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Old 02-15-2010, 04:34 PM
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Thought I'd share pics of my unbuilt, Prototype NCC-1701-D from AMT/ERTL (the very first one ever produced of the ENT-D, pre-1988), which I purchased early last year from an avid model collector. All pieces of the ship are accounted for, in either red, off-white, or clear plastic - right down to the tiny battle-bridge dome.

Aside from the obvious red and off-white plastic differences from the finalized duck-egg-blue production kit, her shape and size appears to be the same as the production model. BUT - there is an obvious lack of hull-surface details (no windows/3-D relief) on any of the ship surfaces. This version is completely smooth.

Also, the clear deflector dish lacks the lines emanating from the center (see last pic below in the next post), and the clear nacelle parts also lack their lines/ribs as well.

My first pic includes the production kit version's instruction sheet, decals, as well as 1701-D blueprints, which of course didn't come with the proto...

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Cool, ST. I've never been into models, except for pre-built ships, and the Enterprise-D is not my favorite E. But cool. Very cool. Thanks for the pics. Do you intend to assemble it?
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Thanks Beastie...

I have contacted Trek modeling experts, and they indicate these 'test shots' were usually archived or destroyed.

They also tell me that there are 3 others known that remain unbuilt among the hardcore Trek modelling community (one red, one white, one green; mine is the only 'mix'), and strongly recommend that I keep it as is - which is my plan.

There are so many 'D' kits available and some more forthcoming - so there are plenty to be built instead of building this one.

Aside for the prototype aspect of its collectability - apparently these are more desirable than what was actually produced because of the smoothness of the hulls. The production kits have 'raised aztecing', which is considered inaccurate, as far as the smoothness of the original, primary 6-ft model - so it would save an ENT-D model purist many man-hours of sanding if they had one of these test-shots.

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