"THERE she IS!"
Above is the model of the Enterprise I built in 1992 –in the most basic way possible: I separated the parts from the sprues (but I didn't use clippers and I didn't sand down the burrs), I glued the pieces together (rather messily, with Testors little tube of glue), I painted a few key parts (using artist acrylics and a paint brush), and I applied the very few decals provided (using just warm water and who knows what to apply them; some slightly crooked and/or not accurately/precisely positioned).
While recently blogging about my past models (almost all built between 1992 and 1995) I felt a slight sense of remorse about not building them to their fullest potential (or at least cleaning up seam lines and gaps!). I do understand that this feeling is entirely hindsight based on my new knowledge and growing skills as a modeler, and I did have plenty of fun building them at the time (what other reason is there?), and I felt fairly satisfied with my results back then.
But, all the same, part of me kind of wants a bit of a do-over, somehow. I know I can build and detail all of these ships better now (maybe even install some lighting!) but I don't want to get new kits and build them all over again, and I can't really pull these ones all apart and rebuild them from scratch (despite the SPS motto). I just have to accept it and move on with new and different kinds of models (several of which have already been completed and several more are currently under way).
But this Enterprise is different. Her design is super iconic and the refit first seen in 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture is, in my opinion, even better than the original one from the '60s. With Star Trek's 50th anniversary coming up in September this year, I feel that restoring my model would be a nice way for me to celebrate one of my favourite series.
Meanwhile, the original 1960s studio model is undergoing its own restoration.
There's a whole host of aftermarket parts available for making this specific kit more accurate and easier to light, but those are mostly good if you're building this from scratch. I'm not at all opposed to aftermarket parts, but I just don't feel like chopping up this kit, despite its deficiencies. Being a restoration and not a refit of the refit, apart from a new set of (aftermarket) decals (this time making it the 1701 instead of the 1701-A), a new paint job, some sanding, brass and plastic reinforcements, and a new stand, this model will be almost entirely box stock.
Dismembered in drydock.
That square hole in the bottom was where the kit-provided stand fitted, but I'm going to use a brass rod for mounting on a nice base later on.
Saucer sanding comparison.
Saucer sanding comparison.
Sanded and filled...mostly.
The next phase will be removal of the paint and then applying first coat of primer to make sure all my gaps are okay.