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QMx Reveals $5K Star Trek TMP USS Enterprise Refit Replica July 20, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Feature Films (TMP-NEM),Replicas , trackback

To date the replica maker Quantum Mechanix has only been working on items related to the 2009 Star Trek movie, but that has changed with the announcement of their limited edition Artisan Replica of the USS Enterprise Refit from Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Pre-orders begin in September, see below for pictures and details.

 

QMx USS Enterprise Refit Artisan Replica

Just in time for San Diego Comic Con, Quantum Mechanix has revealed their latest Star Trek product: the Artisan Replica of the USS Enterprise Refit. The Enterprise as seen in the 1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful science fiction space ships ever designed and QMx say that the replica is their "most ambitious work to date." 


New Artisan Replica USS Enterprise Refit coming this fall from QMx

The QMx replica is about 3 feet long and a bit more than a foot high (when mounted). It has over 130 LED lights and is hand-painted with a semi-transparent pearlescent paint "applied in overlapping layers using multiple masks to create an Aztec patterning." The replica even features interior details seen through the windows (like the botanical garden and an illuminated landing bay).


Each replica is hand-painted to match the original ships famous "Aztec" pattern

The USS Enterprise refit replicas will all be custom-made to order and hand-crafted in the USA. QMx is limiting the number of replicas made to 250 and each ship comes with an individually-numbered, brass dedication plaque on the mirrored base. All this attention to detail comes at a price, specifically $4,995.


QMx are limiting the run of USS Enterprise refits to 250

The attention to detail for the new refit is pretty impressive. These include:


QMx refit includes interior details through the windows

QMX will be showing off the new USS Enterprise Artisan Replica Refit this week at their booth at San Diego Comic Con (#2994). Pre-orders for the ship begin in September and you can get more details and sign up for the waiting list at Qmxonline.com.


Your USS Enterprise Refit even comes with landing bay and worker bee pods

2009 USS Enterprise Artisan Replica on sale soon

The USS Enterprise refit is the only item that QMx has licensed outside of the 2009 Star Trek movie. QMx are still in development of an Artisan Replica of the USS Enterprise from the 2009 Star Trek movie. They will be showing off the latest version at Comic Con this week. QMx tells TrekMovie that they will be announcing pricing and orders within the next 60 days.


Next up from QMx: Artisan Replica of 2009 Star Trek movie USS Enterprise

QMx also offers additional Star Trek 2009 movie items, including 2009 Star Trek phaser replica (see TrekMovie review), badge replicas and posters. They will also soon be offering animated maquette statues from the Star Trek movie (see TrekMovie preview). QMx also offer replicas, posters, shirts and more for Batlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13, Doctor Who, Firefly, and other franchises. Find out more at QMXOnline.com.

Comments

1. Tony Todd's Tears - July 20, 2011

I want one.

2. Michael - July 20, 2011

Wow, I would love this! By far my favorite of the Enterprises!

3. Trekologist - July 20, 2011

What I would do if I had 5K laying around……. beautiful work!!!!

4. Gibbs - July 20, 2011

Nice. But at that price I’ll continue working on my Polar Lights 1/350.

5. Oz - July 20, 2011

If I had a bigger house and an extra $5,000 laying around, I would get it. She is beautiful.

6. Spock's Uncle - July 20, 2011

I would never in a Vulcan lifetime spend that kind of currency on a mere model… except on this. I just might have to mortgage the house to get this baby. Agree with #2, this was the finest incarnation of our beloved Enterprise.

7. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - July 20, 2011

looks cool

8. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - July 20, 2011

WOW. If only. That is one beautiful ship. If only.

9. Spock Of Ages - July 20, 2011

So nice

10. TonyD - July 20, 2011

Drooooooooooooooooooooool! Now that is one beautiful model.

The refit was always my favorite Enterprise incarnation and this would look really nice next to my Master Replicas NCC 1701……

11. Alex Prewitt - July 20, 2011

Beautiful. Puts the POS Abramsprise to shame.

12. I'm Dead Jim! - July 20, 2011

That’s one beautiful lady!

I’d have one if my wife wasn’t so practical. But that’s a good thing, I guess.

13. JKP - July 20, 2011

That’s a mighty fine replica of the nicest ship in SciFi. I still remember the awe and majesty of the Enterprise flyby sequence with Scotty and Kirk. Wow, was all I could think and say.

14. I'm Dead Jim! - July 20, 2011

Ya know, I’m beginning to wonder if JJ or someone is putting the brakes on the 09 Enterpise models. First the model kit is cancelled and now Qmx is STILL working on theirs. So as far as I know, the toy and the Hallmark ornament are the only replicas released. What up?

15. chain of command - July 20, 2011

Looks suspiciously similar to the Polar Lights model of the refit. That kit was fun as heck to build. It has everything the model above has and, if you have patience and knowledge of electronics, you can make it look just as good (And NOT spend 5000 dollars).

I do agree with the opinion that the Refit is the best looking version of the Enterprise. It’s proportions and lines were perfect.

I’m still hoping they do a slight revamp of the alternate universe Enterprise. It’s a little too Star War-zy for my taste.

16. Tallguy - July 20, 2011

Frankly for $5K I would want it to be the same scale as the studio model. Not that I’d have room for it. But I don’t have $5K either.

17. chain of command - July 20, 2011

Definitely looks like the PL Enterprise, and it’s the same size. Is it the PL version?

18. GG - July 20, 2011

Nothing beats model starships. It’s a lost art. She’s a thing of beauty.

19. Greenberg - July 20, 2011

3ft only? Bump it up to 8 and you have a deal!

20. chain of command - July 20, 2011

#19 Now you’re talk’n!

Speaking of, check out this site out…..

http://www.modelermagic.com/?p=26058

21. Robman007 - July 20, 2011

Yeah, hate to say it, but I agree with #15, this looks IDENTICAL, down to the size, of the Polar Lights kit. The shuttlebay is the same too..IDENTICAL (which was slightly inaccurate in the Polar Light kit)! Look it up on any starship modeling websites…essentially this is a $5,000 professionally painted and lit version of the Polar Light kit. Not worth $5,000…but still a beautiful kit.

22. John from Cincinnati - July 20, 2011

It’s beautiful

But who can waste $5,000 on a model?

23. rm10019 - July 20, 2011

They should have sent a poet…

24. Christopher Roberts - July 20, 2011

“They gave her back to me, Scotty.”

– “Gave her back? I doubt it was that easy with Nogura.”

“Yer right! You’ve no idea what I had to do for that $5000!”

:-}

25. Orb of the Emissary - July 20, 2011

Uhm, can they also come out with the NX-01, 1701-A, B, C, D, E, DS9 and Voyager?? If they did this awesome of a job, then I would go for the whole fleet!

26. Driver - July 20, 2011

I’m gunna buy it and hold it outside my car window going 90 MPH and go “Wheeeeee!” Good times.

27. Ted C - July 20, 2011

They are correct, it is “one of the most beautiful science fiction space ships ever designed”

28. TrekMadeMeWonder - July 20, 2011

Not for 5 grand. Not me anyhow.

I do miss my customized ERTL model though. Looks like I will have to build another one now that we have LED technology in good supply.

5 Grand? Seriously. LEDs are cheap these days and the details on that ship don’t look all that great.

Now I am off to EBAY to search for ERTL old E.

29. Rocket Scientist - July 20, 2011

A 3-footer, you say? I must have been too awestruck to read the fine print. At that scale, I’ll put the sweat and elbow grease into my Polar Lights kit, thank you very much. Plunking down 5K will save me a lot of time and effort, but you can’t put a price on the pride in building it yourself.

…of course, I’ll probably be retired before I work up the nerve to build mine!

30. TrekMadeMeWonder - July 20, 2011

#20

Bloody brilliant!

31. Vultan - July 20, 2011

Ah, what a beautiful ship the TMP refit was!

I don’t think the Abrams’ ship would look that bad if they just pushed the neck forward and made the nacelles a little smaller. The detailing is nice, but proportionally it’s all over the place. Roddenberry instructed Jeffries to design something elegant, not a hotrod in space.

But if Abrams does continue with that design—c’mon man, at least add some fuzzy dice over the view screen/window and ghost flames painted down the sides. Some glass packs wouldn’t hurt either. ;)

32. Rocket Scientist - July 20, 2011

As for the 09 E? I started finding things to like about it, but seeing it with the TMP Refit? No thank you!

33. dmduncan - July 20, 2011

Nicely crafted!

34. Starbase Britain - July 20, 2011

In My opinion STAR TREK THE MOTION PICTURE had the best version of the Enterprise out of all of franchise versions I dont think its ever been topped.

I was dissapointed with the new 2009 ship and the warp effect.

Greg
UK

35. Harry Ballz - July 20, 2011

What a perfect economy to launch such a….(cough)….enterprise!

The total number of people willing to spend this kind of coin (on a model ship) can share a cab together when they go to pick up their orders!

36. Browncoat1984 - July 20, 2011

Seriously, is QMX nuts? They are not very friendly to Star Trek fans. They think that there’s even less than 1% of Star Trek fans in this day and age, in this economy who can afford to plop $5000 down for a model, as detailed as it is. This is business sense fail. And if there IS a Star Trek fan out there dumb enough to plop the money down on this, shame on you, especially if you have a family, that money can be put towards something positive.

I could buy an entire entertainment center set – TV, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, great sound system – and have money left over for that price!

37. Brevard - July 20, 2011

It is, indeed, the most beautiful version of the Enterprise ever. Period. I remember being a freshman in HS seeing TMP for the first time. I was in awe of the ship. Though I rarely watch TMP now as an adult because it really is The Motionless Picture, I do sometimes, pop in the DVD just to see the beauty of the refit Enterprise. I sincerely wish that models were still made for movies. It’s a lost art. CG just can’t replicate the beauty and heft of a model. 2009 Enterprise–meh! It’s just weird looking. I hope they redesign for the sequel, should it ever be released.

38. lightyearmodels - July 20, 2011

That is the Polar Lights kit….straight down to the shuttle bay pieces and the uneven windows around the bridge deck.

39. EzyTarget - July 20, 2011

#36, you’re crazy to think they won’t sell 250 of these. There are plenty of celebrities, executive’s and hardcore collectors that will easily scarf this up. If they were selling say 100,000 I’d agree with you completely, but 250… that won’t be hard for them to sell at all.

40. Ryan Spooner - July 20, 2011

#38 I was just about to post the same thing. I have the polar lights kit myself… I haven’t finished it though as I don’t want to spoil it, so want to find someone else to finish it off for me. This QMX model looks to be the exactly the same thing, just professionally built, lit and painted… not sure that’s worth $5000?

41. Robman007 - July 20, 2011

#38: Identical. Kinda strange. I’ve seen many sites out there that will build one up and paint it and light it for a fraction of the dollar amount. The PL was a great kit, but it had some detail issues that are easy to pick out from pictures, and this kit looks identical to the PL kit.

42. Rico - July 20, 2011

It is the Polar Lights kit guys. It will probably be a nice build of it, but I think I’d rather do it myself.
Reference:
http://www.therpf.com/f10/qmx-enterprise-90403/

43. MDSHiPMN - July 20, 2011

Best Enterprise ever, TMP.

Love the most recent Star Trek movie, but my biggest disappointment was the seeming lack of love for the Enterprise.

The intro shot, exterior design, engineering and just overall “feel” was off.

They could have done so much better.

I wonder if anyone working on the movie feels it was lackluster?

44. kmart - July 20, 2011

42,
I bet Geoff Mandel does.

As for the 5G model … why aren’t they showing the big lounge windows on the back rim? THAT is where you really need to do some work to create the feel that stuff is going on inside. A couple pieces of furniture and a transparency of the rec deck set would probably really sell it.

Price is absurd, but too many fans have disposable incomes, so, it will be, well, disposed of. Though if you figure the real DEFIANT went for something like 40 grand, it would almost pay to buy one of these things in partnership with people and then rotate it among households like a timeshare.

45. Maoman - July 20, 2011

Polar Lights Model done right…. and for probably less than $5000 :)

http://youtu.be/jfLze1zqsgQ

46. Kev-1 - July 20, 2011

This is really a nice build up, but there’s a 46″ kit by Deboer for people who want to make it themselves. That kit is under 2K. Not chicken feed either.

47. Phil - July 20, 2011

I was wondering how long it would take for someone to complain about the cost. Always wanting Ferrari quality with a Kia pricetag.

48. Kirk, James T. - July 20, 2011

I think both ships look beautiful, you can really see the original movie Enterprise in the design of Abrams Enterprise – I personally prefer the look of the Abrams Enterprise over any Star Trek ship – it’s got fantastic sweeping lines and to be honest, the engines look better at that size – she looks powerful and ready to go where no man has gone before. Although the refit is a beautiful ship – It doesn’t look like it could spend any lengthy period exploring new worlds far from home.

As for these models, I’d love to have $5 and $4 for them but I just don’t, now if QMx did a version without the fancy electronics and knocked off $3 and $2 respectively, I’d buy them both.

I’m still hoping that Hasbro will come along and supply us with a Big Damn 3ft electronic lights and sound Enterprise from both The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek (2009/2012), that would be immense! Anthony, Make it so!

49. Tom - July 20, 2011

This is the Polar Lights model. Their asking price is nuts. I build these things on a commission basis, for a LOT less and include pretty much all the same details they have on theirs. If anyone is interested you can contact me at:

modelshipbuilder@aol.com or at: thomas_johnson82@yahoo.com

I have a finished one sitting on my desk right now.

50. Tom - July 20, 2011

Also the strongback and deflector cowling colors on their model being shown is not correct for TMP version of the Enterprise. It is correct if your representing the NCC-1701-A. I pride myself on my knowledge of this particular ship.

51. MikeTen - July 20, 2011

You guys complaining about price should watch the SyFy show Hollywood Treasure. People pay crazy amounts of money for stuff nowhere as nice as this.
My only complaint, they should have stayed with tradition and made 1,701 of them.

52. Robman007 - July 20, 2011

#47: the complaints are coming from the fact that QMx is taking the Polar Lights kit and building it up and charging big bucks instead of making a new build of the kit. The price of $5,000 is a lot for a model kit that costs $80. You can find some great commission work of this kit that looks killer with accurate replacement parts for a fraction of this kit.

53. T'Cal - July 20, 2011

There’s a nice spot on my fireplace mantle where that would look great. How do I come up with a quick $5K?? The E-refit is a beautiful design – one of my favorites.

54. Red Dead Ryan - July 20, 2011

The TMP Enterprise is my favorite. I can’t afford this model, and don’t have the space for it anyway. My DST Refit Enterprise does nicely for me, even though it isn’t 100% accurate. But it does have great sound and light effects as well as soundbites and looks great on display. :-)

Also, I never understood why the botanical garden was in the secondary hull. I would think that the engineering section would be mainly engineering and deflector systems.

55. Mantastic - July 20, 2011

$5,000? Are they serious?

This is basically the model of my dreams, but holy crap that’s a lot of money.

56. chain of command - July 20, 2011

Here is a crappy video of my first build of the PL version. It has its’ flaws, but I’ve corrected a lot of them since making this “construction video” so don’t judge too harshly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl6Zjw36Goc

I’ve since replaced a lot of the LED’s in it and I’ll be posting a new vid on youtube at some point. However, I’m starting another PL model of the refit now. This one was just kind of a trial run.

Just thought I’d share since we’re all talking about the “E”.

57. Vultan - July 20, 2011

#54

Interesting point. Scotty must be into gardening. Who knew?

58. Duane - July 20, 2011

I’d be curious to know how much this model weighs. Any ideas?

59. Robman007 - July 20, 2011

#56: Nice. That PL kit is amazing. I built one just recently too, but without lighting. Did a cool job with the deflector dish by painting the front portion a clear blue, and the rear part with silver…gave it a glowing effect that is really snazzy. I did aztec tiling, but my grey was a bit too grey…oh well, I’ll just spend another 60-80 and get another and try again.

60. Dep1701 - July 20, 2011

What I’d really love to know, is who bought the original 8 ft. filming miniature at the Christie’s auction several years ago, and where it is now. I sure hope whoever got it is taking good care of her. I remember seeing her at the Smithsonian in 1991… a dream come true.

61. VZX - July 20, 2011

Wow. Can someone buy this so I can come to your house and oogle at it?

62. Capt. of the U.S.S. Anduril - July 20, 2011

Wow…I need about 10,000 bucks so I can have my two favorite Enterprises side by side…and then a new house so I can have a proper display room for these suckers. So pretty.

63. rm10019 - July 20, 2011

60 – I agree, i hope Paul Allen has it ready to display at the Sci Fi museum.

64. MC1 Doug - July 20, 2011

It is a Polar Lights kit with all the love and care and extras to make it what this rendition is.

$5k is a lot of money, but it certainly is a beauty! I cannot wait to see Polar Light’s same scale kit of the TOS Enterprise due out in the next year or so!

65. MJ - July 20, 2011

For $500, I would buy it. For $5,000, you’ve got to be fracking kidding me.

66. Anthony Thompson - July 21, 2011

Maybe that’s why we haven’t seen the ST09 model from QMx. They’re waiting for Polar Lights to come out with a model kit first! : )

67. Mark Lynch - July 21, 2011

It’s a lovely model. Yes it is expensive.

But lets think about it, how long would it take a professional model maker to actually do one of these start to finish? Then multiply that by what is a reasonable hourly rate….

I’ll take a guess, assume an 8 hour working day and 14 days to make the model. Then lets say the model maker charges $35 per hour.

112 hours @ $35 per hour = $3920 (+ cost of model $80) = $4000
That’s not even taking into account cost of materials.

So does $5000 seem that exhorbitant anymore? Maybe a bit, but good model makers are like gold dust and QMX need their margin…

68. Jim Nightshade - July 21, 2011

Both big e’s look awesome–incredible u can look in window n see hydroponics garden etc–if i ever would pay that much,those models would be so worth it-sigh–the pattern on the enterprise looks perfect!Incredible craftmanship!maybe anthony can have a contest ro win them hint hint hah

69. Robert H. - July 21, 2011

Think I saw this on Youtube with the space music of Michael Stearns

70. CmdrR - July 21, 2011

Kids’ college fund?
USS Enterprise Refit?
Kids?
E?

….
Kids, I guess.
….
Stupid kids.

71. Danpaine - July 21, 2011

Yeeaaahhh. Think I’ll pay may property taxes instead, with $$ left over for a week’s vacation.

72. ensign joe - July 21, 2011

Wow. I guess you get what you pay for. Very nice.

73. Mark Lynch - July 21, 2011

LMAO @ 70….

74. Robman007 - July 21, 2011

#67: While the $5,000 is alot, the issue, at least that I have, is that it is not a new, unique kit. It’s just the polar lights lights kit. I can’t remember the site right now, but there is a site out that there that builds up star trek kits with accurate paint jobs as well as replacement parts with lighting, and those run close to $1,000, and possibly less and look really, really nice.

For those who wanna do it themselves, there is even a lighting set out there that will allow you to switch the lights from Impulse drive (think TMP, no blue lights on the warp, the deflector dish is brown, and the ship has all the running/spot lights. In warp the deflector is blue and the warp are blue, but the other lights are dimmed) as well as photon lighting that simulates the ship firing photon torpedos. That lighting set is about $150+. Not too shabby.

75. Ralph F - July 21, 2011

Good gravy, I wish I was stupid rich and could afford this. Still my favorite ENTERPRISE.

76. Marc McKenzie - July 21, 2011

Man oh man…that is simply beautiful.

I don’t have the money to get this, but still….talk about something that is worth every freakin’ penny!

77. Robman007 - July 21, 2011

Also, this kit obviously uses DECALS! You can see the decal lines on the model. Come on, everyone here can have one of these…it’s called buy the polar light model and some paints for less then 100 and you have the kit…or spend a couple hundred and light it up or hire someone to do it for ya for far less then $5,000…plenty out there that build super versions of this SAME KIT above.

Also, the polar lights kits come with the same DECAL AZTEC job that this model above sports. Yes, Polar Lights gives you decals for the aztec job to save folks time and money.

78. Jeyl - July 21, 2011

For $5,000, it should be made of metal.

79. sean - July 21, 2011

#36

Are you kidding me? QMx makes plenty of Star Trek swag at affordable prices. Just because they make a specialty item – a specialty item that is not cheap to make, just to be clear – does not mean they’re disrespecting Star Trek fans with a modest income. That’s like saying Jaguar is disrespecting car ‘fans’ for not making vehicles that cost $500.

That being said, I am one of those fans with a modest income that could never even consider spending that kind of money on a model. But it sure is pretty!

80. Lt. Bailey - July 21, 2011

Fantastic replica…. Expensive? Perhaps. Its all relative.

As pointed out above, QMx is not disrespecting fans by charging 5K. If you want something this high quality, then you will pay for it. Some person has to sit there and assmemble & paint this, it is not created by a machine. What is a persons time and talent worth???

Sure not every one can afford it but there are some who can and just because they can afford it, it is no reason to chastise them. Its an individuals choice, this is America after all.

81. Dr. Image - July 21, 2011

I’d just like to photograph it! The greatest of all E designs by far.

82. Tanner Waterbury - July 21, 2011

I’ll totally buy their other stuff… But the models are WAYYY too pricey for my taste. I could buy a model from this guy I met at the Boston con that looks EXACTLY like the same quality for a much better price.

83. Reign1701A - July 21, 2011

So wait, how much is the 2009 Enterprise?

84. Phil - July 21, 2011

Assuming a 30% margin, and an 80/20 split to labor and materials, this works out to about thirty bucks an hour for a hand finished model that, at least by looking at these pics, is gorgeous. It’s not in my budget range, but these guys are not marketing this to my demographic. Still amazed how may people think they are entitled to high quality stuff at bargin basement prices….

85. TB - July 21, 2011

The QMX model is not high quality – for 5K you should have something comparable to the actual movie filming model. I’m amazed at how some people think it’s ok to be charged high quality prices for bargain basement quality and detailing.

It doesn’t help that the QMX model seems to be decaled instead of painted and has parts that are very close to the 1/350 polar lights model.

86. Tom - July 21, 2011

I have one of these already built that’s equal if not better than there example. As I noted above, I build these as commissioned work, for less than half of what QMX is charging.

For commission inquiries I can be reached at either:

modelshipbuilder@aol.com

or

thomas_johnson82@yahoo.com

And if anyone would like to buy the model that is sitting on my desk for $2,000.00 + shipping, I would be willing to entertain offers.

87. MJ - July 21, 2011

@67 “It’s a lovely model. Yes it is expensive. But lets think about it, how long would it take a professional model maker to actually do one of these start to finish? Then multiply that by what is a reasonable hourly rate….I’ll take a guess, assume an 8 hour working day and 14 days to make the model. Then lets say the model maker charges $35 per hour. 112 hours @ $35 per hour = $3920 (+ cost of model $80) = $4000. That’s not even taking into account cost of materials. So does $5000 seem that exhorbitant anymore? Maybe a bit, but good model makers are like gold dust and QMX need their margin.”

So I am suppose to believe that they are making all 250 of these as single, one-of-a-kind jobs? Come one, that stretches believability. A run of 250 is not a solo expensive job, it is a mini mass production job for a team of modelers.

88. MJ - July 21, 2011

@86. Yes — $2K sounds more realistic for something like this — thanks for a more realistic comparative analysis. I knew these guys were way out of the ballpark with that $5K price. LOL

89. Canon Schmanon - July 21, 2011

That is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for showing me something I’d love to have, but never will.

As for them being handcrafted, I’d say probably not, otherwise they’d have mentioned that, because it would be a serious selling point. The original might have been made by hand, and castings taken from that. Or the moulds could have been designed on computer and casts made by machine.

Oh well, who cares, it doesn’t matter. I don’t have a spare five grand.

90. Boris - July 21, 2011

86 – but it is illegal to make money off of Star Trek models without a license from Paramount/CBS/Viacom.

91. Phil - July 22, 2011

@90. Specifically, the word you are looking for is counterfeiting. How agressively companies protect their copyrighted images is up to them, and I’m guessing that Paramount is not losing any sleep over the casual model maker who is selling Star Trek models under the table. Collectors won’t buy one of these without papers, because no matter how good it may look, it’s still counterfeit, and as such, worthless.

92. Boris - July 22, 2011

91 – No, I wasn’t looking for that word, since I didn’t get the impression that Tom was trying to pass off his offer as a true licensed product. It isn’t hard to conclude that he almost certainly doesn’t have a license. Most custom modelmakers aren’t out to deceive – they’re openly selling models “under the table”, and if you were to ask them about the license, they would explain their situation clearly and leave the purchasing decision up to the buyer.

I don’t like that practice, regardless of whether Paramount’s lawyers choose to pursue the issue, so I wanted to point out that selling custom builds still is illegal, in case any readers concluded that it is quite OK to contact Tom and ask for such a model.

93. Phil - July 22, 2011

@92. I doubt Paramount’s lawers are going to come knocking on his door. If he does a handful of Trek themed pieces a year it’s hardly whoth their time. Actually, it’s illegal because it is counterfeit, when you buy licensed merchandise all you are acquiring is the right to personal use of the material. I think what’s bugging me more about the direction this thread has headed is that a few posters seem to be of the mind set that one of these creations can be kicked out in an hour, and anyone can create one. I built models when I was a kid and got decent with an airbrush – not at the level shown on these model pics – and that kind of work takes time. Thirty bucks an hour seems a decent wage, and people are screaming about it like these guys are raping the fan base, which just isn’t true.

94. Tom - July 22, 2011

There are many of us commission builders out here (and many of them are VERY well known to the PTB) that do LOTS of Star Trek, Star Wars, and any other subject one may want. We do not pass our works off as Licensed. Someone wants a model of something and they can’t build it themselves, they commission us to to build it for them. We are not counter fitters, or in anyway doing anything questionable. Hell, the people that have worked at Paramount on Star Trek have pieces that they’ve commissioned many of us to make for them. I’m sure if Paramount or anyone else thought this was an issue, we all would have heard from them by now. Paramount and for that matter any other property holder knows we are here and where to find us, and they are quite happy with us being here.

95. Greg2600 - July 22, 2011

Hands down TMP Enterprise is the greatest space craft ever designed for film.

96. MJ - July 23, 2011

@93. “I think what’s bugging me more about the direction this thread has headed is that a few posters seem to be of the mind set that one of these creations can be kicked out in an hour, and anyone can create one.”

No, your are jumping to conclusions here Phil. The issue is that how does an essentially semi-massed produced run of 250 very nice models end up with a price-point of $5K. That is a very high price withing the select cadre of custom commissioned work, and when you consider that this is really a semi-mass produced run of 250, well that is fracking highway robbery, my friend. For a semi-massed produce run of this, the models should be priced between $500 and $1000. Truly one-of-a-kind commissioned models (which this is not one) of this size/complexity might sell for between $2K and $5K.

97. MJ - July 23, 2011

And to add to my post above, for runs like this, the modelers develop specific tools, fabrication methods and castings that are used for each order — creating an easily repeated process. This is in contrast to a truck customized modeler process, where everything is built by hand from scratch, and with raw materials. The factor of labor difference may be up to 5 times more labor for a truly one-of-a-kind custom job versus a nicely detailed repetitive process modeling capability.

98. Holger - July 23, 2011

I want one, that’s for sure. But $5000, errrr, don’t think so. The price is reasonable, though, considering what you get for it.

99. Holger - July 23, 2011

On closer inspection: Those are TOS redshirts in the hangar!! Well, they should’ve kept the TOS uniforms for TMP, anyway, as it had been planned for a time during pre-production.

100. MJ - July 23, 2011

@98. The price is far from reasonable. See my posts above. I have a friend who formerly worked in the model-making niche industry, so I have some knowledge here. These guys stand to collect $12.5 Million dollars from a model semi-mass production run of 250, NOT customized one-of-a-kind model building. This is perhaps 5 times what the fair market value should be for these items. They are backing on hoodwinking some wealthy Trek fans to part with their case.

101. MJ - July 23, 2011

correction above: $1.25 Million.

102. Holger - July 24, 2011

OK! They had succeeded in making me believe the model is worth the price.

103. Crash - July 24, 2011

Why is it that when I see a picture of the Enterprise-A, I feel a sense of adrenaline and when I see the JJ Abrams Enterprise I feel a sense of nausea?

104. JO - July 25, 2011

I can’t wait to Pre-Order this ship!

105. TOS Collector - July 25, 2011

I don’t know, Crash, but get over it.

106. TOS Collector - July 25, 2011

Try Pepto-Bismol.

107. TOS Collector - July 26, 2011

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Huh?! Might it be because it is a model of the same exact ship at 1/350 scale??? Why should it look different?!

108. Vernon Wilmer - August 2, 2011

1979 Enterprise – Boffo Bo!
J.J.’s Enterprise – Floppo Pu!

109. Mortos Der Soul Stealer - August 4, 2011

14. I’m Dead Jim! – July 20, 2011
Ya know, I’m beginning to wonder if JJ or someone is putting the brakes on the 09 Enterpise models. First the model kit is cancelled and now Qmx is STILL working on theirs. So as far as I know, the toy and the Hallmark ornament are the only replicas released. What up?

It’s probably because the abramsprise is a crappy looking, bloated, disproportionate, kitbashed-looking piece of poo while the TMP refit and the original TOS Enterprise are absolutely beautiful works of art that deserve to be rendered in highly detailed model form. Compared to the TOS and TMP versions of the Enterprise, the abramsprise is little more than a pale imitation. And a very bad one at that. It has none of the grace and simple beauty of either Jeffries’ or Probert’s designs. The abramsprise is an abomination that shows exactly how little the STXI design team cared about Star Trek.

108. Vernon Wilmer – August 2, 2011
1979 Enterprise – Boffo Bo!
J.J.’s Enterprise – Floppo Pu!

Damn Skippy!!!!!!!!!

110. Mortos Der Soul Stealer - August 4, 2011

83. Reign1701A – July 21, 2011
So wait, how much is the 2009 Enterprise?

Who cares???

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