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Your Two Cents: USS Enterprise-E

The following are reader's opinions of the USS Enterprise-E made by ERTL.

Reviewer   George Hill
Date Reviewed   Dec 26, 2000
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments I cannot stress enough the importance of reference pictures on this kit. The paint guide is wrong. I got mine from 3 flybys from First Contact, and that was more than enough to get the right paint scheme. I had trouble with the windows, too, because there are so many of them. On the good side, this is one of the best models I have ever built. It's easy to build, and very detailed.

Reviewer   Michael Walton
Date Reviewed   Jun 24, 2001
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments One of the main prolems I found with this kit was the inaccurate paint guide. I recommend getting as many reference sources as you can. A copy of First Contact is a good place to start. Another inaccuracy was the area around the deflector dish. Its supposed to be flat around the top, but instead its rounded all the way around it. But its barely able to be noticed. All in all, this a great kit, easy to build and very little to modify. But it does not go without a challenge and the paint scheme is really complex, just like the other trek kits. But a challenge is good in a model. It makes

Reviewer   james l belcher
Date Reviewed   Jan 29, 2002
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.

Reviewer   Sven Ferron
Date Reviewed   Jun 9, 2003
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments I think it's a nice kit, easy to assamble and has a lot of details, I think this is one of the best vessels of the Federation AMT ever produced. I had a lot of fun building her and I'm looking forward to get another of those kits to build. But I have to mention that I agree with the fact, that the paintsheme AMT deliveres with this kit isn't right. I've colored her in an light-grey/medium-grey combiation. I thought, that this was very close to what I had in mind. I think I will finish her with some extra-decals and after that I'll sent some pics over to add her to the Readers Gallery.

Reviewer   Richard D
Date Reviewed   Jan 5, 2004
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments the Enterprise e model was a big event when it came out and most people rated it very high but now it's been out for a few years and we see more a more problems.

overall it is good but it has problems with the moulds but people have manfuactures new parts to replace the defective ones and that helps to a degree. painting is simple along with the build and will only look good if you can get the seams to to fit right.

Reviewer   Johnny
Date Reviewed   Feb 12, 2004
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments Man, I highly recommend this kit to any modeling masochist out there. Especially if you're gonna use ST: NEMESIS as a paint guide! I painted my model with a base-coat of Krylon Pewter Gray, painted in the various shades of gray using custom-mixed flat acrylics, and then I REALLY got to work: doing the aztecing and other detailing by hand with a set of high-dollar map pencils (silver, light gray, and off-white, mainly). It took forever to complete the detail painting, and the STMODELER after-market decals also demanded huge swaths of time and patience. But, now that it's completed, I'd stack my Enterprise-E up against Bandai's any day. Theirs may be lit, but mine's bigger, and I did all that painting, pencilling, and decalling myself.

I'm very pleased with my AMT/ERTL Enterprise-E. Spend the time and energy, and this can be a really fine kit. Easy to build, too.

Reviewer   Roger
Date Reviewed   Oct 20, 2004
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments I think this kit is great, a few minor flaws, but now adays, you have accurizing kits to make her look great. I do agree the paint scheme is entirely wrong, and I feel that both light and dark ghost greys will work to give it a FC (First Contact) look, Also, if you want a Nemesis look, add Light Gull Grey to several panels as well as the light and dark ghost greys.

Reviewer   Si Beech
Date Reviewed   Nov 8, 2004
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments This kit is well worth getting. Comparing the Bandai toy version to this one as a kit is a bit of a non contest. This wins easily but mine still had fit problems and a rather sort spongy feel to the saucer section that required a little reinforcing inside. I think the plastic was just a little too soft. A really good one for painting and, in my opinion, more accurate than the far more recent Bandai version. Well worth a shot and priced more fairly.

Reviewer   Jerry L.
Date Reviewed   Feb 18, 2006
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments If you are wanting to build this kit as she appears in First Contact, get the book called "Sketchbook: Star Trek Generations and First Contact" from Pocket Books. Very good shots of the studio model under natural lighting from several vantage points. Only a few of the kit's decals are worth using. Get the better set from [ ] by STModeler. Some minor fit problems and seams to be filled. A great painting challenge.

Reviewer   Jeff Trutteir
Date Reviewed   Jun 7, 2007
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments In Jay Chaldeks' review he mentions that the pylons should leave the engineering hull at a small angle. But the filming model I saw in a dead on view showed a 45-degree angle. And a interview I read with the designers said they had made two nods to the orignal series Enterprise with the 45-degree angle and the two triangular sections on the bottom of the saucer section. This was a good and fun build. And found only a few errors in the ship, but was an accurate model.

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