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 AMT STAR TREK U.S.S. ENTERPRISE model kit first arrived
at hobby shops in the mid 1960s and was still selling when the Ertl company
ceased production in the '90s. A recent reissue from the original molds
by a company called
2 shows that despite its flaws and the current availability of more
Enterprise kits, this classic model kit is still popular.
A lot of Sci-fi modelers have built this kit more than once, first as a
novice and again years later after refining their modeling skills. I decided
to treat my third attempt at building the AMT Enterprise
a little more seriously than I had in the past. I would do some research
to learn as much as I can about the "real"
Enterprise, the 11 foot
model used to portray the starship on TV. I would also do some extra work
to make a more accurate model rather than build the kit "out of the box"
and would add lights for a more realistic and exciting look.
No small feat - this old starship kit has a lot of accuracy issues. Even
after being retooled a few times over the course of its run, this kit is
at best only a fair representation of the actual Enterprise filming
"miniature." Although the basic shape and details are there, it's obvious
that the designers of the kit were not concerned with accuracy as long
as they got the overall look right. Getting the kit to really look like
the starship that was seen on TV would take a little effort. 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.
AND KIT REVIEWS