This is a project that started almost nine years ago when I purchased a model kit of the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise from the Star Trek film series. Ever since the original movie, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (ST:TMP) came out in December 1979, I was enthralled with the big screen presentation of the beloved starship Enterprise from the television series, in a new, sleek “refitted” design.
Being a Trekker from my childhood, and a sci-fi geek in general, the aesthetics of this iconic vessel hit all the “right notes” for me and left an indelible impression. While many in retrospect have knocked the movie, it was a huge success and a visual feast when it was released. With special effects legends Douglas Trumbull (of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind fame) and John Dykstra whose team re-invented special effects with the original Star Wars two years prior, it is hard to appreciate in 2016 how polished and impactful it was in its day.
From the design lines of vessel by designers Richard Taylor and Jim Dow to the idea by Trumbull to make it “self-illuminating”, it simply “made sense” in how it should look to my eyes. Add in a beautiful (yet technically problematic for the cinematography guys) paint job by Paul Olsen it makes, it in my mind, the best presentation of the iconic starship and arguably in the running all-time depictions of a space ship on film.
So this project is an undertaking to make this the most “screen-accurate” and detailed depiction possible at the 1:350 scale.
While the seed of this project, and the purchase of the unbuilt model kit from Polar Lights some nine years ago lay dormant at the time of the 50th anniversary of the original airing of Star Trek series on television, that milestone of the franchise rekindled the boxed up in storage model for me. This will be a long (maybe upwards of a year or more) project to complete. This site is a result of wanting to have a platform to document my work on this project, share it with other modelers, and to act as a journal of this hobbyist and fan’s voyage on this project.