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Old January 16 2013, 03:49 AM   #1
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Enterprise Cutaway Coming From Dragon Models

The Startrek.com website just announced a few products coming out later this year, including a cutaway model of the original USS Enterprise from Dragon Models. The high-res photo looks like it'll be based off of the Drexler cutaway diagram. It's 18" long, all for the low, low price of $175! With a lot lower price, it might be a cool novelty item to have, but at $175, I dunno....
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Old January 16 2013, 06:33 AM   #2
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Re: Enterprise Cutaway Coming From Dragon Models

Hmm... Looking at the picture... I'm not too impressed. I think the most I'd pay for that would be about $35 USD. Heck, I could BUILD a better one at twice that size for the money, as that's about what a PL 1:350 TOS-E plus the extra plastic for the cut-a-way details would cost....

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Old January 16 2013, 02:03 PM   #3
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Re: Enterprise Cutaway Coming From Dragon Models

Interesting idea to use transparent perspex, but not really enough detail for my liking.
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Old January 16 2013, 02:25 PM   #4
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Albertese wrote: View Post
"Hmm... Looking at the picture... I'm not too impressed. I think the most I'd pay for that would be about $35 USD. Heck, I could BUILD a better one at twice that size for the money, as that's about what a PL 1:350 TOS-E plus the extra plastic for the cut-a-way details would cost...."
My thoughts exactly.

And you could realize a cutaway version that's much more "screen-accurate"

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Old January 16 2013, 03:10 PM   #5
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Old January 16 2013, 04:02 PM   #6
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Sounds like it's a new mold, not the same one that was produced a while back (1990s?). But from the pic, it doesn't look like it's that much better. Hrm. I'm with Albertese, it looks like it's worth around $35, not $175.
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Old January 16 2013, 04:19 PM   #7
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Re: Enterprise Cutaway Coming From Dragon Models

You mean this one?


This fellow has done a video on his assembly of the kit:


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Old January 16 2013, 05:37 PM   #8
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Mytran wrote: View Post
You mean this one?

Hmm...I think I don't know this one, the jetstream emanating from the warp nacelles would have been something I definitely would have remembered.

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Old January 16 2013, 05:50 PM   #9
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^^^ IIRC, that was SciPubTech's TOS cutaway poster from many many years ago. Around the same time, AMT/ERTL released a slightly larger-than-classic version of the 1701 which included a cutaway component. While still inaccurate in many respects, it was definitely a step up from the the original version that's been around since the 60's. Aside from that, I'm not familiar with any other mass-produced TOS cutaway efforts.
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Old January 16 2013, 09:22 PM   #10
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^^^
Nope. I believe this is art for the Cut-away model kit from AMT that you mention. The Sci-pub-tech poster presents the ship at a totally different angle.

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Old January 16 2013, 09:49 PM   #11
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^^^ Yes, I stand corrected.

My memory really sucks lately.
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Old January 17 2013, 01:58 AM   #12
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I agree with Albertese's assessment. $175 is way too much, IMO.
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Old January 17 2013, 11:13 PM   #13
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Which would be better?

A partial cutaway model, with only certain sections exposed as seen in this model

-or-

a full cutaway, right down the middle, see the whole guts of the ship bi-sected?
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Old January 18 2013, 12:10 AM   #14
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Which would be better?

A partial cutaway model, with only certain sections exposed as seen in this model

-or-

a full cutaway, right down the middle, see the whole guts of the ship bi-sected?
I'm somewhat undecided but if Dragon Models is listening this is what I would like the best:

A model kit of the original studio set like the one Matt Jefferies did with paper to help the TOS directors plan their camera positions at 1:32 or 1:35 scale !!!

(the old AMT command bridge and shuttlecraft were one of these scakes, I believe).

Have this one with movable walls (like the original set) and forget about that LEGO stuff. I'd have a wonderful time with my two boys building new corridors and new sections of the ship on a weekly basis and eventually make a deck by deck Enterprise in 1:35 scale (needless to add it would be more fun for all our deck plan blueprinting projects if you were able to do that in real 3D - especially if you are not a CAD wizard ).

Now, that's something I'd be willing to pay 175.00 $ without a moment of hesitation.

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Old February 5 2013, 04:36 AM   #15
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Re: Enterprise Cutaway Coming From Dragon Models

I bought several of the old cutaway when they were on close-out at Big Lots. This was back when there wasn't a good TOS 1701 plastic kit out there. My plan was to combine the two into a non-cutaway full version. I tested it out by using the extra parts to make a Saladin. It turned out pretty well, but right before I finished it, I had to pack it up in my parents basement and move to another state. I recently got it back out. This makes me think I might need to try and finish it.
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