Issue 4 turned up last week, and I’ve finally gotten round to posting some pictures.
I think this may be my favourite model so far. It’s an excellent design, very similar to the Akira class. From above you cannot see any joins between the different components, and even underneath it works very well. A lot of attention to detail has gone into the production of the NX-01, from the hull aztecing down to the translucent nacelle grills which is always my favourite part of the Federation models. Here’s a great example of how effective the transparency is:
Comparing the Enterprises of the collection, you can really see the evolution of the design. The Enterprise has a rounded, chunky design next to the NX-01, and the NCC-1701 is simple yet distinctive.
I especially like the construction of this model, the high ratio of metal to plastic and the unobtrusiveness of the stand. I’m awarding it a full five out of five badges.