Deep Space Nine was the first sci-fi show I really got into. I’d seen the occasional episode of TNG before, but the seven year story arc of DS9 really fascinated me. It’s still my favourite Trek series. In this post I’m going to review the two most iconic creations of the series – DS9 itself and the Defiant.
Before looking at the models themselves, a brief history. DS9 is not a Federation station, though for the majority of the series is it home to a Starfleet crew working with the natives of the local star system, the Bajorans. Originally built by the Cardassians during their occupation of Bajor it served as an ore processing plant staffed by Bajoran slaves. The station underwent several changes during the series, including upgraded weapons, moving position to the mouth of the Gamma quadrant wormhole and a brief re-occupation by the Cardassians and Dominion.
The station eventually became home to a small Federation vessel, the Defiant. The ship is smaller than most Starfleet vessels, a unique design and equipped with a powerful arsenal. It’s unequivocally a warship. There are actually two Defiants in the series, after the first build was destroyed by the Breen. This was replaced by the Sao Paulo and rechristened the Defiant, virtually identical to the original.
Let’s look at the Eaglemoss Defiant first. It’s a completely different design to all other Starfleet vessels. The nacelles are cowled and quite small compared to the hull. There is no saucer section, nor an engineering hull. Instead there is a single hull a few decks deep which has nacelles directly attached.
An unusual nose section protrudes from the front. There are some signature Starfleet components though. Red decals are abundant and the hull material is a light grey. There are sections of light blue hull, which gives the vessel a more armoured look.
I really like this model. It’s simple in design, but with plenty of details and of good quality. It’s mostly metal, apart from the nacelles and nose section. Unlike other models though the metal part feels as though it is hollow. The front of the nacelles have a transparent red cover, the rear transparent blue. I’m definitely biased due to my affinity with DS9, but I’m going to give this model five badges out of five.
The Deep Space Nine model is a special edition. It’s extra large and very heavy. The detailing is very good and has required many parts – at least 24. Thankfully this was the best packaged model to date. It came boxed in a large square of styrofoam, with a hollow sphere inside housing the model. It was well protected, though the fusion core on the underneath of the hub appears to be slightly off kilter on my model. That probably occurred at assembly time I expect.
As far as I can see it’s quite accurate, and there is as much detail as you would expect for a model this size. I’m disappointed with the hull colour, it’s a very bland grey and there is little difference in colour in the recessed sections – a yellowish grey. I would have preferred a metallic finish or a light blue sheen. Additionally, the plastic pieces are a very slightly different shade of grey which you can see from my photos. There are some red decals on the pylons, but even they are a bit washed out.
I’m disappointed. Thanks to the dreary colour scheme DS9 is actually one of the least impressive models on my shelves so far. As much as it pains me to do so, I can only award it three badges out of five.