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Commissioned in 2286, the U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-A is a variation of the Enterprise Refit and features an updated paint design. The 1701-A debuted in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and was also featured in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
In those three movies, the actual filming miniature also sported the original Enterprise’s graphics on the underside as an homage to the ship’s august heritage. All of these details are faithfully re-created in our Artisan replica.
The QMx FX Cinema Arts team creates the Aztec plating effect on the ship’s hull using high-quality, lacquered, iridescent automotive paints. Masking are carefully applied by hand. The unmasked space is painted, and then the masks are removed. This process is repeated multiple times to generate the complex pattern.
In the shuttle bay, tiny hand-painted crew members stand alongside scale shuttlecraft work bees. Even the railings are meticulously crafted, utilizing a photo-etching process. These exacting techniques help capture the splendor of the Enterprise, ensuring that all the details in this 1:350 scale replica are never compromised.
Once the QMx Artisan replica is fully assembled, the NCC 1701-A registry name is added as the final finishing touch. QMx vice president and FX Cinema Arts division leader John Eblan says of this Enterprise, “She’s beautiful from every angle, in perfect symmetrical balance, with the appearance of always being in motion.”
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