Enterprise Project

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A 1:350th Model of the Starship Enterprise

This is a project that started almost 9 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 effect with Star Wars two years prior, it is hard to appreciate how polished and impactful it was in its day.

From the design lines of 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. Add in 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 in 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 on television, it rekindled the project. 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 voyage.

Welcome aboard.

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