Following on from review of the Galileo and Goddard let’s take a look at the rest of the ships in the shuttlecraft mini-collection.
The type 10 shuttle appeared part way through ST:DS9 as the Defiant’s auxiliary craft, the Chaffee, replacing the type-18. The design is a major step away from the older classes with nacelles attached to to the top of the craft and a more streamlined look. Like the defiant the nacelles are heavily protected and lacking the usual blue grids and bussard collectors. The type 18 it replaced also had cowled nacelles, but were at the base of the ship like the ST:TOS and ST:TNG shuttles.
This model is simpler than the other ships, being comprised of only three main parts plus a couple of pieces of transparent blue for the rear of the nacelles. The main hull is as expected, made of two pieces, whilst the nacelles are one single piece. On my model the joins aren’t perfect, leaving a noticeable gap all the way round the main hull. However it is more detailed model, especially on top of the nacelles and surprisingly on the underside. Here there is a tiny little navigational deflector and some nice conduits and panels. As well as more detail it is more colourful with quite a variety of decals painted red, various blues, greys and even orange.
Again I’m giving this a full five out of five – a very decent and well detailed model considering it’s tiny scale.
Finally, taking us the Delta quadrant is the type-9 Cochrane. The design is a return to low slung TNG style nacelles, yet again used as landing legs. Each progressive design is sleeker and sleeker and so the type-9 has a very long thin profile with more pronounced curved nacelles struts attached to the trailing sides of the hull.
This is the smallest of the models yet probably the best constructed. The upper and lower hull pieces fit together snuggly and the nacelle struts are part of the upper hull piece. Tiny strips of transparent blue plastic make up the nacelle grills though the ramscoops are painted on. The underside is very plain and overall the model is less colourful than the Cochrane, but of a similar level of detail.
I like the thin, elongated design, in fact more so than the delta flyer. Like the other three this model is well put together and decorated – another five out of five.
The magazines do not cover the array of articles the regular issues do. Instead it’s more like the regular first section of each magazine, describing the ship’s in-universe history and specification over three pages. The schematic is reproduced in the last two pages, which is useful as the print on the Okudagrams is quite small. That’s all the content, not much at all, but better than nothing. Some background on the ship design and evolution would have been fascinating as I bet there are all sorts of interesting shuttle variants out there somewhere. I do like the smaller page size but it means they won’t fit into the magazine binders unfortunately.
So is it worth buying the shuttlecraft collection? For me it’s full marks all round as the models are well made with only minor join and manufacturing defects, nothing of concern. Between the four shuttlecraft they have had a lot of airtime and got into all sorts of scrapes so they mean a lot to me, as much as the Enterprises, Voyager and Defiant do. I can’t recommend them unequivocally though. At £75 full price this is really expensive and you’d have to be a hardcore fan to pick them up. The discounted price is more reasonable but it’s still a lot of money. I’m glad they have been reproduced in this scale though as it sets them apart from the rest of collection, but I really would have appreciated fully blown magazines and for the Okudagrams to be made of a higher quality material. No regrets though – this is an awesome albeit costly set!
I’ll be back soon with my USS Kelvin review, closely followed by the USS Relativity, SS Botany Bay and the Norway Class.