This is Zefram Cochrane’s prototype warp capable ship. It’s not the oldest Human built ship in the collection – the SS Botany Bay has that distinction. It is however the oldest ship sporting the iconic twin warp nacelles, setting an aesthetic that dominates Human, Starfleet and ultimately Federation design for hundreds of years. The Phoenix mixes a contemporary space exploration styled vessel with its heat shields, rocket engine and command module with more exotic Star Trek components.
Eaglemoss have done a wonderful job here, colourfully and faithfully reproducing the Phoenix. The detail is excellent almost throughout and there are plenty of nice touches. In First Contact the nacelles unfold from the sides of the fuselage on pinioned struts. The model does not have this ability, but perfectly recreates the fully deployed position with nicely built nacelles, translucent orange ramscoops at the front, classic turquoise along the side and, barely noticeable at first glance pale blue orbs in the cowled exhaust. These are really great and I love the nod to the Original Series Enterprise design.
The fuselage is also great with an excellently detailed rocket manifold. There is a barely a bare patch on the model – almost everywhere there are hull pieces, grills, windows, vents and panels. In fact the only disappointing parts are the recessed area the nacelles are stored in during launch. Theses a completely undecorated and present a glaringly large join. Elsewhere the join is not so obvious as the detail of the fuselage obscures it. Interestingly the model is almost identical on both sides; there are only two differences. Some of the grill detail on the underside is more recessed, and on the nose section it has painted on windows on top, and heat shielding underneath.
The predominant colour of the Phoenix is metallic silver, but there is plenty of other decor that makes this is a very colourful model. Large panelled areas are off-white with almost Starfleet like red lines. Some tiny panels are also painted red, and in a few areas an off-orange. All in all the colour scheme works well.
The Phoenix is definitely one of my recent favourites in the collection. It’s fun to look at, excellently detailed and well built. As only the nacelles, struts and manifold are plastic it has a very satisfying weight. If you don’t have a subscription to the collection, I’d recommend picking this one up as it really looks great on the shelf.
- Detailing: 5/5 – Brilliant, only let down on the sides
- Construction: 5/5 – Good use of materials, shame about the visible joins on the side
- Ship design: 5/5 – fun blend of Starfleet and contemporary space technology
- Overall: 5/5 – A collection must