Over a year since I started this and with the help of your site and many friendly people I have come to the end.
The theme was a combination of keeping with the television series and the nostalgia of the model it’s self.
I left some inaccuracies in because they represent the history of the kits and the show used so many different versions and shots that there is no way to be 100% accurate. I added panel lines, triangles, accurate navigational lights based off Agatha Chamberlin’s diagrams. A shuttle bay lit and the nacelle ends at both sides lit.
Most decals were from the kit and I bashed to make some. I used colored pencils for the lines and small shading. I tried to ad the grills on the sides of the deflector but couldn’t do it right so I left the two pieces you can see on either side for effect.
The picture windows are nice to look into. Accurate? No but like I said. I was going for more than the sum of the parts. Weathering was a combo of pastels and left over thinner I used during construction.
There’s a UV LED behind the deflector dish for a lighting effect and in all the inaccurate circle windows on the saucer underbelly, I took some freedoms. On looks like a blue-dot tail light, one has a prismatic sheet for a window so it looks like a rainbow when you look in and one is a fish eye from a lure I had sitting around. It looks interesting if nothing else. I could have filled them but I liked knowing they weren’t supposed to be there and therefore could be played with.
The base is a “corian”-ish material very tricky to work with but I think the result is worth it.
Switches for the 12-13 sound effects are on the backside of the base and the back-top corned.
Switches for the warp engines are on the side.
All in all I’m happy but know I can do better.