delano

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  1. I don't know why I wanted a tag either - I'm not sure what I was thinking, but I thought that for ship numbers there was a small tag in the SFTM, but after going back and checking it, I was dead wrong... That's good now, because I can go ahead and finish designing my decals!
  2. I thought about doing that, but I still wanted a small tag on the '1' - the standard '1' has a tag that is way too long.... I might go with the 'l' instead - I'm assuming what you did was in Cad, correct? I went ahead and did mine in Adobe Illustrator, though even though I'm using Microgramma Med. it still looks heavier than what you have. I'll have to keep playing around with the stroke weight until I get what I want....
  3. I know that Fereration Models used to let you purchase JT Graphics Decals with an option to specify your own name and registry option, however I do not see that option on their site anymore. I've also looked at the JT Graphics Website and his links for decals appear to be broken....
  4. I haven't made quite as mnuch progress in the past few days as I'd hoped, but I have gotten as far as mating the nacelle and pylon to the underside of the saucer section. I also added a few pieces of strip styrene here and there for detail and strategic seam / gap coverage. The next steps will be to fill some more gaps, paint the inner portion of the bussard collector, and primer the entire piece - hopefully I'll be able to get some of that done tomorrow... I'd still like to go with the original premise of this project, which was to build a TOS style 'Kelvin' - as of yet, I've been unable
  5. A little more progress was made this evening - I mated the secondary hull to the saucer section via the upper pylon - since I used 4 sheets of .6mm sheet styrene, it gave me quite a bit more leeway in terms of shaping and having a manageable gap to fill.... Before... After... The next item on the agenda is to mate the 'neck' (removed form the secondary hull halves at the beginning of the project) to the nacelle. On the first attempt at this conversion, I made the mistake of sawing off the neck after I had cemented the secondary hull halves together, resulting i
  6. With the cuts for the reversal of the shuttlebay made, I went ahead and assembled the forward and rear halves of the hull - once dry, I ran them both over 200 grit sandpaper to ensure a fit that would be flat against each other. To make up for the material that was lost in both the cutting and the sanding of the parts, I used .6mm sheet stryrene as a spacer between the forward and rear sections of the hull - once assembled, trimmed, and sanded, the transistion between the two was nearly perfect... The next problem to tackle was the pylon I plan to use in connecting the upper
  7. As promised, some pictures from this project I've restarted. As I mentioned before, this time I decided to make use of outsourced materials in the interest of more sound construction. I began by sawing off the interconecting dorsal neck on both halves of the secondary hull - on the first go-round, I didnt perform this step until after I had assembled the hull halves, which resulted in a slightly crooked neck... With the way I did it this time, it allowed me to get a cut that was more flush with the surface of the secondary hull halves. With the neck removed, d
  8. So, in the process of this whole build, the nearly finished product magically flew off the workbench and across the room..... (what's that old internet addage? "EPIC FAIL"?) Essentially, I was unhappy with the results - specifically the finish and some of the errors I made in shaping certain parts. So, learning from what I did incorrectly the first time, I actually started the project over. I also got several inquiries as to how I was engineering some of the parts, so in rebooting this, I will also include some progress pictures with instructions if anyone cares to follow suit. Addi
  9. I've made a little more progress on this project, though it has really turned into more of a 'can it be done' type thing thatn what I would consider a display worthy model. Between my sheet of JT Graphics kitbasher decals and the kit-supplied decals, I didn't have a 'K' necessary to spell 'Kelvin'. Instead I just went with 'Endeavour' for the ship name as that is one of my favorite names for any type of vessel. The decals are a mix of the kit-supplied markings and the JT Graphics marking. Unfortunately, there was damage to the 'N' in the registry of the JT Graphics Endeavour markings - I
  10. I've already noticed that the new pricing is reflected in alot of the newer ebay listing for Friul tracks
  11. Who knows - if they had brought alot of their prototypes to fruition, we might all be speaking German now and calling it the 'War of Allied Aggression'.... It's frightening ti imagine how different things might have been had the German war machine been able to bring some of their exotic designs to fruition.
  12. This is a project that is in the very earliest stages - it's a conversion of the 1/1000 Polar Lights U.S.S. Enterprise into my interpretation of what a TOS (Original Series) style U.S.S. Kelvin would have looked like. For anyone not familiar with the U.S.S. Kelvin - this is the ship that is featured in the opening scense of the reimagined Star Trek film that was released this past May. To do this conversion, I am not using any third party products or any scratch built components - everything you see is fabircated from parts included in the kit. What I decided to do was to mount the second
  13. In all honesty, I'm not terribly sure - I was lucky enough to pick up a 1/350 NX-01 at the Atlanta Model Expo this weekend for 25 bucks - I have already decided that the colors I'll be using for that will be Alclad Pale Burnt Metal for the slightly reddish / copperish tones and a darkenned aluminum for the darker tones. As for the Enterprise A, really dont know what the best colors are because it's so subjective in terms of how much you want the Azteking to stand out - in the movies, the differences and subtleties in the Azteking were so slight that it looked more like a difference in she
  14. I haven't taken the time to read all of the reply posts, but in short it's a nice way of showing different sheens to the hull surface (whether due to differences in material or finishing) - if it were all one color, it would be a little boring on the big screen. I think, however, that the idea of the Aztek pattern has come to be all encompassing of all of the color variations on the hulls of Star Trek ships when originally, it just referred to the perceived difference in sheen of different panels on the ships. If you look at the new R2 1/350 Enterprise, they tout coming with 4 sheets of
  15. I'm hoping beyond hope that the new Enterprise will be released in kit form (and the lights and sound toy that's out right now doesn't count...)
  16. Is this what you're talking about? If so, it's from Casino Royale http://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Bo...236B/1257474/L/ http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2006/...ied-boeing.html http://dansdata.blogsome.com/2006/12/06/jumbo-of-mystery/
  17. Stupid question - enamels, lacquers, or acrylic? Any ill effects with the thinner and the press n seal? I had thought about trying this before but was afraid the press n seal might turn into a lump of goo if it came into contact with enamel or lacquer based paint / thinner
  18. I got a little more done on this one over the weekend - shot some future on the dorsal and ventral halves and applied decals - I've also masked off the ventral half of the ship to do some panel detail and the border stripe that follows around the edges of the underside. I'm still masking off the control tower and rear bulkhead and 'tail' portion to finish the panel detail there as well. I've really enjoyed this kit so far and it has re-ignited my passion for Sci-Fi kits. I think I'd like to do another one of these Republic Star Destroyers using blue accents instead of red to denote a ship of t
  19. Is that the same PNT models website that used to be linked from the old Thomas Models website? Have your dealings with them been pleasurable? I've just heard anecdotal mentions of poeple being ripped off - ordering products but never receiving them, etc...
  20. Just picked up the 1/350 PL U.S.S Enterprise today - admittedly just for the new Aztec paneling decals. I have to admit that the new decals that come with this kit are absolutely beautiful and HUGE! The Aztek paneling decals are spread amongst 4 different sheets that measure 15" X 15". The rest of the decals are on a 8.5" X 10.5" sheet that contains the lettering, shuttlecraft markings, and other miscellaneous markings. Pictures below for anyone that was as curious as I was... The first picture is a shot of all 4 Aztec paneling sheets - that's an 18" ruler for scale context! The second post co
  21. Just picked up the 1/350 PL U.S.S Enterprise today - admittedly just for the new Aztec paneling decals. I have to admit that the new decals that come with this kit are absolutely beautiful and HUGE! The Aztek paneling decals are spread amongst 4 different sheets that measure 15" X 15". The rest of the decals are on a 8.5" X 10.5" sheet that contains the lettering, shuttlecraft markings, and other miscellaneous markings. Pictures below for anyone that was as curious as I was... The first picture is a shot of all 4 Aztec paneling sheets - that's an 18" ruler for scale context!
  22. Careful! You might get tagged as a lunatic left-wing socialist for even hinting that human activity might somehow have lead real consequences on our surrounding environment.... It's a Trap!!!!
  23. It looks an awful lot like a Stinson - as a matter of fact, I looks an awful lot like the model that appears on a book about the Stinson AC Co. That's a starting point, at least
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