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PostPosted: Sat 10 Sep 2011 23:46 pm 
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1:650 scale? Really? Whatever. The kit itself was good fun to build, with just enough detail to make finishing it interesting. IIRC, the weapon pods on the ends of the "wings" needed to have their locating holes wallowed out a bit to allow the "guns" to point straight ahead. The kit came with 2 sets of "baffle plate" parts to allow the wing-thingies to be attached in full up or full down position, but I wanted something in between so cut back the "full down" pair to set a different pose (approximately the configuration in which "Bounty" menaces the whaling ship in Star Trek IV). Oh, yeah; that finish. Before final assembly, a light gray-green color was mixed & sprayed overall. Selected panels were brushed in another off-green. The "baffles" were brushed aluminum & given a black water color wash. A simple mask was made to airbrush a pattern of flat black scorch marks (or whatever they are) on the fronts of ye baffles. clear parts were painted red, yellow & white inside & as needed outside. Some time & frisket paper was expended in making right & left masks for the complicated red Bird of Prey markings under the wings: lay frisket paper on surface, cut using raised panels as guides, push remaining strips of frisket paper into recessed areas, airbrush red. This worked out better than I deserve. The entire model was given a watercolor black wash, & some "weathering" was streaked on with the airbrush & dry brush in light gray. The model was photographed while laid on it's back on a tie-dyed T-shirt:

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Sep 2011 13:37 pm 
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Very nice.

I have 2 of this kit, but the flight display version

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Sep 2011 14:04 pm 
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That really is excellent... and panders to both my modelling and sci-fi nerd genes! :wink:

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PostPosted: Tue 31 Dec 2013 02:23 am 
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This is the 2011 re-issue of the kit (nr 664). The latest re-issue allows you to make a Bird of Prey in Attack, Cruise or Landing mode (it comes with white metal landing gears). The scale on the box is 1/350 for both the re-issue and all the prior kits, not 1/650. It comes with a full painting diagram calling out Testors paints for the multi-color panels. Fit was good for an older model and I only had one issue. The distinctive front ends to the drive cooling section (metallic color) looked to be silver on the decal but when I applied it, it was clear with a dark background. Since my drives were painted Dark metallic they faded away and could not be seen. Otherwise it was a fun build. My model is built in cruise mode. I airbrushed the various panels as tightly as I could without masking, then ran a thick green wash between the panels to hide the over spray. Same with the red bottom panels. Weathering was washes in various greens, grays and rust colors. I painted the clear parts, like the engines, from the inside, and then covered the outside plastic with future to give it more shine. I built a plaque display base with "captured" blueprints translated by the Federation to describe the starship.

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PostPosted: Tue 31 Dec 2013 05:38 am 
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Good one, Paul!
That's about the configuration I had to cheat to achieve with the original issue. They were sure cheaper the first time around....
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PostPosted: Tue 31 Dec 2013 13:44 pm 
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It's worth the money though - at least for the ease of construction. I would build another...probably with gears down.

I won Best Plastic Starship at JerseyFest 2013 with this build. In addition to my certificate, I also won the new Polar Lights 1/350 Enterprise NC-1701A. It a huge kit so before I build it I need to find a place where I will store it!

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Amazing builds! :clap:


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PostPosted: Fri 03 Jan 2014 17:11 pm 
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Awesome work

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