This Old Starship Kit


   I've messed up models before. I've even seriously messed up a modeling project before. In some cases, the model would get re-worked if it wasn't much trouble or too time consuming. Otherwise, the model would be tossed, broken apart for spare parts or put away to deal with "some other time."

   To re-work the failed paint job on the Enterprise, it would be a lot of trouble and it would be very time consuming. Still, I was so pleased with the build and the way the lighting worked out that I thought it would be a shame to leave the model looking this way. It took two years to get up the nerve to finally do something about it.

    The entire surface of the model was sanded, in some areas down to the bare plastic. In the picture, below, sanding reveals a layer of white primer under the main color, a layer of dark gray primer under that and then the light gray plastic. Green Squadron putty can be seen along the rim of the saucer.

   Once I was satisfied that the model had been sanded smooth enough, I was ready to start repainting. I planned not to repeat my previous mistake. I also decided to rethink how I wanted the Enterprise to look.

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