In the 70s Dinky toys released a number of die-cast toys linked to popular TV shows. Toys included Thunderbird 2 and an Eagle from Space 1999. They also released two vehicles from Star Trek, the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 and a Klingon Battlecruiser.
I still have both of these, both in very bad condition due to being played with excessively. Both ships have flown vast distances across gardens, playgrounds and bedrooms, collided into walls and being attacked by my younger brother with a marker pen.
My Klingon battlecruiser is in very bad shape and will take a lot of work. It’s missing both warp nacelles so I will have to 3D print them.
I have done quite a bit of work on the Enterprise using a soft to medium brush with dish soap, warm water, lemon juice and a bit of a salt. I took the whole thing apart and gave it a thorough clean. Mended anything that needed repairing like the “torpedo” firing mechanism and then reattached it all, gluing the parts where the old glue dried up.
All that is missing are a new set of stickers which I can get from eBay and a shuttlecraft which I will 3D print.
I also carried out the same work on my 1988 Galoob USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Luckily, this one was not as bad and didn’t need as much work though I used the same process.