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The Collective: Review of Master Replicas Studio Scale Enterprise May 29, 2008

by Jeff Bond , Filed under: Merchandise,Review,TOS , trackback

Two years ago Master Replicas quickly sold out the first set of a limited series of pricey ‘studio scale’ models of the Original Series NCC 1701 Enterprise. This summer they will finally finish out the series with the final 500 models and pre-orders just recently opened up, leaving many collectors with the question of whether or not now is the time to pay $1200 for a model ship.

Quest for a ship of your own
If you’re a Star Trek fan, odds are you collect at least some Trek merchandising paraphernalia: DVDs, toys, model kits, soundtrack albums, books, etc. The extent to which you do this is a kind of measurement stick for your degree of fandom—any co-worker can look at your office or cubicle and judge just how Trek-crazy you are by the amount of Kirks and starships littering the space.

Trek merchandise ranges from easily affordable knick-knacks to ridiculously expensive collectors items, and probably no object from the series has been more fetishized than the Enterprise itself. It’s been reproduced in everything from plastic toys a couple of inches long to massive, six-foot unlicensed replicas and numerous model kits produced over the years by AMT and its offshoots.

For everyone who’s slaved over one of these kits trying to make it look exactly like the ship seen in the TV show, there are some seemingly insurmountable obstacles. One is that the kits reproduced up to a few years ago have not been “screen accurate”—they have all required modification to get closer to the look of the 11 foot miniature familiar to viewers, and this has created an entire mini-industry of “accurizing” garage kits designed to help you fix the inaccuracies of the AMT kits. Polar Lights recently saved everyone a lot of trouble by producing a very accurate 12” Enterprise—then they folded after being bought out by the conglomerate RC2, but after more corporate sales the company is due to get back into the Trek business in the fall).

As good as the Polar Lights kit is, it is relatively small and conveying the 947-foot size of the Enterprise has always been part of the appeal for a certain kind of collector. The biggest kit AMT produced of the original Enterprise was a 22” “cutaway” model that can be converted to a reasonably good reproduction of the shooting miniature. But even if you’re a master modeler, there are two major problems in achieving the look of the 11-foot model. One is “nacelle droop”—the tendency of the starship’s thin engine pylons, no matter how heavily reinforced, to allow the large and weighty warp engines to sag over time. The other is the difficulty in reproducing the ship’s elegant warp engine power effect, the result of a complex inner lighting rig of fans, mirrors and blinking lights built inside the ship’s translucent engine domes. Although LED technology has made reproducing this look slightly easier over the years, getting it to look exactly right in any of the smaller models of the Enterprise is virtually impossible.


Master Replicas Studio Scale Enterprise (click to enlarge)

Master Replicas Presents The Studio Scale Enterprise
This is all a long-winded way of answering the question I often see posted on model collector’s message boards: “Why should I spend $1199 on the Master Replicas Studio Scale Enterprise?” Master Replicas sold the original run of this 1/350 scale, 33” model a couple of years ago in a limited run and the last 500 are finally on their way out of the factory.

“Studio Scale” might sound like an odd term for a 33” reproduction of an 11-foot miniature, but MR cites the 33” miniature of the ship used to shoot some scenes in “The Cage,” “Mirror, Mirror” and “Requiem for Methuselah” among others as the starting point for this reproduction. The 33” Enterprise miniature had no internal lighting, however, and this and many other details on the Master Replicas model are specifically designed to duplicate the look of the 11-foot miniature.


Master Replicas Studio Scale Enterprise (click to enlarge)

The Master Replicas Enterprise is a beautiful, impressive display piece that reproduces all the details of the original series shooting miniature, from the internal lighting, blinking navigation beacons (including one at the recently-revealed location of the ion pod), and an amazingly subtle and authentic reproduction of the engine dome lighting effect that would really allow this collectible to be shot as a working filming miniature and look almost indistinguishable from the original model used in the show. The effect involves layers of lighting and filters from the familiar radiant orange/burnt orange and yellow “fan” effect to the winking of subtle green lights deep within the dome, all timed to reproduce the scale and speed of the original effect.

The subtle weathering done on the 11-foot miniature is painstakingly reproduced on the Master Replicas ship, including some surprisingly heavy-duty brown streaking on the forward top part of the primary hull that was rarely visible on the series due to the camera angles and limitations of film and compositing at the time. MR also includes another detail not visible on TV screens of the era: a tiny translucent “phaser cannon” at the very bottom of the glowing white “sensor dome” at the bottom of the primary hull. This is visible in some behind-the-scenes shots of the filming miniature but it is obscured by the dome light effect and bluescreen compositing and may have even fallen off or been removed at some point from the filming miniature—MR provides this as a removable feature and gives you three of these tiny clear pieces since it is inevitable you will lose at least one.


Master Replicas Studio Scale Enterprise (click to enlarge)

In addition to the internal lighting, the inside of the model is provided with an extensive metal brace support system that is quite strong, meaning that the nacelles of this Enterprise will always stay straight and true. The ship comes with an extremely stable metal display stand that plugs into the bottom of the engineering hull with something like a large headphone jack, making it easily removable and pivotable on the base. And the 1/350 naval scale means you can display the Enterprise next to all sorts of other cool things—like Polar Lights’ 1/350 Enterprise “refit” from Star Trek – The Motion Picture or either of the two United States aircraft carrier Enterprise model kits that are out there. There is at least one inaccuracy on the Master Replicas model—the shuttle bay hangar “floor” doesn’t quite flow seamlessly into the U-shaped rear hull section the way it should, but this is not glaringly noticeable and if you’re determined to have 100% accuracy you can find people who make little plugs to seal this area. Otherwise, this is a beautiful reproduction and ought to be the last word in recreations of this classic vessel. I have yet to show my MR Enterprise to anyone, fan or not, who wasn’t impressed by it. $1200 is a lot of money, but for this level of functionality and size, as well as the kind of workmanship that should allow you to pass this beauty on to your grandchildren after you’ve turned them into Trekkies, well, to quote Ferris Beuhler, “I highly recommend it, if you have the means.”


Master Replicas Studio Scale Enterprise (click to enlarge)

 

Studio Scale Enterprise: The Movie
Here is a nice YouTube vid of the Master Replicas ship by ‘CessnaDriver2′ (note the audio clips and music were added by vid maker)
 

 

Pre-orders now open
The final 500 Studio Scale Master Replicas Enterprises will begin shipping in August and Master Replicas warns "this is the last opportunity to purchase this unique piece of Star Trek history." For more info or to place a pre-order, visit MasterReplicas.com. You can also pre-order from Entertainment Earth.

Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Replica Limited Edition available for pre-order at Entertainment Earth
$1,199.99
(pre-order, estimated available in September)

 

Comments

1. john doe - May 29, 2008

all i ask for is a tall ship and a star to steer her by!

2. Phaser....where are youuu? - May 29, 2008

Pretty cool, though I’m heavy-handed and probably would break it. :(

3. Green-Blooded-Bastard - May 29, 2008

“The subtle weathering done on the 11-foot miniature is painstakingly reproduced on the Master Replicas ship, including some surprisingly heavy-duty brown streaking on the forward top part of the primary hull…”

No offense, but how is there weathering in the vacuum of space?

4. Kirk's Girdle - May 29, 2008

Ions

5. Daniel Broadway - May 29, 2008

#3

Because when it’s built on Earth, it gets weathered over the construction time. :)

6. Ciarán - May 29, 2008

In response to #4….

LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7. Will - May 29, 2008

One of Kirk’s better monologues, and one of Shatner’s nicer performances.
And, man, I wish I had $1200 to blow. That model’s gorgeous.

8. Spockboy - May 29, 2008

3. Space is not empty. There’s a lot of material in space. That’s why starships have navigational deflectors and buzzard collectors! Plus the Enterprise has ventured into sub-astmospheric flight on a few occasions. Plenty of opportunity for weathering.

9. star trackie - May 29, 2008

Being the owner of one of these I have to say it was worth every penny. You could film a TV series with this ship!. I must say it is also a nice investment. The MR phasers that sold for $400 are routinely selling for close to $1000, more if they are the signed version. Same with the communicators and tricorder. There is a collector’s market out there for MR Trek items and they will, and often do, pay handsomely for that elusive item that escaped their grasp years ago. I have no doubt that the Enterprise will also rocket in value in years to come.

Having said all that I will give two words of warning. 1. There have been reports of the engine nacelle motors stalling on some models. My advice, if you buy, plug it in, turn it on and leave it on for a week. If it has a bug it should surface by then and you’ll have plenty of time to return in for another before they all sell out.

And two, the grid lines are very lightly etched on, by hand, with a pencil. The effect is very subtle, as it should be, and you can’t see it unless you step up close. Sadly, many of the ships were getting out of China with grid lines that looked like the were put on my monkeys. Crooked, unmatched, and in the worse case scenario, VERY dark. Many a ship was returned because of the gridlines being poorly applied.

But all in all, if you love THE Enterprise, you will love this. And visitor’s jaws will drop when you power it on and the nacelles start spinning. It really is a remarkable miniature and if you can afford it, it’s worth every cent.

10. Capatin April - May 29, 2008

There may not be water or air in space but there is tons of dust in space. Which when it hits your spacecraft which is traveling at high speed through space wears away the surface of your ship giving it a weathering like appearance.

11. Tyson - May 29, 2008

You can also order this directly from Master Replicas at the same price:

http://www.masterreplicas.com//store/star_trek/star_trek/9125/

12. ken - May 29, 2008

$1200.00?

Do you have kids?

13. Gene Rodenberry's Ghost - May 29, 2008

It got weathered when it flew in the atmosphere in “Tomorrow Is Yesterday”.

14. Dr. Image - May 29, 2008

The weathering was present on the filming miniature.
The photos above do not really do it justice. It’s the proper gray, not the whitish color it appears. It looks much better in the video.
There were some QC issues with the first batch. One variable issue was the thickness of the pencil-drawn (again, just like the original) grid lines on the saucer section. Overall though, one of MR’s better efforts.
Glad I waited!
PS Good review.
PPS They should have just used one of these for the Trek Remastered project!

15. Daniel Broadway - May 29, 2008

#12

I don’t. Thank God.

16. Jeff Bond - May 29, 2008

Regarding weathering, this is done on just about any movie miniature to add realism and scale to its appearance. When you look at footage of the Enterprise on the original series the effect of the aging is so subtle it is barely noticeable, but if it was not there the ship would look far more toy-like in appearance.

17. Frank - May 29, 2008

I have one too. Right here in my den. It’s the first thing I’d grab in a fire. Everyone else fends for themselves.

18. CmdrR - May 29, 2008

All I ask is a tall steer and a star to ship her by.

I love these models, but think you have to go the whole route. You probably need a rumpus room with proper lighting. One of my uncles built a sizeable wooden model sailing ship. It looks SO much better in its glass case. One thing that makes a miniature look too much like a toy is its environment. If it’s on a shelf like a toy, it looks like a toy.

Anyway, I have my lottery ticket, so I’m hoping I can get one of these one day.

19. Rico - May 29, 2008

I have one from the first run. It’s awesome! Buy one if you can. You will never regret it if you love Trek and the original Enterprise.

20. Thomas Jensen - May 29, 2008

I have one of these and it’s pretty nice. I also have the referenced 5.5 Enterprise, which, by the way, is much more accurate in detail to the original filming model then the CGI for the remastered version. They’ve omitted some of the lighting and other small details, which the original had.

21. Cyberghost - May 29, 2008

I have the MR model mentioned above, but with the 5 living signatures and 2 reproduced signatures etched in of the 2 we sadly lost Scotty and McCoy. This is the best build reproduced enterprise ever built. If you can afford one, up get it, no run and get it. It will last for many years, my only complaint is that they did not include an acrylic case like alot of their other products. Yes the weathered look is supposed to be there, there was alot of discussion about the weathering, but they decided to include. I sell them on my web site, but I will not post it here, i think its aginst the rules.

22. [The] TOS Purist aka The Purolator - May 29, 2008

I think it would be fun to build a life-size version of the TOS spinning, lighted nacelle caps (“bussard collectors”). :D

23. Mr. AtoZ - May 29, 2008

# 3 & #5 Your both wrong, Weather is just a term, the weather comes from space dust, debris and fragment of asteroids that the ship has past through over it 5 years in space.

24. Dr. Image - May 29, 2008

Here’s a nit– MR omitted the reddish/copper colored ring on the secondary hull just behind the deflector dish!
Look carefully at original footage. It’s there and it’s been documented.

25. Dr. Image - May 29, 2008

OOPS!!!! I am a fool…
I meant CBS-D omitted that detail, not MR!!
They got it! As did the Unobtainium version.

26. cap97 - May 29, 2008

I have one, but other than a brief outing when I originally got it, it has lived in its box, and is currently sleeping in my garage. It is really nice though, my favorite of the few MR items I’ve purchased. (Star Trek related, the TOS Tricorder is also great, while the Klingon disruptor is authentic but kinda boring.)

Question for those of you who also own one of these babies; has anyone come up with an interesting way to display it? I saw on another forum that someone had a custom glass case created, which is probably a good idea so it’s safer from prying hands.

27. mooseday - May 29, 2008

Looks great, though I’d only splash $1200 on TMP Enterprise, always loved that version.

One thing I’d love to get but never seen is a replica “Discovery” from 2001 – love to have that one hanging about my desk ….

28. jmdiaz - May 29, 2008

Who ever wrote this does not know anything about how to build models…..

29. Cobra Commander - May 29, 2008

#15

Little harsh there, bro! Children are a blessing. Raising a little Trekker has been one of the biggest joys of my life!
Having a little person to take to Indy 4 last weekend was incredible; my son helped me view the new Indy through a child’s eyes . . .

30. Capttravis - May 29, 2008

#8 – picturing your misspelled ‘buzzard collectors’ brought great joy to my otherwise dull afternoon at work. Just imagine all the ugly birds it would take to power the big E! SQUAWK!

31. Kobayashi Maru - May 29, 2008

26- I’m with you. But I’ve always loved the ‘A’. For some reason, that’s always been my favorite.

“It’s ok to cheat, if you just really don’t like to lose”

32. websbestcomics - May 29, 2008

Screw that. I want the life-size model!

33. Denise de Arman - May 29, 2008

Great article- I am so tempted. For the price (as well as the quality of model involved), an acrylic display case really should be included. No ship, before or since, could ever match the original E. As Scotty said, no A, B, C, D, or so-forth.

34. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - May 29, 2008

Can’t afford one but I have seen one at a magazine and collectibles store. Powered up, it is a thing to behold. It makes you rub your eyes a bit as it’s that authentic.

Great idea: MR should give complimentary (or at least discounted to $100 U.S.) to all the Trekmovie.com regs who post. That would be nice.

35. Jeff Bond - May 29, 2008

#28.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lazymodeler/

36. Denise de Arman - May 29, 2008

THX- Did you see one in a collectibles store where you live?

37. trekee - May 29, 2008

@35

Building a kid doesn’t count….

(ok, yes, I did see the other photos…;-)

38. Krik Semaj - May 29, 2008

I didn’t know the enterprise had “buzzard” collectors (#8). What did the crew do with all those birds they collected? Why did they need buzzards anyway? How could buzzards even survive in space? Does the federation use buzzards for some purpose we were never told about? Are buzzards CANON?
I am however familiar with Bussard collectors ( which by the way would really have to be a lot bigger to collect any significant amount of hydrogen, but we won’t quibble with accurate science) and their theoretical application.

39. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - May 29, 2008

#35

Guess that settled that. I would love to know where you found some of the items in your albums. What’s up with the WOW tripod? Did you make that, buy it, find it? I’ve never seen anything like it as I thought it was a CG creation. I enjoy building models and concede that your skills are great. I kind of go the route of your Pegasus. Short cuts that look pretty good. I’m impatient. Anyway, great stuff!

#36 Denise

In Seattle there is a place in Pike St. Market (where they throw the fish) called Golden Age Collectibles that has/had one on display. The guy behind the counter noticed me drooling on it (don’t worry, it was behind glass) and was kind enough to power it up. I just sort of stood there dumbfounded for 10 minutes while my wife said “That’s awesome baby! Now come on. We have to go.” Knowing that the longer I stayed, the greater the chance I was soon to be parted with money I could not easily dole out for such a prize.

#37

I’ve built six. I am good at that.

40. Krik Semaj - May 29, 2008

#39
I’ve built 2 and they are a handful (They keep me young – I need it). Good for you that you have had the time and energy for 6. You have enough to staff the bridge.

41. tonyR - May 29, 2008

” Master Replicas quickly sold out the first set of a limited series of pricey ’studio scale’ models of the Original Series NCC 1701 Enterprise. ”

This can be used to show why the Enterprise in J.J. needs to be the classic Enterprise of the 60′s and not a re-design version. I hope J.J. reads this and changes his Enterprise’s design to TOS design. I don’t mind the Enterprise looking more real, but I would love to see the TOS Enterprise that look real and not just a design. It is a year before the movie comes out, we can’t get the inside of the Enterprise changed, but maybe we can get the CGI outside of Enterprise change. I hope J.J. and crew see how much money a TOS items make. I can just picture a real looking and Extreme Detailed TOS Enterprise flying across an I-MAX screen in HD…. maybe in 3d too . I think That would fill up more sits then some design calling it self the Enterprise.

p.s.
-38. Krik Semaj
the “buzzard” collectors are named that because they look like an old clear jewel-looking cover for a light like an game show “buzzard”. Some guitar amps (like Fender) have “buzzard” lights to this today. “buzzard” means that it “buzz” like game show “buzzard”.

42. John_Pemble - May 29, 2008

The more I see the model of the original Enterprise, the less I like it. I think the reason I hated the CGI Enterprise on TOS is it represented the crudeness of the model under higher resolution photography in relation to what we are used to with late 70′s model motion control work. I just figured out why I hate the old Enterprise model when I saw the master repl photo above. I didn’t know I hated it. Well I do.

43. John_Pemble - May 29, 2008

I should be clear I like the refit Enterprise from Motion Picuture onward. That’s how the Enterprise looks best for the first time.

44. Kirk's Girdle - May 29, 2008

I like how they mimicked all the classic shots. Cool model. Too rich for me.

45. tonyR - May 29, 2008

All the TOS Enterprise needs is Detail added like the retrofit Enterprise from the Motion Picuture has. I think the TOS Enterprise is the best design and that the retrofit Enterprise from the Motion Picuture is just like the TOS Enterprise just with added Detail. Yes, Enterprise from the Motion Picuture also has some re-designs, but it is a sequel ship and not a prequel and this is way I hate the J.J. re-design.

46. OM - May 29, 2008

“No offense, but how is there weathering in the vacuum of space?”

…Contrary to popular misbelief, space is not 100% vacuum. There’s all sorts of gasses, ionic particles, and micrometeoroids out there that aren’t visibly detectable at normal wavelengths. What the E had streaked on it could be any number of remains from any other impacts, and odds are that being on a five year mission doesn’t allow for a paint job every 5000ly, much less a wash’n'wax from Harry Mudd standing on a streetcorner with a sign around his neck saying “Will Push Venus Drugs For Food”.

[shakes head in utter dismay]

47. OM - May 29, 2008

“Building a kid doesn’t count….”

…Two points for Jeff Bond:

1) For the kids, did you use resin or styrene?

2) Good job on the Seaview, but what’s really needed that hasn’t been done are close-up shots on the Flying Sub that comes with this kit. it’s almost as if Moebius has sort of ignored that part of the kit because it’s not as detailed as the Seaview is. Any chance of posting some more shots of that FS, preferably of the pre-assembled parts? I’d be curious to see it compared to the old Aurora kit.

48. Demode - May 29, 2008

Wow, she looks amazing! They could have used her in the Remastered series; she looks that good!

49. Tom - May 29, 2008

I never knew there was a phaser (or photon toredo) cannon on the lower navigation dome. I’ve seen it rendered in the TOS-R ship as well the MR version. One would think this was directional targeting.

Does anyone remember which episode (probably during the title & director credits) where the camera zooms in on the lower navigation dome? Has that episode played in the remastered version?

The closest I ever came to the real thing was taking the tour of the Christies auction a few years ag where they had most of shooting minatures on display. The refit version was still breath taking. The quality workmanship was obvious comapres to the more recent Enterprise incarnations (especially since it was 28 years old at the time). That’s the one I wsih I could own.

50. Captain Robert April - May 29, 2008

The little doohickey on the lower sensor dome is kinda visible in the zoom-in shot in “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”. Since it’s pointed directly at the camera, all you can see is a little red dot on the bump of the dome, but it’s the only shot in the entire run of the show where you can see the thingie.

As for the MR version, besides the bizzare anomoly of the hangar deck area, there’s the matter of the forward running light on the upper surface of the primary hull.

The original filming miniature didn’t have that. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had to dig up effects photos showing the bow area in all its glory to folks who insisted that there was a light there.

What she had was a little round access port, to change out the light bulb behind those three round portholes, which was normally covered up with a round piece that was painted the same as the rest of the hull (there’s a nice shot of the ship in the opening of “The Tholian Web” were you can just barely make out a little round dent, apparently from when the effects guy tapped in the piece just a wee bit too far).

Anyhoo, some time between the time the poor thing went into storage, got shipped to the Smithsonian, and suffered the ham-fisted “restoration” by Ed Mirarecki, that piece was lost and some (pausing a few seconds to avoid making a personal insult) person replaced it with a clear piece, and voila, the Enterprise suddenly has a forward light she never had before.

Suffice it to say, I’m still a little dismayed that the folks at MR actually replicated this error.

So, besides needing some filler for those odd trenches in the hangar deck area, the forward light needs to be painted over, in order to match up with the filming miniature.

51. oztrek - May 29, 2008

$1200 bucks and it doesn’t fly?

52. NEDJRR - May 29, 2008

Bought one of these about eight months ago, had to return the first one for poor workmanship, second one arrived three months later, better quality but two of the secondary hull stripes not straight but kept model anyway.
Now here it is May and the port nacelle motor has failed, called MR, told to send an e-mail to customer service, after two weeks no answer from them, I know this is out of their 90 day warranty but these motors should not fail under any circumstances in this short period of time, am at a loss on what to do with this model at this time.

53. Heartofoak - May 29, 2008

“Sea-Fever”

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

By John Masefield (1878-1967).
(English Poet Laureate, 1930-1967.)

54. Viking - May 29, 2008

J.J., Bob, I hope you and the guys at ILM are taking notes. If you need a template to go by, this beastie has gotta be it.

$1200. Hmmm. My wife just said she gets her quarterly bonus tomorrow, and it’s right around…….nah. I can’t do it. Ya don’t get nookie by sleeping on the sofa for a month with the dog. LOL

55. Spocko - May 29, 2008

I really need this Enterprise, and I mean this literally.
If only I could afford it.

56. Krik Semaj - May 29, 2008

#41 TonyR
Sorry Tony, but you are incorrect. I was making a joke earlier about the buzzard thing. They are not Buzzard collectors. I don’t know where you get your info, but the collectors on the Enterprise are Bussard collectors. They are named after a real physicist (Robert Bussard) that proposed a method of collecting interstellar hydrogen.

57. Crewman Darnell - May 29, 2008

Damn, I would *really* love to have one of those but (perhaps fortunately) at this juncture can’t part ways with that many Quatloos. Then there is the cautionary tale as # 52 NEDJRR described above…

58. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - May 29, 2008

Um, $1200 is more than I make in one month (net). I won’t be investing in one of these ANYtime soon… and, no, thankfully, I don’t have kids.

59. Viking - May 29, 2008

‘ I know this is out of their 90 day warranty but these motors should not fail under any circumstances in this short period of time, am at a loss on what to do with this model at this time.’

“Code zero, zero, zero. Destruct. Zero.” *BLAMMO*

60. Jeff Bond - May 29, 2008

I’ll have more Seaview photos up eventually–i really have done nothing with that other than put some of the control room together and paint it. I’m waiting on a lighting kit and some other after-market accessories due out soon…

61. Windsor Bear - May 29, 2008

#50 – Thanks for the info on the bow light. I also have been wondering where that light suddenly came from since it was not on the production model. I thought maybe some people got confused since there was a blinking bow light on the pilot model (well… sort of a bow light).

My question is… where did those extra navigational lights on the sides of the saucer come from? The production model had red and green nav lights on the top of the saucer, and white lights on the bottom of the saucer. Yet, this MR model and the CGI model both have nav lights on the side of the saucer, positioned between the upper and lower nav lights, as well. Maybe I’m blind and need to check the stock film footage again, but I do not remember nav lights on the sides of the saucer.

62. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - May 29, 2008

Yeah but, Jeff, what about the WOTW tripod? What’s the deal with that piece? I also gotta get some of those Fantastic Plastic Galactica models.

#58

Perhaps the non-existant children are equally thankful.

63. Timncc1701 - May 29, 2008

I had to cancel the one I ordered to get an engagement ring for my fiancee. She knew then how much I love her. However, as luck would have it, I was able to get one a few months later. No regrets. I am happy with both. My only criticism is that the impulse drive housing on the back of the saucer primary hull is inexplicably dark gray. Huh? Other than that, awesome model.

64. Viking - May 29, 2008

Timncc1701, congrats on getting the best of both worlds. But, wait’ll you tie the knot, and try to expand your collection. IOW: welcome to my world. LOL :-)

65. cd - May 29, 2008

I noticed the windows on the right front edge of the primary hull. They appear to be smaller (too small) in the still shots, and about right in the video. Is there that much variation in the models that are shipped, or were the stills from a previous or different model? (And of course, I must mention again the difference in the windows in the Star Trek Remastered CGi model and the original. >;>)

66. Mr. AtoZ - May 29, 2008

#46 see # 23 it’s been covered.

67. tony2448 - May 29, 2008

I’d be nice to have at a couple of hundred, max. But when gas is $4 a gallon it’s just not the greatest thing to spend $$ on at this point.

68. The Gregster - May 30, 2008

I purchased one from the original run. It was very impressive, especially powered on in a darkened room. The one I recieved just had too many small flaws in the paint, and grid lines for me to keep it. Also, the motors that drive the nacelle ‘fans’ made a rather loud noise. I have to admit, it was difficult to part with, but for $1200 dollars I felt the thing should be darn near perfect. FYI, the images incuded in this article are from a pre-production prototype. The actual model looks far more impressive ‘in person’.

69. Timncc1701 - May 30, 2008

Thanks Vike. I have to get a pic of her in a TOS uniform next to the E. I am a lucky man.
For all of those who have not yet purchased one, isn’t that what the tax refund stimulus check is for?

70. SteveinSF - May 30, 2008

Ok that’s it–I ordered one. I can’t wait! Hey1200.00—just like a weeks for of gas for the car, right? I’ll figure out how to justify this purchase when it gets here.

71. Chris Pike - May 30, 2008

52. NEDJRR Shame. There have been a few too many similar stories like this for me to question its $1200 value. Therefore I didn’t go for one on first release and won’t this time even with favourable exchange rates. It really ought to be near perfect to warrant the price tag. Sorry!

72. Avindair - May 30, 2008

Oh, man, if I had the cash to blow, it would so be mine.

Fortunately, the school I’m headed to has one, so I can drool over it when I feel the need. (Oh, and get amazing reference shots if I chose to model it again in 3D…)

73. Dr. Image - May 30, 2008

#50 Robert -Fascinating fact on the access port.
Somewhere I saw some close-up black and white shots of the “phaser cannon” on the sensor dome. Wish I can remember where.
Anyway, yep, it’s there!

74. Rich - May 30, 2008

Well I’ve had mine since the second batch. I pre-ordered it the week that it was initially offered, and just said ” F it. I’m never going to get this chance again and “Trek” a deserving, important part of my life, so I just clicked on it.
I have to say honestly that all these months later, I still can’t walk by it without admiring it as much as I did the first day I saw it. It’s truly as cool and perfect and damn awesome today as it was that first week. Guess it’s love! Oddly enough, I enjoy looking at it unpowered as much as when it’s all lit up. The lighting effects, from the standpoint of merely admiring the ships lines, is a bit distracting. But there’s nothing like having a visitor over and turning that baby on and watching their delighted “oh my chr-st” reactions.
Happens every time

75. jdp13 - May 30, 2008

What I’d really like to see is a model of this quality and scale for the refit Enterprise from the movies (No bloody “A”, “B”……). Anyone know of any plans for Master Replicas, or anyone else, giving the refit Enterprise the model it long deserves?

76. Lanny - May 31, 2008

$1200 was steep, but I got #125 of 1250 and for me the ship was always an icon and I can’t say that about many “things”. Smile everytime I see it, can’t believe I have it. $1200 doesn’t come easy, so you better be passionate about it.

Now if they make the TOS Klingon and BOP ships, well, that may be the tipping point on passion, I like those ships, don’t love’em.

Found they same feeling when Master Replicas offered the tricorder for 15% off $299 or something and I didn’t jump (I have phaser & communicator)…..wasn’t iconic enough for me.

77. Captain Robert April - May 31, 2008

Besides, Art Asylum, via Diamond, are coming out with a tricorder you can actually play around with for around forty bucks.

I’m just waiting for the inevitable day when Polar Lights announces a 1/350 TOS Enterprise kit.

That way any inaccuracies will be my own fault, and I won’t be blowing the rent check on one model. Besides, I have a serious problem with the idea of shelling out big bucks for a prepainted model. Half the fun is doing the work yourself, isn’t it?

Oh, and as for the question of those extra nav lights, apparently they were there on the original model, just unseen through the grainy film or something like that…

78. The Master Cylinder - May 31, 2008

Yes, yes, it’s very nice…but $1,200.00?

…Now if MR came out with a Jupiter 2, well…

79. W. Rico - May 31, 2008

I have a hard time believing that some of these glowing praises are for real. I know of several people that returned their ships more than once due to light leaks, poor paint jobs, bad detailing and over all poor contruction. This overpriced toy is in no way worth the price. I can’t believe this review. Jeff Bond must have been one of few that actually recieved a good one.

It also amuses me that everyone that attempts to put out a model of this ship, for a much cheaper price ends up getting trashed and talked about like they were pariahs.

I’ve seen five of these ships and everyone one of them had issues.

Where’s the real review?

The fact is most of these were so bad off the line that many were shipped back. These ships were originally supposed to sell out in weeks, if not a few months, but word got out.

Why not tell that aspect of this story?

80. Captain Robert April - June 1, 2008

I just have a problem with shelling out that kind of coin on a model that I know, before it shows up, that has things wrong with it that I’m gonna have to fix (hangar deck trenches, running light that’s not supposed to be there, etc.)

Like someone said upthread, for that kind of money, that sucker had better be PERFECT.

81. Robert Bernardo - June 1, 2008

W. Rico wrote:

> I have a hard time believing that some of these glowing praises are for
> real. I know of several people that returned their ships more than once
> due to light leaks, poor paint jobs, bad detailing and over all poor
> contruction.

Mine came in flawless condition… no light leak, no poor paint job, no bad detailing, and no poor construction. In fact, it is constructed very well.

Captain Robert April wrote:

> I just have a problem with shelling out that kind of coin on a model that
> I know, before it shows up, that has things wrong with it that I’m gonna
> have to fix (hangar deck trenches, running light that’s not supposed to
> be there, etc.)

I do not see the problem where the hangar deck meets the hanger door. Looks good to me. As for a running light that is or is not supposed to be there, I will give the benefit of the doubt to the 11-footer housed in the Smithsonian and from which this replica was based. In other words, I am well-satisfied. It’s a beautiful replica. Hey, come over to my house and have a gander at it. :-)

82. Picky 1 - June 8, 2008

U.S.S. Enterprise ….. With or without windows?

Has anyone got an idea as to why this MR Enterprise does not have all the windows cut out on the saucer section? Meaning that the windows on the right facing side ( fore and aft ) seam to be missing a number of windows that are clearly shown on the left. In both the original and new remastered episodes of TOS they show both sides having all windows lit and the same number of too! So why are only 2 windows showing on this replica???

83. Picky 1 - June 8, 2008

Inregards to the problem with the nacelles sticking, mine too has a problem with the right side reflector. At start it tends to stick or move slowly, but after a minute it is right up to speed with the left. It could need a lube job or perhaps a plasma cleaning, however, everything else is perfect ( other than the weird missing windows on the side of the saucer section ) so sending it back in hopes that the next model would be better ( could just as easily be worse ! ) I did not feel was worth the 4 to 6 week turn around in shipping.

Can’t wait to see the Enterprise – A, B, C, D or E if MR chooses to produce them, but please try and keep the price down under $1000 for Signature Edition and $600 for basic.

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85. bartman - June 12, 2008

Had one, sent it back. Very poor workmanship. Final appearance and quality didn’t justify the cost. No remedy for repairs when something fails as already has happened to at least a few of these units.

86. Mark - June 14, 2008

I got one. The right engine grinded like a blender. I returned it and bought the more expensive signed edition since that was all that was left. The right grinds as well and is starting to die.

87. Philippe - June 17, 2008

Have one Commemorative Edition. To be honest at the reception I was a bit put off by the painting which look more grey than what I expected. Now for the rest I never regretted the investment. It’s a great piece to show as a centerpiece of your Star Trek collection. On top I was lucky to get the number #222 which my wife said in Chinese numerology could be translate as being “mine, mine, mine”.

Didn’t notice any flaws and after all the time I have it it stil works perfectly.

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89. Redbull - October 2, 2008

OK…so after all of pro’s and con’s… minor flaws to grinding/failing nacelles, is the quality of this “final” batch of product improved to justify the price? I’m on the fence.

90. DocHellfish - December 14, 2008

Wow this is impressive.. If they come out with a Refit, I’ll go take out a credit card just to buy it!

91. spinar - March 22, 2009

Of course starships get weathered. Space is not a vacuum. Heaps of particles out there in the cosmos including “space junk”.

92. John - March 25, 2009

Just ordered mine! The new Master Replicas Advantage program was the deciding factor. 20% off and three payments.

93. jdp13 - June 29, 2009

Just got mine from the final 500 and I gotta tell you it’s as good as the review states. The perfect replica. If you’ve got the money and love the E the way I do, this is a must.

Now I’m still waiting for someone to make this quality replica of the refit Enterprise from TMP. That is a MUST have for me.

94. Keith - July 23, 2009

I have one of these from the original run – the signature series. It is amazing and the center piece of my collection. I can honestly say that it was worth every cent. The detail is mind-numbing. I have never regretted the purchase. My only complaint was that it didn’t come with an acrylic case and these are very expense to have custom built.

95. MARCUS - August 25, 2009

QUEM PODE COMPRAR PARA MIM E EU PAGAR EM REAIS?

96. steven j - October 13, 2009

10/13/09 are there any left.

97. Armand - December 5, 2009

Any chance of master replicas make
the next generation enterprise and
the uss voyager complete with lights as
well? That would be awsome

98. Jashuh - April 17, 2010

Very nice ship and got a fair price from a local dealer, around 1,000.00… Everything works very well but there is a slight motor sound in the warp drive pods – normal because these are real motors, they are going to wine sometimes!! ( your best bet is trying to buy one from a local source and that way you can see and yes hear if it is up to your level in quality, there were a few that had some problems) Only noticable problem (couldn’t be helped if you wanted a perfect ship) is the vessel is sealed which means that no future repairs can be done on it, lamps or motors, etc… This being the reason that a lot of dealers are keeping them around any more, because time will be the enemy with the working display – I wouldn’t and don’t keep it constantly running. However don’t just box it and never run it either, the motors in the pods should be run for a few minutes every other day or weekly to keep them working correctly – new box units with several years on them probably will have a lot of wine or simply will not work at all – if buying these be aware of this.. Back to the ship this is overall a nice vessel and if you can swing the 1,000.00 go for it, but investment wise I will question the future return of your profit because someday another company will probably turn out another ship simular to this size and quality, like the Chinese did with the MR communicator and tricorder. But I have no regreates in buying one and most people who see it on display are impressed with it.

99. MARCUS - November 23, 2010

ONDE EU PODERIA COMPRA-LA EM REAIS R$?

100. Mike Murphy - December 7, 2010

I just aquired Mr Master USS Enterprise model with no instructions for setting on base. There is a small metal tube with a spring which I assume is for connection from the base tube to the model. I have tried using this and I am not gettng any power to the ship. Also sounds like something is loose in the base tube. There is a square plate in the base but it doesn’t seem to be removable for access to the inside of the base. Also found a little metal piece in box in the shape of a top about 1/4″ x 1/4″, don’t know what it is. I can send pictures if needed. Any help would be appreciated.

101. TOS Collector - December 22, 2010

I purchased my MR Enterprise recently from an online seller. It is not without its share of problems, the most prominent being nacelles that are not level, a crooked deflector dish mandrel, and oil leaking into the interior of the bussard collector domes. For a studio model that fetched that kind of price it does leave the collector with a lot to be desired.

Unlike Master Replicas, Factory Entertainment—who acquired Master Replicas—has expressed no interest in customer relations in regards to the model’s expensive shortcomings. And due to licensing issues with CBS, they do not expect to continue with any Star Trek products in the future.

102. william leone - July 24, 2011

the port engine shut down. They say it can not be fixed. I will not accept that since I spent 1400 bucks on this master replica enterprise. There must be a way to fix it.Anyone out there whos done it? let me know. thanks.

103. TOS Collector - July 25, 2011

There is no way to get to the motor without major, major surgery to the model. It was not built to be taken apart. Forget about it! If you are lucky the motor will start working again on its own. Keep trying it. If you purchased the model recently from a secondary buyer and paid via credit card and or PayPal try to get your money back. Depending upon the credit card company and how long ago the purchase was made, you may or may not have a case.

104. SpocksCaptain1701 - August 14, 2011

There I was, perusing the sales booths at the 40th anniversary Trek Con at the Hilton in Vegas 2006, when my wife grabbed my arm and sqealed “Look at THAT!” After picking my jaw up off the floor, the sales rep for MR explained all about the concept, limited ed., & price. “$1,200?!” We thanked him and wandered down the aisle. Suddenly, my wife (not a ‘Trekker’, but the best woman on the planet, I might add) turned to me and said, “Let’s get it.” I preordered and am now the proud owner of #023 of the first Series of 500! Mine is flawless of paint and mechanics. It sits displayed in front of my ‘First Family’ Birdsong signed printI have never regretted the cost, it has payed for itself in theenjoyment i get from it every day. Get one before they disappear into Tholian space forever!!

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