Share this photo on Twitter Share this photo on Facebook

To Boldly Go . . . 2/3

Posted by
Jason Politte (Conway, AR, United States) on 25 July 2011 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

[Star Trek]
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.

Interested in purchasing prints of my photographs?

My wife Karen also has a photoblog at Open Door.

View my Spotlight images.

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Bravo ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée


25 Jul 2011 8:02am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great story with a happy ending! Fantastic creation, Jason, as this beautifully detailed model seems to glide across our screens!

25 Jul 2011 8:05am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Umm, what's "Aztecing?" Is it like greebles and nernies(Those are real model making terms in case you think I'm taking the P***)!

25 Jul 2011 8:58am

@CElliottUK: Yes, that's exactly what the aztecing is on the Star Trek ships - just different terminology basically. It's pretty evident in yesterday's and tomorrow's photo - just a glimpse of it in this one.

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

Oh man, this is so real!
You take model pictures to the next dimension. ;)

25 Jul 2011 9:41am

@London Caller: Thank you very much - glad you like it! :-)

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow ..A fantastic photo ! Great background !

25 Jul 2011 10:12am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

amazing shot!

25 Jul 2011 11:12am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Haha this is pure awesome dude, it rocks so hard. I'm a huge trekkie also :) although DS9 :)

25 Jul 2011 11:50am

@Ainsley: Thanks a lot, Ainsley - glad you like the image! :-)

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

This is like a blast from the past Jason! A rocking shot! ;-)

25 Jul 2011 12:49pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

very creative processing work .

25 Jul 2011 12:55pm

marc from Granby, Canada

Very cool, nice composition,live long and prosper...

25 Jul 2011 12:56pm

Karen Politte from Conway, AR, United States

.........and he's lucky to have an understanding wife who practically wept with him over the lemming-like behavior of the previous model! ;-( I don't care how much this one cost - it's awesome! These shots are awesome!

25 Jul 2011 3:18pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Do we get to see the Millennium Falcon tomorrow?

25 Jul 2011 3:46pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great shot and find on ebay! I haven't seen one of these in a long time! Thanks for sharing your model.

25 Jul 2011 3:50pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I know nothing about modelmaking but I do know that this image kicks ass!

25 Jul 2011 4:01pm

@Denny Jump Photo: LOL, Thank you very much, Denny!

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

And that, Jason, is how my lamp actually resembled the starship, however I seem to have
never taken a photo of it !! It looks like a precious model and I am happy that it gives you
so much pleasure, it seems priceless, and makes the photo sing with the far reaches of
the galaxy only this ship has been to !!~

25 Jul 2011 5:27pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel effet quelle compo superbe un autre monde

25 Jul 2011 5:52pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

I can feel the theme tune welling up :) Cosmically captured

25 Jul 2011 5:56pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

My only question now is how you made it out to the galaxy with that model intact? ;-) All kidding aside, how did you come up with that awesome background? A beautiful composition with great colors!

25 Jul 2011 8:10pm

@Steven: LOL, It wasn't easy Steven, but we made it back . . . eventually! Anyway, a public domain Hubble Telescope image displayed on a large LCD monitor works wonderfully as a background. Thank you very much - I'm glad you like the image. :-)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

While I have never sunk a penny in Trek memorabilia other than to pay to see the Trek movies as they came out later, I have been an avid fan since I was in my teens and Kirk and Spock, & Co. were in their prime "boldly go(ing) where no man has gone before..." So I appreciate your interest in things Star Trek - am wondering if you also became a Picard fan and liked Deep Space Nine as much as I did. I like your photo today; it feels as if we are somehow out there in space viewing the Enterprise going through its paces.

25 Jul 2011 8:24pm

@Viewfinder: It took me a while to warm up to TNG, but now I love the show. I really liked Voyager as well. I had a hard time getting into DS9 and Enterprise, but I need to give those two another chance. Thank you very much!

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A superb fusion of model, background, and photographer. Congrats on the upgraded replacement. I can relate to the joys of collecting, too.

25 Jul 2011 8:32pm

@Rick: Thank you very much, Rick - I had a lot of fun with these images. :-)

tataray from france, France

Superbe et ton commentaire apporte beaucoup d'intérêt à ce cliché.)

25 Jul 2011 8:35pm

franz from Baden, Austria

the fun continues! the spaceship is barely escaping from a galctic super explosion ....
i showed my son your photos, and he is quite enthralled with them! he says he envies you these models, though he has some of his own!!! ;-))

25 Jul 2011 10:36pm

@franz: Thank you very much, Franz! I'm glad your son has liked these as well - there'll be one more tomorrow, and then we're back on earth. :-) Your son should check the Bandai models if he's interested in having one like this.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Just like the TV show only better. A very cool shot.

25 Jul 2011 11:23pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much, Steve! :-)

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Very Very cool! Superb piece of art! Well done!!!!

26 Jul 2011 1:49am

@Wild Mustang Photography: Thank you very much, Pam!

Ahmad from Isfahan, Iran

creative scene ...

26 Jul 2011 3:27am

myky from Ontario, Canada

Wow...fantastic looks so real!

26 Jul 2011 3:51am