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Corgi Die-Cast USS Enterprise Preview

By Tony Greenfield - images & text © 2006

Scale: ~ 1/1323 - 8½"/216mm long
MSRP: 10.99 GBP (~$20.89 USD/~$23.77 CAN/ 16.32 EUR) available from Comet Miniatures
Overall Rating: Looks like the Enterprise to me.

During a routine trawl of the shelves at the local hobby shop, and finding little of real interest, I was pleased to see on sale the first release of Corgi's new die-cast Star Trek model range.

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^ Not bad ...

Image: In the right light, the bussard scoops DO appear to glow

Image: Upper saucer

Image: Underneath

Image: Over the shoulder

The full range will include the Klingon Bird of Prey, USS Enterprise D, USS Defiant, USS Voyager and the Romulan War Bird. These are obviously intended as a desk top or cabinet display item for someone with an interest in the subject but no time for building (yep!) or inadequate skills, Corgi's offering isn't bad at all.

At 8½ inches in length it works out to a scale of about 1/1323 and, whilst not exact, would not look out of place alongside the AMT Enterprise D but is far close to the Furuta Klingon Bird of Prey.

Finished in a slightly satin camouflage grey scheme, it is well produced although there are noticeable seam lines on the warp nacelles and Corgi and Paramount TM logos on the outer faces of the warp nacelle pylons. The painted-on windows also are out of scale. However, although painted-on, the end caps of the warp nacelles are in a day glow orange and, in the right light, make the model appear to have an internal lighting system.

At the end of the day, the Corgi replica is a toy/display piece and cannot come close to a well finished example of, for instance, the Polar Lights kit. Still it is a nice model and at 10.99, is not overly expensive for a quality finished model.

I'll certainly keep my eyes open for the rest of the 40th Anniversary range.

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