And now for something completely different, the Solar Sailor. Totally different from all other models in the collection in terms of size, design and materials. Here Eaglemoss have to reproduce a very complicated ship, with huge millimetre thick sails and a tiny hull.
I think they have made a good fist of it. Let’s go over the bad stuff first – the most obvious is the stand. The sails are too fragile to support the ship so by necessity the stand attaches to the hull, the only metal part of the model. Unfortunately this means the stand obscures the hull considerably. A solution that allowed the stand to attach the rear of the hull would be much better, but I can’t see how that would reliably work. As such it’s not so much shortsightedness on Eaglemoss’s part, but down to the unusual ship design.
With this problem aside the ship is quite striking. The sails are well executed if obviously plasticky and the hull is reasonably detailed. The colour of the sails and hull are correct, but the sails do not have the metallic sheen they have on DS9. I think that would be very hard to reproduce in plastic.
All this aside, I think it is a good execution. The model demonstrates the ship’s fragile nature well and really stands out. Saying that, I’ve actually dropped it a couple of times, and amazingly it didn’t break. Four out of five badges.