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Star Trek: The Next Generation Build The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D is a British partwork that debuted in March 2021 in the UK, the US, select EU countries, and Japan. [1]

Available by subscription from Eaglemoss Collections' websites and published under its Hero Collector imprint, collectors can build their own seventy centimeter-long (~27.5 inch-long) replica of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D, constructed from hand-painted ABS and die-cast metal parts, and featuring electronic lighting.

Each four-week period, subscribers typically receive four kit "stages" with parts for the model and a (220 × 284 mm) 32-page magazine containing the relevant sections of the assembly instructions.

Special Issues featuring art prints and die-cast shuttlecraft models are also in production for the line.

The 1:916-scale model was designed as an amalgam of a number of the USS Enterprise-D studio models that appeared in TNG episodes and on film.

Its sculpting most closely follows the six-foot studio model's design while its paint applications approximate the four-foot studio model's on-screen appearance.

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Model prototypes

The assembled Galaxy-class model can be displayed in saucer separation mode with fully illuminated lighting, allowing both the primary and secondary hulls to remain lit when displayed separately. Both nacelles contain independent lighting units and are also powered by AAA battery packs.

Kit parts are designed to easily snap together and only a screwdriver, included with the first issue, is required for (some) assembly.

Simon Hugo, a contributing author to the project, added that the magazines include "a complete TNG episode guide, with behind-the-scenes insights, rare concept art, and whatever other interesting nuggets we can get our hands on. They’re really fun to research and write, and hopefully a lot of fun to read, too!" [2]

Ben Robinson, a veteran of the Star Trek Fact Files and a number of other popular Star Trek publications and partworks, is the senior project manager for this line.

A sister publication of the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, Star Trek: Discovery The Official Starships Collection, Star Trek Online Starships Collection, and Star Trek Universe: The Official Starships Collection, it is authorized and licensed by CBS Consumer Products.

Issues

No. Cover Contents Kits
1 [2] Star Trek TNG Build The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D issue 1.jpg
  • Contents, pp. 2-3
  • Ship Parts and Assembly Instructions: Stages 1-2, pp. 4-11
  • Designing The D, pp. 12-17
  • Probert's Progress, pp. 18-19
  • Building Bridges, pp. 20-27
  • Lost Generation, pp. 28-31
Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 1 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 2 kit.jpg
2 Star Trek TNG Build The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D issue 2.jpg
  • Contents, p. 2
  • Ship Parts and Assembly Instructions: Stages 3-6, pp. 3-17
  • Separation Anxiety, pp. 18-23
  • Hands-On Decks, pp. 24-27
  • Ship Building, pp. 28-31
Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 3 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 4 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 5 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 6 kit.jpg
3 Star Trek TNG Build The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D issue 3.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 7 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 8 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 9 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 10 kit.jpg
4 Star Trek TNG Build The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D issue 4.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 11 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 12 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 13 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 14 kit.jpg
5 Star Trek TNG Build The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D issue 5.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 15 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 16 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 17 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 18 kit.jpg
6 Star Trek TNG Build The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D issue 6.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 19 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 20 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 21 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 22 kit.jpg
7 Star Trek TNG Build The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D issue 7.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 23 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 24 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 25 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 26 kit.jpg
8 Star Trek TNG Build The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D issue 8.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 27 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 28 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 29 kit.jpg Eaglemoss Build the USS Enterprise-D stage 30 kit.jpg
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Special Issues

Special Issues may be purchased (or declined) by subscribers and are exclusive to company webshops. Scheduled for the milestones listed below, they are slated to reoccur every three (standard) issues.

Limited Edition art prints include Certificates of Authenticity signed by the artist(s) and are produced in limited editions of 1,500 units each. The first print measures 19 × 26 cm and is mounted to a 30 × 40 cm matte.

Models of the USS Enterprise-D's shuttles will also be manufactured in die-cast metal and ABS, sized similarly (120-140 mm) to the Standard Edition starships from the company's first starships collection. [3]

No. Delivery Date Title Release
1 Fourth 11/06/2021 "USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D" print by William Budge Star Trek TNG Build The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Limited Edition print 1.jpg
2 Seventh USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Shuttle Set
3 Tenth
4 Thirteenth
5 Sixteenth

Pin badge set

USS Enterprise-D pin badge set

In March 2021, the USS Enterprise 1701-D metal pin badge set was offered to retail by the company's US webshop.

Deluxe display base

Deluxe display base

Subscribers who opt for a premium subscription will receive a LED-illuminated mirrored base for the model, measuring over two feet long, for a small additional ongoing fee.

Gift premiums (UK)

Gift premiums are delivered to subscribers at specific subscription milestones. These intervals (and the products offered) vary in different countries.

Description Delivery Gift
Eight-page magazine
(intro "boost")
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Life-Size Model Photography poster
(685 × 990 mm)
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Collector's binder First Star Trek TNG Build The USS Enterprise-D gift 2 binder.jpg
Screw box Second Star Trek TNG Build The USS Enterprise-D gift 4 screw box.jpg
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D photo print
(mounted on matte, not shown)
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USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Development Project metal mug [3] Fourth Star Trek TNG Build The USS Enterprise-D gift 3 mug.jpg
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Development Project t-shirt Fifth Star Trek TNG Build The USS Enterprise-D gift 5 T-shirt.jpg
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Background information

Magazine spread

After the limited release of two test issues to retail in select areas of southern England, on 25 March 2019, the UK division of the company announced that the partwork had been suspended but stated that it hoped to resume publication "soon".

UK collectors who had purchased the test issues at retail were given the option of returning them for a full refund, [4] while UK subscriptions were not dispatched before the suspension of the partwork. This type of test release is a common practice for partwork publishers, in order to gauge consumer interest.

A second message was sent to UK subscribers on 9 May 2019, stating that the line was still suspended and that further upgrades would be made to the Enterprise-D model, adding that a "special gift" would be sent to early subscribers, if the partwork resumed. [5] Issues for US subscribers were ostensibly scheduled to ship in late March 2019 but did not reach customers.

In September 2019, Ben Robinson stated that the partwork would re-launch in "about a year", following further refinements to the model. [6] A retooled model (and a revamped magazine design) appeared on the partwork's US website in December 2020 and a 2021 relaunch date was announced.

This publication and its model are not directly related to De Agostini's similar (but short-lived) The Official Star Trek The Next Generation: Build the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D partwork from 2011. The Japanese publication's model was executed at about the same scale as Eaglemoss/Hero Collector's but was an entirely different build that involved the participation of Rick Sternbach.

Test issues

The two released test issues and associated promotional artwork from 2019 featured images of an early USS Enterprise-D model prototype. Included with the first (sixteen-page) test issue, a folded (685 × 990 mm) glossy poster (not shown) depicted a life-sized dorsal image of the model. An additional USS Enterprise-D poster was also offered to early subscribers. [4]

Appendices

Footnotes

  1. Available only to select regions of Japan, test issues (in Japanese) were launched in March 2021 by De Agostini and bear its imprint on the packaging and magazine covers.
  2. The line's senior project manager reported that an opaque replacement for the translucent orange part behind the Bussard collector (from Stage/kit pack 2) would be included with a future issue. [1]
  3. The metal mug's box identifies it as a Starfleet Corps of Engineers Beverage Container.
  4. An A3-sized (297 x 420 mm) poster of the USS Enterprise-D was offered as an additional gift premium to early subscribers to the test release. The CGI art was created by Robert Bonchune and originally premiered on the magazine cover of issue three of the abandoned 2011 Japanese USS Enterprise-D partwork, and was later reprinted in the 2019 reference book, Star Trek: The Next Generation: The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Illustrated Handbook.

See also

External links

Official sites

Collector sites

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