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AMT/Round2 USS Enterprise Bridge Set

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AMT/Round2 USS Enterprise Bridge Set
Posted by Mark Lookabaugh on Friday, July 24, 2020 8:48 PM

Hi All,

Recently built the Round 2 re-release of the classic AMT USS Enterprise Bridge.  The original kit was updated with new, more accurate heads, and new panel sections to complete the entire circle of the bridge.  If I recall correctly, the original had a large section missing so you could look in from the side.

First, the kit itself.  You've got parts for 6 bodies (four sitting and two standing), and a choice of different 10 heads.  There are 6 of the retro 60's chairs, three sets of steps, four guard rails with supports, the main control panel and captain's chair, and then LOTS of wall panels and floor sections.

The kit does not include the lowest level floor in the round central bridge area, so I mounted some sheet styrene on a square base, and then painted the middle circle the off-beige color and the rest black so it would blend with the outside of the walls.

This kit suffered one of the same issues I've found to be very common from this era, a slight "lip" at the end of the straight sections.  Sanding was required for every floor section and wall panel to remove that, as it was noticeable.  The character heads are very detailed and quite good.  The decal sheet is absolutely gorgeous, with nice color and design.  Decals applied smoothly and generally fit the area they were designed for very nicely.  One exception to that were the tiny multiple monitors right above the control panels on the walls.  They are just a little bit too big, and I used a ton of micro-sol to get them to settle in and remove bubbles at the edges.

The instruction sheet mislabels three of the panels in the assembly instructions - the new ones.  Where those parts are labeled 1, 2, and 3, the instructions show 36, 37, and 38.  It's necessary to go between several different diagrams to connect the part numbers with placement on the bridge, and the decals that go on them.  Those two things taken together made final assembly of the walls a bit like the "clue" game where you eliminate all the options one by one till you are left with the right part.

Painting the crew and the navigation console was the most fun for me.  There are black edges on the corners of the console which were fun to mask off.  The wall panels did seem to become a bit tedious with the repetitive painting and decaling, but not bad.  However, they don't fit quite like they should.  Even if you align all the wall sections perfectly (which I did not), there just isn't enough room for all the sections.  I ended up dremeling about 1/4 inch off of each of the view screen side walls to get them to fit.  The panels also don't mate exactly correctly no matter what you do.  There are still cracks visible between some of the sections, and I just didn't have the energy to try and fill all those.  My airbrush was absolutely giving me fits during this build, so almost all parts were hand painted.  That too had some impact on the result that I wasn't quite happy with.

All in all, I enjoyed building this, even though the result wasn't quite what I'd hoped for. This was my first time with this kit.  I'd done every one of the classic Trek kits when they first came out in the 70s except this one.  It's nice to check that box.

Thanks for looking!

 

 



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Posted by Modeltruckbuilder on Friday, July 24, 2020 9:20 PM

"Steady as she goes Mister Sulu"

Theres nothing like Classic Trek! Well done, I like it

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    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Friday, July 24, 2020 9:41 PM

The 'Great Bird of the Galaxy' would approve.

Nice job. Yes Beer

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
  • Member since
    March 2010
  • From: Boston
Posted by mach71 on Saturday, July 25, 2020 7:49 AM

Well done on this kit! Even though R2 added a few parts, they did not fix the "wonkiness" of the old kit. 

 

I have the new release and 2 of the old kits in my stash. I'll have to build them some day, How nice yours is wants me to make that sooner! 

 

What colors did you use?

coincidentally I just recieved my Shapeways printed Kirk, Spock, ans Rand figures for my bridge.

 

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    April 2015
Posted by Mark Lookabaugh on Saturday, July 25, 2020 8:09 AM

mach71

What colors did you use?

Citadel colors

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, July 31, 2020 9:54 AM

That looks fantastic!!! 

I've got three of the old kits (the first one I bought and the second two ended up donated to me) that I'm hoping to combine to get one complete bridge. I love your figures. I've gathered a few 1/32nd ones over time. Since they don't look like the original crew I want to build her as another ship.  

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    April 2015
Posted by Mark Lookabaugh on Friday, July 31, 2020 7:17 PM

That's a great idea Gamera!

You're right that it would look much better with a full crew.

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