WIP USS Defiant 3D-print build.
Posted 14 January 2022 - 04:36 PM
Posted 07 February 2022 - 03:17 PM
I have remodelled the rear end and tweaked the shape of the strongback and nacelle housings. I also updated the vents/buttons as I realised I overcomplicated them on the first version. In addition I redid the panel lines in the jowels behind the nose, as I found some better-lit reference photos of the model that highlighted some misinterpretations I had made.
It's way more accurate to the studio model now. I also made a bunch of tweaks to the panel lines as I noticed inaccuracies here and there. I updated the paint templates too. Procrastination pretty much complete, and now I need to turn those paint templates into printable masks, which will likely take as long to print as the model.
This obviously invalidates the already-printed model, but I will be finishing the paint on that when the weather warms up a bit. It's cold in my workshop and the paint will not dry properly.
Posted 17 March 2022 - 05:38 PM
The weather is a little better here now, so painting time!
I thought I had a better match for the hull colour, but it has come out looking a little too warm. This only really became apparent to me after I masked and sprayed the light-blue hull segments. I've been dithering, but I think I will wash these layers back and try to find a slighty darker light grey than I used first time (see several posts ago) and start again.
In spite of the off-ness of the base colour, I had to see how she looked with the new panels painted and the lights on. Overall, I'm pleased - but d'oh! I forgot to primer the nose and bridge pieces and I neglected to update the hull colour on the torpedo launcher chevrons - although that last part is a positive now that I'm aiming to go back to a more monochrome base colour - one less layer of paint to kill the light bleed.
Posted 21 May 2022 - 05:27 PM
After a long delay, I have an update. The delay was mainly due to a very looooooong delivery time on new paint. I think this base colour has actually nailed it. There's a different paint on the top half versus the bottom half, just as a test to see which one worked best. It's gloss on the bottom and chalky matte on top, but otherwise a very similar shade.
Here's the top half. I have printed the paint masks for the light-blue hull segments. As they are printed based on the updated model files I tweaked *after* this initial prototype, the masks don't quite match this model, and you can see the panel edges are a bit blurry in places as a result.
Top down view. You can see what I mean about the lack of definition in the blue panels towards the aft end, as I significantly altered the slope of the strongback. This means the paint mask sits proud of the hull on this model, but it should conform to future production prints.
Posted 24 May 2022 - 07:28 AM
I printed up the dark blue paint masks for the top hull.
Unfortunately, even where they conform well to this model's hull, the definition isn't what I would have liked.
The aft end cloudiness is to be expected given the changes to the source files since this prototype was printed (a friggin' YEAR ago!?), but the forward end has had minimal changes, so the mask conforms well. It seems you just can't match the precision of tape, which is sad because I had hoped to avoid all the tape-fu necessary for the hull markings with the printed masks.
The colour choice for the dark blue looks pretty spot on in these photos, I think, but in person it seems a touch too dark and bold. You be the judge please.
EDIT: Actually, I think the dark blue is quite right for the nacelles, but the majority of the dark blue panels are a bit lighter than that.
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