Fanhome is relaunching the Enterprise-D build-up model.
The revelation, in season 3 of Star Trek: Picard, that Geordi La Forge rebuilt and restored the U.S.S. Enterprise-D was one of the season’s highlights for countless Star Trek fans. Sure, the Sovereign-class Enterprise-E that succeeded the NCC-1701-D was a sleek and impressive craft. But the Galaxy-class starship that graced our screens during the seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation was always really the only Enterprise for Jean-Luc Picard and his crew.
Now, thanks to build-up models company Fanhome, Star Trek fans can play Geordi at home and rebuild the Enterprise-D—albeit at a much smaller scale—for themselves. Taking over the product from the late, lamented Eaglemoss, Fanhome is bringing back the Enterprise-D build-up model, which subscribers can assemble piece by piece, month by month.
“Fans have made it loud and clear that they want to get back to building the Enterprise-D, and we at Fanhome are happy to accommodate them, and also to introduce the build-up model to anyone just getting into the hobby,” Nuño Pasqual del Pobil, Chief Digital Marketing & Communication Officer of Fanhome, said in a statement. “The Enterprise-D is one of the most beloved ships in all of science fiction, and it’s an honor for us to release it from spacedock.”
Subscribers can easily assemble the iconic Enterprise-D
In a press release, Fanhome outlined this build-up model’s key specifications, as well as details about how the subscription program will work:
"This 1:8 scale die-cast metal Enterprise-D features multiple assembly stages that click and screw together (screwdriver included!), thereby avoiding the need for paint or glue. Upon completion, the Enterprise-D measures 26.5 inches long and 20 inches wide. Product details include light-up engines, illuminated deflector dish and windows, and a detachable saucer section.Subscribers receive a package each month that contains multiple assembly stages with everything required to build the Enterprise-D model. Package #1 includes two assembly stages, and all subsequent packages will beam four assembly stages directly to modelers’ homes. Each stage comes with a detailed magazine filled with simple step-by-step instructions and an episode-by-episode guide to every installment of Star Trek: The Next Generation."
I assume Fanhome is speaking metaphorically about beaming model parts directly to subscribers’ homes. If they’ve also mastered transporter technology, their press release certainly buried the lede!
Subscribers will also get bonus gifts during their subscription: a metal Enterprise-D mug, an Enterprise-D t-shirt, and a screw box, along with a display base for the model and a binder for the magazines.
Fanhome is offering special first- and second- package discounts for new subscribers. Those who were previously subscribers through Eaglemoss can choose, based on their most recent package, from what point they want to resume their collection.
In the season 3 premiere of Star Trek: Picard, a bartender at 10 Forward Avenue told Riker, referring to the bar’s many models of the Enterprise-D, “No one wants the fat ones.” But fortunately, here in the real world, plenty of people do!
If you’re one of them, you can sign up for your Enterprise-D build-up model subscription at Fanhome.com.