Star Trek Starships: Klingon K’Tinga Class Battlecruiser

Wow, this is one ugly ship. It has odd fat nacelles, squat wings, a long neck and a weird bulbous head with a hat. It sounds like I’m describing a mythical creature but it is in fact a Klingon battlecruiser. As mentioned in the accompanying magazine it’s major appearances were in ST: The Motion Picture and ST:VI The Undiscovered Country.

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Yet again it’s a fairly accurate model. The detail is actually really good, with virtually no undecorated hull. The impulse drives on the aft are translucent red plastic and there is a gold spot (impulse core jettison plate) on the underneath of the hull. Aside from these and a red ‘matter sink’ on top there is very little colour, the entire vessel being painted gunmetal grey. The hull is covered in an angular embossed pattern, allegedly reactive armour.

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One minor problem I had with my model is it arrived in two pieces. The joint between the main hull and the bridge connection was not properly glued. Once in the stand it doesn’t matter, I just have to careful if I pick it up.

I’m going to give this model a score of three out of five. I admit I’m biased by my own lack of appreciation for this unwieldy ship, but the lack of colour or shading makes it even less inspiring. The model is not too poorly constructed, but the fact it arrived broken means it just misses out in it’s fourth star. It is nice to receive something other than a Starfleet vessel every now and then though.

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6 thoughts on “Star Trek Starships: Klingon K’Tinga Class Battlecruiser

  1. it is a very delicate ship, mine arrived with a nacelle off but it was simple enough to glue back on. the neck is a bit flimsy so I’m going to keep it always on the stand just so I don’t have to manhandle it to much. other than that I like the detailing, as you said it is purity much all decorated and I like that about it.

  2. The plastic that holds the ship in place when boxed seems to spread the nacelles slightly; mine is just a bit off-square. Reminds me of the old AMT model kits where you could never get the nacelles for it (or the Enterprise) ‘just right’.

  3. I received my Klingon battle-cruiser and USS Defiant today. The Defiant looks pretty accurate. The battle-cruiser is the same size as the Hallmark ornament one. With less detail. The images of the ship in the magazine that’s included with it are confusing.
    The hull platelet configurations are all different than the the die cast and the hull coloring is all wrong.

  4. I received my Klingon battle-cruiser and USS Defiant today. The Defiant looks pretty accurate. They did a good job detailing it The battle-cruiser, however, is the same size as the Hallmark ornament one. With less detail. The images of the ship in the magazine that’s included with it are confusing. The hull platelet configurations are all different than the the die cast and the hull coloring is all wrong. Also there are no Klingon identifying marker decals on it.

  5. I can’t believe you called this ship ‘ugly’. TOS ships literally broke the genre’s typical paradigm to give us new scifi ideas on how spaceships could be in the future. There is nothing like the Constitution class on the FED side and the D-7 / K’tinga class KDF ships of the line.

    You MUST always remember that EVERYTHING in all of ‘Star Trek’ IS a DERIVATIVE of the Constitution class or the K’tinga!

    Live Long and Prosper \\//,

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