The model was already put together, but had to be stripped, re-glued and have all those nasty seams and grid-lines sanded away. I did replace the awful kit deflector dish with a trimmed down one from the Polar Light's Enterprise kit. Then I repainted her in a base of Camoflage Gray and sealed it before marking the areas about to be destroyed.
Since I love both the original and re-mastered special effects models of the Constellation, I finally decided to do a blending of the two. The damage was all accomplished using a dremmel tool with large and small engraving bits. Careful carving and scarring actually eliminated the need to re-build the shattered interior but still gave the realism I was striving for. A sanding drum bit flattened out some of the damage's inner edges to resemble scarred and pitted hull plating that had only had the outer layer blasted away as seen in the remastered version. Homage to the original episode was paid by using a model with the rounded bridge (like the off-the-shelf model the original film crew used) and damaging the inside of starboard nacelle strut (a detail the remastering crew left out). The remastered version was reflected in how the damage was patterned on the saucer, the adding of damage to the starboard secondary hull, shredding the upper port nacelle and halving the starboard nacelle. Various greeblies were used to construct the "guts" of both engines, so that damage can not only be seen on the ends but on the insides of the engines through gashes in the outer plating, giving a layered effect.
Hull details were brush painted in their normal colors and damaged areas were brush painted in black and various metallic shades. Red jewelers crystals were added for the saucer's upper and lower port navigation lights. An awesome set of JT Graphics decals completed the detailing. The decals were applied whole and Micro Sol was used to melt and blend them into the twists and gashes of the damaged areas. Thinned black paint on pointed corners of paper towel were used to add streaking to the blast areas around the damage.
An understated wood base with a nameplate and the Constellation's insignia completed this incredibly fun and rewarding project.
Image: Top/right view
Image: Right side