This LEGO® Star Trek MOC is a replica of the Original USS Enterprise NCC-1701, reimagined in Star Trek Discovery. Check out the video here!
- 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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8 Comments Add yours
Awesome build, how did you get the pillons for the nacelles to be at such an angle from the stardrive section?
Glad you like the build! I used hinge pieces, with stands under the nacelles for extra support.
I love it!! I have always felt LEGO was missing out on a money maker. Star Wars is fine but I’d rather have Trek sets. Care to share your plans? I would love to build my own.
I agree, I would love to see some Star Trek sets! I don’t have plans for the Enterprise sorry, I just designed it as I went but if I decide to make any down the track I will post them on the website
I have the blue print kit for the next generation uss enterprise and was thinking of using them as blue prints to convert to a Lego scale model but don’t know where to start any ideas
If you’re wanting to base it directly off the blue prints you could try printing them and building the LEGO on top of the blue prints
So do you sale the sets with full instructions and pieces to all of you awesome Star Trek builds?
I only sell full sets for the Stargate ones at the moment sorry!