A new contest on the Official Star Trek Facebook page offers a prize sure to be of interest to Trek fans, a U.S.S. Enterprise Artisan Replica ship.
Made by QMx and valued at $4,000, the ship is a replica of the one seen in Star Trek XI, and is “accurate in every way, from the subtle airbrushing to the special lighting effects to the detailed hull plating.”
According to QMx, “The Artisan Enterprise is entirely airbrushed by hand with some 24 colors of metallic and flat paint. A technique known as Aztecing overlaps color layers, multiplying the color effects and giving the finish an extraordinary degree of depth, while precisely matching the hull plating seen in the movie. An automotive base lacquer underneath it all – the same technique used to prepare filming miniatures for hours under hot studio lights – primes and protects the replica.
“The model itself was created using master components generated directly from CG files supplied to QMx by Industrial Light & Magic. The sculpture consists of thousands of details, many of which are only barely glimpsed on screen.”
The contest runs until December 27 and fans can enter by heading to the link located here. The contest is open to adult residents of the U.S., Canada (except for the province of Quebec), the UK and Germany.