At first glance the NCC-1701-B model looks identical to the issue eight model of the USS Excelsior. Not so. Both the design, size and construction differ – the Enterprise B is actually slighter longer than the Excelsior and has a few additions such as an extra pair of impulse engines at the back of the saucer section. Furthermore whilst the nacelles are very similar the Enterprise uses far less transparent blue plastic and the fins at the ends are on the top instead of the sides. The construction has been rethought as the saucer section is one piece of die-cast metal instead of two which gives it a slightly weightier feel.
The model is well detailed almost everywhere with a fine aztecing on the saucer and engineering hulls, though absent in some places on the underneath.The colouring is good, mostly being slightly off-white with turquoise and red trims. It’s a nice combination of colours that work well together.
Like the Excelsior I think it’s one of the more clunkier Starfleet designs with its boat-shaped engineering hull and unsophisticated nacelle struts. There are worse though – just look at the Nebula Class and USS Grissom. Nevertheless the model appears accurate and is not just a rehash of the issue eight model so extra marks to Eaglemoss for that.
- Detailing: 4/5 (actually pretty good, especially on the saucer section)
- Construction: 5/5 (using a single piece for the hull is a good move)
- Faithfulness: 5/5 (no complaints here)
- Ship design: 3/5 (to me it feels ungainly, but it is a classic)
- Overall: 4/5 (A good reproduction of one of the more obscure Enterprises)