After a run of obscure ships it’s nice to a see a real classic. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty close. This is the original Romulan Bird of Prey, at first glance an unimpressive model until you see the excellent bird of prey decal on the underside. Eaglemoss have put a lot of effort into the decal as you can see here on twitter.
For a change this is a model that looks far better from beneath. It’s too bad that whilst the model is on the stand most of the great artwork is hidden. Even the use of materials is reversed as the bottom of the hull and the nacelle struts are metal and the top is plastic. This works well for the underside but leaves an unfortunate join all the way round the top of the hull. There is very little decoration aside from the bird of prey in complete contrast to the recent Starfleet models, but it works. The ship is light grey all over with no variation except for the ends of the nacelles which are dark silver. Windows and a few other small features are painted either white or black and the classic original series style ramscoops are hemispherical transparent blue.
The bird of prey motif continues at the top rear go the hull and along the struts giving you an taste of the great decoration to be found underneath. The lack of other detail and simplicity of the structure, such as the unadorned top fin, makes the bird even more outstanding. This is certainly a more fascinating model than the ST:Ent Bird of Prey.
This is a simple yet striking model, well executed and nearly perfect but for the noticeable joins on top.
- Detailing: 5/5 (best paintwork yet)
- Construction: 4/5 (joins visible on the top)
- Ship design: 5/5 (dated yet classic)
- Overall: 5/5 (looks amazing)