Modeling tutorial by Alan Nadel
A much shorter version of this tutorial originally
appeared at PCModeler.com.
To boldly go where no modeler has gone before? Hardly!
The original STAR TREK U.S.S. ENTERPRISE model kit from AMT first
arrived at hobby shops in the mid 1960s and was still selling when the
Ertl company ceased production in the '90s. A 2009 reissue from the original
molds by Round 2 shows that despite its flaws and the current availability
of more accurate 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 later on after refining their modeling skills. This is
my third time building the AMT Enterprise.
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 add lights for a more exciting
No small feat - the AMT Enterprise is a model kit with a lot of
accuracy issues. Even after being retooled a few times over the course
of its nearly 30-year run, the kit is 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 even some of those details
would be a challenge. My work was cut out for me.
accuracy question is arguable. A build-up of the AMT kit is said to have
been used to depict the Enterprise seen out the window of Space
Station K-7 in the Star Trek episode "The Trouble With Tribbles."
If this is true, one can say that the AMT kit is spot-on accurate.
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