Star Trek Week — My (Model Kit) Ships of the Line

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Editor’s Note: Brian from Cool & Collected was gracious enough to include the entire League of Extraordinary Bloggers in Star Trek Week.  So thanks again Brian!

There was a stretch of my childhood that I spent every moment where I wasn’t in school building scaled models. Every birthday, holiday, and all of my allowance went to buying model kits and paint. I built mostly aircraft like B-52 Stratofortresses, Saturn V rockets, F117 Stealth Fighters, even P-51 Mustangs. While they may have been entirely awesome dangling from fishing line from my ceiling, my true love were the AMT/Ertl Star Trek model kits.

For Christmas 1990 I found the USS Enterprise 1701-A model kit from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier underneath the tree. I went into painstaking detail to ensure all of my paint applications were accurate to the filming model; and my only reference material was pausing our VHS copy Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. The time spent assembling that model kit, the time I spent with my Dad on that project is part of the reason that the Enterprise A remains my favorite incarnation.

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AMT/ERTL USS Enterprise NCC 1701-A Model kit. Image via Memory-Alpha.org

Over the years I went on to assemble nearly every available AMT/Ertl model kit available. The Enterprise-D, Klingon Battle Cruisers, Klingon Birds of Prey, and even Deep Space 9 were all assembled with care and displayed with pride …. until I discovered girls and over a period of years these cherished model kits found themselves in closets and then eventually the trash. Looking backing now as an adult I can say that remains one of my biggest regrets.

From Around The League

Someone has been drinking and playing with their Star Trek Megos over at Infinite HollywoodThe League Logo

Fortune & Glory (Days) shows off some recently acquired Star Trek Kreons.

It’s all vintage Star Trek Power Records and Borg Bears at AEIOU & Sometimes Why.

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  1. Great post. It sounds like we had similar childhoods. My father was a model train builder and had a big collection of Airfix WW2 kits that he let me put together. I also had a Star Trek kit at one point – an old version of this: http://www.amazon.com/2500-Star-Trek-Ship-Snap/dp/B00BN9KCX2/ref=cm_lmf_tit_6 – that, while basic, was still pretty awesome.

    Damn, I wish I still had those models. I guess I’ll just have to buy them again.

    1. Thanks Andrew. My Dad was a huge driving force in my hobby, and I’m pretty sure I had a similar snap together set from The Original Series era too.

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