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grin.gif posted on 15-9-2005 at 17:58
PL 1/1000 NX01 Review (FINISHED!)


So here's my review of the new Polar Lights 1/1000 NX-01. The comes packages similar to the other 1/1000 kit. The box states their are 35 parts, I didn't count them but that seems about in line. The detailing looks superb but at first glance I am not sure I would recommend this to children as it has many small parts that can break or get lost. It's great for expereinced modelers but beginners may have some issues.



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[*] posted on 15-9-2005 at 18:00


Once I got the kit and started looking it over I thought it screamed to be lit up so the first thing I did was solder a couple of LED's back to back to put in the nacelles. These are both actually two white LEDS that have been painted with Tamiya tranparent colors. I am not sure how the impulse engines will light, but I intend to light the deflector and lower saucer.



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[*] posted on 15-9-2005 at 18:03


After doing some minor assembly I got most of the parts ready for painting. Here's a shot of most of the parts after they are primed.



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[*] posted on 15-9-2005 at 20:42


One area the kit lacks is painting instructions, at least mine did not come with any. I did pick up the painting masks for this over at Cult. The kit instructions refer you to thier web site where they do have some nice color pictures but no key.

http://www.playingmantis.com/pl/color/color.php


As mentioned in an earlier link, here is Thomas Sassers review of the kit:

http://www.thomasmodels.com/1000nxreview.html

Unfortunately I didn't see any painting references there either but he does have a lot of other good reference material.




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[*] posted on 15-9-2005 at 21:01


thanks ross
i have a conversion in mind already :)





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[*] posted on 16-9-2005 at 04:08


Well you learn something new everyday. All these years I go around hunting for the "correct" LED colours that I want.

:pinch::pinch::pinch: All I had to do was paint a white LED with transparent paint.:puzzled:
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[*] posted on 16-9-2005 at 08:21


Looks nice... I can hardly wait! :D




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[*] posted on 17-9-2005 at 01:06


You did'nt waist any time,can't wait to see what to see how it turns out.



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[*] posted on 19-9-2005 at 21:01


This time I carefully read the instructions on using the Aztek Dummy Templates and I have to say I am impressed. First here is a shot of the parts after they have been primed, painted with MM Metalizer Stainless Steel, buffed and then sealed with the MM Sealer. Then the masks have been applied. The instructions suggest that you paint the Stainless Steel let it sit for 2 hours, buff it with an old t-shirt and then seal it and wait atleast 24 hours. I let mine sit all weekend. The masks where applied on Monday, then the whole thing was painted with MM Metalizer Aluminum (Non-Buffing).



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[*] posted on 19-9-2005 at 21:04


The results were fantastic! I have always, and I mean always had trouble using two different color MM Metalizer together, I had pealing, flaking and the like. This time following his instructions I could not be happier. It sells me on the masks for other projects and encourages me to do more NMF with MM Metalizer products. You be the judge show far...



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[*] posted on 19-9-2005 at 21:05


And how about this one.... Sorry if they are a little out of focus, I was too lazy to get the tripod or run downstairs to take the pictures. Next I need to seal this do the detail painting, decals and light the thing up...



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crying.gif posted on 20-9-2005 at 18:46


Wow tough crowd....

After clear coating or sealing the pieces the aluminum really gets toned down. I went ahead and started doing some of the detailing and adding other pieces. Tomorrow I will wrap up the wiring and close up the unit. Then I will finish up the detail painting, clear coat it and add the decals and recoat it.




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[*] posted on 20-9-2005 at 18:47


Here's a closer look at the upper saucer section



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[*] posted on 20-9-2005 at 18:47


And the lower...



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VERY cool looking




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[*] posted on 21-9-2005 at 05:25


Whoah! That looks great!



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[*] posted on 22-9-2005 at 07:25


Very nice so far!

I can't wait to see it finished and with the lights.

Keep up the good work.

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[*] posted on 22-9-2005 at 08:33


I got all the electircal work done last night and started to button things up when the storm hit last night. Hail, winds and rain. We have been without power now for about 3/4 of the day but I have heard rumors that it won't be restored for another 1-5 days, so stand by...



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[*] posted on 22-9-2005 at 12:34


Ross, Jr. - all I can say is WOW:woohoo: That is one impressive model:cool: You are making it look real good:D

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[*] posted on 22-9-2005 at 18:14


Looks great. Seems like an ideal model to cut your teeth on lighting.



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