This LEGO® Star Trek MOC is a replica of the Original USS Enterprise NCC-1701, reimagined in Star Trek Discovery.
- Building time: Three months
- Parts count: Approx 1400
- Versions made: One
- Dimensions: 68cm / 27″ long, 29cm/11.5″ wide
- Weight: 1.2kg / 2.6lb
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The Design Process
The Enterprise was a unique and challenging build. I have been planning to build the classic Enterprise for years, and when I saw the new design from Star Trek Discovery I knew it was time to build it!
Normally I would start with the saucer section, however I realised that the most challenging section would be the star drive, so I decided to build it first so I could scale the saucer to that. I tried a lot of different strategies and ended up going with a completely “SNOT” (Studs not on top) design, inspired by the Saturn V rocket official set. This posed it’s own set of challenges but it allowed me to build a completely rounded shape with no studs showing!
I built a central cylinder with studs facing each direction and then put plates with curved slope pieces on the outside. To support the weight of the warp nacelles, I built a support from the saucer to the nacelles (so no weight is on the SNOT section).
The next challenge was the warp nacelles. Like Discovery, this is a fairly large MOC making the nacelles heavy and requiring a lot of support. This was difficult to accomplish while maintaining the gap in the center of the pylons (one of the most standout changes in the reimagined Enterprise). I put in as much support as I could and then settled for putting additional stands on the nacelles.
After that was the saucer, which was refreshingly straightforward! Though the impulse engines needed a lot of attention to get the detail just right. The final challenge was the stand, because the SNOT design of the stardrive didn’t create a section to put a lot of support onto. This meant that the ship fell forward with the weight of the saucer. It was time to bring in some Technic pieces to lock everything in!
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