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.
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.
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