Starship Collection Issue 2: Enterprise Refit

Both the Enterprise Refit and Klingon Bird of Prey turned up at work today in a large package. It seems that whilst issues are released every fortnight subscribers receive one delivery a month with two issues. Also this delivery came with a magazine binder (apparently worth £7.99, which seems a bit steep).

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The Enterprise Refit model is slightly smaller than the Enterprise D and less detailed. It seems accurate but as there are just less features than the Next Generation Enterprise it makes for a simpler design. I’m a bit disappointed with the quality around the nacelles and engineering section. The plastic parts really show their seams, especially where the nacelle pylons join up with the hull and it seems like some glue has leaked on top of the nacelles.

The transparent field grills are a thoughtful addition and are really great when backlit. The more I look at it the more I like it, but it sure looked underwhelming when I placed next to the Enterprise D. I’m glad the refit came out before the original though. Have a look at this article that shows how dated the original design is.

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For such a classic ship it should be at least 4 out of 5 badges, but loses one because of the obvious joins.

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Next up is the Bird of Prey which I’ll post about later this week.

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4 thoughts on “Starship Collection Issue 2: Enterprise Refit

  1. I too was underwhelmed by the lack of hull detail, but I was impressed at least that the nacelles were relatively straight and symmetrical. The turnaround model on the website had me rather worried 🙂

  2. The Enterprise Refit (1701 or 1701-A as they’re virtually identical visually barring some markings) is hands down my favourite design. That, more than anything else, is why this single model made me decide to forego the entire collection.

    This is an iconic ship. THE Enterprise of TOS movie era, and yet there’s so much wrong.

    It’s bereft of detail, and what details there ARE in the model are woefully inaccurate.

    Starting with the Nacelles, the forward blue bits (“magnatomic flux constrictors) on the sides should be black on the outside, copper on the inside. The warp grilles should be black on the outside and either blue on the inside (screen-accurate) or lavender on the inside (model accurate TMP) – both with the raised fins being black. The forward ends (space energy/matter sink AKA Bussard Collector) should be black with grey accents in a “T” shape.

    The part where the interconnecting dorsal (neck) meets the secondary hull (the area known as the “strongback”) should have a really interesting pattern painted on it in shades of either Engineering Green (TMP) or pale blue.

    The lettering work is deplorable, the rim of the saucer is horrible. From every photo I’ve seen, it’s just poorly executed and really feels to me like they just didn’t care at all.

    There’s so much more to say about what’s wrong with this model, but I’ll leave it.

    If you’re happy enough with it to give it 3 stars, I’m glad you enjoy it.

    But if I had to give it a rating, it’d be negative badges.

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