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Revell 1:500 Scale NCC Enterprise 1701 into Darkness
Revell 1:500 Scale NCC Enterprise 1701 into Darkness
Offered by Heart of England Toy Company
Price: £19.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superior kit by Revell - Very well done, 4 July 2013
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A quantum leap for Revell, which until now has been a good-but-not-great kit manufacturer. This is almost a Tamiya or Dragon-level offering. The molding quality is excellent, with the parts showing virtually no flash or distortion. The detail is crisp and clean and there are no surface blemishes save VERY minor depressions around the saucer's locating pins.

It's also a nice large size, but the indicated scale is wrong. It's not 1-500, but closer to 1-1000, which makes for a nice shelf comparison display if you have the Polar Lights - Round 2 1701 Refit.

The kit's engineering is shockingly good. Having built Enterprise models from both AMT-Ertl and Polar Lights, I have to say, this is the first kit of this type of ship I've seen that actually mounts the nacelles to the pylons with NO drooping, at least from the side. Which is remarkable, considering how far forward the pylons mount to the nacelles.

The NCC-1701 shape is difficult to make into a good, 3D-aligned model because of its mass distribution. Revell has done the best job I've ever seen in that respect.

Additionally, the saucer parts are designed to go together with no visible seams, while the nacelle and secondary hull seams are located so that you won't destroy surface detail eliminating them.

Unfortunately, the nacelles do splay laterally outward heading aft, necessitating surgery on the pylon-nacelle interface to correct. An experienced modeler will have little trouble with this.

Don't let the promotional photo fool you. Whoever built that thing must've been either rushed or just didn't care, because the nacelles don't mount at such an extreme upward angle. My particular kit had a slightly warped port pylon, but a few minutes with a hair dryer let me bend it into alignment.

If you're absolutely concerned with the 3D alignment of all four hull modules like I was, I'd recommend jigging the parts together with pieces of sprue while the glue dries, but it WILL hold its shape once fully cured. You can zoom it around the room just taped together - it's that well-engineered. All glued up, it's shockingly sturdy and stable.

The instructions are a weak point. For example, many manufacturers, such as Moebius, use the model's CAD drawings in their instructions, giving them a crisp, clean, authoritative look. Revell is still relying on handmade art.

Overall, this an excellent kit that will just about fall together, but will need a little help if you're concerned about 100-point geometric accuracy.

Oh, and Revell designed it from the get-go for lighting. Even those amazing pylon-nacelle joints incorporate wiring channels, which makes them all the more impressive. Another plus.

The only real complaint I have goes out to the aftermarket - Acreation, please make a set of Aztecs for this one!

I'd buy this one again.

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