The above photo shows the kit as packaged on the left along with the included
components. In the middle from the top down are a half-inch section of
Plastruct 1/4-inch O.D. tube, battery clip, 3 clear and 2 amber model railroad
lamps and color coded wire. The two vacuform sheets on the right are the
silvered reflectors at the top and the warp domes at the bottom with the
"Navigation Beacon" in the middle of the bottom sheet.
My timing could not have been worse. At the same time the light up kit
became available, production of the AMT Enterprise kit ceased after
a successful run of over 30 years. The classic 18 inch kit was replaced
with a 22 inch "Cutaway" version. Ertl would never re-release the original.
About 20 kits were made, most of them sold over a period of about three
years in the early 1990s. Of those sold, many were by vendors who worked
local Star Trek conventions. Some were word of mouth. By the
time I finally established any kind of presence on the Internet, the kit
was long out of production and modelers were buying Polar Lights' more
accurate 11 inch Enterprise kit.
A few parts from unsold kits were used as spare parts for kit-bashing,
winding up as, for example, the two small communication dishes on the Discovery
model, the High-gain antenna dishes on the Apollo
CSM and also as a diffuser for a red astronomy flashlight.
Over the years, I had heard of modelers building the AMT Enterprise
using the Light-Up Kit but to this day haven't seen a single example or
photo. If you happen to have built a model of the Enterprise with
my lighting kit, please, please email me a photo or two at
"at" optonline.net. With your permission,
I'd even like to post your photos here!