Lifeboat Hatches

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  Designed for the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D by Hero Collector

500 unique lifeboat hatches (numbered 001 through to 500) recreated in stunning detail, faithful to the original six-foot studio model produced by ILM – available as premium rub-on transfers with specialist transferable Pantone® inks or as pre-cut vinyl stickers.

Using detailed blueprints and hundreds of close-up reference photos to ensure maximum accuracy, these sets add essential detail missing from the standard lifeboat hatches, also known as escape pods.

Easy to apply and hugely transformative, they immediately give the already impressive two-foot long U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D model by Hero Collector added realism and authenticity.

With over 430 hatches across the starship, the hatch covers are numerous and very prominent, so more than ever the small details really matter.

500 hatches are provided within these sets, so plenty of spares for any slip-ups or future repairs.

These updated designs also correct the upside down print on the standard hatches. The red line you see printed on the standard parts is the underline of the U.S.S. Enterprise logo, and should be at the top, not the bottom.

Is there a particular sequence or schematic I should follow when placing the hatches?

In short, no. The original ILM studio model only had six unique hatch numbers, randomly placed and repeated across the model.

For added realism, my designs are numbered sequentially from 001 to 500, giving each of your lifeboat hatches a unique number – just how you would expect them to look in real life. However, I would still recommend randomly placing them across the model, as on the original ILM studio model.

Whilst there are blueprints available of the original U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, they only show the positions of the six repeated numbers across the original model. So, these are not applicable or helpful here, and not 100% reliable either as there are numerous errors across the blueprints.

So, given that the original studio model never had uniquely numbered hatches, there are no correct or incorrect sequences or positions to place your numbered hatches.

It is advised that you place them randomly across your model rather than following a set sequence, but it’s totally up to you of course! If you do choose to follow a set sequence, bear in mind you risk breaking that sequence if you damage a sticker or transfer during application. By randomly placing the numbered hatches across your model, you avoid this risk.

It could also be argued that a random arrangement is more realistic. If, for example, a hatch or a number of hatches were ejected in an emergency in real life, they may not all be returned to their original positions. They would also likely be swapped around for maintenance or repairs, as the hatches are all uniform in shape. All fantasy of course, but worth considering, and further supporting the case for a random placement.

Rub-on Transfers vs Vinyl Stickers – What's the difference?

If you’re not already familiar with my rub-on transfer sets, they use specialised Pantone® inks with a high-strength self-adhesive backing, which when rubbed over with a pencil, transfer the designs directly to the surface of your model, looking as if the design is painted directly onto the model. No soaking, no residue, and no raised edges. Just a clean design transferred directly to your model.

Rub-on transfers have a much higher clarity, super-sharp print compared to stickers. They also have the advantage of not having any raised edges.

Because of the specialised process, rub-on transfers are considerably more technical, time-consuming and expensive to produce compared to stickers, but the difference in price is reflected in the finish and print quality.

Depending on the model and application, they generally look much more realistic and impressive when applied, designed to look like they were originally printed on the model parts.

Whilst my vinyl sticker sets are of course still printed in high resolution and to a very high standard, if you’re looking for the ultimate upgrade for your model – rub-on transfers are the way to go!

All other model parts and accessories shown in the photos above are not included and are shown purely for demonstration and application purposes.
  Designed for the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D by Hero Collector

500 unique lifeboat hatches (numbered 001 through to 500) recreated in stunning detail, faithful to the original six-foot studio model produced by ILM – available as premium rub-on transfers with specialist transferable Pantone® inks or as pre-cut vinyl stickers.

Using detailed blueprints and hundreds of close-up reference photos to ensure maximum accuracy, these sets add essential detail missing from the standard lifeboat hatches, also known as escape pods.

Easy to apply and hugely transformative, they immediately give the already impressive two-foot long U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D model by Hero Collector added realism and authenticity.

With over 430 hatches across the starship, the hatch covers are numerous and very prominent, so more than ever the small details really matter.

500 hatches are provided within these sets, so plenty of spares for any slip-ups or future repairs.

These updated designs also correct the upside down print on the standard hatches. The red line you see printed on the standard parts is the underline of the U.S.S. Enterprise logo, and should be at the top, not the bottom.

Is there a particular sequence or schematic I should follow when placing the hatches?

In short, no. The original ILM studio model only had six unique hatch numbers, randomly placed and repeated across the model.

For added realism, my designs are numbered sequentially from 001 to 500, giving each of your lifeboat hatches a unique number – just how you would expect them to look in real life. However, I would still recommend randomly placing them across the model, as on the original ILM studio model.

Whilst there are blueprints available of the original U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, they only show the positions of the six repeated numbers across the original model. So, these are not applicable or helpful here, and not 100% reliable either as there are numerous errors across the blueprints.

So, given that the original studio model never had uniquely numbered hatches, there are no correct or incorrect sequences or positions to place your numbered hatches.

It is advised that you place them randomly across your model rather than following a set sequence, but it’s totally up to you of course! If you do choose to follow a set sequence, bear in mind you risk breaking that sequence if you damage a sticker or transfer during application. By randomly placing the numbered hatches across your model, you avoid this risk.

It could also be argued that a random arrangement is more realistic. If, for example, a hatch or a number of hatches were ejected in an emergency in real life, they may not all be returned to their original positions. They would also likely be swapped around for maintenance or repairs, as the hatches are all uniform in shape. All fantasy of course, but worth considering, and further supporting the case for a random placement.

Rub-on Transfers vs Vinyl Stickers – What's the difference?

If you’re not already familiar with my rub-on transfer sets, they use specialised Pantone® inks with a high-strength self-adhesive backing, which when rubbed over with a pencil, transfer the designs directly to the surface of your model, looking as if the design is painted directly onto the model. No soaking, no residue, and no raised edges. Just a clean design transferred directly to your model.

Rub-on transfers have a much higher clarity, super-sharp print compared to stickers. They also have the advantage of not having any raised edges.

Because of the specialised process, rub-on transfers are considerably more technical, time-consuming and expensive to produce compared to stickers, but the difference in price is reflected in the finish and print quality.

Depending on the model and application, they generally look much more realistic and impressive when applied, designed to look like they were originally printed on the model parts.

Whilst my vinyl sticker sets are of course still printed in high resolution and to a very high standard, if you’re looking for the ultimate upgrade for your model – rub-on transfers are the way to go!

All other model parts and accessories shown in the photos above are not included and are shown purely for demonstration and application purposes.

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  1. Dallas Haigh (verified owner)

    Delivery was very quick, much quicker than expected. Looking forward to putting these on.
    Thanks Mike.

  2. Dan Keating (verified owner)

    Arrived today and am delighted with them. The quality is first class and easy to apply the transfers. Couldn't be happier with them. Thank you Mike Lane.