Star Trek DS9:- Operation Return Diorama - 'micro' build log

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by linweseregon, May 28, 2014.

  1. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Add a removable cover to the bay! :) So you can use the station in another diorama when Starfleet is in charge again! ;)
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  2. linweseregon

    linweseregon Well-Known Member

    The lower pylons are in place and the upper pylons are waiting to join them:-
    It's starting to be recognisable as DS9 (Terok Nor) now.
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  3. spaceagent-9

    spaceagent-9 Right Hand Man and Confidant

    it looks really great!
  4. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    I like how you are adding depth to the model as a whole with raising and recessing the texture (even at that scale).
    You are doing a GREAT JOB on this project!!!
  5. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Outstanding! :)
  6. Cforrest900

    Cforrest900 Member

    this looks fantastic!
  7. kirby stewart

    kirby stewart Member

    great job it looks super good
  8. linweseregon

    linweseregon Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys :happy: - the bit of extra work is well worth it.

    I'm now onto the inner ring, starting with the top:-
    Although there are wee differences between Ninjatoes' design and the studio model I'm able to remain quite faithful to the original DS9 by being pedantic with my layers. OCD? Me?!? Nah... ;).
    I joined the layers to the ring then cut the parts for the outer rim. This took around two hours as I'm actually using the tabs provided for a change:-
  9. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    I am the same way about adding detail this way. It is the easiest way to do such and the outcome is well worth the effort.
    Check out this thread: Detailed Thunder Fighter Project. I used the same technique to get the effects.

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  10. linweseregon

    linweseregon Well-Known Member

    With the rim and it's protrusions attached, I cut the parts for the inside and bottom faces of the inner ring:-
    It's hard to believe that I've already been at this for over a week! :jawdrop::)
  11. spaceagent-9

    spaceagent-9 Right Hand Man and Confidant

    looks good! I know what you mean about this week, its been very weird for me too.
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  12. zathros

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

    I have never seen one of these made out of paper. Superb. Your sense of scale and attention to details is admirable, and enviable too. :)
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  13. linweseregon

    linweseregon Well-Known Member

    The main body of the inner ring was attached and I cut the parts for the weapons sails x3:-
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  14. spaceagent-9

    spaceagent-9 Right Hand Man and Confidant

    makes me want to build on at this scale too!
  15. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    This is really starting to take shape and come together BEAUTIFULLY!
  16. coffeeramblings

    coffeeramblings New Member

    It looks great so far. I tried building the DS9 years ago, but I didn't have the patience.
  17. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Sorry if I missed it, but did you re-scale NJ's DS9?
  18. linweseregon

    linweseregon Well-Known Member

    @spaceagent-9 It's an easy enough build, just a wee bit monotonous when you're cutting the same piece six times ;)

    @Rhaven Blaack Thanks Rhaven :happy:. I might even get it finished tomorrow :).

    @coffeeramblings Thank-you very much :D. Aye, like I said to Jim, it is kinda monotonous at some bits - lol.

    @Revell-Fan Aye, it's NJ's. His was the only one I had downloaded so I stuck with it :)

    I've found some minor problems with alignment of parts up to now. The weapons sails posed a bigger problem though. The rim just wouldn't line up properly with the sides so I did the best I could and then trimmed the hell out of the overlaps. The access corridors were less problematic, but there was still a bit of an overlap; nothing a pair of scissors couldn't handle ;). Due to the extra layers I had to remove the tabs from the sails and make the slot a wee bit bigger to get it over the ring. With the sails and corridors attached we get this:-
    The next stage was the upper portion of the central column, ie ops:-
    followed by the promenade:-
    which only leaves the reactor still to be built.
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  19. spaceagent-9

    spaceagent-9 Right Hand Man and Confidant

    you are completely awesome!!! could you please take a few pics of it when its done, just by itself? I really would like to use it as a desktop for inspiration!!
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  20. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Holy, she's a faster builder than me and gets all the "Likes"! :p:D:p

    Just kiddin', mate! :D:D:D You are doing an absolutely marvellous job. However, my last question still stands, did you re-scale NJ's version or did you print it "as is"? ;)

    As for the alignment problems, I guess these were caused by the way the model was constructed (hand-drawings). It's good to know that you have mastered the issues. :) BTW, a few years ago I found a terrific DS9 on the SketchUp Warehouse site:

    It is a great basis, highly detailed and superbly made for papercrafting. There are no intersections and all panels are raised, meaning that there are LOTS and LOTS of greeblies. The best thing is that if you get rid of the rims of the raised parts you see that the model is so very well cleaned up that the area which is covered by the raised panel has a hole in the exact shape of the greeblie. This can be used as a mark for aligning the panels on the final model:


    I paused on this one because it is a hell of work to unfold so many parts and I had no full Pepakura license at the time when I started, so I was unable to save the current state of the unfold and had to print what I had done to a pdf and stay with it (this explains why the parts are so scattered all over the place, too ;) ). Maybe I will return to that project when I have more time. :)

    P.S.: I think the reactor screams for a red LED..! ;)
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2014
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