The collection has had a good mix of Starfleet and alien starships so far, from across the various TV series and movies. In recent issues we have seen Jem’hadar, Cardassian and Borg vessels, all pretty serious threats to the Federation at some point. Issue 16 introduces one of two Ferengi vessels, the Marauder (the other being the ugly Ferengi shuttle). The Ferengi are barely a threat, though they have all given Picard, Sisko and Janeway pause for thought on occasion.
I keep forgetting which is the front as it I think it works well as either end being the prow. As it is, the smaller pincer-like end is the prow, with the curved edge at the rear. It’s a very simple model requiring very few pieces. It is, in essence, made up of two pieces, the very nicely decorated hull, and the underside which I’ll come to in a moment. There are two additional parts at the leading edge of the rear hull and one tiny piece stuck on top, plus transparent engine grills, pale lime green instead of the Starfleet blue grills. The nice touch with the grills is that are on the top and bottom of the hull and allow light to shine right through.
The paintwork on top is very good, with plenty of details picked out. The colour is unusual – an odd dull red that is faded nicely in several places. The underside however is sorely lacking in any attention at all. It’s like looking at the bottom of toy car. Its flat, one colour only and embossed rudimentary components. The only interesting points are the very large engine grills.
I’m certainly glad Eaglemoss has included the Ferengi in the collection, it would be amiss to not do so. However the poor execution of the underside is a disappointment, though fortunately one you do not notice when the ship is on its stand. For the Marauder I award three out of five badges.