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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   Justin Leighty
Date Reviewed   Sep 26, 2003
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments This kit isn't perfect, but it's as close as we've seen in a model of the Enterprise from the original Star Trek series.

When it was initially released, a few people complained about the size of the kit, but it's not so small it loses detail and it's not so large it takes up a lot of shelf space.

The best features of this kit are the stellar accuracy and the low price. I've purchased it from various sources from $7.99 to $13.99. The kit's design is great; it strikes me as being designed for ease of painting. The three version options are great, and the decals allow for various other ships seen on screen (and they're in the correct fonts, not like the AMT kits). One note on assembly — FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS, especially on the engines. Mount the inner engine half onto the pylon mount before putting the outer engine half on. Most seams aren't bad; a file helps the saucer parts mate together better and the engine halves mate together well (especially if you trim the rear two of the three mating pins). Some putty is advisable on the secondary hull, especially the joint between the pylon mounts and the secondary hull. Also, putty is necessary on the pylon mount halves. The engine domes and the bridge dome need masking and then painting; I've used liquid masks to good effect here, while others have cut out masking tape. I have mixed feelings about this; ultimately, I think it would be easier to have the clear parts separate from the parts that have to be hull color, but really I can't complain about the way they handled this. It just takes a bit more care. This is a kit you can throw together in an hour and slap the stickers on, or you can spend a few days to really make it look flawless. Lighting it would take a lot of work, but I'm certain some people are up to that challenge. All in all, it's a far better kit than has ever been available, and at a ridiculously good price.

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