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ToS Star Trek NCC 1701 Enterprise
"Space, the final frontier..." wow, I loved that show. It was Christmas 2012 when my sister-in law looked at my Mech Warrior Online Atlas AS7-D-DC creation and commented, "You should make the Enterprise..." At first I laughed at her, then, the idea grew. I spent six months researching the NCC 1701 design. Searching the internet for actual blue prints. I finally found some that were drawn the by actual creator. Then, get this, I spent at least 6 weeks, carefully calculating the scale. This model i created is actually to scale, 1:333. I have a lot of pictures, but am having difficulty uploading them. I'll add them as they load. Stay tuned. Current length: 31", current height: 8.5", current width: 11". Granted, it is not exactly to scale, atleast not yet. When i'm finally done, it will be 34"(L)x8.5"(ht)x15"(W).
About this creation


Humble beginnings, my journal



I took my journal everywhere, drove my wife nuts



I took very carefule notes, using scale reference, modified it to a size i wanted.



These are all of my calculations for the primary hull and secondary hull.



My fledgling attempt to draw out my design. very hard to do in 2 dimension



I did the secondary Hull first to have a base to work on. Sadly, I had nowhere near enough "white" parts to make this so, i made a decision to make one side white (Starboard) and the other grey (Port). It actually took the longest to build, about a week, a couple hours a night. Luckily it's summer break so I didn't have to clear my workspace (aka the dinner table).



Another view of the Secondary Hull



I don't have pictures of creating the Primary to Secodary Pilon Support, but you can see it here along with the beginnings of the Primary Hull. As you can see, there is a vertical rod that MUST be put in to support all the weight. I used an technique i saw in a very tall structure, a building crane i think. anyway, it really provided the strength i needed.



Initial primary hull beginnings.



Primary Hull, used the basic premise from a Star Wars Falcon



Primary Hull, secondary level



Primary Hull, different view



Primary Hull, another level



Primary Hull, different view



Warp Nacelle, side view, I used technics to connect parts both securely and for looks. Looks nice? eh?



Warp Nacelle, top view. I wish I had the parts/resources to make them complete, but I don't. It's the best I can do at the moment. Wife teases me about buying me the R2D2 Lego Model and cannalblizing it for it's white parts. Wish she would.



War Nacelle, both top view.







Ah, you can see some of my designs and drawings in the background.









My attempt to create the crew of the Enterprise. There are 3 red shirts, one on each corner. I've got Chekov and Sulu in front, Kirk in the middle, Spock and McCoy, followed by Uhura and Scotty. heh.



A place of honor on top of the Book Shelf, out of the way of animals and children.



The flash went off odd and the Blue background looks black. Very Pretty



My Daughter holding the Enterprise. She kept saying "Dad, it's too heavy, can I put it down yet?" I wanted to show that the model is solid. She is holding it by the Primary to Secondary Pilon Support. I'm very proud of it. Thank you for viewing.

The next few pictures are my attempt to get the insignia on it. Again, attempt:



I tore it apart to put on the insignia. Unfortunately, the flash kinda whited out most of it, you can see the main support in the bottom center of the picture. It runs from the base of the Secondary Hull(the two are connected currently), through the Pilon support(to be connected in the middle of the rod) to be ultimately connected to the Primary Hull(by connecting to the top of the rod). Makes it extremely sturdy.



Using Technics to secure the primary Hull to the Pilon



Pieces put back onto the Primary Hull to hide the Technic connections



I can get the NCC 1701 on the Primary Hull, but the USS Enterprise is too little, so I used grilled plates to represent it.










Comments

 I made it 
  July 26, 2014
Quoting Caleb Smith To clarify, I meant command center as in the main bridge, where the whole Star Trek crew assembled. Not sure of the correct term they used. But I believe you get my point. I am sure that most of the bridge interior would be able to fit inside the first half of the Falcon piece, whilst the back half would be used for structure and maybe some crew area? Just me thinking out loud. I could see weight being an issue though, if too much is added up top and it becomes top heavy. But maybe not? Maybe I will do it someday when I am done with Star Wars MOCs. lol
Gotcha. I'm willing to look into that.
 I made it 
  July 25, 2014
Quoting Caleb Smith To clarify, I meant command center as in the main bridge, where the whole Star Trek crew assembled. Not sure of the correct term they used. But I believe you get my point. I am sure that most of the bridge interior would be able to fit inside the first half of the Falcon piece, whilst the back half would be used for structure and maybe some crew area? Just me thinking out loud. I could see weight being an issue though, if too much is added up top and it becomes top heavy. But maybe not? Maybe I will do it someday when I am done with Star Wars MOCs. lol
Balance is a HUGE factor. I had to make sure that the Nacelles could counter-balance the primary hull. Notice that they are not completely "full" or covered. I do know what you mean, my brain struggles with the fact that scale wise, the upper part of the Enterprise is the actual bridge. In this scale, a 1x1 round plate was equivalent to a human. Hrm.... 1x1 plates representing... humans...I think that is the start of an idea. <<shivers>> i like ideas.
  July 24, 2014
To clarify, I meant command center as in the main bridge, where the whole Star Trek crew assembled. Not sure of the correct term they used. But I believe you get my point. I am sure that most of the bridge interior would be able to fit inside the first half of the Falcon piece, whilst the back half would be used for structure and maybe some crew area? Just me thinking out loud. I could see weight being an issue though, if too much is added up top and it becomes top heavy. But maybe not? Maybe I will do it someday when I am done with Star Wars MOCs. lol
 I made it 
  July 23, 2014
Quoting Caleb Smith I am not a Trekkie myself, but I must say that this is a good model and has a lot of potential to be a great model! It's a start to becoming an actual set itself. I like how you used the Falcon as your upper ring, and you could also put some interior detail of the command center inside it. Ya I know, it sucks when you're on your limits on pieces and have to change colors, and Legos aren't the cheapest to just go out and buy. I sometimes wonder how people can afford such large collections. Anyways, Great Job!
Thank you for the viewing. May I ask by what you meant by "put some interior detail of the command center inside"? Unfortunately, it was never my intention to be able to "open up" as does the Falcon. Mainly because of all the supports I used. Though, hind sight does tell me it's possible. Currently, this model has been dismantled except for the primary hull. I'm working on a smaller version, but I do have ultimate plans of returning to this model and updating it. I'll keep your comments in mind. Thanks again!
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  July 23, 2014
I'm more into star wars but I couldn't help but take a peep. Wow! What a MOC! I love how well you planned it - your drawings are great. The build diary is fantastic and a real treat - well done! TGYSE
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  July 22, 2014
I am not a Trekkie myself, but I must say that this is a good model and has a lot of potential to be a great model! It's a start to becoming an actual set itself. I like how you used the Falcon as your upper ring, and you could also put some interior detail of the command center inside it. Ya I know, it sucks when you're on your limits on pieces and have to change colors, and Legos aren't the cheapest to just go out and buy. I sometimes wonder how people can afford such large collections. Anyways, Great Job!
 I made it 
  July 10, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 your research system is admirable, and I feel it delivers, I m a trekkie as well, although I like tng much more, you have done well with this model!
Thank you. Like I mentioned, spent a lot of time designing. Just wish I had the LEGOs to make it more pleasing to the eye. I plan to build all of the Star Trek Enterprise designs. I started watching ToS with my mother, but I do admit that TNG is where my obsession took off. Took a break due to lack of time and work space. Wife didn't like me taking the dining room table.
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  July 10, 2014
your research system is admirable, and I feel it delivers, I m a trekkie as well, although I like tng much more, you have done well with this model!
 I made it 
  July 9, 2014
Quoting Parrington Levens Love the step by step pics!
Thanks! I really like your classic space. I'm currently trying to do a refit on my Enterprise but I am struggling with having enough parts. I'm going to give it a few more days before I reduce the scale from 1:333 to 1:500.
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  July 9, 2014
Love the step by step pics!
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  July 7, 2014
Quoting Henrik Jensen Thanks for the comment on my Corsair, at least it seems that, in spite of a new career, you occasionally have time to look at Lego builds. Although I do not have much interest in space adventure, I'm still a little impressed with your Enterprise spaceship. I hope you will have time to spend on Building LEGO again.
Thank you for your kind comment. I am still deeply impressed with all of your builds. I am starting my REFIT and it has proven to be very difficult. My OCD wants it to be exact, but at the same time, I want to enjoy working on it. I did get to build a workstation in the basement, but, now I'm struggling with organizing my LEGOS. Any suggestions? I'm currently separating them by color for the larger pieces and individualizing containers for the smaller pieces.
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  May 17, 2014
Thanks for the comment on my Corsair, at least it seems that, in spite of a new career, you occasionally have time to look at Lego builds. Although I do not have much interest in space adventure, I'm still a little impressed with your Enterprise spaceship. I hope you will have time to spend on Building LEGO again.
 I made it 
  February 12, 2014
Quoting Marc "Edge" R.unde Nice job, impressive how sturdy AND SWEET LOOKING this baby is! Can´t say that from my Excelsior. There´s no way that the nacelles can be hold by the pylons. I want a structural integrity field! ;-) But the saucer sits quite well on the 'neck' even without a technic frame... ~Cheers
Thank you! That means a lot to me. My son (3.5) keeps telling me when he's old enough, he'll get to play with the "Big" Enterprise. My wife says that I better make sure that when I do my re-fit, that I include him and let him watch me dismantle and then "repair" the "Big" Enterprise.
 I like it 
  February 12, 2014
Nice job, impressive how sturdy AND SWEET LOOKING this baby is! Can´t say that from my Excelsior. There´s no way that the nacelles can be hold by the pylons. I want a structural integrity field! ;-) But the saucer sits quite well on the 'neck' even without a technic frame... ~Cheers
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  December 8, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti I just thought I'd stop by and see if you updated enterprise yet?
Sadly, no, i haven't updated yet. Still working on getting "white" lego parts. Buying individual parts that I need is anti-helpful. So, the wife and I have been keeping our eyes open for "white" sets that parts that I need. We've bought a couple, but, not enough that I feel I can update the enterprise correctly. Thank you for checking in though.
  October 3, 2013
I just thought I'd stop by and see if you updated enterprise yet?
 I made it 
  July 25, 2013
Quoting El Barto ! Cool build, Dude! I like that detailing on the side of the engineering section. Warp Speed!
<bows> Thank you! As I mentioned in the review, that was the most difficult part. The majority of the weight distribution was created there. When I rebuilt the Warp Nacelle, it's weight was more than anticipated, so, when I added the insignia, i added weight to balance it back out. I'm happy that my planning actually worked. heh. Thank you Barto.
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  July 25, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti Oh I just use a 12 stud axel to push them through the other side then pull the 12 back out its nice because the 12 holds everything in place till your ready I have 3 boys and a baby girl but 7 how do you have time to Lego?
There are 3 spots for the axles, two short and one long, all on the same plane. Think of them making a "+" symbol. The long goes all the way through, so that's easy enough to get back out. The two shorts are on the same plane but don't go all the way through. So, I need the pliers to get a grip on them. As far as finding time, I take any time I can get. Usually an hour or two when I have my legos set up. My workspace is the kitchen table, so, as you can probably tell, it doesn't get to stay out for long. My building time is generally holidays, vacations, and weekends where I can leave them out for a few days.
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  July 24, 2013
Cool build, Dude! I like that detailing on the side of the engineering section. Warp Speed!
  July 24, 2013
Oh I just use a 12 stud axel to push them through the other side then pull the 12 back out its nice because the 12 holds everything in place till your ready I have 3 boys and a baby girl but 7 how do you have time to Lego?
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  July 24, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti She is coming along beautifully. I lke the new insignia looks great . Did you get a chance to go to bricklink yet? Ok I have to ask what are the pliers for?
Thank you. No, haven't gone to Bricklink yet. I have 7 children at home so resources are very limited unless the wife is feeling particularly generous (like buying me a few Star Wars sets for parts). The Pliers are REQUIRED for pulling out the Technic axles the are used for the multiple level "rod" used to connect the primary hull to secondary hull pilon support. There is a central rod that has three "levels" and there are 3 axles used for each level, two that are about 3 studs long and one that is 8 studs long. The fit snuggly so that I can "hide" them, but I need pliers to get them back out. heh. Like I said, it's a very solid MoC. Haven't weighed it yet.
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  July 24, 2013
She is coming along beautifully. I lke the new insignia looks great . Did you get a chance to go to bricklink yet? Ok I have to ask what are the pliers for?
 I made it 
  July 24, 2013
I attempted to put on the correct Insignia. I think it looks a tad bit better. Also changed the Primary Hull Sensor Arrays from white to Blue.
 I made it 
  July 21, 2013
Quoting Mihe Stonee awesome! you really did a very good job on the technic, so that it's stable enough to support it's own weight.
Thank you. My next experiment will utilize more support. I used way too many bricks so the center of balance is slightly off. I'll update when available.
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  July 21, 2013
awesome! you really did a very good job on the technic, so that it's stable enough to support it's own weight.
 I made it 
  July 20, 2013
Quoting Achintya Prasad Very nice! And yes, Clayton beat me to it! Bricklink is the single largest unofficial LEGO buying website in the world; you could very easily get the parts you need to make the Enterprise in white, or grey. This is excellent! I do hope you plan on making some of the other Enterprises!
I plan to make each one in succession. Refit, A, B, C, D, etc. Trying to decide if I want to completely trash the model and rebuild each time or treat it as a true refit and just upgrade.
 I made it 
  July 20, 2013
Quoting Chris Roach nice work!
Thank you!
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  July 20, 2013
Very nice! And yes, Clayton beat me to it! Bricklink is the single largest unofficial LEGO buying website in the world; you could very easily get the parts you need to make the Enterprise in white, or grey. This is excellent! I do hope you plan on making some of the other Enterprises!
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  July 20, 2013
nice work!
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  July 19, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti I love the fact that you documented this with a journal ,and the new photos look great. I look forward to seeing your progress . Do you know about www.bricklink .com ? You can get the parts you need and it's a lot cheaper.
<smiles> nice! i'll have to look at that. thank you!
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  July 19, 2013
I love the fact that you documented this with a journal ,and the new photos look great. I look forward to seeing your progress . Do you know about www.bricklink .com ? You can get the parts you need and it's a lot cheaper.
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  July 19, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti Tos enterprise! My personal favorite . It's no small feat to build an enterprise this scale an you did a great job!
Thank you. The Neat thing is that i'm not done. I've decided to work on it in 2 day spurts. I have limited resources, so, it's going to take a while to really "complete" it. I'll add measurements to the factoids above.
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  July 18, 2013
Tos enterprise! My personal favorite . It's no small feat to build an enterprise this scale an you did a great job!
 
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