NCC 1701-A USS Enterprise (Star Trek)
Northstar Kit by deBoer Hulls
Buildup by Tim Ketzer
This kit is a real monster and the biggest and best kit of the finest starship ever to bear the name "Enterprise". It is a very expensive kit, so I guess there won´t be many of them around - but if you can afford it, it´s worth it - a very accurate and detailed version of Kirks vessel. "Kit" is probably the wrong word, it´s more like a visual effects model.
The whole buildup was done by Tim Ketzer, a fellow CG artist and expert modelmaker (have a look at his website at www.ketzer.com).
Can you believe this is the first Star Trek ship he ever build? Well, he did an outstanding job!
The model is completely lighted, with a detailed arboretum and a very accurate paint job. The top of the main saucer and various other parts are fixed using magnets and can be put off in case there´s a problem with the lighting. The main light is coming from various cold cathod tubes, along with a large array of white and yellow LEDs. Some parts had to be scratchbuild - the impulse drive broke into dozens of pieces when it fell down, but Tim build an excellent replacement. He had to replace the back fins of the warpnacelles as well in order to get some lights in there.
The photos shown here were taken by Tim. There are still some tiny decals and details missing that are on the model now - as soon as I have photographed them, I´ll post them as an update here.
As a special bonus and a tribute to the effort that was put into making the model, here are some pictures taken during the buildup:
Check out also the fabulous Reliant buildup in same scale...