The ugliest ship trophy has yet another contender with the awkward Antares, a small Starfleet ship of the TOS era. It’s not one I’d ever seen before as it appeared in a episode of TOS that I haven’t seen. Fortunately the magazine covers its history well, and does a good job at explaining its blocky, misshapen structure.
It is undeniably Starfleet, with the light grey paintwork, twin nacelles and a forward hull approximating a saucer section but its standout difference is that it is very blocky, with few curved edges. The nacelles are very small in comparison to the hull, less than half the length of the ship and set close to rear half of the ship. The Bussard collectors are not made of transparent plastic unfortunately, instead they are painted red.
The hull itself consists of several sections; the angular ‘saucer section’ with raised bridge, a large main hull which consists of a square block, attached to with is an angled block, another square at a tangent to the top part and half a bell shape. It’s a really odd collection of shapes – there seems to be no consistency to it. Even uglier is the rear section which is a thin ‘H’ shape that runs parallel to the nacelles. There really is no elegance to the arrangement. As this is a TOS ship the decor is unsurprisingly sparse. The ships registry appears on the side of the nacelles, along with the usual Starfleet pennant and swoosh. On top there is a odd attempt at aztec-ing which seems to vary in blockiness depending on the hull piece. This appears on the underside in a couple of places, but generally the ship is plain grey underneath. The ship’s name appears in a hard to read cursive script in several places. I don’t doubt it is isn’t incorrect but it’s not the nicest of scripts.
In a few places windows are depicted in white, and there are touches of silver, red and yellow. There is also a tiny burgundy coloured deflector dish at the front of the main hull which is a nice touch, though on my model it’s a bit wonky.
This really is an odd ship. I’d definitely recommend reading the magazine, especially those of you who haven’t seen this ship before (which includes me!). Whilst I think Eaglemoss have done a good job of accurately depicting the ship I’d like it to have been a bit bigger and had a rethink about what parts to manufacture. The joins are not great, in fact making the ship look even more piecemeal than it actually is. I was considering calling this the worst Starfleet ship in the collection, but that’s unfair. It’s unique appearance keeps drawing your eyes back to it, like a car crash on the motorway.
- Detailing: 3/5 – Basic like most TOS ships
- Construction: 2/5 – wonky deflector dish and poor joins
- Ship design: 2/5 – looks like it’s made of lego
- Overall: 3/5 – Fascinating yet flawed little model