The Starship Enterprise

Kit: AMT-Ertl
Size: 18 inches long
1/650 scale (based on conjectural ship length of 970 feet)
Completed June 13, 1993

   Not counting research, experimentation and two road trips to see the real thing, I spent at least fifty hours building and painting (and stripping and re-painting) The Starship Enterprise over the course of three years. It's not entirely accurate but it's a big improvement over what the kit provides and is an impressive sight, especially when lit up.

The Starship Enterprise

The name plaque was engraved by Ed Dietrich of Andrew Lundy Associates.
 

Enterprise, top, behind
 

Enterprise, bottom
 


 

Shot on location
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Enterprise with Star
 

Beauty shot
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A gallery of photos of the Enterprise model intended to re-create scenes from actual episodes from the TV show.




FAMOUS SPACESHIPS OF FACT AND FANTASY . . . AND HOW TO MODEL THEM; edited by Harold A. Edmondson (first printing: 1979; second printing: 1996; Kalmbach Books); "The Ultimate Starship" by Richard Van Trueren, p. 72

FINE SCALE MODELER, Vol. 11 No. 2, Feb. 1993: "Parafilm 'M' - the latest word in masking" by David Lennox, p. 30

FINE SCALE MODELER, Vol. 16 No. 2, Feb. 1998: "Intergalactic Color and Camouflage: The Starship Enterprise" by Charles Adams, p. 62

THE MAKING OF STAR TREK by Stephen E. Whitfield and Gene Roddenberry (1968, Ballantine books)

SCI-FI & FANTASY MODELS, issue 14: Sept. 1996: "1701-The Ultimate Refit" by Roger Sides, p. 26

SHIPS OF THE STAR FLEET Volume One, (1987, Mastercom Data Center)

STAR FLEET TECHNICAL MANUAL and STAR TREK BLUEPRINTS (1973, Franz Joseph Designs)


AMERICAN SCIENCE and SURPLUS: (3605 Howard Street, Skokie, IL 60076): "LEDs by the dozen" and "Bag o' LEDs," AC adapters

ANDREW LUNDY ASSOCIATES: (Ed Dietrich, Jamaica, NY): Engraved display plaques

BARE METAL FOIL: (available at local hobby shops) Aluminum foil model finish

DECALEX: (no longer available): Aftermarket decal sheet

EVERGREEN: (available at local hobby shops): Styrene: sheet, strip or scribed

PLASTRUCT: (1020 South Wallace Place, City of Industry, CA 91748): ABS tubing

RADIO SHACK:  Phone jacks and plugs, switches, wire

WALTHERS, INC.: (Available at local hobby shops): Model train lamps, clear decal film

WOODLAND SCENICS: (available at local hobby shops): Dry transfer striping


Roy Fortunato:STAR DREK LIVES!

Rob Lind: Not for one, but for two road trips to Washington DC just to take pictures for model research.

Jeff Pollizzotto, Tony Bretone and Alan Terry: You were the mentors and I was the mentee.

Ed Dietrich: Your excellent work and enthusiasm were enough to get me motivated.

Ed Miarecki: For providing me with research, insight and hospitality.

Morrie Meyer: Thank you Mandrake, wherever you are!

Sharon L.: For being supportive and putting up with my occasional single-minded obsession with whatever it is I happen to be obsessing about at the moment.




intro
chapter 1
chapter 2
chapter 3
chapter 4
chapter 5
chapter 6
chapter 7
chapter 8
chapter 9
chapter 10

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