Well we are now a third the way through the collection after over a year of blog articles. We’ve seen many of the classic ships any discerning Trek fan would expect to see in a decent collection. Still we are missing a few classics, especially the most original of all, the NCC-1701. We have seen the NCC-1701 refit in issue 2, plus the JJ Abrams Enterprise special. Don’t worry it will arrive but we are going to have to wait another 20 issues. I hope by then Eaglemoss will have improved on the manufacture of the Enterprise after the disappointing refit model. Judging by recent models I have high hopes.
Issue 30 introduces a very obscure ship – the Nausicaan fighter. The Nausicaans have appeared on and off since ST:TNG, generally as supporting characters but in ST:ENT we finally got to see a ship of their own design. It’s a single hull vessel with concealed warp engine and an impressive looking array of weapons. On the model there are eight seperate weapons, plus one rear facing one on the underneath. I would say this is probably the first time I’ve seen a model that is is more interesting and detailed underneath than the top – like the opposite of the disappointing Ferengi Marauder.
There are some great touches to this model such as the multitude of weapons and the satisfyingly rough paint job. However I would have been more impressed if the warp engine ports were made of transparent plastic green rather that being painted on. It’s been done on most other ships so I feel the absence is noticeable.
There are certainly worse models in the collection, but this is not a particularly outstanding one either. I can’t fault the quality of the build, but I fear it looks a little dull in comparison to other models.
- Detailing: 3/5 (nice weapons array and paintwork, but that’s about it)
- Construction: 5/5 (half metal, half plastic and only one join)
- Faithfulness: 3/5 (the warp engines are there but in muted colours)
- Ship design: 2/5 (a few decent touches, but nothing special)
- Overall: 3/5 (a decent but unassuming model)
Coming up for review next is the Valdore, the Romulan vessel from ST:Nemesis.