The Negh’Var is the powerful Klingon flagship as seen on Deep Space Nine. So far the most comparable model in the collection is the issue 20 Vor’cha – somewhat similar in colour and shape. On first inspection the Negh’Var is a colourful nicely assembled model. All the joins are on the underside, and even those fit in well whilst above not a single join is obvious. Most of the model is metal with only the nacelles, bridge, upper hull piece and disrupter cannons being made of plastic. This gives it a decent weight.
There is plenty of decoration with panels of dark red and green with yellow highlights. It would have been nice to see some use of transparent plastics on the nacelles, instead it’s more of the same deep red. It really is a very nice looking model and seems well thought out, that is until I realised some pretty crucial parts of the ship are missing! Firstly the ram scoops on the leading edge of the wings are completely absent, instead there is no decoration at all. This issue’s magazine makes it clear these should be present. Even more surprising are the incomplete nacelles. They should taper off at the ends, but rather they end crudely truncated, and on the underside appears incomplete. The same applies to the aft weapons platform, the underside is again incomplete, the wrong shape and has no decoration at all!
This is a great surprise to me, why would Eaglemoss do this? They’ve executed many other model well previously and the parts missing here are not beyond their capabilities. I had to check out pictures of the model from online shops to see if I’d been given a duff model, but no this appears to be the finished model.
If anyone can make sense of this I’m keen to hear it, but sadly means this issue scores very badly. I do recommend the magazine though, it’s got plenty of interesting Klingon lore and backstory.
- Detailing: 2/5 (blank hollow pieces – why?)
- Construction: 1/5 (where’s the rest of those nacelles?)
- Ship design: 4/5 (colourful Klingon lineage is at first glance lovely)
- Overall: 2/5 (it wouldn’t have taken much to make this a great model, but alas it is a curate’s egg)