Archive for March 6th, 2011


Back to the NX-01

Now that the Nautilus is really done I’m on this job full time. Today I finished off the black out and then airbrushed white primer on the inside. I find the primer is much more opaque they flat white paint. Some use silver but I find that it does reflect light as well as silver is much more directional and the white diffused and diffused is what you want. There aren’t that many lights with this kit so best spread its light as much as possible.

Next up was to sand off all the exterior surfaces and remove all the over flow from painting the interior. Then I used Testors enamel based primer on the exterior. Again this light blocks even more and gives a great surface to add the silver paint.

My choice was Alclad 2 Lacquer polished aluminum.

Dour Drexler sent me a bunch of pictures of the NX he built for Enterprise. I was looking them over trying to get a sense of the true color and then it hit me. Like me he’s a WW2 junkie. This had to be a flight aluminum surface like the unpainted B-17 and B-29s of the period. Sure enough he said I was right. From that point on I knew exactly what to do.

Now to let the primer dry over night before I apply the silver. The plan here is to pre-paint all the surfaces of the major assemblies. Apply the Aztecs as it’s easier to handle and apply them this way. Then install the windows and lights and assemble the whole thing. Any seaming that might have to be done can then be easily touched up with the airbrush.

More tomorrow,


March 2011

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