I began with a 1/8' styrene sheets that I cut into all of the major body panels using nothing more than a box cutter and a ruler.
The body panels were than cleaned up with a little sand paper. Most of my sanding needs were met with a simple block of wood and sand paper, but other times required a belt sander.
After the panels had been refined they were glued together with super glue.
Any unsightly gaps were than filled with body filler and sanded smooth.
As you can see there were a lot of gaps on this particular ship
Once the bulk of the ship was complete I began adding small detail panels which I cut from the 1/16' styrene.
I also used a lot of little wood craft pieces that you can find at an craft store like Micheal's or Joann's.
A lot of model builders do what is referred to as kit bashing which is when you take pieces from other model kits, toys, or what have you and use them on their models
I did this throughout my ship
You'll notice that a lot of the detail is repetitive, but I just wanted to add more texture. A lot of model builders like it when every bit of detail serves a purpose, but for my purposes I just wanted to add more depth to the ship so it wouldn't look as flat
The next stage in detailing was etching which was achieved by scoring the styrene with an x-acto hobby knife.
Etching is great for the really fine details