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Your Two Cents: Enterprise-A

The following are reader's opinions of the Enterprise-A made by Starcrafts.

Reviewer   Danny Mullins
Date Reviewed   Jan 21, 2001
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments StarCraft has a winner here.

After recieving my Enterprise-A in the mail I was awestruck by the intense detail done to the model/ As small as it was it had more detail then the AMT/ERTLl kit. Assembly was a breeze, as was painting the model (I was able to paint the whole model by hand).

I recommend painting by subassembly. The only problem I had was with the decals, to me they looked way out of scale and too small. So after a long wait I ordered and got some 1/1400 Enterprise-A decals from Thomas Models . The decals sent were very well made, but if you don't want to wait as long as i did I suggest you try other trek decal sites, as they maybe able to make some in the proper scale.

I'm sorry I dont have pics of my model (no scanner) but for those who are courious e-mail me and i wil tell you the colors i used to finish the model. Keep up the good work StarCraft.

Reviewer   Don Doten
Date Reviewed   Feb 5, 2001
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments While I was excited to finally have an Enterprise A in 1/1400 scale, I was pretty dismayed at the amount of cleanup necessary for this kit.

The nacelle/pylon assembly was the worst, with enormous mold seams running along the spines of both nacelles. Another area of difficulty was the engineering section, with a bad mold seam along both sides from the dish all the way to the fantail. This required a good deal of filling and sanding, but once that was complete, it looked fantastic.

The saucer section required removal and rescribing of one of the "landing feet" on the bottom. A minor detail, and easy to correct.

Starcrafts really did a good job with the detail, including the 4 phaser emitters on the bottom of the secondary hull, and the 2 above the shuttle bay. Also present are correct rec room windows on the rear/starboard of the saucer, not a big deal, but these are all details lacking on the much larger ERTL kit.

Reviewer   Patrick Riley
Date Reviewed   Feb 12, 2001
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments This little gem is light years ahead of any edition put out by Ertl. I ordered mine from Federation Models and recieved it about 3 days later. The casting was excellent with very little in the way of flash. The only real flaw in mine was a couple of spots on the saucer that will have to be filed off and sanded down.

It test fit went very well. (I didn't really know what to expect here, but was impressed.) If the fit from the neck to the secondary hull had been a little tighter, this would almost qualify as a snap-fit kit.

I am looking forward to building her, as she has all of the details I have grown tired of re-scribing. I also enjoy the fact that this kit is large enough to show off, but not so big as to take up an entire shelf by itself.

Reviewer   Kyle Nembhard
Date Reviewed   Apr 2, 2001
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments I recently purchased Starcraft's refitted constitution class kit from Federation Models. I received it two days after I placed the order. Overall, this is a very well detailed kit but has some "kinks" that need to be worked out. The model contains some warps but fortunately the directions show how to correct these deformities. It is a simple matter of blowing a hair dryer on that warped area, bending it to the preferred position and running cool water on the spot to make the material hard and stiff again.

The kit is very simple to assemble but in some cases a real challenge to paint. I used a dark aircraft gray primer as a base coat. After spraying the primer and after I let it dry. I then painted over the whole model again but with a light gray paint from Model Master. I found myself using up to three coats at times. Be sure that the paint also gets inside of the grooves in the saucer section as well as other parts that this method should apply.

After painting over the primer, then came the tricky part. I decided to tackle the nacelles first. I used black gloss enamel. Painting the hard to reach spots is not as hard as it may seem. Do not worry about being messy. Just make sure to get the paint in the places that need apply. Once that is done, paint over the inappropriately painted areas that are left over with the light gray paint. This may require up to three coats to cover up the paint that was left over. To give the "blue light thingy", located at the front of the secondary hull, its bright blue color so that it would appear that it is actually being lighted, I first painted it white, then used light blue gloss enamel and painted over that spot gently.

I strongly recommend assembling before painting because I went through a week of correcting the deformities that I found. The reason why I like this model so much is because of its flexibly. Unlike other models this one is able to have its deformities easily corrected. I've always wanted a model of the Enterprise (refit) in this scale for as long as I can remember and now that I have one; it's like a dream come true. My model is 90% completed. All I need now is the decal set that I am waiting for, from Thomas Models. My model will represent the original refitted Enterprise from Star Trek's I- III. Once the decals are applied, She will be ready to leave dry dock!

Reviewer   frank lamarca
Date Reviewed   Sep 26, 2001
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments I ordered this kit on the advice of Tracy at Federation Models, who sent me a picture of the prototype. I ordered it immediately. When I got it a week later it was great, with very little cleanup. I built it very quickly. Iit came out ok. Mine came with no decals, but recently I came across a whole decal set for this kit from Federation Models . I got these and redid the whole model. I stripped the kit down with "e-z lift off" than primed and painted with duck egg blue /w flat gull gray on the secondary hull. I then sprayed polyurathane sealer, added the decals then sealed them.

Reviewer   Tom Gelfuso
Date Reviewed   Aug 2, 2002
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments I awaited the delivery of my Starcrafts Enterprise A model with baded breath, and as soon as it was delivered, rushed to the kitchen table and open up the box to examine the model. I was amazed at the level of detail that was crammed into such as small model, but at the same time, I was disappointed at the casting quality of some of the parts. The vents on the inside of both the warp pylons had bubbles, which will take detailed puttying and rescribing to make accurate. Most of the phaser bumps on the saucer section had also chipped off, leaving small pinholes where the phaser turrets should have been. No bigge here, as I have JT Graphics Constitution Class refit decals ( Jeff is the best in the business by far!), so I will shave off the remaining bumps, putty, sand and decale the phaser markers from the decal set. Tiny pins will then make up the new phaser turrets. Perhaps the mold my model was cast from was nearing the end of it's useful life.

Otherwise, this kit is a nice addition to anyone's 1400th scale fleet. It would be nice if Starcrafts would pay a tad more attention to casting, so others building this kit may not have had the problems I had.

Reviewer   Christopher Doll
Date Reviewed   Oct 9, 2002
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments Fortunately my kit did not have the flash and bubbles that April's did. My kit had some small bubbles near the end of the nacelles, and the hangar deck, but nothing that is problematic. They don't even distort existing detail.

The profile on the primary hull is a better match than what we've seen in the ERTL offerings. Same goes for the secondary hull. The warp nacelles appear to have the correct length as well - another problem I've had with the ERTL kit.

I've begun placing pins in the nacelle pylons, close to where they attach to the body. This isn't necessary, the parts will fit together and support the structures fine on their own. I personally feel more confident with pinning such a small piece.

JT's decal set is definately worth getting for this model. There are so many details on it that will add to the overall appearance of the kit.

Reviewer   Jeffrey Griffin
Date Reviewed   Dec 4, 2003
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments Nice kit. I've picked up three over the years and they all have a problem here and there. However, nothing most resin kits don't have. Mostly flash/seamlines, a few airbubbles and perhaps some warpage of a nacelle and pylon. However, these are all easily corrected and there were no airbubbles large enough to require scratchbuilding of pieces/parts.

Overall, I highly recommend this kit.

Reviewer   Mark T. Owens
Date Reviewed   May 17, 2004
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments I love the look of this model, but i was disappointed in the seams, which need alot of filling. Also, the pylon broke off under its own weight, ruining all my efforts. One other thing. The supports stand held the ship, but if the wind blows it would fall and break to peices. Beautiful model,but it took alot of effort and love and it broke on me..

Reviewer   Kevin Kovarcik
Date Reviewed   Jan 20, 2005
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments I picked up this kit via Ebay a while ago, mostly on a whim, and was glad that I did. The kit is a real gem.

There were only a few resin void and microbubble issues that were fairly easy to fix. Fit was excellent. Detail is very good.

I chose not to use the supplied decals, as the JT Graphics set had more details and options.

This kit started me on my 1/1400 scale Starfleet collection.

Reviewer   Dylan Messer
Date Reviewed   Feb 11, 2006
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments This kit is by far one of the best enterprise-a model kits. I ordered mine from Federation Models,and ot it in 3 days!That's what I call service.I also got the JTGraphic's decals too. I marked mine as the U.S.S.Eagle.I think that name is a tad bit cooler than enterprise.Not to affend anyone.If you like the enterprise-a GET THIS KIT!!!

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