Scale Modeling tutorial by Alan Nadel
A much shorter version of this tutorial originally appeared at

    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 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.

   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 realistic and exciting look.

    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 run, it's at best only a fair representation of the actual Enterprise filming model. AMT got the basic shape and design right but so many individual details just vaguely resemble the "real" thing. Getting the kit to really look like the starship that was seen on TV would take some effort. My work was cut out for me.

   The 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.