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Polar Lights model kit update: Enterprise Refit

posted by JamieH 8:00 AM
Friday, September 18, 2009

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while. Things are pretty busy in Round 2 land. We are gearing up for our company preview in the Dallas Toy Fair as well a s iHobby coming up in October. I’m not sure whether I will make it to the show but everyone in the Chicago area will probably want to stop in and see what we’ve got coming up for 2010.

In the meantime, I just got in a revised mockup of our new Enterprise A Polar Lights model kit. The tooling is already underway but we needed this copy made up for our iHobby display. (if we are lucky, we’ll have a test shot on display as well) It is going right back out to Jim Small to be built up and painted.

The kit is really turning out nicely. Many of the detail revisions I’ve ordered have been made. Dealing with a kit at this scale has been pretty tricky because unless you see it first hand, you don’t really know what to expect detail wise. In addition to detail revisions (deflector dish and panel lines to name a couple), I also had a few adjustments made assembly wise. The nacelle grills on the previous mockup were assembled from the inside of the nacelle similar to our 1/350 version. I’ve had this changed so that they are inserted from the outside. This should help with painting I would think. The arboretum windows are the same way. Actually the only clear parts that insert from the inside are the pieces on top of the saucer. Another little change I made from the 1/350 kit was to have the chiller grills (I think that’s what you call them- the copper colored half football shaped grills on the sides of the nacelles) be made separate pieces as well so they can also be painted separately and inserted after all other painting is done. I hope this helps you guys out.

DISCLAIMER: One of the pylons was bent in shipping resulting in the nacelle sitting crooked. Also, some gaps look big in these quick photos. This is because the kit hasn’t been glued together. The gaps will easily disappear in the hands of a capable modeler. Oh, and the clear parts were incorrectly cast in opaque resin. Other than that, this is what you can expect in the kit.

14 Responses to “Polar Lights model kit update: Enterprise Refit”

  1. laised trekkie says:

    If anyone can find somthing to be picky about this refit, i’ll eat my tribble! exellent work, would you release a 3rd 1/350 refit with same revisions?.
    Also i love the big enterprise,great model

  2. falcondesigns says:

    It sounds like you want the modeller to have a pleasent experiance building this…..bravo.

  3. derric1968 says:

    Cool! It looks like this one is coming along well. I like the sound of the assembly-related changes that have been made. They should eliminate some of the tedious masking and/or hand painting. I can’t wait to get my hands on this kit!

  4. Trekmanscott says:

    I think I’m in love…

    Great looking kit. I just hope I have room for all of the conversions that I will be doing with this kit!

  5. BlackBirdCD says:

    There doesn’t appear to be any windows in the rim of the saucer, is this simply due to it being a test article or is this the design decision?

  6. crowe-t says:

    Excellent work!!! I like that this kit will be more user-friendly to build and paint. I’m in for a few!

  7. jgg1701 says:

    🙂 BEAUTIFUL !!! 🙂

  8. psytce says:

    All the changes look great. I can’t wait until these are out ….

    PS. If you need help at the Dallas show let me know I’m in the area….


  9. phicks says:

    Jamie – Thunderchild is up for pre-order at Megahobby. Perhaps an announcement here is in place before they steal too much of your “thunder”?

  10. JamieH says:

    “Jamie – Thunderchild is up for pre-order at Megahobby. Perhaps an announcement here is in place before they steal too much of your “thunder”?”

    It is truly a vicious rumor, sorry to say. I’m not sure where Megahobby got their info. It’s not on our schedule and it won’t be a $20 kit whenever it gets released.

    Everyone should see what we have coming out the first half of next year within the month of October. Some will be happy, some will be disappointed. I feel good about it and I know there will be a lot more later in 2010.

  11. cr says:

    can u update the blog? it been almost a month. thx – cr

  12. JamieH says:

    I’m truly sorry I haven’t been able to post in so long. Believe me, I would love to but our workload in the last month has been overwhelming and that is not an overstatement.

    I hope to make a post early next week to talk about iHobby. We also got in the first test shots of the 1/1000 Refit yesterday. It is great little kit. I hope to post about that as well.

  13. justinleighty says:

    Hey, keep on working, Jamie. I really appreciate the attention to detail you’re giving to this kit on the behalf of us builders/painters. It truly is appreciated!

  14. phicks says:

    Jamie – December is almost here! Any updates on shipping for the 1/1000 Enterprise-A, or the Vulcan Shuttle?

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