Round 2, under their AMT label, has two new kits for Star Trek modelers to consider. One will give Classic Trekkies double the Enterprise goodness, while the second will allow your Next Generation era fleets to shine with some DS9 goodness. More information and unboxing videos follow the jump.
Round 2 is giving us an awesome winter of modeling, if you are in the 2% of the nation that can make it out to your garage without freezing on the spot at the moment.
Classic Enterprise Double Kit
First, looking ahead, the company is releasing a double pack, containing the timeless 1:650 scale AMT Enterprise kit, together with the more recent Polar Lights 1:1000 scale ‘snap together’ classic Enterprise.
The 1:650 is a smoothie (no upper gridlines) but is otherwise the same build out as it has been for nearly 50 years. This means that the under-saucer dimples, inaccurate windows, and other oddities – including the flimsy display stand – are included. A nice decal sheet is included, though sadly, you can only build the Enterprise unless you get creative, or start searching for some aftermarket decals. Please, don’t rely on the box cover art to evaluate the decals. The box art markings in the 1:650 do not reflect what is inside the kit.
The 1:1000 is, likewise, unchanged from its most recent version (the Space Seed edition), at least insofar as construction goes. This means that the new universal dome base with swivel head is included for display (a major upgrade from the flimsy stand that came with the original release of the kit). However, it also means that, while the kit is technically a snap together, it’s not going to look remotely as good as the picture on the box if you don’t do a lot of sanding, gluing, puttying, and sanding. Also disappointing is the lack of waterslide decals for the 1:1000 kit. My 5 year old has helped me with waterslides for 2 years now. I was doing waterslide decals at age 8. I can’t fathom why they’d omit them as an option for a kit marked Ages 10 and up. I’m glad I never build the Enterprise, and that I save all the leftovers from previous decal sheets. I’ll be needing alternatives in short order when this kit hits my bench.
Criticisms aside, these kits are an outstanding offer. Retailing at just under $40 as they hit your local hobby shop or your favorite online source, you get two kits… its definitely worth the buy.
Deep Space Nine Cadet Series Kit
Turning our attention to a release already on store shelves, the Deep Space Nine Cadet Series kit, includes three ships long sought after in 1:2500 scale. The Saratoga (the ship Sisko had shot out from under him at Wolf 359), the Defiant (the ship Sisko had shot out from under him at the Second Battle of Chin’toka), and the Cardassian Galor class cruiser.
Each of these kits is molded in an appropriate color plastic, so, in theory, a base coat of paint is unnecessary before using the extensive wallpaper decals to give the appearance of hull plating on these ships. The decals are well done, save for an error on the Saratoga’s sheet – the yellow boxes for the phasers are present, but there are no marks to represent the emitters that are supposed to be present in those boxes. Other than that, one will need to be aware that AMT is not providing stands with these smaller models. Some spare sprue, copper tubing, or dowel rods and a wooden, plastic, or other weighty will be needed to display these models. The kit, which retails for about $25, is going to be a nice addition to my small but growing 1:2500 scale fleet.
Our thanks to AMT/Round2 for providing these models for review.