|The following are reader's opinions of the USS Enterprise (refit) made by Bandai.|
|Date Reviewed||Jun 19, 2003|
|Overall Rating||Good kit, but with some problems.|
|Comments||From what I've read and seen, the kit looks really good and I am planning on adding one to my Star Trek collection as soon as I can. However, make sure you shop around before you buy the kit. From the preview article it looks like the kit has a SRP of under $60.00 USD, but a local hobby shop in my area had the kit (one copy only) priced at $90.00! I know that there is always a slight markup from the SRP, but 50% is kinda crazy.
I've spoken to one person who did buy the kit on-line and built it in about six hours. Doug took extra time to fill some of the seams and to tamp down the wires in the nacelles. One of his complaints was that Bandai did not include any touch-up paints in the kit. If you do need to do a touch-up, you've got to be VERY careful in trying to match the colors.
The model is definitely in the "model toy" category with its pre-painted scheme and decals. Doug said he enjoyed the model because he didn't have to spend countless hours painting the aztec pattern on the hull. He said that he spent more time on making sure the wires were going where they were supposed to go. He also liked the size of the model and its ability to fit into a smaller space for display.
His model looks great, and he set it up in a dark spot in his office with a backlit starscape behind it. The stand almost disappears into the starscape and it looks like the ENTERPRISE is ready for warp speed. As soon as I can find one in a decent price range I'll be adding one to my fleet.
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