It’s been a few weeks since I received the second special edition of the series, the alternate timeline Enterprise. I was a bit disappointed with the first special, Deep Space Nine, as it didn’t look very impressive. The alternate Enterprise (or JJ Enterprise) is more outstanding at first glance.
The special edition is roughly one and a half times bigger than the issue two Enterprise Refit, but uses the same elliptical stand all the models use (apart from DS9). The hull is bright white with light grey aztecing with transparent blue ramscoops and deflector dish. The brilliance of the hull certainly makes for a more eye catching model. The deflector design is a seperate concave piece of plastic, and not recessed like other Federation models. Unfortunately on my model it has been glued wonky which is a shame.
Another disappointment is the obvious joins all over. Generally I don’t mind those on the underside of models, after all they have to go somewhere, but there are joins running along the top of the nacelles and where the nacelles attach to the pylons which are very obvious.
Because of the large quantity of joins on show I can’t give the model any more than three badges out of five, especially as it costs nearly double a standard model. From a short distance it looks great on my shelves, but close up the quality is lacking. So very nearly four badges, but not quite!