Romulan Bird of Prey from "Star Trek" (1966-1969)
About the Design
Because of severe budget limitations, very few alien spacecraft actually appeared over the three seasons of the original "Star Trek." One of the first exceptions to this rule was the Romulan Bird-of-Prey, the centerpiece of the Season One episode "Balance of Terror." Shaped like a boot heel equipped with Federation-style warp nacelles, the Bird-of-Prey -- so named because of the hawk-like design painted on the craft's underbelly -- boasted a cloaking device and a powerful plasma weapon. The ship would appear in several subsequent episodes as well -- thanks to the magic of "stock shots."
About the Kit
One of the plastic hobby industry's all-time best-sellers, AMT's Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise has been in virtually continuous release between 1967 and today.
AMT -- later, AMT/Ertl -- regularly re-engineered the kit, dispensing with its original upper and lower dome lights, reducing the size of the display stand, redesigning the decal sheet, changing the engineering of the nacelle supports, etc. Among enthusiasts, much criticism has been leveled at the sharp raised grid-lines found on the kit's saucer section, grid-lines found only faintly on the actual filming miniature.
These and other errors would be addressed -- and corrected -- in the Polar Lights edition released in 2003.
Although this collection once included an original issue purchased and built in 1967, the model shown here was purchased and built -- with custom decals -- in the mid-1990s.