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. The 2009 re-release of the kit by Round 2 shows that despite its flaws and the current availability of more accurate model kits, AMT's classic Enterprise 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 - the AMT Enterprise 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 individual details wrong. Correcting just some of those details would be a challenge. My work was cut out for me.