Ambassador Class Starship
|Number of parts:||24 + clear|
|Decals included?||yes, for "U.S.S. Nebula"|
|My Source:||C&S Hobbies|
|Cost (w/o s&h):||US$80|
This kit represents the TNG-contemporary version of the class, not the 1701-C as stated on the instruction sheet. Generally the kit's of decent quality overall. The most notable faults are:
9/12/2010 - I got underway fixing up points 1 and 3 above. I'd made an RTV mold of the hull edge a year or so ago. Today I made a resin casting to replace the irregular section of the saucer. And that putty job is underway. The 2' hull halves don't fit together well either - I think trimming back the top center will edges will fix that 1/8" gap back at the shuttlebays.
9/24/2010 - Sub-assembly day! I superglued the nacelle halves together and secured them with rubber bands while the CAA set.
9/25/2010 - I trimmed the joining surfaces of the 2' hull
to improve their fit using a Dremel mini-drum sander.
Next up, cutting out the deformed aft edge of the saucer and trimming the replacement casting for that area.
10/26/2010 - Over the past month I've been at work on sub-assemblies - superglue for the 2' hull, superglue and 5-minute epoxy for the saucer and extensive putty work to fill the gaps.
I've started work on custom decals to mark this at NCC 10532, U.S.S. Horatio. Existing aftermarket decals are all in 1/1400 which will not fit this kit due to it's odd scale of 1/1285. This kit's saucer, compared to the AMT/ERTL 1701-C saucer, shows then scale difference between the two.