Re-Working AMT's U.S.S. Enterprise Kit

Scale Modeling tutorial by Alan Nadel
Portions of this tutorial originally appeared on PCModeler.com.

   To boldly go where no modeler has gone before? Not even close!

   AMT's STAR TREK U.S.S. ENTERPRISE model kit first arrived at hobby and toy stores in the mid 1960s and was still selling when the Ertl company ceased production in the '90s. In 2009 it was re-issued by Round 2, which shows that despite its flaws and the current availability of better and more accurate Enterprise kits, AMT's classic starship is still popular.

   A lot of Sci-fi modelers have built this kit more than once, first as a novice and again after refining their modeling skills. This is my third time building the AMT Enterprise. (I am not a Trekkie! . . . well, maybe a little.)

   This would be more than a build "out of the box." I wanted to re-work the kit to make a more accurate model and also light it up for a more exciting look.

   No small feat - AMT's Enterprise is a clunky kit by today's standards and builds up into only a fair representation of the starship seen on TV. AMT got the overall shape and design right but got so many details wrong. Fixing building issues and correcting even some of those details would be a challenge. My work was cut out for me.