Bandai Star Trek Enterprise Refit model with the Antennae Galaxies (NGC 4038/NGC 4039).
For as long as I can remember, Star Trek has been a part of my life. When I was a child, I would beg my parents to let me stay up late on the weekends and watch it. I liked nothing more than seeing Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, and Chekov face the unknown. As I grew older, my love for the shows never died, and as I continued to watch them, I became aware of the social implications addressed in many of the episodes. This only made them more special.
Today, I am still an avid Trekker, and I have collected quite a few bits of memorabilia over the years. In addition, I also own a few models. Three weeks ago, my AMT/Ertl model of the Enterprise "A" fell off it's shelf and broke into four seperate pieces. It was irrepairable. I was heartbroken - I had put many hours into building and painting that model to make it as accurate as my capabilities allowed.
However, instead of letting this get me down, I decided to upgrade. I soon found a Bandai model kit (very rare) of the original Enterprise refit for sale on Ebay and sprung the $130 for it. That may sound like a lot of money for a mere model (it is), but this model comes already painted and includes wires for lighting. Upon opening the box, I was astounded at the amount of detailing on this model, from the aztecing to window shape and placement. Although this model is about seven inches shorter than my previous model, it is superior in every other way. The photos I've taken of this model would've never turned out as well with my previous model. Although, it cost a pretty penny, it was well worth it in my opinion.
Public domain background image courtesy of NASA.
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