It’s nice to see a ship in the collection that isn’t obviously Star Trek in origin. The Tholian Webspinner could easily have appeared in a seventies or eighties sci-fi movie with its dirty, angular hull and glowing grills.
The Webspinner has a satisfying, symmetrical design with three fins of identical design leading to a sharp prow. The only way to work out which way is which is to look at each panel between the fins. Two have a matching embossed design whilst a third is engraved in black denoting the underside.
The use of transparent materials is prominent, making the ship really stand out when back lit. There are large pieces of transparent blue plastic with a lattice pattern on each fin. On the rear edge of each fin is large chunk of transparent yellow plastic. Without these parts the model would look quite disappointing.
Most of the model is metal, except for the transparent parts and surrounding panels. This gives it a satisfying heft, as though holding a shard of light metal. Unfortunately the hull has a very obvious join connecting the pointed prow to the rest of the hull. I’d like to have seen the model constructed without the join, or at least ensuring the parts fit together tighter.
- Detailing: 4/5 (appropriate detail for the scale, good use of paint gives a worn appearance)
- Construction: 3/5 (bad join at prow, good use of transparent parts though)
- Faithfulness: 5/5 (no obvious discrepancies from ST:ENT appearance)
- Ship design: 4/5 (simple but effective)
- Overall: 4/5 (a decent model, let down slightly by an ill fitting join)