Looking for something to do at home? Check out the Insight Editions Incredibuilds series of 3D wooden model kits.
As a follow-on to its Harry Potter crest, Hogwarts Express, Golden Snitch, and Time Turner, Firefly Serenity spaceship, Star Wars Death Star, Millennium Falcon, Star Destroyer, AT-AT, X-Wing Fighter, and TIE Fighter, Marvel’s Iron Man and Infinity Gauntlet, DC’s Flash helmet and Batmobile, Ghostbusters Ectomobile, Assassin’s Creed hidden blade, Disney Beauty and the Beast characters, and even Santa Claus, a monuments collection, and animal kingdom wooden model kits, Insight Editions has released its three latest 3D models, and they feature iconic ships from the Star Trek franchise. Just released as part of its Incredibuilds line, you can choose from the original Federation starship U.S.S. Enterprise, the U.S.S. Enterprise-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation, or a Klingon Bird of Prey. Or grab them all.
Recommended for ages 10 and up, each kit comes with a full-color 32-page softcover booklet discussing the specs of each vessel, the history, appearances, and notable Star Trek characters that have served on each ship, dozens of photographs from the TV series and movies, and a section discussing behind-the scenes materials. Each is written by Dayton Ward, Star Trek novelist, all in the style of the fan-favorite technical sheets that once appeared in Star Trek magazines over the years.
Like all model kits, adult supervision is a good idea, and the need for patience to avoid breaking any parts–the nature of wood makes these easier to build than the more difficult to assemble and more breakable Metal Earth kit counterparts. And these are a bit sturdier than the classic balsa wood kits you may be familiar with. An easy to follow, fold-out instruction sheet is included for each ship, and a single sheet of laser-cut, FSC-certified wood with easy-to-assemble, punch-out pieces.
Here is an example of the laser-cut wood sheet:
Here is a look inside the included booklets:
No glue is required, but the booklets include recommendations on how to paint the models (paints not included). As with other previously released models in the Incredibuilds series, some fanboys and fangirls choose to expand on the models with wood putty or other materials, filling-out the skeletal frameworks, or adding their own design elements. Suggested colors are referenced in the materials.
Each kit features laser-cut details that make for easy painting guides.
Each vessel includes a buildable base for display. Each ship’s dimensions range from 1.85 x 3.15 x 5.23 inches to 3.2 x 4.87 x 7.1 inches, with 38 to 55 interlocking pieces.
Order the original Federation starship U.S.S. Enterprise, the U.S.S. Enterprise-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation, or a Klingon Bird of Prey at the above links, available now at Amazon. See the entire line of available Insight Editions Incredibuilds kits at Amazon here.