Time for another obscure Star Trek ship, the USS Stargazer. It appeared in one episode of ST:TNG only, but it was mentioned in various episodes as Picard’s previous ship and he kept a model of it in his ready room. We’ve already had one ship in the collection with a third nacelle (the Enterprise D Refit), so why not one with four?
I think there is a lot to like about this model, and very little to dislike. Let’s go over the problems first. My model has a gap between the saucer section and engineering hull where the two parts haven’t quite slotted together. Also one of the painted docking bays is smudged. Both seem to be recurring issues with the collection – plenty of attention to detail during design, but variable quality at construction time.
I do like the four nacelles though as it feels like I’m getting value for money with this model. Compared to a standard Starfleet model there are several more parts which makes for a more interesting look. The nacelles are based on the Enterprise A Refit’s, with two exceptions. The trailing ends are flat, not angled and the transparent blue inserts for the ramscoops have been replaced with dark grey plastic.
The engineering hull is very industrial and un-Starfleet. It is blocky and embossed with various components. The saucer section is very similar to the Enterprise A Refit too, if slightly thicker and has the same aztecing as the Excelsior. The underside has the addition of several raised blisters and the centre is nearly identical to the bridge section on the top. There is also a odd weapon-like structure too which, according to the accompanying magazine, was actually a part of a Japanese robot toy on the original model this was based on.
Overall, tonnes of interesting features and a nearly, but not quite perfect execution. That’s a full five badges out of five from me.