This LEGO® Star Trek MOC is a replica of the Enterprise NX-01, seen in Star Trek Enterprise.
- Building time: Two months
- Parts count: Approx 1200
- Versions made: Two
- Dimensions: 53 cm long, 31 cm wide
- Weight: 1.4kg
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The Design Process
This is my second version of the Enterprise NX-01 (one of my favourite ships in the Star Trek universe so a must for a LEGO® model!). I decided it was time to replace the earlier model (which I built in my teens) with a more accurate model that utilised all of the new parts I now have.
The first stage was the saucer, which started with a basic skeleton that I built up on. There was no SNOT (Studs not on top) here but I don’t think it was needed. Next was the warp nacelle pylons and the warp nacelles. Here was where the challenge started – holding up the weight of the warp nacelles.
I ended up working in some extra supports to hold them up, just. If you look closely, you’ll see that they “droop” a little. I decided this was better than needing to add extra supports. I was really happy with the design of the warp nacelles, using grille pieces to create a realistic effect. I didn’t have enough rods, so I ended up using the rods that come with the train tracks to hold them together. Its amazing how LEGO® pieces can be utilised in so many different ways.
I also did something a little different with the front of the warp nacelles, to create a transparent effect and maintain the curved structure (this is where SNOT came in).
Still, in the end, the ship was missing something. It felt too grey, so I ordered some pearl gold pieces to add to it. I loved the end result! The hardest part about building Starfleet ships is to stop them looking so grey and bland in colour. I was really happy with how the balance turned out on this one.
I’m hoping to modify it to become the refit Enterprise and build spacedock as well. Stay tuned!
Check out the video footage of the LEGO ® Enterprise NX-01 below!
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