Species 8472 Bioship

Most ships fall into one or two basic types: with an obvious top and bottom, such as all Starfleet ships, or those that look identical whichever way up they are, namely the Tholian Webspinner, the Xind Insectoid ship and the Bioship too. The Bioship model is small and simple. It’s made of seven pieces – a central core, three identical hull plates and three similarly identical fins. It’s also one of the lightest models so far as pretty much all of it is metal except for the fins.

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The core is a dull grey with an attempt at reproducing the organic patterning on the three ‘command modules’, however it does not work well. As the hull plating is more colourful your eyes are drawn away from this disappointment. Both the three hull pieces and the fins are various shades of orange with grey, black and white. The patterning and decoration is nice but there is very little else of note.

The magazine starts well with an interesting background to Species 8472 and their ships, then moves onto the design evolution. That lasts eight pages though – a bit too much, I’d have prefer a couple of pages on something else, perhaps a section on other unusual ships Voyager encountered or the Borg as they are deeply interlinked with Species 8472.

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I haven’t much to say of the Bioship. It’s simple, compact little model with little to set it apart from other models. It is well built and certainly deserves it’s place in the collection but not one of my favourites.

  • Detailing: 3/5 (hull and fins are well painted, but the core is a let down)
  • Construction: 4/5 (no joins and nicely compact but relies of reuse of the same pieces)
  • Ship design: 3/5 (not as otherworldly as I’d like)
  • Overall: 3/5 (adequately executed but no outstanding features )
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3 thoughts on “Species 8472 Bioship

  1. Yep, I agree. If the core had been detailed like the outer hull, this might have been a standout model. As it is, it’s more like a toy. Reminds me of the Ferengi Marauder.

  2. I always thought this ship looked way more “Babylon 5” than Star Trek. It always felt a bit too CGI and never really came off well on screen. The organic look they were going for felt forced. I can easily see why and how it couldn’t really be pulled off in a model. Not a favorite

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