Star Trek Cadet series

Discussion in 'Plastic' started by micahrogers, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. micahrogers

    micahrogers Active Member

    Hello again, with my scratch build "plastic" Tardis on hold while I scrounge more parts, I've decided to start a plastic kit.

    It's AMT's Cadet Series Star Trek TMP 3 ship set in 1:2500 scale

    I started with the Enterprise Refit and built the major assemblies and got the first coat of paint applied.

    and The Klingon K'T'Inga built and the first coat.

    That's as far as I got before the light left, so more on the morrow.

  2. Bhelliom

    Bhelliom Member

    I just saw this one in our local hobby shop last Friday. I would have gotten one, but its way beyond my means at the moment. I like it better when I thought that the Cadet Series was just reissues of the old 3-piece sets. I'm assuming in this one, only the E-Refit is from the old kit, with the other 2 being new. I'll be watching with interest.

    Scott K.
  3. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

    I jused to make injjection molds. They are horrifically expensive to make, and quite time consuming. I think that is why such few really "New' plastic models are made or are made to such low quality, in my opinion. I have around 10 models, still new in the box, that I could build, but do not. I have two of those huge Monoram Jaguar XKE's, they go for around $250+ on Ebay. One, still plastic wrapped, and one that I built very little of. I even have an original, still in the box Renwahl Visible V-8, which I have been offered ridiculous prices for. I will pass this stuff onto my son.

    Some of these, actually, many of these, plastic models make excellent reference for paper models, which is a good thing. :)
  4. micahrogers

    micahrogers Active Member

    even the refit is a new mold for the Cadet Series, it's also used as the E-A in the E-Nil, E-A, - three ship set. The old 1:2500 refit mold had panel detail, and the new mold is smooth all the detail is decals.
    and another update , the Reliant is made in sub-assemblies and ready for paint.


    And Zathros, there are a few new molds coming out, Look at the Polar Lights 1:350 TOS Enterprise. a beautiful kit.
    but out of my price range.

  5. mcusanelli

    mcusanelli Member

    You're right, there are plenty of new mold sci fi kits coming out these days, and the quality has gotten to be fantastic. They are not cheap, as Zathros pointed out, and I agree it's a tough situation for many modelers including me, these days. I'm fortunate enough to have a pretty decent stash, so I go back and forth from plastic to paper depending on my interest at the time. One thing that helps is that my local hobby store has become a kind of consignment shop, so many people bring their old kits in to sell, which helps him out, as well as providing a treasure trove of older hard to find kits. He will also take kits in trade, so that has allowed me to pick up some of the new Moebius BSG kits I wouldn't have been able to afford, and help out an old friend who's trying to stay in business. Even he can't afford to carry many of the newest kits, as the cost to him has gotten to high to take a chance on something not selling.
  6. micahrogers

    micahrogers Active Member

    I know that song well, I watched three LHS's go down the drain in Mississippi. The Local HobbyTown USA here is a 30 min drive away, but is the largest in USA, two rows of sci fi, wo hoo. I buy my paints and glues and supplies from them and when I can afford it, a kit.
  7. micahrogers

    micahrogers Active Member

    All Them Decals :)

    here is a pic of the decal sheet for this kit,
    all the panels, and the "Aztecing" are represented by the decals.
  8. mcusanelli

    mcusanelli Member

    My LHS is a tiny one man operation, I've known him for 33 years. I wonder how much longer he'll be able to keep his doors open......The only other real hobby store is about 40 min. away, and has so many kits I almost go into shock every time I go there. Floor to ceiling, and out into the aisles. My lovely wife takes me there for birthdays, Christmas and anniversaries....This year she picked up the 1/350 Enterprise refit box and said, ''Happy Birthday!'' The closest a model ever came to bringing tears to my eyes! I'm a pretty lucky guy:)
  9. micahrogers

    micahrogers Active Member

    And the Devils in...

    The details,
    I forgot to take step by step pics but here is my progress for today.

    The Reliant is base coated and paint details added to pieces of all three ships.
    Black, and Copper,details painted on Enterprise and Reliant Nacelles, and Medium Grey details painted on Reliant and K'T'Inga hulls.
    More to come.

  10. micahrogers

    micahrogers Active Member

    Ohhh... Shiney.

    And for today, The update is...
    The gloss coat is on and decals start tomorrow.
  11. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    That is a fantastic idea. I wished it could be possible in my town. Within the last few years nearly ALL shops stopped offering plastic model kits because of the lack in demand. Even cheap kits are not bought any longer because the interests have changed. Kids of today prefer PC games and Playstation to model building which is very sad. I got into paper modeling when I was desperately looking for the Buck Rogers Thunderfighter and the Voyager which I was unable to get in plastic form. I am glad that I have encountered this hobby because it enables me to quickly set up and build own models which are nowhere else available or too expensive to afford.

    However, I will definitely get one of the new Moebius TOS Galactica, Cylon Raider and Colonial Viper kits! :thumb:
  12. mcusanelli

    mcusanelli Member

    It's a sad thing, isn't it? When I was a kid in the '70's I loved plastic models (Never got over that!) But back then, I could walk around the corner and get Monogram kits for under $2 bucks. I would save my allowance to build my squadron, I must have built all the 1/48 kits they had available, ans every kid I knew had at least a small interest in modeling. Flash forward to 2013, and the kits I loved are still available, especially on e-bay, but they're way above the means of any kid, and a lot of us non-well-to-do grown ups. What really makes me mad is when I see the efforts of some companies to attract kids into modeling - expensive, small, pre-painted, snap together junk, that wouldn't keep any kid busy for more than a half hour. There is no emphasis on creativity with one's hands or brain with this junk. I really am thankful that I found this community - Fascinating, smart and affordable!
  13. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    You are correct, mc. BTW, I have chosen my nick because I grew up with Revell / Monogram kits (I am in no way affiliated with them and I don't get paid by them ;-) ). I enjoyed (and still enjoy) them very much. My fascination has never ceased. Concerning the snap-tite kits which are so popular nowadays: Some consider them to be of lesser quality because they are targeted at kids. I do not share this opinion. These kits can be enhanced and turned into great display models (you surely have to remove that ugly "weathering" on the Star Wars kits though!). But as soon as creativity, logistics and money is concerned, a paper model is unbeatable. And now back to the cadets, please! ;-)
  14. micahrogers

    micahrogers Active Member

    and the decals start

    The decals are the details on this kit.
    The detail painting finished and the big details are on,

    and the K'T'Inga is fully decaled and ready for final flat coat.
    The k'T'Inga only had 9 decals
    and bottom
    and next starts all the little decals on the Enterprise and Reliant.
  15. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

  16. micahrogers

    micahrogers Active Member

    Thanks R-F the little K'T'Inga is kinda cute.
    I just got it flat coated and started on the E-Refit's topside.
    The E-refit has 41 decals, 9 on the pop of the saucer alone.

    while these set good I've started the secondary hulls decals.
  17. micahrogers

    micahrogers Active Member

    and yes, that saucer section is only a little over 2 1/4 inches across...
  18. mcusanelli

    mcusanelli Member

    These are looking fantastic!!! Especially the Reliant with those aztecs on it, wow!
  19. micahrogers

    micahrogers Active Member

    Thanks, the Reliant will have 29 decals in all, I can't wait for the brand new tool, 1:1000 Reliant to come out.

    and here are a couple natural light pics of the K'T'Inga ready for the glow effect in the impulse engines and photon torpedo emitter.


    and bottom

    and side

    and back

    the bright silver is the bottom coat for my clear red coat that will make the impulse engines and torpedo launcher "glow"

    and finally the first 4 decals on the Refit secondary hull.
    thanks again.
  20. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Holy frak! Just imagine painting all these aztecs BY HAND!!!

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