We’ve seen a lot of ST:Enterprise ships in the collection in recent issues, and now it’s time for another. Issue 37 introduces the eventual Federation member’s starship – the Andorian Battle Cruiser. This is a very light model because most of it is made of plastic, with only the weapon struts being made out of die-cast metal. Visually this is not important and doesn’t detract too much to the feel of the model when holding it.
The ship has a pleasing symmetry – not just laterally with its weapon and engine wings, but the top and bottom of the main hull too. If it wasn’t for the wings it would be hard to know which side is the top. Both are identical with golden docking bays, simple aztecing and an array of windows of either side. There is also a nice feature detailed in blue on the sides. I think this a docking area? The central hull is actually two separate connecting sections with a thin gap between them. It’s a design aspect I quite like and is dutifully reproduced in the model.
I’m always a fan of transparent pieces as they suggest the glow of engines or weapons. The Battle Cruiser has these in spades – a large turquoise piece at the rear for the stacked warp nacelles, sharply angled red for impulse engines and more turquoise sandwiched on either wing.
Thanks to a great level of intricate detail all the joins are well disguised. I really can’t see any of them, which may be a first or at least very rare. It’s definitely an excellent attempt by Eaglemoss.
- Detailing: 5/5 (brilliant – so much detail)
- Construction: 4/5 (all the joins are carefully hidden, though little use of metal)
- Faithfulness: 5/5 (spot on)
- Ship design: 4/5 (Nothing too exciting, but some interesting features)
- Overall: 4/5 (a really well executed model)
Over the next few issues we’ve got some great ships coming up:
- Delta Flyer
- Romulan Drone
- USS Enterprise B
- Klingon Raptor
- USS Pasteur
A great mix from three different Trek shows.