The model will be lighted with a lighting kit built by Trekmodeler.
When completed, the ship will be 35 inches long.
Check back later to see more pictures as they are added below.
Assembly of the secondary hull... Lots of tape to hold this together while it dries! There are seams that will need to be filled with putty and sanded. Also, you can see one design flaw that exists in the Polar Lights kit... The base of the pylons do not fit perfectly together. The only way to get them to fit together without a gap would be to sand down the lower pylon pieces underneath until they were quite thin, but that would very likely weaken those pieces and thus the pylons themselves. So, the best route is just to close the gap as much as possible and fill with putty. The neck is also assembled, but I'm not attaching it to the hull until I've also done some detail work on it... The halves have a pretty visible seam (not visible in the photo) and I will putty and sand that as well. The secondary hull is very much the most difficult part of this model to assemble.
These photos are of this build plus two others that are part of the wave. Here I am applying aztec decals to the secondary hulls. In the background you can see the warp engines waiting patiently to be attached. It is much easier to decal the subsections prior to assembly. The application of the aztec decals is one of the longest, most laborious parts of the whole build.