A week ago, or so, Shadow accidentally knocked my U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A model off the bedroom TV and broke one of the nacelles off. This event had me rather miffed but I eventually forgave the butthead fur ball. After all, she didn’t know any better… never mind that I had scolded her a billion times, okay, maybe a dozen or so times, about rubbing her chin up against the primary hull (the saucer section) while she was sitting on the back of my office chair.
Anyway, I thought about buying a replacement model but the prices for that 22 inch amt/ERTL model version of the Enterprise, even the 1701-A versions like the one I have, are rather steep these days. Too bad I no longer have the original model from the first Star Trek movie, with the unimaginative title, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Those original refit versions of the Star Trek Enterprise 1701 (before the 1701-A versions) models are worth even more.
So, again, anyway, I decided to see if superglue would do any good. To my surprise, with some persistence, and pressure, I was able to get the nacelle glued back on… only to break it again, and the other one too, a few days later. Although a broken nacelle is hard to get glued back on, believe me, it is much harder to glue one on for a third time. It took several attempts over two days to get that twice broken nacelle glued back on again, but I finally did get both nacelles glued back on and lined up fairly close to the right angles. Maybe eventually I will get a replacement model, but for now the repaired one will have to do. Until then, I will practice my model painting skills with this one (I had never gotten around to finishing the sanding of, or even started painting on, this model).
Working on that Enterprise model that Shadow busted reminded me that I had an old 18 inch amt/ERTL Constitution class model of the Enterprise, the one from the original series, too. I had boxed that one away a long time ago… after an ex-girlfriend accidentally broke off one of its nacelles (by backing into it with her backside)… and then I had accidentally broken off the other nacelle shortly after that (before it was boxed instead of repaired as originally planned). So, the other day I dug that vintage Enterprise out of the box to finally fix it too. Again, the nacelle angles are not quite perfect but I did get them lined up fairly well, considering that this was a repair job. It is hard enough to get those nacelles lined up right even on a brand new, unbroken, model.
And since I was still in the mood, I bought a new model version of the classic Enterprise the other day. This Enterprise NCC-1701 model, by Polar Lights, can be made into one of four versions, the original pilot version of the Enterprise (or a select few other ships from the show), the second pilot version of the Enterprise, the series version of the Enterprise, or the mirror universe version of the Enterprise (the I.S.S. Enterprise). This box even has an extra set of nacelles because the TV series version nacelles are slightly different than the other three Enterprise versions. This is a smaller model, with a total length of about 11.5 inches, but it is a nice looking one. It is the best snap-together model I have ever seen. You do not need glue but I intent to use glue for at least some parts. I have not finished this model yet. I am still prepping pieces and testing the fits. I also need to pick up more model paint, and more colors, before I can finish this one, or any of the other Enterprise models I am working on.
Well, anyway, this is what I have been up to lately. Anyone else into models?