Greg is giving me nightmare flashbacks to building the original AMT model. There, the decal for the primary hull was one big piece -- to be spplied to a RIBBED surface!!
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Yeah, that's worse than engraved panel lines, in terms of potential for silvering. All we have to examine is the episode itself, but it does appear that the studio's modelbuilder sanded off the gridlines from an AMT kit to make the Constellation for "The Doomsday Machine".
Also, the early releases of the AMT kit had the ship's upper saucer registry number with the proper kerning/curving on the decal sheet, meaning lots of clear carrier film in-between the letters and numbers to provide that nasty silvering. The later editions of the kit (including my first kit, in the mid-90s) had the big saucer registry letters/numbers as individual decals to be applied one at a time, but also in a much less accurate font).
I can't sing the praises of Pledge's acrylic floor polish enough. It can be applied by airbrush, and provides a nice, glossy coat, which is perfect for avoiding silvered decals. Since I started using it for clearcoats, I've had minimal silvering, with the Hood model being the only real anomaly.
And, for those keeping track, I'm getting very close to being the first and only kid on my block to have models of all 12 TOS-era Constitution class ships, plus a few extras. Working on the Republic and the Mirror universe's I.S.S. Enterprise, right now. After that, it's just the Exeter, Intrepid, Excalibur (with appropriate battle damage), and, finally--FINALLY--the production/style Enterprise, herself.
I've gotten into the habit of doing minor variations and using different techniques for each model, so they don't all look identical, save for name and number. In-universe, they'd probably look pretty much the same, but there is a precedent for real-world Navy ships of the same class to have different equipment, or for some to be refitted more extensively than others. It's been fun. Which is the point!