Both the Enterprise Refit and Klingon Bird of Prey turned up at work today in a large package. It seems that whilst issues are released every fortnight subscribers receive one delivery a month with two issues. Also this delivery came with a magazine binder (apparently worth £7.99, which seems a bit steep).
The Enterprise Refit model is slightly smaller than the Enterprise D and less detailed. It seems accurate but as there are just less features than the Next Generation Enterprise it makes for a simpler design. I’m a bit disappointed with the quality around the nacelles and engineering section. The plastic parts really show their seams, especially where the nacelle pylons join up with the hull and it seems like some glue has leaked on top of the nacelles.
The transparent field grills are a thoughtful addition and are really great when backlit. The more I look at it the more I like it, but it sure looked underwhelming when I placed next to the Enterprise D. I’m glad the refit came out before the original though. Have a look at this article that shows how dated the original design is.
For such a classic ship it should be at least 4 out of 5 badges, but loses one because of the obvious joins.
Next up is the Bird of Prey which I’ll post about later this week.