Star Trek: The Next Generation
U.S.S Enterprise D
1/1400 scale (approx)
This is a hybrid version of the Enterprise D, built for a client. The goal was to recreate the ship as seen in the TV series, but with a much more complex paint scheme with multiple blue and grey tones, as seen in the movie "Star Trek Generations".
The surface panelling details were painted using custom masks and stencils, which added a lot more detail than was actually seen in the TV show, at the client's request.
Some aftermarket upgrades were used, such as DLM’s photoetched brass details (no longer available) and Tetryon Parts dorsal hull part (also no longer available). The surface was sanded smooth to remove the inaccurate raised details and many other aspects were modified to improve the accuracy of the finished model, including the rear nacelle pylon “wing” thickness, strongback details, missing windows, main shuttle bay door and others. Custom decals were also created to add the missing saucer and secondary hull rim windows.
The lighting system includes accurate position marker lights, accurate anti-collision strobe positions & flash rate, screen accurate lighted windows (with a few exceptions due to internal structural re-enforcements), blue arboretum windows, saucer impulse engines, main deflector dish and engine nacelles.
Many reference sources were used to try to recreate the 4 tone Aztec pattern as closely as possible. A custom set of paint masks were handmade to apply each layer of colour, one after the other (21 A4 sheets in total) and all paint tones were custom mixed. This was one of the most difficult and time consuming processes of the entire project. All other details were painted using custom colours.
In total this project took 300+ hours to complete