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Remodel Update

We are quickly approaching the final stages of my extensive Model Remodel version of this U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D partwork model build-up! As this means we will soon be closing up the remaining starship hull, I wanted to put a quick video together that explained where the majority of my custom electronics are housed and how they work. Enjoy!

 

The Enterprise D is BACK!

The last time I received any parts for my 1:900 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D partwork build-up was June 2022. Then, in July 2022, the entire distributor Eaglemoss/Hero Collector just flat went out of business.

Now, after more than half a year, our Enterprise D is returning back to life through Fanhome! And thankfully, they are allowing ex-Eaglemoss subscribers resume our subscriptions from any point – in my case the next shipment will be Issue 22 with Stages 83-86.

As of right now, they can only ship to the USA, UK, and Germany. The links to be notified when we can sign back up are found below:

Shipments are expected to begin by the middle of March in the USA, but as early as the end of January 2023 for UK/DE customers. Additionally, Fanhome has said that FREE GIFTS will be included along the way, but they may be different than what Eaglemoss offered.

I have had a great experience with Fanhome so far and am looking forward to completing my Enterprise D!


UPDATE July 17, 2023:

As promised, the relaunch of this build is now live! We have another update from BAC @ Fanhome with additional details:

Todays the day!

 

What a difference a year makes, almost to the day after the pervious company folded, we are now finally at the end of the road and the last two collections are going live. Just a quick note to give a rough guide of what will happen today and over the next few weeks. Both collections will be going live today but this does not mean your order will be processed today, we will release orders in batches as not to flood the system but also to check for any errors or bugs (you can never be careful).

 

While we only have two collections going live, we have two types of customers for each collection based across three countries:
· Returning customers – those builders needing to complete the model.
· New builders – welcome to the FanHome club 😊
So, in real terms we have 6 mini launches to manage, hence why we release in batches. The goal is to have all accounts live within 2 days (UNLESS something major goes wrong, but nothing did with the last two collections and we are copying the same principle).

 

Once your account is live the payment process is started – we will request the full amount from your card or payment provider. Depending on if this request is authorised, we can than send your dispatch order to the local warehouse for picking and packing. Please note some providers return times are not always instant but normally within a few hours.

 

Next the orders will be sent for dispatch, this is where we will most definitely see some delays (no point in sugar coating it) in picking and packing than normal, with a new launch normally the staff will work from one position in the warehouse as everyone starts on the same issue aka stage 1!

 

The nature of these collections is that we have customers starting from stage 1 upwards. Staff will need to move around more frequently from different locations which all takes time. The warehouse team leaders are making sure we have all staff are on hand and available for the next several weeks.

 

Customers in the UK also bear in mind that our parcels are shipped from mainland Europe so will take up to 18 days to reach you once the parcel has (as Elvis would say) left the building. We use Royal mail to deliver our parcels in the UK and we are not able to provide tracking as the parcel needs to cross the border and change hands to the new courier. Therefore, taking all into account parcels will not start reaching customers for at least 2-3 weeks at the earliest. We ask for your patience, check your portal weekly for the most recent updates on your order/parcel.

 

A small request, please do not call our support team to ask for delivery updates they can only provide the same information as shown in the portal. Of course, contact our team if you have any questions e.g. payment/methods/declines/returns/missing items etc.

 

There is over 7k orders to be handed today hence the update above to give you some understanding of the project at hand. Yup the collections are live, but the real work starts TODAY!

UPDATE July 10, 2023:

With only a week to go before this model resumes distribution, we received a quick update from BAC at Fanhome:

WOW with only a week to go before we launch this collection, lets reflect on what has happened and also a thank you for the support and understanding from the groups as a whole.

 

Especially while we sorted out the stock, licenses, copyrights etc., the feedback as been overwhelming supportive and we would like to acknowledge that with a huge THANK YOU!

 

With that being said it has come to my attention that we have a small delay in some of the reprinted booklets reaching the warehouse in time for the launch.

 

Anyone who is affected will be emailed by Thursday to let you know that there will be a 3 week delay before your parcel is dispatched.

While this news will not delight, please bear in mind the enormity of the situation that we need to resolve and just one delayed truck has now impacted some returning customers.

 

I can not share the list of customers here but we are speaking of a very small number and if you are affected you will be contacted by the end of this week.

 

Kind regards
BAC

 

UPDATE May 25, 2023:

Fanhome has said that returning US/UK/DE ex-Eaglemoss customers will have until around the end of 2023 to re-subscribe. This is to allow for excess stock to be released in other countries. If you have not subscribed yet and plan on it, now would be the time. If needed, you can subscribe and contact Customer Service to put up to 3-months hold on your deliveries.


UPDATE April 26, 2023:

The Enterprise D is now available for pre-order (new customers) and re-subscribe (returning customers) in the US/UK/DE! I have signed back up and if you are doing the same, head on over to Fanhome.com!


UPDATE April 12, 2023:

Fanhome has announced that this build will be available for PRE-ORDER on April 26, 2023 in the US/UK/DE. At that point, we should be able to use the links above to re-subscribe. The expected shipping start date for these subscriptions is in July 2023.


UPDATE April 24, 2023:

Fanhome has provided a more detailed estimated ship start date of the 17th of July. As they now have a full picture of stock amounts around the globe, they still need to produce more stock and print any needed magazines.


UPDATE April 26, 2023:

As promised, Fanhome has now opened our Build the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D partwork build for re-subscribing (previous Eaglemoss customers) and for pre-order (new customers) – these options are different buttons on the website. The shipping start date is tentatively set for July 17th of this year.

NOTE: There may be an issue seeing the pop-out menu when using a device with a small screen width (such as a mobile phone or tablet in portrait orientation). I recommend using a desktop or laptop computer with a large screen. This errant behavior is being investigated by their IT team.

Special Issue #4

Throughout the subscription build of their 1:900 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D model, Eaglemoss offered various ‘Special Issues’. An opt-out email was typically sent in advance, but these specials were automatically sent and were billed in addition to the monthly subscription if no action was taken.

The first of these Special Issues was the Enterprise Shuttles – Set 1, the second was the Limited Edition Print, and the third was Enterprise Shuttles – Set 2. For the fourth Special Issue, we have this Enterprise Shuttles – Set 3! Here, we have another boxed set containing two more large-scale replica models of shuttlecraft as seen in the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe. Each shuttlecraft model is about 5″ long (12.7 cm) and includes:

  • A display stand with the shuttlecraft name on the bottom (basic assembly required – it just snaps together).
  • A 5.75 x 7.25″ (145 x 185 mm) magazine containing information about the shuttlecraft, plan views, a two-page Okudagram schematic, the episodes that shuttlecraft was shown in, and how it was designed.
  • A 4.74 x 3.125″ (120 x 80 mm) transparent plastic Okudagram of the shuttle’s ‘Master Systems Display’ schematic with two small black supports to hold it upright.

Type 7 Shuttlecaft

“Intended as a short to medium range shuttle, the Type 7 Shuttlecraft was equipped with warp drive and capable of interstellar travel. Typically operated by a crew of two, the rear of the shuttle also offered seating for passengers. Usually, a Type 7 would carry no armaments, and had only minimal deflector shield defenses.”

Eaglemoss misspelled Enterprise on the rear of this shuttle – how did that happen?

As before, I cut a piece of white printer paper to the same shape as the plastic Okudagram card and placed it behind it. It is not a huge difference, but it does make it a bit easier to read:

Type 9A Cargo Shuttlecraft

“The Type 9A was 10.5 meters long, 4.2 meters wide, and had a height of 3.6 meters. The unarmed, standard version of the 9A was powered by two, 150 millicochrane warp engines and could maintain a cruising speed of warp 2 for 36 hours.”

In the same way, I placed a piece of white printer paper behind this Okudagram as well:

Thoughts


Like the previous set, these shuttles cost m3 $60 USD including shipping, but are actually quite detailed. The details are nice on these shuttles, but I am surprised by the Enterprise misspelling on the Type 7. I also think the warp nacelles on my Hawking are bit crooked. While this is our last set of shuttles, I still feel these have been some of the best Special Issues I have received with any partwork subscription!

Stages 59+ Delayed

After building two issues back-to-back of our Enterprise partwork model, we have run into another delay here in the US. Here is the notice posted today by Eaglemoss Customer Service USA on Facebook:

Good afternoon,
Today I am focusing on the status of the Enterprise-D build stock levels
There is no stock available for the following stages as of this morning:
stages 19/20/26/44/52/58/59/60/61/62/65
(Please keep in mind that stock levels change throughout the day)
If you next shipment includes any of the above stages/mags than I am sorry to say that we will not be able to dispatch until the stock is available.
Once I have an ETA on when we can expect fresh stock for these issues to reach US soil I will update this post.
Once these stages are in the system, your shipments will resume as normal. If you are not waiting on the above stages and have not received a parcel for some time this may be due to a “free” item being out of stock.
We advise that there is at least a minimum of 14-day difference from port to warehouse and once on site the stock will be booked into our system.
Kind regards,
Brett
P.S. any dates provided are subject to change

UPDATE March 30, 2022: A general update from the Eaglemoss Customer Service USA page on Facebook:

Hi
You may all be wondering why I have not been posting of late stock updates for our active collections.
We are in the process of transitioning to our new warehouse. Right now, we are not going to be able to give you accurate stock information or guaranteed shipment dates.
While we are working to restock our merchandise as quickly as possible, we are also preparing for the move. Some of our restocked merchandise is being delivered to the new warehouse in preparation.
We may show an out-of-stock pop up for you right now when you call in. Until our move is complete the inventory counts and availability is only showing for one of the warehouse locations. This means anything is in stock at the new warehouse is not going to show as available to our agents until the move is complete.
While we are starting with the oldest collections stock levels are changing so much giving a clear figures now would be confusing and misleading.
Stay tuned for more updates soon
Brett

UPDATE May 9, 2022: I have finally received a shipping notification for Stages 59-62!


UPDATE May 13, 2022: Stages 59-62 have arrived safely!


UPDATE June 14, 2022: While waiting for more parts to arrive, I took a couple months to entirely remodel my Enterprise D. During this time, I was receiving shipments very regularly. Even today, I received Issue 21 with Stages 79-82. I am excited that Eaglemoss seems to have sorted out their stock issues in the US. Therefore, work will resume on the model very shortly!


UPDATE July 12, 2022: Today, Eaglemoss Limited (parent company of Eaglemoss US supplying this model) has filed for bankruptcy.

Free Gift #4

If you signed up for the subscription-based version of the Eaglemoss 1:900 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D partwork build-up, you were supposed to receive four FREE gifts along the way. The first three gifts were a Collector’s Binder, a Screw Box, and a T-Shirt. Our final free gift is this Display Stand.

The Display Stand arrives in a huge triangular shipping box and contains a basic aluminum folding tripod and a paper cover:

The Tripod

NOTE: All measurements listed on this page are approximate.

The upper end of this tripod has a 50 mm (2″) long solid aluminum rod riveted into place. The upper 48mm of this rod has been machined into a 15 mm x 15 mm square. This is the section that fits up into a matching hole on the underside of the Battle Section to support the model:

To extend the legs of the tripod, there is a thumb screw that needs to be loosened. Once the legs are in the position you desire, the thumb screw should be tightened back up:

With the tripod set at full height, it is about 790 mm (31″) tall:

When set to the shortest height, the tripod is about 560 mm (22″) tall and 470 mm (18.5″) wide across the legs:

The Cover

The included cover is made out of tri-fold color-printed cardstock and requires assembly. There is a adhesive strip on one edge and the backing paper needs to be removed:

With the adhesive strip exposed, the cover can be folded into a pyramid shape and secured together. This cover ‘pyramid’ ends up being 718 mm (28.25″) wide and 355mm (14″) tall:

The cover then slides down over the vertical rod of the tripod. The legs of the tripod can then be adjusted to match the shape of the cover:

With the tripod set to match the width of the cover (at a height of about 635 mm or 25″), here is the final product:

Thoughts


I think this Display Stand is terrible. I usually find the positive qualities in things, but there are just too many negatives:

  • It is obnoxiously large
    • I would need a shelf/table at least two feet deep to use it
    • It is too tall – I do not want my expensive Enterprise model hovering two feet off the surface
  • The graphics on the cover panels are about as basic as they can be
  • The cover itself is just paper and will easily become damaged and/or degrade over time
  • The square tip cannot be rotated to position the ship on the base – this also limits where the stand can be used

Now, I can understand if a large base is needed to support the model. The saucer end of our Enterprise D will be heavier than the stardrive end. Even the studio models had this problem. However, there are so many other ways this base could have been designed with that limitation in mind. This Display Stand feels cheap and rushed, even as a free gift. It is too bad that Eaglemoss could not have expanded on the stand they are still advertising as coming with the UK subscriptions:

All I know is that this Display Stand will never be used and will likely end up in the trash. Now that I know the mounting tip dimension, I will be creating my own custom display stand. I apologize for the rant and want to thank you all for visiting!

The Six-Foot Model

During the seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, three practical shooting models of the Galaxy-class U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D were built to be used for visual effects. Initially, two models were built by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in 1987: one was two feet long and the other was a massive six-feet long. Before the third season, a more detailed four-foot model was built that basically replaced the first two. This post is about the larger six-foot-model seen here during her original construction:

I recently discovered that the original six-foot studio model was on display at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA for a limited-time exhibit. I grabbed my camera gear, flew out to LA for the day, and took as many pictures as they would allow (turns out I took well over 400). Upon my return, I took a few days to throw out the bad pics, color correct the rest for the lighting (they had it under dim halogen lamps with no up-lighting) and do my best to workaround the fact that it was encased in a glass bowl. Now, I want to share my pictures with you!

A couple of things to note regarding these photographs: This model was updated for the 1994 theatrical film Star Trek: Generations with new paint, detail changes, upper rear nacelle greebles, and lifeboat decals – therefore it is a bit different from what was seen in the television series. Also, flash photography was prohibited at Skirball, so I needed to shoot everything handheld. Therefore, I apologize for any blurriness that these photos might have. I hope they are still enjoyable and thanks for visiting!

Go to my Dropbox photos of the Six-Foot Enterprise D!

The following are just a few examples of the photographs I took that day:

Go to my Dropbox photos of the Six-Foot Enterprise D!

Special Issue #3

Throughout the subscription build of their 1:900 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D model, Eaglemoss offered various ‘Special Issues’. An opt-out email was typically sent in advance, but these specials were automatically sent and are billed in addition to the monthly subscription if no action was taken.

The first of these Special Issues was the Enterprise Shuttles – Set 1, and the second was the Limited Edition Print. However, for our third Special Issue, we are back to shuttlecraft with this Enterprise Shuttles – Set 2! Here, we have another boxed set containing two more large-scale replica models of shuttlecraft as seen in the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe. Each shuttlecraft model is about 5″ long (12.7 cm) and includes:

  • A display stand with the shuttlecraft name on the bottom (basic assembly required – it just snaps together).
  • A 5.75 x 7.25″ (145 x 185 mm) magazine containing information about the shuttlecraft, plan views, a two-page Okudagram schematic, the episodes that shuttlecraft was shown in, and how it was designed.
  • A 4.74 x 3.125″ (120 x 80 mm) transparent plastic Okudagram of the shuttle’s ‘Master Systems Display’ schematic with two small black supports to hold it upright.

Type 6 Shuttlepod – Hawking

“The Starfleet Type 6 shuttlecraft, which was in operation in the late 24th century, was a large Galileo-type shuttle. Towards the end of its operational life in 2371, the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D’s complement of shuttlecraft included a Type 6 with the name Hawking.”

This shuttle has four little holes in the bottom that the pins of the display stand fit into. Unlike the others, this feels quite secure:

As before, I cut a piece of white printer paper to the same shape as the plastic Okudagram card and placed it behind it. It is not a huge difference, but it does make it a bit easier to read:

Captain’s Yacht – Calypso

“The captain’s yacht of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D was located at the center of the ventral hull of the primary saucer. Named Calypso for the ship of 20th century oceanographic researcher Jacques Cousteau (1910-97), this vessel was a multi-function sub-warp craft.”

The Captain’s Yacht was never seen on screen, but you may recognize the oval and circle shapes on the bottom of it from the center of the lower saucer. This model includes the extended landing gear already extended allowing us another way to display it:

In the same way, I placed a piece of white printer paper behind this Okudagram as well:

Thoughts


Like the previous set, these shuttles cost me $60 USD including shipping, but are actually quite detailed. I absolutely love the details on the Calypso, including the hull aztecing pattern, transporter pads, thruster pods, sensor ring, and other markings. To be honest, these Shuttle Sets are some of the best Special Issues I have received with any partwork subscription! The next set of shuttles should include the Type 7 and the Type 9A cargo versions.