Finally got delivery of my newly released Enterprise from the new Into Darkness movie (having been held at the post office for a week) and initial impressions are very favourable. Looks like a really nice model from Revell who have clearly thought carefully about what the model builder might want to do and have produced a nicely sized model.
Box art is pretty standard and nothing too exciting. It is marked up as the Into Darkness Enterprise and represents the Enterprise as it is for the vast majority of the film and not in the final scene.
Few pictures on the side of the finished article.
You can see the Aztec pattern on the model and I’ll come back to that later.
Each sprue is individually wrapped in the box to protect it and although I wont cover every sprue they all look crisp and well moulded. How well it goes together we’ll have to see later on.
Saucer looks to be approximately the same size as the old ERTL 1:537 scale Enterprise Refit (here on called Kirk’s Enterprise) so looks like Revell have decided that the new Enterprise is about the same size as the previous one. Haven’t seen it but Abrahams gives a length on the DVD or BluRay which is twice the size and the scale does seem to vary in the movies. But this makes sense to me personally so happy to go along with it.
The sauce is engraved with panel lines, but unlike the old ERTL refit this time they are required and match the CGI version. So no filling and sanding needed here!
There are a lot of clear parts, including all the windows, so lighting this up should be made that much easier. In addition, it looks like Revell have left sufficient gaps everywhere to allow wires to be run, so no chopping out channels on nacelle struts. So they may have specifically been thinking about people wanting to light there models up. The deflector is also clear so this could be lit as well, although how I’m not sure.
The nacelle support struts are moulded as part of the secondary hull, so lining them up and making them level should be that much simpler. Part count isn’t huge but then there isn’t really any reason for it to be large.
There is quite a large decal sheet with markings and names/numbers. But no Aztec pattern as has been the case with the recent Polar Lights releases. Maybe this was considered to be uneconomic but Polar Lights did do it on the massive 1:350 Kirk’s Enterprise (at least in later releases, and unfortunately I have an early edition), so it wasn’t outside the realms of possibility.
And so to the instructions and more on that Aztec pattern. The instructions themselves are pretty detailed and a fairly chunky pamphlet. They include the various colour call outs and also (as show below) the painting instructions for the primary and secondary hull with the Aztec pattern shown. This looks to be identical to the pattern used on Kirk’s Enterprise which from memory I didn’t think was the case with this new one, which I thought was a bit more random. The secondary hull is a random pattern of rectangles.
But not sure (without markings on the hull, which fortunately we don’t have anyway) how the average builder would achieve this pattern. Certainly not possible painting freehand and airbrushing would require significant masking. Not impossible for sure but makes the painting stage a bit more tricky to get a high quality finished model which closely resembles the one on screen. I will confess that I didn’t check the instructions all the way through and maybe (just maybe) Revell have provided some scaled patterns to use, although I doubt it.
So expect to see the after market companies coming out with a big set of decal sheets for this model before very long. But it’s relative unavailability in the US may inhibit this as it would have to be ordered in from Europe. It may not be worth their while? But I have seen lighting kits already available, so maybe I am being unnecessarily pessimistic.
So apart from the small issue of the Aztec pattern this looks like a great kit which should build up into a really nice model which would look at home next to the 1:537 Kirk Enterprise.