The Klingon Raptor appeared in several ST:Enterprise episodes much like the 2150s Bird of Prey of issue 35. They both share similar aesthetics such as the exposed conduits, swooping wings and a bridge separated from the rest of the hull by a long neck.
Unlike most other Klingon ships the Raptor is painted a silvery grey with darker and lighter streaks. There are a few nice details such as golden-orange grills at the leading edge of the wings and the variety of blue and red vents at the back. I like the use of the exposed conduits, of which some are plastic, glued onto the main metal hull and some are also metal being cast as part of the main body. As most of the model is actually metal with only a few small pieces and the underside being plastic it has a pleasing weight to it. It’s unusual as most models generally feature more plastic than metal. As the main hull has been cast from one piece of metal it means there are very few joins. The plastic underside has a very noticeable join all around but thats it really.
It’s a really nice design that is gives a proto-Klingon, aggressive yet sleek look.
- Detailing: 4/5 (lots of conduits and great paint work)
- Construction: 5/5 (great to see so little reliance on plastic)
- Faithfulness: 5/5 (even has the Klingon pennant on one wing)
- Ship design: 5/5 (sleek and powerful)
- Overall: 5/5 (another excellent ST:ENT era model)
In other news Ben Robinson, project manager for Eaglemoss, posted a couple of photos of forthcoming models on his twitter feed.
First up, the amazing lookup Steamrunner Class, more specifically the USS Appalachia as seen in ST:First Contact. The use of transparent plastics here are really impressive as is the paintwork.
Next is the quirky Saber Class USS Yeager. We’ve seen some pretty odd designs in Starfleet, such as the Olympus Class and frankly hideous Oberth Class. The Saber Class is another change from the usual design with the angular saucer section and nacelles attached to the saucer and not engineering.