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Assembly questions re: Federation cruisers

 
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ecs05norway
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:36 pm    Post subject: Assembly questions re: Federation cruisers Reply with quote

So, I bought a Federation fleet box A While ago, and it's lingered in my basement because of a general lack of folk to play with. Now that we're finally correcting that problem (yay!), I've gotten it out and started to assemble my minis.

Not having issues with the Frigates or CLs. A little green stuff and everything goes on fairly easily, although the FF sensor dishes are a little fun to handle. Not.

It's the cruisers that bother me. Has anyone had issues with these? They look like they want to be pinned throughout, especially the nacelle attachment points.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've not heard of anyone needing to pin the engines on the Fed cruisers, but personally I do drill out the receptacle slots in the hull for the engine struts. Making them deeper gives a stronger joint.

The saucer/neck connection is one that can benefit from pinning, but most folks don't. I had good results with the "two glue" method (slow-set epoxy glue in the middle of the joint, with a dot of cyanoacrylate "super glue" at either end to hold it in place until the epoxy sets).
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My experience is the same as djdood. With a bit of prep, the nacells fit into their sockets well enough without any pinning. The saucer I think does benefit from the extra strenght to the joint of pinning.

If you want to see a model that desparatly needs pinning, look at some of the Gorn ships! Not only is the joint between the engines and main hull weak, but on some of them the base mounts to the lower engine, so the whole weight of the mini is concentrated on that engine/hull joint!
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ecs05norway
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice. We'll see how things go with a bit of green stuff and a lot of trust. Smile

I have one mini labelled "CS" and one labelled "BCH", they appear to be identical so far as I can see. They both have the straight nacelle pylons, rather than the angled ones of the CA, with a saucer identical to the CA and a shortened secondary hull.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ecs05norway wrote:
I have one mini labelled "CS" and one labelled "BCH", they appear to be identical so far as I can see. They both have the straight nacelle pylons, rather than the angled ones of the CA, with a saucer identical to the CA and a shortened secondary hull.

I think that should be the Strike Cruiser and the Battlecruiser. Looking at the photos from the online store, though...

Stike Cruiser


Battlecruiser


The photos are obviously both the same miniature (right down to the NCC number). I'm not sure if there are supposed to be two different castings and someone made a mistake posting the photos or if the only difference is supposed to be the ship name and numbers of the finished models (FWIW, the NCC number indicates that model is supposed to be the Strike Cruiser Daedalus)? Confused

I admit I never noticed this in my models, and I'm not at home right now to check if they are actually two of the same miniature or not.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An unassembled CS is shown here (5th pic down):
http://www.starfleetgames.com/discus/messages/board-topics.html

A CB / Heavy CC is shown further down the page, sounds like what the BCH should be.
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