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Your Two Cents: USS Enterprise NCC-1701

The following are reader's opinions of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 made by Polar Lights.

Reviewer   Garry Stahl
Date Reviewed   Aug 4, 2003
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments I agree with everything quality wise that has been said about the Polar Lights Enterprise. There is a surprising amount of detail and flexibility for a "snap fit" kit. It is suitable for both beginners and detailers.

On the subject of beginners, I think it an excellent "first kit" for a kid. You don't have to get into glue and paint to produce a playable model or toy. And let's face it, kids build models to play with, not look at. It's not your favorite resin, it's a 13 buck plastic kit, let them play. Not only that but the snap fit is engineered sturdy enough to take a bit of zooming around at warp speed.

Like the first review I slapped the kit together in under 30 minutes. I was slowed down by RTFM syndrome, and had to back track several steps to fit parts I forgot. My steel putty spatula was most useful in working the kit apart. On the plus side some one (bless them) dropped an extra pair of nacelle bodies in my kit, so by using the spare parts for the other versions, I got two sets of nacelles. Some future scratch build just got lucky.

I will in time pull the kit apart, cut the pins down and apply glue, paint, and decals. I'll sand the seams and make everything look nice. However, I consider that I got my money's worth in the time I have fiddled with it already. Everything else is a bonus. Personally I don't like the Bandi approach. What fun is that? Everything is done for you. Polar Lights got this one so right I don't think they could have done it better.

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