1/1000 USS Defiant

Here is by build log of the Polar lights 1/1000 USS Defiant. Im currently watching season 3 of Star Trek Deep Space 9 and finally decided to get a model of the Defiant. I’ve wanted to get one for awhile but seeing it in action in DS9 made me get it. I ordered it off Amazon earlyer today and should have it in 4-6 days. I may or may not add lights to it.


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Looking forward to seeing this.
I have two of the bigger AMT kits from years ago. Planned on building one as an experimental refit with a roll bar and weapons pod. Like the Defiant needs more firepower!

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nice to see someone build a trek kit for a change, it’s something I’ve never done.

The kit arrived today!
Its a really nice kit with very crisp sharp details. Also the decals look very thin and well printed.
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I hope your decals are better than ones in my Romulan Bird-of-Prey. They were thin, stiff and cracked on contact with the surface of the model. They were also resistant to setting solutions. Cost me a small fortune to get a replacement set by JT graphics shipped over from the US. I’ve had the same issue with other Polar Lights and AMT reissues. I don’t know who is doing their decals, but they are awful. Look very nice, but impossible to work with. They may have fixed this in more recent kits as it’s a known problem. I would test something first. Is there an optional decal on the sheet you can try?
I’m going to test a couple of different clear coats over the left over decals from that BoP. See if I can find something that will make them easier to work with as I hay several of their kits still to build.

The plastic however looks amazing. Very nice panel detailing.

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Thanks for the warning Stephen, I’ll see if there is a optional decal. Worse comes to worse I can toss most of the panel decals and paint them myself and use only the registry.

Here is what the kit looks like all dry fit together.
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The kits fits together like a glove and looks very nice! The clear parts are really nice and will make light installation very easy!

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Just wanted to give you a heads up based on my own experience. I really do hope they have fixed them.
Does it include clear parts for the engines?
That’s only let down of the bigger kit they did, everything was solid plastic!

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Yes it does include them.

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That’s cool!
Would make a nice little kit to light up with a couple of micro LED’s.

Yes it is! Plus the Defiant looks a bit more intimidating with them!

That’s look a very nice project :+1:

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Thanks for checking it out @Vicious!
Hope to get my hands on some lights tomorrow.

Ok I was able to find some string lights for super cheap on eBay that should work with the Defiant perfectly.


All I need to do is get some hollow acrylic rod to run the cord into, and the battery box will fit under the big base very well.

I also ordered Tamiya Transparent Red and blue for the clear parts.
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I should have them in 5-7 days.

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The clear blue and lights arrived today. I just sprayed the inside of the Def with black to prevent bleed through. I should have pictures soon.

Wiring all done.
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It looks like a big mess (Which it is…) But It works!
More soon!

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That is very interesting, Ezra…looking forward to seeing it with paint
and decals.
Cheers,

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Thanks Joe!

Some more work done.
The defiant is now built and primed.
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And testing the lights…
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Engage warp 6!
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Navigational array. (The Basar collectors will be painted Red.)
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More soon!

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Now that is even cooler!..I like it.
Cheers,

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