Scale Modeling tutorial by Alan Nadel

This tutorial, in a much abbreviated form originally appeared at

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    To boldly go where no modeler has gone before? Hardly!

    AMT-Ertl's original STAR TREK U.S.S. ENTERPRISE model kit (#6676) had been around for over 30 years and was still selling when it was discontinued in the 1990s. A recent reissue from the original molds by a company called Round 2 shows that despite its flaws and the current availability of more accurate Enterprise kits, this classic model kit is still popular.

   Many modelers have built this kit more than once, first as a novice modeler and again years later after refining their modeling skills. I decided to treat my third attempt at building the 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 original 11-foot filming model. I would also do some 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.


   The accuracy question is arguable. A build-up of the AMT kit was used to depict the Enterprise seen out the window of space station K-7 in the Star Trek episode "The Trouble With Tribbles." Taking this into consideration, one can say that the AMT kit is spot-on accurate.

on to chapter 1:


1: History

2: Research

3: Assembly and Conversion

4: Paint, Decals and Other Fun Stuff

5: First Look

6: The Big Screw-Up

7: Two Years Later

8: More Research

9: Painting II: The Wrath of Acrylics

10: Finishing Up

The Starship Enterprise