As I took the Equinox out of it’s box I was immediately impressed. This is a colourful, well executed model.
According to the accompanying magazine the Equinox is based on a prototype Defiant, before the compact, enclosed nacelle design was chosen. It follows the usual conventions of Starfleet vessels but for the striking, angular ‘saucer’ section.
There is a lot of detail here that I appreciate. As usual the same transparent blue plastic is used for the nacelle grills, plus each nacelle has a pair of stubby fins on top. The ship has no aztecing, and is predominantly a light grey, but the details are picked out in a variety of colours. Key components are brown, recessed hull plating is dark grey, windows are blue (including the oval bridge ceiling), and various red lines. A nice touch is the obvious outline of a large shuttle craft on the underside, with the ship’s registration printed on it.
This is definitely one of my favourite models, so I can easily award the USS Equinox a full five out of five badges.