Voth Research Vessel

The Voth were the aliens-of-the-week in one episode of Voyager, much like many of the species encountered in the Delta quadrant. However their interesting background (they originated from Earth) and their advanced technology has seen them appear in a variety of non-canon formats, most notably in Star Trek online. I think they are the first one episode aliens to have two ships appearing the collection.

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The Voth Research Vessel is a small, yet extraordinarily fast and stealthy ship thanks to the Voth’s advanced technology. It has a single curvaceous hull, slightly bulbous yet elongated enough to appear streamlined. On top are various blisters that are related to the transwarp drive assembly, plus some areas of exposed machinery. However the hull is mostly plain with various patterned grooves. The underside is actually more interesting with more detailed grooves, bigger curves and even larger protrusions. I’m almost tempted to mount the ship upside down, but alas the stand won’t allow it.

20160110_184401The model is predominantly metallic silver with some sections a dark grey. The transwarp components are pastel blues and greens, but there are few of them. There are unfortunately no transparent plastics used and in fact the model is made of two pieces only, joined quite well on the underside.

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It is a rather modest ship, belying its advanced nature. In fact in many respects is it similar to the USS Relativity – plain, single hulled and simply designed. Nothing to complain about, yet nothing of note either.

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The accompanying magazine contains the usual articles. The design section is shorter than most, so there is more pages devoted to the Voth makeup process instead, which is an interesting read though long read.

  • Detailing: 3/5 – Not too plain, but lacking in colour
  • Construction: 3/5 – a two-piece model
  • Ship design: 3/5 – Uninspiring, but nice enough
  • Overall: 3/5 – Not very exciting, but competently executed
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