This week, we celebrate Zach Trek's fiftieth item. If you’ve been on Zach Trek before, then this item should look familiar:
This Polar Lights model of the
is what I used for the header image above. That was, in fact, one of the primary things I wanted it for. Enterprise
Although I was very pleased with how this model turned out, Polar Lights is guilty of some false advertising on their packaging, as we'll see below. The kit does not contain everything you need to have your model looking like any of those pictured on the box, front or back. The back clearly says, “No paint required,” yet if you don’t find a way to add color to several of the pieces, you end up with something that looks very incomplete.
The set comes with extra pieces to make several different versions of the
, as pictured on the back. Surprisingly, the box does not mention or show that there are also extra parts and stickers to make this a model of the mirror Enterprise Enterprise. There are also different stickers or decals to make it the Constellation, the Defiant, or the Exeter instead of the . Enterprise
When I first opened the box I pulled out a sheet of decals and began reading the instructions -- and panicking. I’ve never used decals before and they sounded a little more involved than I was expecting. I was very relieved to discover that there was a matching sheet of stickers. The stickers were challenge enough for me -- there were almost 40 to put on, and some of them were so small I had to use a pair of tweezers to get them in the right position.
I’ll explain in the photos below how I got this from looking like the Constellation to looking like the Enterprise (Zach Trivia: The Constellation, as seen in The Doomsday Machine, was, in fact, an AMT Enterprise model, made and then damaged, with the name and numbers on the hull changed).
|Let's start out with a look at the box, which is really pretty nice.|
|Once you get the lid off, you get to see these|
images on the bottom half of the box.
|...this. Ahh, Scotty finally got the warp drive online.|
|I also got the red and green lights on the saucer|
|...to boldly go where no man has gone before..."|
Next Week on Zach Trek: I think it's high time that there should be a comic book on Zach Trek. Stop by next Thursday to see one.