Round 2 Updates – May 2016 – Smooth Hull Enterprise!
If you recall, last month I said that Round 2 had another Star Trek project in the works. That new product is a Smooth Saucer for the 1:350 Classic Enterprise.
The 1:350 Classic Enterprise kit from Round 2 has been a popular kit since it was first issued back in 2013. Even so, one feature of the kit was a flash point for model builders. Round 2 chose to engrave the grid pattern on the primary saucer hull of the model. The Enterprise did feature a grid on the studio model, but that detail was faintly drawn with pencil. Some model builders have argued that the engraved grid is inaccurate and many have gone to great efforts to fill in the engraved grid and sand the hull smooth.
Jamie Hood explained it this way in the Round 2 blog:
In order to serve what we considered to be the widest range of modelers, we opted to engrave the panel lines on the upper and lower saucer. We did so knowing that it might upset some, but would satisfy others that didn’t have the skill or tools to install them in pencil like the filming miniature had. We have decided it is time to reverse course and offer the saucer without the panel lines.