Star Trek Model Kit: Giving Away an Enterprise

posted by JamieH 8:00 AM
Friday, December 4, 2009

I posted before iHobby that if people would sign up in that thread and show up at 1:00 on Sunday of the show, I’d have a drawing for a test shot of our latest Star Trek model kit, the 1:1000 Enterprise Refit. Well, people came and went and I was wondering who would stop back on time. It would have been great odds as we only had a few sign up but no one did.

I decided I still wanted to give one away to let someone who is a die hard modeler have a crack at it and let me and everyone else know if it is as good a kit as I perceive it to be. Heck, I’m way too busy to actually glue, seam fill, paint and decal a kit. I’m lucky if I get to do the glue and decal parts. I’m hungry to do it but I’m just pinched. But hey, anyway, I wanted someone who could do a good job with it and I knew one where die-hard sci-fi modelers congregate, on Starship Modelers boards. I’ve seen lots of people post there and I’m familiar with some of their work from what I’ve seen at Wonderfest. I didn’t want to play favorites though so I offered up a drawing again. I figured we could even take the hit on the shipping so I offered it up. We had an outstanding response.

This is how I actually conducted the drawing. I basically printed out the entire thread. I then cut out everyone’s little avatar and threw out the ones who posted but said they didn’t want to be in the drawing. I also tossed all of the duplicates so everyone got one entry only. I folded each little piece up and put them in a kit box to toss them around a bit. I picked one out and it was Rogue9 of Tennessee. Congrats to him.

I sent out the kit the following Monday and he’s been posting his progress in the “On the Bench” of the SM message boards. I’ve got the prototype decals on their way here so they should get to him next week hopefully so he can finish his build. The kit he received was 99.5% of what the final one will be. Only a couple little adjustments were made before giving the final approval on the kit. Now, it is only a matter of time before everyone else gets a crack at it themselves.



9 Responses to “Star Trek Model Kit: Giving Away an Enterprise”

  1. crowe-t says:

    Now that’s the way to do a drawing, using a kit box!!!

    Thanks guys for giving one of us on Starship Modeler a chance to build this kit.

    I can’t wait till they go on sale so I can get a couple of these.

  2. phwphw says:

    Just found your site. Great site! Thanks for giving us a look the into making these wonderful kits. I found your comments fascinating about how a kit comes together. I am eagerly anticipating the Enterprise refit. Keep up the detailed work, it is very much appreciated. Thanks

  3. eimb1999 says:

    Hey Bob! Is that a Wacom Intuos-3 pen I see in your hand? :-D

  4. BobP says:

    Sharp eyes, man! Yes — that is indeed my trusty (and well-worn) Intuos-3 pen. I often wander around the office carrying the pen in my hand (I guess it’s like a prop that makes it look like I might actually be working) and, unfortunately, I am known to inadvertently lay it down if I am distracted (which happens quite easily). Mild panic ensues when I cannot find my Intuos pen — it means I might have to start using that mouse again…

  5. phicks says:

    Bob – Last time we heard anything official, the Vulcan Shuttle was still supposed to be out before Christmas. Any updates on its whereabouts?

  6. JamieH says:

    The VS is scheduled to hit our warehouse Monday. Too close to Christmas to actually hit the shelves by then. We do ship them out to distributors the same day we get them in. It should be for sale on our website within a day or so of arrival. Considering holiday shipping it will probably be too late to be under the tree.

  7. edge10 says:

    Hey, I can see my entry from here!

    Any new news on the Refit? :)

    Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

  8. JamieH says:

    The Refit will be shipping to the US very soon. Getting the decals taken care of has been the biggest delay. Doing subtle shades seems to be difficult to keep consistent. I would expect to see it on shelves by the end of February. (Lord willing.)

  9. Fraley1701 says:

    The end of February? I hope so!

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