The Valdore appeared in the last TNG movie, Nemesis, alongside the Enterprise-E (issue 21) and the Scimitar (issue not yet set). The Romulans are well represented in the collection as we have already seen the issue 5 Warbird and the issue 27 Bird Of Prey, whilst the Romulan Drone should appear as issue 39.
Eaglemoss seem to do well reproducing the larger ships and this is no exception. This is a very delicate model made of many thin pieces. I would not be surprised if people found their ships with bent nacelles upon opening as they are so thin. However my model is perfect without a single part out of place. There is a second set of wings but unlike the D’deridex class the lower set are smaller and hidden away, joined to the upper wings at several points. This has been really well executed by Eaglemoss, giving the smaller wing sections gentle curves. It’s one of few models that just as great underneath as on top. Amazingly the fine detail of the hull plating covers every single surface, and not even just the visible ones. The hidden top side of the lower wings are not neglected, though you have to look very carefully to realise it. I’m surprised by that as its a touch I have not seen in previous models.
The model is a thing of beauty to look at and hold. It’s quite light due to its thinness, but as the main part of the hull and command section are metal it feels well balanced and sturdy. It really puts the issue 27 Bird of Prey to shame in all aspects – ship design, attention to detail and construction.
- Detailing: 5/5 (no surface is neglected and good use of different green hues)
- Construction: 4/5 (the lower wing section is fantastic, big join on the underside though)
- Faithfulness: 5/5 (excellent for a model of this scale)
- Ship design: 5/5 (takes of the best of the D’deridex and makes it sleeker)
- Overall: 5/5 (almost faultless in execution and design)
Coming up soon will be the review the USS Orinoco or the USS Vengeance – depending on which I choose first!