Oh My Goodness the Torpedo Bay Isn't Quite Right
OK, I know this is partially insane, but I got to wondering if it was possible to correct the PL Refit Kits torpedo bay clear piece. Studio Model for reference
Issues with the kit part: 1) The pillar with the 6 columns is a hexagonal pillar on the left. It should be a circular pillar with 6 ringing pillars and be on the right. It also lacks a raised circular detail at its base. 2) Likewise the slender pillar with with the pipe coming off the side and down that is on right should be on the left. 3) on the right bottom surface of the slanting center detail there should be an added square detail with a pipe going up to it. 4) The flat fins coming out from the sides of the bottom vertical slanting detail are supposed to be pipes that come out and make a right angle bend not flat solid fins. 5) Finally on the 2 small bosses below the larger bosses with the circular details at the extreme left and right of the piece are missing a small circular detail on top.
First I cut off the hexagonal pillar and the slender pillar at their bases flush with the surface.
To make a correct pillar I cut a piece of 0.030 rod stock and the under a microscope glued pieces of .007in (6lb test) fishing line to the 0.03 rod to make the surrounding pillars effect. Then the ends were carefully wet sanded smooth.
I used a leather punch and some careful sanding to cut a disk of ,005 stock to make the circular boss the pillar sits on. This was then glued in place. Finally the finished pillar was glued in place.
To make the slender pillar and pipe I first softened a 0.020 rod with liquid glue and then bent it in a 90 degree angle. This was then glued to the side of a 0.030 pillar to make the assembly. Then this as glued in place. You will note that it lacks a thickening at its base that is in the studio model. I plan to add that with some apoxie sculpt if I can.
I noticed in the Christies closeups that on the right underside of the slanting center detail there was a small box with a center dome and a pipe leading downwards along the "wall" To make this I made a 0.030 x0.030 box, cut some 0.010 x 0.020 stock down to 0.010 square for the pipe. and added a small slice section of the 0.007 fishing line on the box's outer surface for the tiny circular detail. This was then glued in place.
On the bottom half the flat flanges that represent the 90 degree pipes were drilled out with a micro drill and then gently carved with an exacto knife to turn them into 90 degree pipes.
Finally I cut some 0.005 thick sections of 0.020 rod and glued them on top of the small rectangular bosses at the left and right ends of the piece as these were also missing.
Finally Gunstar1 has pointed out that the indents between the front flange and the main part of the torpedo ports are really supposed to be holes that the light shines through. He is correct. At this scale this is equivalent to approximately a number 76 drill. This makes them too small to open up and then light block with paint. However I think that after the final outer coat of dark blue paint it may be possible to simply drill these out and let the red glow show through as it does in the film if you look closely as he did. Have I proven my insanity yet?
Based on the studio shots together with the on screen look needing to look black in low lighting I custom mixed a dark blue gray color for the torpedo bay. This color also worked out as a good match for the color used on the flat detail areas surrounding each of the saucer bottom spotlight ports and the rectangular grills on the top surfaces of the bottom saucer dome flat extensions. Here is the final torpedo bay part. Now it's right! Just need to remove the masking in the ports themselves.