Sovereign Replicas 2006 – Star Trek Nemesis – 1/650 (41 inch) USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E! Blue Screen Photos from 2009 by Kuhn Global (Kurt Kuhn)

This piece was originally shown here on Modelers Miniatures & Magic back on January 8, 2009 and Sold to the collection of Albert Siow on May 6, 2013. As fantastic as this piece used to be, it carries a huge history dating back to early 2005. Artist Richard Long began making himself a 1/650 Enterprise E, which caught my attention, then bringing me into the project with funding to have my own created by him. Half way through the project Richard found his pattern was not up to his replica standard, and he literally threw it in the trash with intention on now creating a kit that would be amazing. And so he did, utilizing the advice of artists such as John Eaves (who built the filming model for First Contact) and other artists. Richard truly did great work! Eventually parts were made that were outstanding. Mine was cast, and held for Richard to personally build up for me. A few more were cast which went John Eblan (of ILM fame and now the head model maker for Anovos). John wanted a few casts for his clients (of The FX Company). Right after two casts were sent to John, he actually met me in Florida while I was there so I could physically view the castings. They were beautiful indeed. I was excited, and grateful of John for showing me. By the way, John’s builds turned out wonderfully. More castings were then made for a select few, like Jim Key to be built for a few of his clients, and others. Not very many truly made it out, and a few years later the patterns would be sold. Eventually Richard would build up mine, which you see here in these Blue Screen photos. It is the very first cast of this kit that was offered back then. It seems like so many years ago now. Unfortunately there was an accident. Being front heavy, it was found that this model truly required a metal armature. Richard had been confident that it would not need one, and did not place one in my build. After a time on display, the heaviness of the from took it’s toll on the lower dish area, bending the fiberglass. It leaned forward and fell, causing some disturbing damage. I was working with artist Marc Elkins at the time, so I brought it to him to repair. He did an amazing job, placing in an aluminum armature, and fixing up the paint. Fortunately there was no true damage to the fiberglass which bent due to the weight of the saucer section. This poor model was still out of the woods. The Port Nacelle lighting would eventually end up going out, and rather than have her pulled apart again, I decided to have Marc place battle damage on the Nacelle, like what we saw in one of the films. It worked out very well, though I always wanted to see it back to it’s former glory. Then enter collector Albert Siow. He wanted the Enterprise badly, and he planned on taking it apart, and starting over, then adding even the shuttle bay and really amazing Phaser Effects. I was excited of what he had planned, so I sold him the model, and he commissioned artist Dan Grumeretz, whom I was then working with heavily. Like I stated before, these photos are of the model when I received it from Richard Long (SOVEREIGN REPLICAS). Someday soon we may get to see this beauty once again in her full glory thanks to Albert Siow and Dan Grumeretz. Being what it is, and how rare it is to own an original, this piece appraises very high and continues to be a great investment. I hope to again take Blue Screen photos of it to show it to everyone. Until then.. here are the originals that are idealized for one-click composite artists to utilize.
Peace be unto you
Kurt Kuhn
Kuhn Global Incorporated
Modelers Miniatures & Magic

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