Phoenix Warp Ship
from "Star Trek: First Contact" (1996)
About the Design
Built from the upper stage of a Titan V ICBM, the "Phoenix" was the brainchild of warp theorist Zephram Cochrane. Working under the most primitive conditions in the aftermath of World War III, Cochrane and his team of engineers cobbled the "Phoenix" together over a period of years from whatever parts and materials they could acquire. Finally, the ship was fired into space from a missile site in Montana in the year 2063. Shortly after achieving orbital velocity, the ship's two warp engines were deployed and the craft successfully "broke the light barrier," achieving a speed of Warp 1.2. This feat caught the attention of a nearby Vulcan scout craft, leading to the first human-alien contact upon the "Phoenix''s return.
About the Kit
This kit was released by Fantastic Plastic Models in November 2007. Patterned by Alfred Wong and cast by Replicant Casting Co., it featured 13 pressure-cast pieces and could be built in either the launch or in-flight configurations. Box art was by Phoenix designer John Eaves.