Available now in local hobby shops, Round 2’s Ships of the Line series offers novice modelers a variety of Star Trek ships that snap together quickly to create simple, small scale displays for fans to display anywhere. Today, we take the Enterprise for a few snaps… video and photos follow the jump.
The Ships of the Line series from Round 2 features many recognizable Star Trek ships in 1:2500 scale. These models are, essentially, pre-decorated versions of the Cadet series models that populate the shelves of many modelers. While 1:2500 is a nice scale for collecting many ships, some modelers have been turned away from these models because they are so small that proper decoration of the kits can prove troublesome.
Round 2 sent us one of the four kits in the line, the USS Enterprise from classic Trek. Three other kits are available, the USS Reliant from Star Trek II, the USS Defiant from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and the classic Klingon Battlecruiser.
Included in each package is the model itself, a display stand, and a trading card featuring imagery from the Star Trek: Ships of the Line calendar series. The reverse side of the cards can be put together with others in the series to form a larger image as well.
The Enterprise comes mostly ready for assembly. A few small parts should be cut with a hobby knife, as they are on part trees (nacelle aft caps and the deflector dish and housing). Failing to do so will result in some unsightly looking nubs on the parts in question. I would strongly advise cutting the parts directly off the part tree. I did choose to initially just pull them off as a novice might choose to do, and it ultimately caused me problems.
While the kit does not require glue, I would strongly suggest at least a few tiny dabs (very tiny!) of super glue to secure parts together. Larger assemblies such as the upper/lower saucer and the nacelles stay together fairly well, but the aft caps and the deflector housing had trouble sticking. I also had to use my hobby knife to make the hole for the deflector dish a touch larger, in order to fit the mast at the joint point. I also chose to glue the two parts of the base, as well as the base itself to the model.
Unfortunately, this being the old AMT kit, dating back the better part of 3 decades, the nacelle pylons are still a problem. I managed to snap one of them of while trying to secure the nacelles, requiring super glue to repair – twice.
One will also note that the inaccurate and out-of-scale windows molds are still present on the kit, even though corrected window patterns are present. To be fair, the incorrect molded windows are not really all that noticeable from even mid-range. It almost takes picking the thing up under correct lighting to discover them.
Detail wise, this is a fairly nice kit. It would be impossible to really gap-fill the seam lines, given the chances of ruining the pre-decorated surfaces. The real places this is noticeable is the saucer seam and the front of the nacelles. In terms of decoration details, its a fair representation, though some things are missing, such as the triangles on the underside of the saucer and the four upper saucer lit boxes (windows?), as well as the saucer-edge windows (which, most likely, were difficult to do on account of the angle, curvature, and parting of the saucer).
All in all, this is a fairly nice little kit… though not without its flaws. It requires a gentle touch, and some expansion of connection points. But put it on a shelf, together with other 1:2500 scale ships, and I think you’d be pretty happy with the result of the few minutes worth of work this little model requires.
TrekMovie.com thanks Round 2 Models for providing a copy of this kit for review.