Okay, I know. If you were fixing up Star Trek: Enterprise on a blind date, I’m not even sure you could say it has a good personality. A great concept so poorly executed it single-handed stopped the television juggernaut that was Star Trek.
But, whatever you may think of the show – liked it, hated it, were incredibly frustrated by what “might have been” (a feeling we Browncoats are all too familiar with) – one thing I hope you’ll agree with is that the design for the first Enterprise was awesome!
The NX-01 (the fleet designation of the aforementioned starship) was such a sweet design, I’m very happy it didn’t die along with the show it appeared in. Subject of several model kits, the best and most detailed of them all is the 24-inch Polar Lights kit, which the fine folks at FX turned into their biggest “mainsteam” commission and one of their shiniest (literally and figuratively) build-ups.
From FX’s project summary:
This Polar Lights build-up replica is the largest licensed scale reproduction of the Enterprise NX-01. Built in 1/350 scale, this replica measures over 24 inches long and is loaded with details. But the real exciting features of this replica are the stunning metallic pant job and the complex lighting system.
The replica sits on a custom made styrene and brass display base. All of the ships functions are operated by 6 mini toggle switches. The ship is removable from the display base. The front of the base has a brass plaque replica of the NX-01′s dedication plaque.
The lighting system consists of cold cathode fluorescent lamps, neon, incandescent, and a series of LEDs and fiber optics. The warm glow of the Neon tubes provides the unique warp engine illumination. The Cold cathode fluorescent lamps provide the interior illumination. The White LEDs provide illumination to the fiber optics located on each side of the Entry hatches. For the Bussard collectors, the illuminated motion is provided by 16 incandescent lamps rotating in sequence. The formation lights also flash in an alternating pattern.
The paint scheme was applied with various colors of highly durable automotive paints. Visual Effects painters use these paints for their ability to hold up to the hot stage lights found on motion control stages.
We really have nothing more to add to that, except, you know, lots of pictures and a couple of movies!
The NX-01 at night.
The NX-01 build-up has particularly shiny (figuratively and literally) nacelle lighting effects.
Two brand-new NX-01s ready to ship to their owners.