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Where No Model Has Gone Before
The Enterprise NCC-1701 is a moderately difficult Metal Earth modes with just 24 pieces on two sheets of metal. The original NCC-1701 was a Constitution-class starship commanded by James Tiberius Kirk.
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see below).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14.
Are you curious...?
It wasn't the first ship to bear the name Enterprise. A US space shuttle was the first spaceship to be named Enterprise. Even other Federation vessels carried the name. But the Constitution-class starship designated NCC-1701 and commanded by James T. Kirk is what comes to most people's minds when they hear the name Enterprise. That heavy cruiser entered service in 2245 and self-destructed over the Genesis Planet in 2285 to prevent its capture by the Klingons.
The first model Enterprise, built for the TV show's 1965 pilot episode, was just 3 ft long (0.9 m) and unlit. The second miniature is 11 ft 2 in (3.4 m) long. It was upgraded as the show went along, acquiring some internal lighting for the second pilot in 1966, then more lighting and exterior detail when the series went into production. The stock footage shot of that model would remain the standard throughout the show's run except for a few scenes that reused footage from the pilots. The 11 ft model was displayed for years in the gift shop at the National Air & Space Museum and is now undergoing restoration.