Only two issues after the USS Appalachia the USS Yeager is the third of four background ships from the Battle of Sector 001 to appear in the collection. There are in fact two obscure USS Yeagers, the other appearing in an episode of ST:DS9 and is confusingly a Yeager Class variant.
The Saber Class Yeager in the collection demonstrates yet another example of the ship designers pushing the limits of what a Starfleet vessel should be. It has the usual two nacelles but they are attached directly to the saucer section rather than engineering. Engineering itself is more inline with the saucer section than most Starfleet ships and stands out more as the nacelles aren’t attached to it. I like the large deflector on the underneath, nestled in a triangular recess.
All of this is well reproduced by Eaglemoss. The hull is as well detailed as most other ST:TNG-era Starfleet vessels with aztecing all over and plenty of fine details. As usual phaser strips, windows, sensor palettes and escaper pods are obvious alongside the Starfleet pennant and swoosh. The ship has a militaristic feel with darker hued armoured panelled, especially on the underside of the saucer section.
When holding the model it feels light and hollow as only the top half of the hull is metal, but it isn’t flimsy. There are only a few pieces used to construct the ship and whilst many of the joins are clear to see the detail decor draws your eye away from them. The nacelles are excellent yet again with the classic blue grills and red ramscoops in transparent plastic as you would expect. A big disappointment for me with the Steamrunner Class model was the poor deflector dish but the Saber Class’s is far superior. It’s colourful, detailed and the dish itself is made of moulded transparent blue plastic.
This is an interesting ship with an irregular design that has strayed away from the regular construction. To me it feels a bit unbalanced and front heavy, but it’s not ugly.
- Detailing: 5/5 – very good all over
- Construction: 4/5 – good use of transparent plastics, but light and plenty of joins
- Ship design: 4/5 – unique yet awkward
- Overall: 4/5 – a fun design, well executed